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Official Akeneo Solution partner. Certified Implementation Specialists and Advisors. Magento 2 Commerce and Shopify Plus.

A Product Information Management (PIM) solution provides a single place to collect, manage, and enrich your product information, create a product catalog, and distribute it to your sales and eCommerce channels. A PIM solution makes it faster and easier to create and deliver compelling product experiences.

Akeneo is a global leader in PIM solutions enabling retailers to deliver a consistent and enriched customer experience across all sales channels, including eCommerce, mobile, print, and retail points of sale. Akeneo’s open-source enterprise PIM improves product data quality & accuracy while simplifying and accelerating product catalog management

The Akeneo Enterprise Edition is designed to enable B2B and B2C retailers and brands to deliver the great product experiences needed to fuel better customer experiences. Unlike proprietary black-box software solutions, Akeneo PIM Enterprise Edition is an enterprise-grade, open source PIM solution and open API, delivering a transparent, secure, and extensible environment for the ultimate flexibility.

acidgreen are official Akeneo solution partners with a team of Certified Akeneo Implementation Specialists and Akeneo Advisors in Australia. acidgreen specialises in Akeneo PIM integration with Shopify Plus and Magento Commerce.

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As an Akeneo Solution partner acidgreen can help with business and taxonomic issues as well as providing seamless integrations between Akeneo and your existing systems. After launch, we are available for training and ongoing support.

Akeneo has over 100 marketplace extensions and acidgreen will consult on the best for your requirements and provide integration, configuration and customisation to meet your business needs.

Shopify Plus Akeneo Integration Agency

Akeneo and Shopify have recently partnered to enable integration between Akeneo PIM and Shopify Plus. acidgreen can now assist Shopify Plus customers to seamlessly use Akeneo’s PIM solution to manage and enrich their product information and deliver it more easily and quickly to multiple sites, locales, and sales channels.

Webkul has created a Shopify Akeneo Connector that will enable you to export your catalogue from Akeneo to Shopify. You can send product data including images, categories, quantity, SEO, price and can even filter the products which you want to export to Shopify.

The key benefits of using a PIM with Shopify Plus are product data governance, managing product data across multiple stores, automation of enrichment and other tasks, efficiency in managing various other areas and unified product data against different stores and channels.

acidgreen are official Akeneo solution partners and Shopify Plus Partners with clients such as Camilla, Guess and UNSW.

Magento 2 Akeneo Integration Agency

Akeneo has partnered with Magento, an Adobe Company, to enable Magento merchants to deliver compelling product experiences to their customers. With Akeneo PIM, merchants can easily and rapidly manage and deliver high-quality product information across all sales channels, streamline internal catalog management processes and facilitate catalogue expansion.

Akeneo has developed a connector for Magento 2 Enterprise (Commerce) and Magento 2 Community (Open Source). Webkul also has a Magento 2 Akeneo connector that allows us to connect your Magento store with the Akeneo PIM and manage thousands of products easily. 

While Magento 2 serves as a perfect foundation, Akeneo is needed to manage extended product catalogs, support multi-channel strategy, and provide content in multiple languages, all while preserving agility of operations, durability, and security.

acidgreen are official Akeneo solution partners and Magento Commerce Partners with clients such as Olympus, Petbarn and Godfreys.

For more information or consult on setting up Akeneo PIM and/or integrating Akeneo with your Magento or Shopify store simply contact acidgreen today. acidgreen have over 70 staff with offices in Sydney and Melbourne Australia and have been specialising in digital commerce for over 20 years.

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Upgraded Office Choice Product Information Management System

As one of Australia’s largest B2B office suppliers, Office Choice stores cater for a broad range of customers including SMEs, government sectors, educational institutions and personal customers. Office Choice stocks an extensive range of stationery, technology, and furniture and office solutions such as canteen, janitorial and printing services.

Business Needs

Office Choice is a buying group that maintains supply relationships with all the key stationery manufacturers and distributors (suppliers) in Australia. Members of Office Choice (aka Dealers) can order products from these suppliers at the centrally negotiated price as part of their membership package. Additional services offered to Office Choice dealers are the production of a paper-based 500 page Full Line Catalogue and marketing support with 4 major national advertising campaigns scheduled each year.

Office Choice uses an MS SQL/.Net application (“Intranet”) to manage the product, supplier, catalog and promotion activities within the group. The Intranet is a bespoke application developed in-house over the past 10 years and provides a host of other non-PIM functions that needed to be replaced over time.

But, there was no functionality to update data in bulk and no error report for each field of a product. It was difficult to maintain the current system without these major functions since it required manual checkup.

Pimcore Solution

Office Choice wanted to implement a new Product Information Management (PIM) system to replace the existing system currently in place. The new PIM system had to be based on Pimcore with customization and configuration designed to replicate and enhance the client’s existing PIM functionality. Pimcore now provides a reliable product information management (PIM) system with error reports and bulk data update functionalities.

Business Results

Office Choice has expressed their positive feedback since Pimcore reduces their overhead time and ability to manage their products through the system. They are able to get a detailed error log for each product with a bulk update feature that did not exist in their previous system. The switch to Pimcore has proven to be an excellent choice for users to easily manage and maintain the product information.

For more information on how acidgreen can implement a PIM for your organisation please contact us.

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Why We’re So Excited Shopify Plus PIM Integration Is Here

Great news! Shopify Plus PIM integrations are now super seamless, using third-party systems such as CommerceConnect or Pimcore

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Fantastic! But wait…

What is PIM?

It’s not a traditional English liqueur many of us enjoy whisking down unremorsefully at a Sunday long lunch. Though, its benefits could leave you feeling similarly satisfied.

