Vince wrote:
     
     >We are trying to set up OLM C/S 6.0.02 PLF+++.  The problem we face 
     >is configuring freight rates for the thousands of ship to addresses 
     >we have. OLM wants freight rates and distances for each zip code we 
     >ship to.  We have facilities in two states and one in Canada.  There 
     >seems to be no way to actually enter a freight charge manually to an 
     >invoice once OLM C/S is turned on.  We now get our charges from the 
     >proprietary rating software each trucking company provides, but 
     >entering each and every rate/class/discount for every carrier we use 
     >AND the distance between each of our facilities and every ship-to 
     >address seems a bit daunting.  Has anyone figured out a way to beat 
     >this?  Is there someone who sells zip/postal code distance matrices 
     >that can be stuffed into BPCS?  Any help appreciated.
     
     I see what you mean by daunting -- MAN, they didn't even provide a 
     base of valid postal codes or states!  The maintenance program they 
     provided puts the city names in upper case (ought to look really good 
     next to mixed-case names and addresses).  Trying to find the 
     maintenance programs for all of the dependent fields has been no 
     picnic either.  I once wrote a package to track barges along the 
     Mississippi and its tributaries that I thought was difficult.  OLM 
     makes the latter look like a piece of cake!
     
     I'd recommend asking SSA for a reference that's using the package, and 
     ask the reference where they got all this data.
     
     
     Good Luck!
     
     Dean Asmussen
     Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
     Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
     E-Mail:  DAsmussen@AOL.COM


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