- Project Title:
- Application Programming Interface Strategy
- Start Date:
- Friday, March 3, 2017
- Estimated Report Release Date:
- August 2017
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) allow applications to interact with each other and share data. APIs have been referred to as “the glue that connects information systems,” and allows for the flow of data.
For example, when a customer orders an item from an ecommerce website that utilizes the Postal Service Tracking API, the customer can click on a link that provides tracking information. The API connects the website to Postal Service systems that provide tracking and shipping information.
Various websites use Postal Service Web Tools APIs that help keep the customers and shipping partners connected and informed, thereby saving time and effort. Customer-Facing APIs ease integration with partner websites and provide a platform for future software development capabilities. The Postal Service offers many Web Tools APIs on usps.com such as Address Validation, Price Calculators, Shipping Labels, Package Pickup, and Tracking.
- How has the Postal Service APIs helped your business?
- Are the Postal Service APIs easy to use and available?
- How do Postal Service APIs compare with other APIs?
- What additional API services do you feel could help your business?