API Methods for Warehouse Management Systems
Sooner or later every retailer faces the difficulties with control over the quantity of products and orders: errors in fulfilling orders, shipping goods, overselling, etc. To cope with the challenges of the rapidly growing e-retail business, they are looking for a solution that will automate and streamline part of the tasks. For example, warehouse management software, which makes it simple to manage and control the goods which enter a warehouse until they move on.
In this article you will get to know about how your warehouse management system will be able to perform your basic functions via API2Cart API methods and integrate with more than 40 eCommerce platforms at once.
Basic Features Retailers are Looking for in a Warehouse Management Systems
Warehouse management system (WMS) is an essential tool for any growing retail business. It organizes a large scope of work. In particular, it covers operations like order fulfillment, shipment tracking, managing stock levels, updating order statuses. Warehouse management systems operate with real-time data and current information on orders, shipments, customers, products, categories and etc. To retrieve and change the database data from stores, the software needs integrations with shopping carts and marketplaces on which the stores are based on. However, implementing various integrations is time-consuming and expensive process. Luckily, there is a better solution to get connected to the shopping platforms you need.
Warehouse Management System API Integration Solution
API2Cart makes it possible to retrieve and operate all the needed store data based on shopping cart and marketplaces via unified API. Here is a what your warehouse management system will be able to do via API2Cart:
- integrate with more than 40 eCommerce platforms through one unified API
- track products and organize warehouse operations
- increase order fulfillment speed and accuracy
- perform inventory updates on all storefronts to show accurate items quantity
- make detailed reports
- avoid the need to develop separate connections
Find out below how your workflow would look like on the example of the most popular business cases of your warehouse management software.
for importing orders:
With API2Cart it is easy to sync customer orders from multiple stores, sites and marketplaces into your platform. There are two ways to learn about new orders on stores via API2Cart:
- Webhook for order.add event
Webhooks for order.add event notifies every time the new order is placed. Using webhooks is much more beneficial way in comparison to polling an API, as it decreases the server load, saves API requests, and provides more up-to-date info.
- order.list method
Another option for tracking new orders is executing order.list method once in a while to get list of products to be imported to your system. Filter orders by create time with created_from and created_to parameters.
for synchronizing inventory across sales channels:
Keeping inventory data accurate and in sync across all sales channels is vital for retail business. To implement inventory synchronization feature you will have to get to know about new orders via webhook for order.add event or order.list method. Then, update stock quantities through product.update method using increase_quantity and decrease_quantity parameters
for creating shipments and updating order statuses automatically:
Create shipments and add tracking numbers to orders with help of order.shipment.update and order.shipment.add methods. Update order statuses via order.update method.
for making reports:
API2Cart allows accessing rich data for all kinds of reporting, that helps retailers to predict spikes in product demands, avoid overstock and out-of-stock situations, etc. Get information about customers, products and orders via API2Cart product.list, customer.list and order.list methods to implement reporting feature.
You can find all supported methods here or in our documentation. Keep in mind, that with API2Cart service you can integrate with more than 40+ shopping carts and marketplaces including Magento, Amazon, Shopify, Woocommerce, and others. In case you get interested, click the button to schedule a call with our representative or sign up to test it for free.