Audience: Retailers


CommerceHub’s Dsco platform provides the flexibility to select an integration option that works best for your business.

Manual Options - Using your favorite web browser

Option Ease Description
Handle tasks one at a time
✪✪✪✪✪
Very Easy
This is the best option if you plan to only process a few orders at a time.

Simply log into the platform using your email address and password, then you can easily create new orders.
Batch upload/download
✪✪✪✪
Fairly Easy

This is a great option if you do not have full automation capabilities but wish to work with multiple batches of information at a time.

Download and Upload buttons are available on every page to upload orders or download shipping updates, inventory updates or invoices through the use of XLS, XLSX, CSV, or TAB delimited files.

Batch upload/download with the Data Mapper
✪✪
Somewhat Easy

This is a good option if you already provide your suppliers with CSV or TAB delimited files. 

The Data Mapper tool walks you through the process of mapping your data to the platform specifications, so that you don’t have to build a custom file on your end. Once the mapping has been completed, you can upload or download your file through the platform and we will accept or provide a file in your format. 

CommerceHub provides every account with their own SFTP account, which can be used with the Data Mapper tool and the flat-file exchange system.

For more information, see Using the Data Mapper.

Automated Options

Option Ease Description
Flat-filexchange  ✪✪
Somewhat Difficult
This is a good option for retailers who prefer to exchange flat files using a variety of flat-file formats, including CSV, TAB, PIPE, or XLS. Our automated system also supports exchange of files in your own format by way of our Data Mapper. Using the platform, you can set up your mapping and schedule a job that runs at the times you specify.

If you don’t have your own formats to work with, you can always use data specification. Simply refer to the Data Schema guide to build a file that matches our specifications and set up an automated job within the platform to schedule the processing of the files at the appropriate times.

You can also manually run any automated job, at any time, using the Upload File option.
Dsco API
Very Difficult

This is a good option if you have programmers on staff who are experienced with REST APIs. This is a very advanced and technical option as your programmers will be creating custom scripts that will interact with your system and CommerceHub in a programmatic way.

The platform API allows retailers to do all the things that can be done through the platform, i.e. upload new orders, download invoices, etc.

For more information, see Dsco API Reference.

EDI
Very Difficult

This is a good option if you already use EDI in your drop-ship operations. 

The platform supports the exchange of EDI documents over SFTP and AS2 for the following document types

  • 846 Inventory
  • 850 Purchase Order
  • 855 Purchase Order Acknowledgement
  • 856 Ship Notice
  • 870 Purchase Order Status (Cancellation)
  • 810 Invoice

For more information, see EDI for Retailers.

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