Shipping API Integration: Connect Your Software to Multiple Shopping Platforms

What Is An API and How Does It Work?

The Importance of API Integration for Shipping Software Vendors

  • Import orders and shipping information from multiple sales channels
  • Update order statuses and tracking info
  • Create shipping labels and offer segmentation capabilities to your customers
  • Schedule, customize and automate shipping tasks so that they run only for certain stores
  • Create innovative reports that offer insightful data

How to Avoid API Integration Difficulties

  • The entire integration process is quite a tedious one, involving a minimum of 4 weeks until fully implemented. During this time, the developer has to study the architecture of the required eCommerce platform and ensure he manages to bypass any integration pitfalls. For example, integrating with Amazon is quite different from developing the connection with WooCommerce.
  • Huge cost involvement: for a valid integration to take place, you have to be prepared to invest a little fortune. A standard integration costs around $2,000 in set up plus another $1,000 in maintenance. For several integrations, you might end up paying well over $20k.
  • Constant issues to overcome: the integration is not over once your system is connected to the APIs of eCommerce platforms. The constant updates could prove to be a thorn in your side that needs to be tackled. This involves hiring a full-time developer experienced enough to maintain the connections available.
  • Gather info on customers, orders, shipping details, products
  • Import orders from PrestaShop, Magento, Shopify and the other supported platforms
  • Update tracking info in real-time
  • Generate shipments and create shipping labels

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