by • May 6, 2022
Companies of all sizes and industries are unlocking new possibilities thanks to APIs (application programming interfaces). There are many common uses of APIs, from driving business agility to improving the customer experience. However, there are few sectors where APIs have so much potential as the logistics industry. From giant e-commerce retailers like Amazon to small mom-and-pop businesses, shippers, couriers, and delivery services can all benefit from using a logistics API. In this article, we’ll discuss the various applications of APIs for logistics operations and your supply chain.
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An API (application programming interface) is a software connector between two third-party systems or applications, allowing them to easily communicate with each other in real time and bringing them into the same ecosystem. API integration is fundamental to our modern world of digitization: It powers everything from flight booking websites to online payment portals.
The two main types of APIs used today are REST and SOAP, replacing older alternatives such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). REST (Representational State Transfer) APIs use a stateless client-server architecture and send data in JSON or XML format, while SOAP APIs typically use the HTTP protocol and send data in XML format. APIs are also classified into public or private based on the people who are allowed to use them (i.e. the general public or only a restricted audience).
With all that said, how can APIs benefit logistics and supply chain companies in particular? Below, we’ll discuss various ways how APIs track logistics throughout the global supply chain, from trucking to warehousing.
A shipping API helps e-commerce brands integrate shipping functionality into their website. Shipping APIs may come with a wide range of features, including:
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A logistics API helps with the coordination and optimization of your supply chain and logistics operations. The various functions of your logistics API may include:
From shipping to warehouse management, API technology offers the possibility to radically transform the face of the supply chain management and logistics industry. The only question left is: How can logistics companies actually begin to bring APIs into their operations?
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