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The Virtual Inventory Cloud

Supply Chain Visibility is the key to offering Infinite aisles

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With the Virtual Inventory Cloud (VIC) distributors and retailers can locate and order non-stocked items without reaching for the phone or browsing the supplier’s web site. VIC turns Drop Ship/Special Orders into profitable sales that extends your inventory far beyond what you have on the shelf


Sell From a Virtually Limitless Inventory

  • Digital distribution mean resellers are no longer limited to selling from the inventory in their stores, but from the virtual inventory of their suppliers and their suppliers’ suppliers
  • Traditional methods of searching for parts and placing drop ship and special orders are time consuming and required many steps, introducing the possibility of errors
  • The Virtual Inventory Cloud (VIC) from GCommerce puts all of the information needed to sell from your virtual supply chain at your fingertips
  • Source hard-to-find products from dozens of suppliers though a single easy-to-use portal, or integration with your ERP system

Say "Yes" to More Orders in Less Time

  • The GCommerce Virtual Inventory Cloud (VIC) returns availability, pricing, estimated shipping costs, ship dates and special charges in seconds so you can say “yes” and capture more sales
  • With VIC, resellers have real-time visibility to the inventory of all their drop ship suppliers through a single ordering portal
  • Suppliers update inventory data files throughout the day for reliable availability information
  • GCommerce monitors Product and Inventory data to insure data is complete and fresh.
  • Orders and acknowledgements are sent electronically. Shipping notifications and tracking information are returned electronically
  • VIC Order Tracking keeps track of Acknowledgements and Shipping information and lets you know when there is a problem.

VIC Follows Supplier/Buyer Business Rules

  • The GCommerce Virtual Inventory Cloud operates on the business rules in place between trading partners. Line Items and Quantity rules for Special Orders are enforced.
  • Buyer "Ship To" location and Supplier DC locations are preloaded, reducing data entry for each order.
  • Supplier Shipping rules for cut-off times and Holidays, by DC provide accurate “Promised Ship Date” calculations.
  • Suppliers control supported shipping methods. Buyers control preferred shipping methods.
  • Supplier Ship method codes are standardized, enabling the Buyer to support a single freight code standard.
  • Minimum order quantities and multiples are enforced.
  • Special fees, Core, and Handling charges are quoted with the price.

IPO Web Services

Internet Parts Ordering - or IPO - is the aftermarket industry standard API for real-time Drop Ship and Special Order inquiries and order transactions. IPO can extend your supply chain to all of your virtual inventory suppliers and allow you to say "yes" to capture more sales.



Some suppliers support integration of VIC with their ERP systems and communicate through the Internet Parts Ordering (IPO) protocol. This ensures that quote responses are specific to the customer and delivered in real-time. IPO also allows buyers to integrate VIC with their catalog or POS system – eliminating the need for a separate portal

VIC Connects Those Who use Web Services with Those Who Don’t

  • VIC from GCommerce offers access via a stand-alone Portal or integrated IPO option. So whether you’re Web Service savvy or not you can use VIC for your Special Order needs.Suppliers use several different versions of IPO with specific customization by Supplier.
  • VIC handles all IPO Version translations allowing the Buyer to implement a single Version of IPO to communicate with all trading partners
  • VIC from GCommerce can blend IPO with existing EDI pipelines to deliver Shipping and Invoicing transactions via IPO, avoiding an IPO implementation for an EDI Supplier.
IPO Process

IPO Allows Real-Time Responses specific to the Customer

  • IPO-ERP Supplier integration ensures that all of the newest products are available for inquiry and special order. Your ERP System controls what the Buyer can buy.
  • Inventory quotes are fetched real-time from the supplier’s order management system, eliminating the need to send frequent inventory files.
  • Since the IPO responses are specific to the customer making the inquiry, pricing and fees are specific to that customer.

Integrating VIC at the POS further speeds Inquiry and Response

  • Including the VIC API in the Point-of-Sales or native catalog system speed to inquiry process and eliminates the need to move to a separate application
  • VIC integration with leading WMS applications contributes to seamless visibility to suppliers
  • The IPO specification is the application program interface (API) definition for VIC and speeds development, leading to a faster ROI
  • VIC also offers a lighter version of integration by sending the PO information created outside of the WMS for import to match the ASN and Invoice from the Supplier.

IPO Implementation Support Expand/Colapse

GCommerce has more experience with Internet Parts Ordering (IPO) than anyone. Exclusive implementation documentation reduces the original specification to the minimum information needed to transact between trading partners. Faster web service integration projects mean faster time to market and online sales begin sooner

Click Here for an overview (27 min video) of Internet Parts Ordering and the GCommerce implementation services

Exclusive GCommerce IPO Documentation Speeds Development

  • GCommerce people are there to help with your IPO project, a phone call or email gets your questions answered. Regular meetings insure we stay on track.
  • Software developers have access to exclusive GCommerce Implementation Quick Start Guides, Training Videos and Process Checklists, resulting in faster development and ROI
  • Sample message files for each Business Object Document (BOD) in each of the most popular version of the standard provide examples to follow in development
IPO Quick Start Guide

The GCommerce IPO Test Platform Verifies When Code Works

  • The GCommerce IPO Test Platform enables developers to see the specific XML code of a well-formed IPO inquiry and response
  • Messages can be uploaded to the platform and validated against the standard
  • The IPO Test Platform takes the guesswork out of a web service implementation and reduces IT development costs. You can test from Search to PO Acknowledgement to insure a smooth transition to Production Go-Live.
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