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What the Movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Taught Me About Safe Holiday Travel

What the Movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Taught Me About Safe Holiday Travel

Whenever I think about traveling on Thanksgiving, I think of the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. If you haven’t seen it, then I’m obligated to let you know the next paragraph is full of spoilers. The gist of the movie is that main character, Neal (Steve Martin), gets held up…Read more

5 Times When People Shipped Entire Churches

5 Times When People Shipped Entire Churches

Throughout history, devout believers have built massive churches to honor God and house their worship. Most churches remain stationary throughout time — you know, since they weigh thousands of tons — but sometimes, they get shipped. That’s Right. Entire Churches.  Here at uShip, we’ve shipped altars, organs, and pews, but we’ve…Read more

What On-Demand Delivery Startups Can Learn from ‘Lawn Chair Larry’

What On-Demand Delivery Startups Can Learn from ‘Lawn Chair Larry’

For those unfamiliar with this story, let me tell you about Larry Walters (a.k.a. “Lawn Chair Larry”).  To me, there seems some striking similarities between one of Larry’s better-known life experiences and the current state of the on-demand delivery market.   On July 2, 1982, Larry took a flight from…Read more

First Impressions of npm On-Site

First Impressions of npm On-Site

For the longest time we committed our entire node_modules folder here at uShip. We recently made the switch to npm On-Site. This is our journey. How We Use npm At uShip Here at the ‘Ship we don’t actually run a node server in production, we just use node for our…Read more

Half-Million Owner-Operators, Small Fleets Likely Face Stiff Wind with New Hiring Law

Half-Million Owner-Operators, Small Fleets Likely Face Stiff Wind with New Hiring Law

Since you’re out on the road, we wanted to give you the scoop on the legislation that could impact your business if you’re an independent owner-operator and small fleet owner. Here’s a basic explanation, along with a poll so you can sound off with your opinion. The DRIVE Act, the…Read more

From Zero To Swagger: Retrofitting an Existing REST API to an API Specification Using Swagger

Introduction Here at uShip, our web services have gone through quite a change over the last few years. We have gone from SOAP based services to a RESTful API. Recently we dipped our toes into Swagger, an API specification framework, to provide more value to our developers and external partners….Read more

IdeaFlow for iOS

A couple months back, one of my fellow uShip developers popped his head into my team’s room at the end of the day.  “You guys going to the API meetup?”, he asked.  As an iOS developer, I don’t actually write APIs very often, but I’m interested enough in how consumable…Read more

An NHibernateMARE on Elm Street

An NHibernateMARE on Elm Street

​ We use (and generally like) the ORM NHibernate for MS SQL Server data access, but we understand why you might not. Ohhhh, the things we have seen! We’d like to share some of our favorite horrors, so that you can avoid them. ​ ​ Originally, our Repository<TEntity> base class implemented…Read more

The Top Four Questions Vehicle Carriers Should Ask Their Customers

The Top Four Questions Vehicle Carriers Should Ask Their Customers

Communication is always key – especially when deciding if a shipment is right for you. We ask shipping customers several important questions to help you understand their shipments. Is the vehicle operable? Has it been modified? What are the pickup and delivery location types? Our goal is that by asking…Read more

uShip at HackTX Fall 2015

uShip at HackTX Fall 2015

Here at uShip, we love hackathons. Recently, some us went down to the University of Texas at Austin’s annual hackathon, HackTX, hosting over 750 students from all over the state. As a company sponsor, we acted as mentors for the student hackers, helping them solve a wide range of problems…Read more