PIM stands for Product Information Management, and while you may not have heard the term so commonly used in the past, you can rest assured its popularity is growing rapidly. In fact, the PIM market is set to increase to over 15.7 billion USD by 2021. And, for people within the world of commerce, offline or online, it’s a must-know concept that is picking up a fast pace that traditional product management lacked.

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But, for the sake of this article, let’s look at PIM from an ecommerce point-of-view. Strictly, from the view of Shopify Plus and its increasing number of merchants.

Fundamentally, PIM software (provided from third parties, such as Pimcore and CommerceConnect) manages your ecommerce master catalogue of products i.e. it takes data from multiple locations and systematically compiles it into the one location.

So, what are its immediate advantages of merchants looking for Shopify Plus PIM integration?

Merchants have the ability to edit and manage all product information at once from a PIM interface. For example, you can modify item IDs, references, catalogues, SKUs, images, localisations, documentations etc.

Who Benefits From Utilising Shopify Plus PIM?

Well, for starters, those of us wanting to launch omni-channel, international stores would see massive benefits from utilising PIM.

Why?

Because if you’re expanding globally, it might be a good idea to setup multiple stores as part of the localisation process.

However… this is not to say that global businesses are the only ones that can benefit from PIM. Your Shopify Plus store might appear to have a pretty limited product count, but, you might have a high set of variables and complex customisations that can take up a lot of time and manual labour that your business just can’t afford.

Shopify Plus PIM integration sees it biggest advantages come to life for merchants who require any of the following:

  • High product SKU count
  • Frequent SKU transitions
  • Convoluted fulfilment options
  • Various product information management contributors
  • Challengers associated with getting products to the market
  • Manual data processes
  • High Cost-Per-Product setup
  • Data collection from 2 or more channels
  • Cumbersome existing product management structure

By incorporating a PIM onto your Shopify Plus store, merchants can provide relevant information to stakeholders, internal business operations through to suppliers, manufacturers, wholesalers and, most importantly, customers.

It’s A Huge Time Saver

As I mentioned before, integrating PIM such as Pimcore or CommerceConnect into your Shopify Plus store could see a major improvement in your business’ time efficiency and gigantuan depletion in manual data entry.

In fact, according to Goodmasters, over twenty-five minutes every year is spent on individual manual item data… imagine what that number might be if you added the combined time of every product SKU in your Shopify Plus store. Thankfully, with the automatic synchronisation that PIM software provides, this time is reduced dramatically to an average of four minutes per product.

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Moreover, research conducted by Aberdeen Asset Management suggests that PIM software reduces labor costs by an average of 67%.

And, while you may be investing in the software, the cost savings are usually blatantly evident when looking at the long-tail strategy e.g. more complete, wholesome product information for customers and stakeholders equals a higher converting store. It’s all about that conversion rate.

Massive Increase In Productivity

According to the Yankee Group, merchants who have incorporated PIM software such as Pimcore or CommerceConnect into their store see a 20% increase in employee productivity.

That number not impressive enough for you?

Looking at it from the other side of the spectrum might make it sound more impressive; currently, Shopify Plus merchants who do not use PIM software operate at a 30% inaccuracy rate (this is the overall pharmaceutical industry average). Having a third-party Shopify Plus PIM software, such as Pimcore or CommerceConnect organise all your information guarantees that you are presenting data that is as accurate and factual as possible.

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Additionally, a report conducted by Heiler (via Jorji) reported that, companies who invested in PIM saw 23% fewer product returns.

Wow. Why is that?

Because their consumers weren’t disappointed or thwarted by the product that was delivered – they had realistic, informed expectations. They knew exactly what they were receiving because these merchants had effectively communicated, organised product information.

To summarise, PIM should act as a business performance driver. It will reach its highest potential when it is utilised as an asset to drive your businesses performance.

Does Your Store Need Shopify Plus PIM Integration?

So, now you grasp an understanding of what PIM is and what it could do to help enhance your business, you need to determine if it is necessary to integrate on your Shopify Plus store.

To help you decide, acidgreen have summarised the key benefits merchants could gain from incorporating Shopify Plus PIM integration: 

  • Product information attributes are efficiently enriched.
  • PIM helps expand marketplaces your business couldn’t previously access.
  • Assists in driving overall sales and profit.
  • Get products to market faster (4x faster on average).
  • Enables third-parties with easy access to documents and publishing.
  • Allows for seamless management of product category and attribute mappings for every marketplace.
  • Simple back-end integration.
  • Creates a central management system and organises the various requirements from eCommerce channels.
  • Provides inventory allocation across multiple channels.
  • Minimises the risk of overselling.

For a smooth Shopify Plus PIM integration, it is highly recommended to look for a PIM with on-boarding support. A PIM where, “you’re going to get some support from a professional third-party that’s going to help you connect your PIM with your external systems” – John Marsella (found and CEO of Jasper Studios).

Luckily for you, acidgreen are not only your friendly, professional Shopify Experts and Shopify Plus Partner (one of the first in Australia), we’re also Pimcore Silver Partners, and we know how to successfully integrate your PIM system to drive your omni-channel success, with the need for flexibility and efficiency at the forefront of our mind.

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At acidgreen, we have over 17 years of digital commerce experience, so contact us today for expert advice. We’ll hinder to your specific requirements and guide you in a direction that’s right for your business.

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acidgreen is an award winning e-commerce agency  specialising in Magento, Shopify Plus and digital marketing with over 15 years of  industry experience. Our certified developers and digital marketers are highly qualified to create aesthetically pleasing Magento and Shopify Plus websites that generate the highest amount of conversions and provide the best ROI. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitteror give us a call to learn more about our services.