Lack Of Speed Kills eCommerce Success
Prophet 21 is one of the most robust ERP platforms. eCommerce managers with websites that require calls to an ERP system constantly struggle with the issue of latency. And the more complex the data the slower the site will perform.
In 2019 Amazon found that every 100ms in latency cost them 1% in sales. Another study in 2021 found that pages that load in 2 seconds (which isn’t bad) have a 9 percent bounce rate while pages loading in 5 seconds have a 38% bounce rate.
It’s not uncommon for B2B distributor sites to have page load times of 10 seconds, or more when multiple calls for customer-specific pricing or special pricing are happening. The same goes for checkout, where key info is being passed from the ERP system to the website. Lack of speed kills.
Even when leading distribution business management software like Epicore’s Profit 21 (P21) are in the mix, the native API that works with the website will cause unnecessary latency issues. By working with dozens of P21 customers, DCKAP has developed an easily customizable API that solves these issues when passing the data through to our super-intuitive ERP integration platform, Cloras.
Less Is More With Cloras’ Prophet 21 API
A typical P21 system has hundreds of fields. A typical eCommerce website has 10-12 required fields. The native Profit 21 API will send all of those hundreds of fields through every time a call is made, meaning data gets clogged and page load times slow.
DCKAP’s API limits the fields passed from P21 through Cloras to the fields typically required to place an order on a website. Things like:
- Customer ID
- Customer price
- Price breaks
- Shipping info
- Order status
- Inventory levels
By only allowing only the 10-12 fields needed for eCommerce orders to pass through to the site, page load times are greatly reduced. The same applies to info being passed back to the ERP.
Flexible And Sleek Prophet 21 API
But what if those few fields in the API don’t cover your needs? The DCKAP P21 API is built to be customized, often by a business user, or we will work with you to make sure you have what you need.
We are small enough to work individually with every customer to make sure our P21 to Cloras is meeting all your needs.
Additional benefits of the Cloras Prophet 21 API
Customer-specific pricing from Prophet 21
The native P21 API only allows one call for pricing at a time. On a category listing page with multiple products that means a slow load. The DCKAP Cloras API will allow multiple calls at once.
Offline orders from Prophet 21
DCKAP’s API has been tailored to call for orders placed offline. That means customers can view their entire order history on the website rather than just those placed on the site.
Better order filtering of orders in Prophet 21
The native P21 API allows for filtering only by date range. But what if you have multiple orders a day or you don’t know the right dates? The Cloras API allows for filtering by customer ID and ship-to ID.
Stop duplicating customer records in Prophet 21
Because DCKAP’s P21 API is able to call for the Customer ID in P21, we can match new orders to existing accounts and only create new customers for customers not already in Profit 21.
Real-time inventory passed from Prophet 21
With Cloras, inventory is always in sync. And Cloras will identify the products based on whether it is an assembly item or a complete item and adjust the logic based on the requirements of the order. It doesn’t matter if the inventory is in multiple warehouses. We have that covered with our API.
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