Double-Byte Transportation Solution – Implementation and Test Plan

After reading up on the Phase B Business Requirement Document, I have come to understand the scopes included.

  • From OEM/Hub, they will access to the central solution (web-based) to print shipment labels
  • This central solution (web-based) will be used by destination depot to validate and perform manual translations for double-byte countries’ deliveries.
  • For origin depots that are facing network performance issue, a deployed solution is implemented for label printing.

In terms of the setups, we have to setup the firewalls’ changes from both OEM/Hub and central gateway on the allowed access lists to access to the central solution (web-based). Secondly for the deployed solution, we may setup a VPN connection to the central gateway to extract information of the parcels and do the printing locally. With that in mind, the possible questions to check with OEM/Hub are:

  • We may need to advise the OEM/Hub on the minimum system requirements for the PC to be setup at origin depots, applies for the deployed solution as well.
  • The IP addresses the OEM/Hub are setting up to access to the central solution (gateway) – setting up access list
  • State Management of the Delivery Note/Connote on the parcel processing procedures – this determine what are the nos of parcels to complete the scanning and labeling before determine if they are ready for next shipment date for dispatch.
  • Operation Support level for Double-bytes – Given that manual translations are done by data entry at destination depots we need to take into considerations of the cutoff time for completing printing labels/parcels for next day’s shipment, the resources required to perform manual translations, the turnaround time for address clarifications, and the next shipment day’s time for the dispatch of these parcels.
  • For testing, I reckon we need to setup the exact environment as to stimulate the online transactions and events. In this case I have to check with IT team on the hardwares, network setups, infrastructure setups, user profiles to be ready by mid December.
  • For the test plan, we may to test on
    • Label printing -the solution is able to separate LIFs from single-byte and double-byte printing. From there, it is able to do postal code validation on manual translating the town name, and save into the database.
    • Deployed solution – do we integrate the deployed solutions (for a few depots) to link to central system? To take note, the deployed solution is to allow OEM/Hubs to validate the double-byte postal code/town name and print the labels so they have to access the LIFs locally from their PCs before sending back to central solution. For this, it is already implemented in Phase A – One thing I need to check is if the printing of labels are done at OEM/Hub or the origin depots?
    • Central solution – to only allow double-byte delivery notes (EDI945) to be viewed and manual translated (able to separate single and double byte country codes for this feature). Network performance between the central solution and destination depots for manual translation and between origin depots for printing labels, tracking of shipments from central solution via Internet.
    • Validation of postal codes against town name for both single and double-byte for label image. This is a full regression testing.
    • UTF8 LIF and 945 files – Testing of the logic to identify the system to process ‘real’ UTF8 file for decoding.

Importantly for tomorrow, the Business Requirement document has to be agreed and sign-off before moving to the design and developing phase and also the sample of any UTF8 logic for mock-up. I bet the IT team is not aware of this.

The above are what I am going to work on for this working week. Wish myself good luck! 🙂


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