Shopify is a leading provider of fully managed E-Commerce solutions & provide a great selling experience to their users. Not only the selling experience is great but Shopify provides a Rich set of API’s that has resulted in the growth of it’s developer community creating integrations to integrate Shopify with almost any cloud platform you can imagine. We had a chance to work with Shopify API recently & we learnt some very important things out of it which are mentioned below
Real Looking SandBox Stores :
Shopify provides it’s developers with seamless development experience by providing unlimited Sandbox stores that includes all the functionalities of Shopify for free of cost. So developers can simply signup for a free account at Shopify developer portal & can create as many as Sandbox stores to test their integration with.
Detailed Product Management API’s :
Shopify includes every possible product management API you can think of which are far more than its competitors. Let’s take an example of creating products via API with this API you can not only create a product inside Shopify but it also allows you to set the meta data of the product too like SEO title & description of that product which is very helpful for sellers.
Out of the Box Custom Field Support :
Shopify allows developers to associate as much as custom data to it’s products making it much easier for developers to build multichannel integrations around it. In our case we had to filter out certain products based on their meta data value before creating them on another channel so Shopify Metafield API was of great help to us.
Detailed Inventory & Location management API :
Our customer for whom we were developing the Shopify integration for was having multiple product locations & they wanted to maintain the same inventory distribution over the Shopify as well so with the inventory & location management features we were able to achieve this for our user.
Out of the Box MultiChannel Support :
If you are looking to sell on multiple platforms & using Shopify as your PIM you can easily do so by using Shopify Sales Channel API.
Detailed order & fulfillment API :
Our customer wanted to sell products he already had on Shopify on another marketplace but he wanted to keep the fulfillment to be done via Shopify since his Shopify store was already connected to various Shipping careers. We were able to achieve it easily by using orders API & fulfillment API. Orders API helped us to create orders back to Shopify from another platform & once they were fulfilled via Shopify we got webhooks notification which we used to notify the customers on another platform about their shipment status.
Webhooks Notifications : Webhooks notifications are the super power of Shopify. It helped us to perform various operations like inventory updates, fulfillment updates near real time. However when you use Shopify Webhooks you need to be really careful because sometimes they get removed if you don’t respond to webhooks within 5 seconds. So you need to be a little creative in order to perform real time operations using Shopify webhooks.