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The Integral Blog

The Integral Blog

Integrating EDI with your WMS or 3PL provider

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Using Integral Group integration services, you save money by only paying for a single set-up.
With Integral Group integration, there is only one set-up that incorporates all of your customers – present and future. We create what amounts to a huge record layout that houses all of the data fields required by your entire customer base. The information is then extracted as needed to create the custom 940s required by your 3PL.

With Integral Group Flat Rate service plans, you don’t pay for customer sets-ups.
We don’t charge customers over and over again for trading partner setups. We’re already connected to 650+ retailers and manufacturers in North America and there is no need to reinvent the wheel. All customer setups are included in our flat rate plans.

Using Integral Group integration services, there is no burden on your system to maintain extraneous data.
You don’t have to maintain a massive internal database for all data fields that are required by each customer’s unique 850 layout. Integral Group receives all of the purchase orders, stores the all data then outputs exactly what your 3PL requires for their 940.

Puzzle Solved: Shopping Carts and 3PLs

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eCommerce and a successful shopping cart business is a critical revenue stream for retailers. Recognizing that the digital consumer is a force to be reckoned with, you have likely established an e-commerce site plan. You have an enticing storefront and a robust shopping cart application. You know how you are going to market your products and how they will get shipped to your customers. All good. But, how do you get your orders to your 3PL to feed into their Warehouse Management System (WMS).

OmniChannel Part 5: The Technology Burden for 3PLs

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This is the final article in this series on omnichannel.

The technology burden lies with 3PLs to accommodate the different ordering methods their customers prefer to use. EDI was created 30 years ago to bring a level of standardization to data formats in B2B exchanges. It has lived up to expectations for some, but not everyone
(see EDI: A standard that’s not really standard). There are other data formats like CSV and XML, and it’s up to the 3PL to accommodate those formats too. Now that eCommerce is prominent for B2C exchanges, there is new technology for 3PLs to support in the form of shopping carts.