11 January 2017
How to Integrate Linnworks with Magento 2 Ecommerce Platforms
The aggressive growth of ecommerce, owing to new technologies and tools, has put firms to resort to efficient e-commerce solutions to help oversee all elements of their value and supply chain in order to bring down costs and increase business productivity and growth. Ecommerce solutions such as Linnworks and Magento 2 have emerged as highly reliable and credible platforms that enable retailers and other businesses to manage stock ordering and management to meeting digital marketing objectives, such as search engine optimisation and customer relationship management.
In this post, we explore Linnworks and Magento 2 and show how you can integrate both solutions to optimise your e-commerce efficiency.
Linnworks and Magento 2
Linnworks is a flexible web-based ecommerce platform designed to help online businesses manage all aspects pertaining to order management from inventory updates and shipping management to price updates and order reports. As a multi-channel ecommerce software, businesses can easily edit and synchronize all aspects of their marketplace activities under one roof. The increased transparency of the software enables you to have access to all essential supply chain information at your fingertips, resulting in fewer waste and higher cost savings.
Magento 2, on the other hand, is a dominant e-commerce platform with over 200,000 e-retailers that offers scalable e-commerce solutions from catalogue management to search engine optimisation provided by a highly responsive and fluid user interface. The platform provides both frontend and backend functionalities to bolster business efficiency and growth at all channels and cross-sections of an online business through enhanced customer shopping experience.
Integrating Linnworks with Magento 2
Integrating both e-commerce platforms can help you achieve a range of benefits. Firstly, you will be able to integrate and amalgamate all order history with multiple suppliers and accounts in one place. Orders from eBay, Amazon, and Magento will results in a centralised access that can save time and allow you to have a consolidated view of your overall business transactions. Secondly, you will have greater transparency and information that can be taken advantage of to identify and fix problems in your supply chain. This can be pivotal for cost-reduction and increasing customer satisfaction levels.
How to Integrate Linnworks with Magento 2
Adding a New Channel
To start the integration process, you first need to go to login to your Magento 2 account and select the User-Roles option. Next click on New Role and enter Linnworks as its Role Name and select the option of Role Resources as All. Then in Magento 2, selection the All Users option and add a user by the name of Linnworks assigned to the role.
Once you do this, go to your Linnworks account and select Channel Integration in Settings and choose Magento 2 from the channel list. Enter the Username, Password, and URL and choose download to install and finish. Ensure that when filling the URL, include the complete address using ‘http://’.
Channel Settings Configuration
Once the link has been established between Linnworks and Magento 2, it is time to configure channel settings. Make sure that Magento 2 is added in Linnworks and start by setting the API URL as standard and enable the username made for Linnworks to be accessed for Magento 2. If you have a multi store, tick the multi store option to and ensure you have your Store Site ID. Afterwards, perform a test to make sure there is sufficient communication for supplier credentials to function appropriately between Linnworks and Magento 2.
Furthermore, inventory settings should also be configured so that changes in Linnworks also lead to changes in Magento 2. You can do this by enabling Linnworks to update according to stock levels in Magento 2 and list the Linnworks locations that you use to make revisions to stock level through the use of Location Mapping from the Channel Integration option.
You can also use settings to represent stock data in more effective ways. Among these include stock percentage, price changes, and the end when option, which displays end of listing when stock reaches a specified value.
Inventory management consists of inventory planning in which a stock item from Linnworks is linked to a live listing. Doing this helps Linnworks detect what items are in need of revision in response to stock level changes to synchronize stock order and planning activities across all e-commerce platforms.
To do this, go Channel Integration in Settings and click the button to choose what channel integration option should be managed. Then customize what data needs to be shown at the left by choosing what columns should be added and removed. Whatever changes you intend to make, be sure to refresh the listing table to bring them into effect. This is because the Mapping screen can take time to adjust to the new settings.
Settings for what payment methods you wish to include and integrate into your e-commerce platforms should also be configured. To create new payment methods on Linnworks, go to Open Order in Order Book and either press right click on an existing order or add a new order. Once you can see the edit order option, select the magnifying glass icon beside Payment Method. Click on the Add New option and then enter the name of the payment method and then click on save.
However, if you wish to integrate an existing payment method from a channel, then go to Channel Integrations under Settings and select the Payment Mapping option and click on Add New. Then choose what method of channel payment you wish to add and link it with a suitable payment method from Linnworks and then press Add.
Shipping Order Management
You can also decide how shipments should be made. To do this, you will need to have a channel added onto Linnworks and have access to a number of approved methods of postal service. To add a new method shipping method of a channel, go to Channel Integration under Settings and select Shipping Mapping and select Create New to proceed with the details you wish to enter. However, if you want to add an existing shipping method of a channel, go to Shipping Mapping settings and select Add New to enter the ID of the channel site.
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