Dealing with the challenges of the hyper-competitive ecommerce market in your daily routine is a lot. Technology is changing at a rapid speed and all of a sudden there are stronger ways to send information back and forth.
When it comes to ecommerce, API connections are the norm and they are widely supported, but what if you need to send and receive data in a different way?
Today, we'd like to talk about EDI connections. Does your business require this type of communication? Does your current system support it? EDI is the most popular integration protocol among large business entities and a more complex communication method that is required to achieve certain goals. You might need EDI to connect with sales channels/ large retailers or your dropshippers/ suppliers, for example. This is what we call bi-directional communication with EDI partners.
Two options are usually needed for EDI integration:
(a) when selling products on sales channels like Wayfair or Lowe's that will not enable businesses to sell on their platform unless they have an EDI integration.
(b) when sending orders to large suppliers for fulfillment (drop/shipping) or purchase orders. 4Psite's EDI integration is fully automated and our customers are actually handling the orders in the same way as other orders coming from regular sales channels (option a), or transmit the orders to their suppliers/ drop shippers in the same way as they would with a simple integration like email/ FTP (option b). Still speaking about EDI connections, we'd like to share with you one of our customers' success stories. It gives you a glimpse into their workflow and how 4Psite attends to their particular needs:
Using 4Psite since 2018, the company sells sporting goods on several store platforms including Shopify, Magento, Amazon, Etsy, eBay and Wayfair.
The integration with Wayfair is done via EDI, however order processing is standardized, allowing our customer to process all the orders in the same way.
For order fulfillment, the company is using a 3PL (Third Party Fulfillment center) connected to 4Psite via EDI.
Since 2005, 4Psite keeps up with what’s new and is committed to improving the simple solutions that will take your business to the next level when it comes to efficiency. Are you interested in transforming your workflow into something easier, wiser and growing it to the level it truly belongs? 4Psite is ready to revolutionize your business today!
Best Regards. Yochi Erez - 4Psite Co-Founder and CEO