Open Catalogue Interface (OCI)
It's easy to comply with internal approval processes for orders in our LAPP online shop if you work with the Open Catalog Interface (OCI). This is because OCI enables you to integrate the shopping basket content into your ordering system at the touch of a button. You can also order with OCI directly from your inventory management system in the LAPP online shop if you want. Thanks to the data exchange, you have the purchase requisitions (BANF) or purchase orders at your fingertips right away, and you can release them in line with your defined approval process. You can then place your actual order in the LAPP online shop via OCI, fax or e-mail.
Automated data transfer
If you are creating an order or an order request in your ERP system, call LAPP’s external online shop directly. This command loads the parameters stored in the inventory management system in the background. This means you are automatically logged in and receive your individual settings in the shop. All functions, such as article search and placement in the shopping basket, are available immediately.
The only difference from normal online shop orders is at the end of the ordering process. The shopping basket is not sent to LAPP when an OCI call is made, but is returned to your inventory management system. All defined OCI fields are adopted, for instance, designation, order quantity, quantity, price, currency, price unit, delivery time, material number, eCl@ss class, order number and item number.
In this way, you don't have to manually enter the contents of the shopping basket into your system. If the data has been successfully transferred to your inventory management system, you have a pre-filled order request (BANF) or order. You can then have it approved according to your defined approval process.
The actual order to LAPP is carried out in the conventional way, via the message output in your ERP system, e.g. in the form of fax, e-mail or EDI. Or instead of simply transmitting data via OCI, you can simultaneously initiate an order to LAPP. This is particularly useful when there’s no need for an approval process.