Over the past few weeks I’ve gotten a ton of positive feedback on FoxyWire (several people are building businesses on the platform as I type this). After talking more with the Shipwire team, I discovered that tons of users were clamoring for an integration of Shipwire and BigCommerce, which is one of the most widely used shopping carts on the internet. And so, here it is – Shipiro, a seamless integration of BigCommerce and Shipwire.
Like FoxyWire, Shipiro offers an out-of-the-box, point and click integration with Shipwire. Shipiro is a little more advanced however, in that it makes it easy to push tracking numbers from Shipwire back into BigCommerce. That allows things like inventory management and customer notification of shipments, all using built-in BigCommerce functionality.
Here’s a bit of background on how each service works, and how you can stitch them together quickly with Shipiro to build an enterprise class e-commerce supply chain.
BigCommerce is one of the web’s most popular e-commerce solutions (over 10,000 live stores). BigCommerce is extremely full featured – everything from custom templates to inventory management to eBay integration to marketing and analytics is included. Just about the only thing BigCommerce didn’t have was fulfillment. Enter Shipwire with Shipiro.
Ah, how the world has changed. Advanced logistics and fulfillment used to be reserved for large, international companies with sophisticated supply chain managers. Not anymore. Shipwire brings professional-grade fulfillment within the price range and sophistication level of an individual entrepreneur. Shipwire has warehouses in LA, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, and London. To get started, you can ship your inventory to any or all of Shipwire’s warehouses. When a new order comes in, simply send the SKUs and address information to Shipwire (automatically via their API if you’re using Shipiro), and they’ll use intelligent business rules to ship the order for the lowest cost possible, dynamically selecting the closest warehouse and cheapest shipping carrier. Check out this interview with their CEO to learn a bit more about how they are trying to help entrepreneurs build supply chains to rival Fortune 500 companies.
Shipiro.com reaches out to the BigCommerce API with each user’s credentials a few times a day and requests the orders list, which is then parsed for “physical” items only (so we don’t ship e-books for example) and passed over to Shipwire. Then nightly, Shipiro hits the Shipwire API and pulls tracking numbers back into Shipiro. Lack of write capability in the BigCommerce API prevents me from pushing those numbers back to BigCommerce, but Shipiro is able to export a CSV of all orders with tracking numbers that easily imports back into BigCommerce with their import tool. Shipiro keeps an auditable log of every single piece of XML that goes back and forth to make the above steps happen, which can be viewed order-by-order inside of the Shipiro interface.
The folks at Shipwire have listed Shipiro on their website as the only currently available method for BigCommerce/Shipwire integration. Shipiro is also featured on the BigCommerce blog. If you’re running an e-commerce store on BigCommerce and are looking to automate your supply chain and fulfillment, give Shipwire a try with Shipiro.