API2Cart: Shopping Cart Integration for Order Fulfilment Automation

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managerapi2cart.com www.api2cart.com Shopping Cart Integration for Order Fulfilment Automation UNIFIED APPROACH Intro / Overview In short order fulfilment comprises order picking processing and shipping. In detail it embraces about 20 steps that are no easy to organize into a unity/system. That’s tons of tech work to do including dozens of connections to develop because the whole scope of activities that fulfilment involves requires real-time data integration with external data sources and systems like shopping carts marketplaces CRM and ERP platforms accounting software and multi-channel order and inventory management solutions. No matter how terrifying this sounds integrations are unavoidable. What is avoidable however is a larger quantity of integrations and the problems it entails. API2Cart offers help with multiple shopping cart integrations further multi-platform maintenance. You integrate with the API once get connected to more than 30 eCommerce platforms and don’t worry about upgrading your code every time new versions of shopping carts come out.

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How Shopping Cart Integration Builds a Critical Link in the Chain For an online merchant their web store is where the order fulfilment service you provide starts. For you as an order fulfilment software provider their e-shop is a valuable asset because that’s where the information on orders customers and products is stored. On the level of code and transactions data from stores powers the majority of features and processes that every order fulfilment solution covers. In particular integration with customer stores enables the system to do the following: create view and edit orders view and forecast inventory levels determine shipping details e.g. names addresses shipping facilities and carriers run reports Integration ensures that all the data needed for the service to process the user’s requests will be there. It also means tying your application with a third party so should something go wrong and an information loss or distortion occurs the whole lot of integrated processes will go on the blink. The consequence of this will be that first your customers and then you will suffer losses. The best way to avoid this is to invest into a well-coined connection and the safest way to do so is to integrate via APIs. managerapi2cart.com www.api2cart.com They don’t dictate any UI platforms so you will have full control over the medium and user experience. Plus APIs make it equally easy to integrate shopping carts with both web and mobile applications. Integrations in the Raw Every new connection takes resources and entails further engagement. All in all your integration process will cover some steps and involve a number of challenges. Let’s see what they will be. Key API Integration Steps 1. Assigning the Development Work You could either delegate integration development work to a developer from your product team or entrust it to an agency. Either way expertise and experience of the coder responsible will determine the quality of results greatly. Plus a seasoned integration ace will get it ready faster. 2. API Integration Pattern On this stage you will need to make a couple of decisions that will define how your interactive API integration will work. Let’s take a closer look at them. 2.1. Data model mapping and interaction When working on integration you will see that data structures of your product and the platform you want to connect with differ. What you will want to get straight might need extra steps. Adapting this to your system will take at least 4 steps.

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2.1.1. Defining fields and objects The first thing on the list is finding which of the data objects of the software you want to integrate with are relevant to those of your system. Once decided on the custom and standard objects and fields to integrate explore their structure at the endpoint. 2.1.2. Creating a template A mapping pattern will help to specify how default data structures from an endpoint will map into the data model of your system. It will save your users connecting to your system time and effort because they will have it pre-mapped what you already know from the endpoint. 2.1.3. Not forgetting about custom instance data mapping Users like to customize things. This means that mapping of standard fields and objects will be just the beginning for most clients of yours. You will likely need to support multiple one-off data maps specific to relevant authenticated accounts of the endpoints at the level of instances. 2.1.4. CRUDs When you have your data objects determined the next step is to set which HTTP methods will execute against each of them. The popular options are GET POST PUT PATCH and DELETE. 2.2. Events and synchronization When it comes to data synchronization depending on what the platform supports you can either poll its API once in let’s say 5 minutes or use web- hooks to get notified when any changes to the data on stores occur. Unfortunately far not every shopping cart supports this kind of an HTTP callback so you will either decide to develop those on your side or leave it as it is - webhooks supported only for some or even for none. 2.3. Authentication It is important for users to know their personal information is safe. Determine what type of authentication will satisfy your the requirements best e.g. OAuth or SAML. Some of the questions that can help here are do you need the authenticated instance to stay active how will you manage the keys 3. Routine maintenance: staying on top of changes Integrations need to be supported and maintained. Shopping carts version and get enhanced which makes changes and new development necessary on your side too. Key Challenges The integration steps mentioned above imply software vendors looking to integrate with shopping carts and other related systems will have to deal with the following challenges: 1. Time On average an integration takes 4-8 weeks to develop. In this time the responsible developer will learn the platform logic and architecture put effort into reducing the friction between the product and the system and very likely find themselves off base a couple of times. managerapi2cart.com www.api2cart.com

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2. Expenses Be ready to pay a set sum of a few thousands of dollars plus extra if the need for additional development occurs. After the integration is complete and iterated to success it will need developer work and attention because new versions will appear and this will mean upgrades to make. Plus your clients might request modifications and custom enhancements. 3. Human resources Each integration is both tons of work to do and a separate thorn in the side that never goes away after the work is done that someone has to deal with. For better and more reliable results you will want the someone to be dependable and expert and that is not easy to find and hard to allocate if they are a part of your product team. How API2Cart Helps Having dealt with hundreds of integrations our team have learnt the pain points that various web and mobile applications face. With these in mind we crafted our unified API that lets your product communicate with clients’ stores be they based on Shopify Magento WooCommerce or any other shopping cart that we support. Speaking the language of benefits API2Cart offers you to do the following: Enhance Your Functionality Faster Our unified API eliminates the need to develop separate integration for each platform. Integrate once get the data required from the platforms needed. Expand your market share dramatically Win more clients by having access to data from stores built on the shopping cart they use. Each integration means another thousands of users need you. Reduce cost save time You connect to dozens of platforms via one integration. It’s months of expensive development work avoided. Save human resources Concentrate on what matters for your business. We take care of platform updates. Speaking the language of tech API2Cart lets you do the following: integrate your product with more than 30 shopping carts via one API add stores to join the 50k+ stores successfully connected by other clients of ours avoid the necessity to maintain each connection separately managerapi2cart.com www.api2cart.com Let us know if you have any questions. We’ll be happy to discuss them in any form you like. LEAVE US A MESSAGE SCHEDULE A QUICK CALL

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