How To Automate Your E-Commerce Business
In this article, you will learn how to automate your e-commerce business, even if you don't know how to code. This is called Robotic Process Automation (RPA) which provides huge benefits such as increasing data accuracy.
First, automate the front-end (online store)
Your online store is the only part of your business that is visible and accessible to your customers. Its purpose is to showcase your products and allow your customers to conduct their online shopping effectively.
Even small businesses can be part of this business model. Electronic commerce can be built using Shopify, Wix, Bigcommerce among others. Those industry leaders allow the smooth transition of buying and selling goods through an online shop front, inventory management, and basic back-office system.
Once a customer proceeds to checkout with their credit card, you will get a notification of purchase and will need to fulfill the order somehow.
Then, fulfil orders manually?
Manually picking the purchased goods from the inventory and shipping them one by one is part of the fun of starting an e-commerce business.
However, it gets old very quickly, especially if your business is successful and your sales are growing exponentially from month to month.
You can use Parseur and automate everything! With Parseur, you will be able to automatically extract data from your orders received by email and send extracted data to any business application you use, like an order fulfilling application or your accounting software.
Let's see how Parseur can help!
Step 1: Create a Parseur account
If you don't have an account already, sign up here and create a Parseur account. Parseur is totally and forever free for a limited number of emails sent per month, with all features enabled.
Having a powerful email parsing tool can help you automate your e-commerce, saving you countless hours of work.
Step 2: Create a mailbox
Once your account is created, enter a name for your e-commerce mailbox.
You can enter anything you'd like.
Click Next and select Custom emails (default) or Custom emails and attachments if you need to extract data from documents attached to emails.
Click Next again.
Step 3: Forward your e-commerce orders to your mailbox
On the next screen, Parseur will ask you to forward your first order email.
Click on the copy-to-clipboard button.
Go to your personal mail inbox and forward one of your orders to your Parseur mailbox (paste the email address you just copied into the To field).
Step 4: Create your e-commerce data extraction template
It usually takes less than 10 seconds for Parseur to receive the email. Once the email has arrived, Parseur will ask you to create a template for it.
Now, tell Parseur which text you want to extract as demonstrated in the video tutorial below:
Parseur can typically extract the following information from each order:
- Shop name
- Customer name
- Customer delivery address
- Customer billing address
- Customer email address
- Customer phone number
- Order Date
- Expected delivery date
- List of Items with for each item line: a Reference, a SKU (Stock Keeping Unit), a Quantity, a Description, a Price or Unit Price, a Picture as URL, etc.
- Delivery fees
- Local Tax, GST (Global Sales Tax) or VAT (Value added tax)
- Total price
- Payment method
- Payment status
Once you have created a template, save it and all emails with a similar layout will be processed.
Step 5: Sending the orders to your delivery platform of choice
All the data which has been extracted can be exported in any format that you require.
Head over to the Export section of your mailbox:
You can also send the extracted data smoothly to your favorite Online Delivery System, such as Ordering or any accounting system such as Xero. This is easily achieved through Zapier for example, which connects Parseur to the application of your choice.
Head to over Parseur now and automate your e-commerce business instantly!
Fast, simple, reliable, cost-effective
Our team has worked with various e-commerce businesses, helping them automate their sales ordering process. You can check out reviews from our happy customers here.