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EDI and Drop Ship Automation for Magento

Mar 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM / by Becca McCarthy

Magento’s flexible and feature-rich eCommerce solutions help businesses get the most from their online channel. It is likely that many magento_newMagento Merchants use additional backend software packages to run their business, and to be truly efficient—seamless communication between these systems is necessary. A cloud-based EDI integration hub will connect the fragmented systems you depend on to run your eCommerce store and enable complete drop ship automation between you and your trading partners.

Implementing an EDI provider is useful for companies looking to drop ship, whether they are on the supplier or retailer side.  EDI facilitates the communication between trading partners, making drop shipping a painless process. 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.

Retailers who are drop shipping have the ability to open up an endless aisle of virtual inventory by connecting with multiple suppliers. With EDI 832 documents, or product catalog price files, product pieces and information can be easily uploaded to their Magento store. Inventory levels are kept accurate and up to date with EDI 846 documents (product inventory). With EDI, drop ship suppliers are integrated directly with their retailer. When sending 832s, 846s, and 810s (invoices) and receiving 850s (purchase orders) the documents flow faster than email, fax, or phone calls.

When both parties elect to have an EDI integration to their ERP or OMS, EDI procurement documents will show up in the system automatically. This removes the need for human involvement and manual data entry. Rather than having employees rekey order information, they can focus on other aspects of business to make their company more efficient—leading to quicker order fulfillment, more sales, and better customer service.

Choosing to integrate your Magento store with EDI enables automation and scalability. An EDI platform, like logicbroker, will rapidly onboard trading partners and automate the drop ship process. With end-to-end EDI integrations, manual touches are eliminated from order fulfillment and the entire process is expedited. Drop ship retailers have an endless aisle on their Magento site to offer their customers without the need to hold inventory. Drop ship suppliers operate more efficiently and can fulfill and complete the order cycle at a faster pace.

Topics: Blog, Magento

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.