Virtual Inventory Cloud (VIC) allows distributors to order and ship non-stocked items for auto parts retailers without reaching for the phone or browsing the suppliers’ websites. A non-stocked item could be anything that your online store clients do not personally carry but you, as a distributor or manufacturer might. VIC turns drop shipping and special orders into profitable sales that benefit distributors, manufacturers, and retailers.
Digital distribution means your resellers are no longer limited to selling from their inventory but your inventory as distributors and manufacturers.
Traditional methods of searching for parts and placing drop ship and special orders are time-consuming and require many steps. Virtual Inventory Cloud (VIC) decreases the possibility of errors while saving you time and money.
The Virtual Inventory Cloud from GCommerce puts all the information needed to pick and sell from the virtual supply chain at your fingertips.
Virtual Inventory Cloud makes it easy to locate hard-to-find products from dozens of suppliers with a single easy-to-use portal, or through an integration with any current ERP system. Ease of use for retailers and online stores means less time involved in searching for hard-to-find auto parts by distributors and manufacturers.
The GCommerce Virtual Inventory Cloud (VIC) provides product availability, pricing, estimated shipping costs, ship dates, and special charges in seconds. You no longer have to do that research manually, giving you more time to focus on the distribution of more aftermarket auto parts.
Virtual Inventory Cloud gives distributors, brand owners, and resellers real-time visibility to the inventory of their drop shippers through a single ordering system.
When you, as a supplier updates your inventory, GCommerce monitors product and inventory data to ensure it’s all current.
Orders and acknowledgments are sent electronically. Shipping notifications and tracking information are returned electronically. This limits the number of manual touches decreasing the possibility of any errors.
Virtual Inventory Cloud Order Tracking keeps track of acknowledgments and shipping information. If a problem arises with an order, VIC lets you know so you can resolve it quickly.
Internet Parts Ordering (IPO) is the automotive aftermarket standard API for real-time drop shipping, special order inquiries, and order transactions. The IPO API extends your supply chain to all virtual inventory suppliers. This allows you to capture more sales.
Some suppliers support the integration of VIC with their ERP systems and communicate through the 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.
Including the VIC API in the point-of-sale or current catalog system will speed up the inquiry process and eliminate the need to move to a separate application.
GCommerce has more experience with Internet Parts Ordering (IPO) than anyone. Our exclusive implementation documentation reduces data transfers to the minimum amount required for transactions between trading partners. Faster web service integration means your aftermarket auto parts go to market more quickly and online sales begin sooner.
The GCommerce team is here to help with your IPO project; a phone call or email gets your questions answered. Regular meetings ensure 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.
We provide sample message files for each Business Object Document (BOD) in the most popular versions to follow in development.