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Expand your Business with Magento and EDI

Jul 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM / by Becca McCarthy

Magento is a robust eCommerce platform and one of the biggest players in today’s eCommerce ecosystem.  It offers a variety of extensions EDI integration with Magento is the perfect solution to take your business to the next level.Look for a cloud-based EDI provider that leverages the Magento API to simplify the integration. Utilizing an EDI provider is useful for companies looking to expand or engage in business-to-business trading. You can use Magento to do EDI with large retailers like Wal-Mart, Sears, Best Buy, etc. An EDI Magento logo - Logicbrokerprovider like logicbroker allows GS1-128 (UCC-128) barcodes to be created. Big box companies mandate that their suppliers utilize UCC-128, as it facilitates order intake. A UCC-128 label contains all order details, such as quantities. If you’re a growing company looking to work with big box companies, an EDI provider is a necessity. Utilizing an EDI provider that is cloud-based, such as logicbroker, simplifies the process further because there is no need for installation. Cloud-based software also eliminates the need to put anything extra on your server.

Companies looking to drop-ship would also benefit significantly by utilizing an EDI provider. EDI facilitates communication between trading partners, making drop-shipping both possible and painless. The flow of EDI documents ensures information sent between partners is accurate and flows much faster than email, fax, or phone calls. Drop shipping without EDI would be filled with headaches because the process would be slower and manual, which opens the door to human errors made while rekeying information.

Integrating your Magento platform with an EDI provider facilitates the order process, as all necessary procurement documents are sent effortlessly. By connecting directly with your trading partners using EDI, XML or flat files, logicbroker eliminates the need to receive orders via email or faxes and manually input the order into Magento. Using our platform gives you the ability to send and receive POs (Purchase Orders, EDI 850), ASNs (Advance Shipment Notices, EDI 856), PO Acks (Purchase Order Acknowledgements, EDI 855) and Invoices (EDI 810) electronically with no manual entry. Once you receive the EDI 856, you can email your customer to let them know their item has shipped. EDI documents also simplify the ‘pick,pack,ship’ process, ensuring your product gets where it needs to go at a quicker rate.

Choosing to integrate EDI with your Magento platform is a seamless, simple process that enables you to scale your business. Implementing an automated drop-ship process allows you to add more products to your catalog without adding inventory.  If you are looking to leverage your business-to-business selling, utilizing an EDI provider’s capability to generate UCC-128 barcodes is a great way to work with big box stores, as they require them. Therefore, adding an EDI solution to your Magento platform is the perfect way to take your business to the next level.

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Becca McCarthy

Written by Becca McCarthy

Becca has a passion for brands and analytics. She brings expertise from working with Fortune 1000 brands and helping them sell directly to consumers online. An avid online shopper, Becca is thrilled to be a part of Logicbroker and help clients provide a better shopping experience for their consumers. As the Director of Marketing at Logicbroker, Becca focuses on building out the Logicbroker brand, strategic partnerships, and bringing customer success stories to light while keeping a pulse on industry trends and best practices. Becca holds a BA in Communications and English from the University of Connecticut. Outside of work, Becca enjoys cooking, Jeopardy!, and spending time at home with her husband and their two dogs, Zulu and Luna.