What interfaces does a future-proof print shop need?
Web-to-print-Shop-Systems are subject to permanent change. They must be adaptable to existing processes in a print shop and to processes at the print shop's customers, and they must be able to be integrated into IT system landscapes. This means that future-proof web-to-print shops need-shops need interfaces to enable data to be exchanged with other systems automatically and thus cost-effectively. Usefulinterfaces are:
1. interface to the pre-press stage (Prepress):
This enables print data transmitted in the shop to be transferred directly to the prepress workflow for data checking, ideally including article information such as format, paper type, finishing, print run and delivery date. Ideally, this interface should be bidirectional. The web-to-print-system can then trigger appropriate follow-up processes, e.g., sending a mail confirmation to the customer.
2. interface to
customers' eProcurement systems
such as SAP, Navision, and Oracle. The bidirectional exchange of job information simplifies the ordering and invoicing process and enables common standards for all means of communication.
3. interface to shipping and logistics service providers
for automatic, web-based communication, for example of all relevant order and shipping information.
4. interface to financial accounting (FiBu
) such as Datev for optimised invoicing. This drastically reduces the manual effort and avoids incorrect postings. The dunning process is also simplified.
5 Interface to payment systems:
Forms of payment are a key success factor. Typical payment systems that require interfaces are Papypal, Sofortüberweisung or Giropay. Without an external payment system you can offer cash on delivery, direct debit and invoice from the web-to-print shop. The decisive factor is which forms of payment your customers prefer.
6. interface to factoring systems:
With the option of "purchase on account", sales can be significantly increased. can be increased significantly. The implementation of a factoring system to hedge the risk of non-payment-system to hedge the risk of non-payment.
7. Import interface for editing printed matter:
An important function for web-to-print-shops with online design of printed matter is the use of design templates. This involves adapting graphic designs so that they can be edited with the web-to-print-system.
8. image databases and image personalisation:
This interface imports external images and makes them available to the user. In the B2B environment, for example, interfaces are used that address PIM (Product Information Manager) and DAM (Digital Asset Manager) systems.
Depending on the business model, it may be desirable to link the web-to-print system to a marketplace. -system to a marketplace. There are interfaces for this, for example to Amazon and Google.
10. CO2 calculator:
For the climate-neutral production of print products it makes sense under sustainability goals to compensate for the resources consumed. For this purpose, the Web-to-Print-system can offer an interface directly to a partner for climate-neutral printing who calculates the CO2 emissions of the order and handles the compensation via certified climate protection projects. certified climate protection projects.
11. Interface to MIS/ERP:
It enables the transfer of job and invoice data to an MIS/ERP system and provides APIs to import back the process status.