Shipping Comparison Hub

Find, compare & order the best shipping offers
Summary: 
We have developed a novel framework for discovering, configuring and consuming online services. We applied it to the shipping domain. It has the ability to discover, configure and consume any web‐based shipping services, with minimal incremental effort and reduced time, effort and costs for users.
DERI Product Ref: 
DERI-P0012
Problem Description: 
Currently, users spend considerable time online comparing different shipping options. Typically they first use keyword search to find shipping
companies.
Next, they have to enter shipping details using provided forms on shippers websites and manually compare different shipping
options.
Finding out details of shipping options requires time‐consuming and multi‐step interactions with shipping websites. Shipping is an example of highly configurable service and shipping offers frequently change.
Shipping suppliers use proprietary algorithms to formulate offers. These algorithms are driven by multiple parameters and thresholds which can significantly impact the cost or performance of the service.
Most web based shipping services (both proprietary and comparison) provide a simplistic query interface with an incomplete view of the market, which makes it difficult for users to identify & select optimum shipping solutions for their transaction.
Solution Description: 
We have developed a novel framework for discovering, configuring and consuming online services. We applied it to the shipping domain. Benefits:
  • Impartial comparison of shipping options
  • Advanced search requests (e.g., package weight ranges, multiple source addresses)
  • Automation of multi‐step interactions with shipping websites
Novelty: 
Features
  • Ability to discover, configure and consume any web‐based shipping services, with minimal incremental effort.
  • Ability to present a “normalized” shipping interface to applications, regardless of service provider.
  • Support for advanced search requests (weight ranges & multiple sources & destinations).
  • Ability to integrate with eBay & Amazon
Benefits 
  • Reduced time, effort and costs for users.
  • Reduced integration and maintenance costs for platform suppliers.
Appplication Description: 
The framework could be used to:
  • develop B2B and B2C shipping platforms
  • to enhance the shipping features of ecommerce systems.
  • Other service discovery opportunities
Commercialisation contact: 
Patrick Mulrooney
Designated Expert: 
Patrick Mulrooney
Funding Agencies: 
SFI
Projects: 
Líon 2
Funding Agencies: 
Science Foundation Ireland