Case study

Enabling Pelican Products with future-proof SAP connectivity

Using Alumio’s SAP API Plugin to create seamless digital commerce integrations

Situated in California, United States, employing over 1400 employees, Pelican Products dares to exceed where others falter: the protection of what’s valuable.  Pelican specializes in the design and manufacture of protective case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems, from coolers, phone cases, flashlights, and drinkware, to travel gear and even backpacks,. While Pelican Products constantly develops innovative protective products to keep valuables protected from all environmental harm, they also take significant steps in their sustainability practices to prevent harming the environment. Devoting focus and resources to being sustainable, Pelican Products cases and lights are recyclable and produced to last a lifetime. To help integrate its eCommerce platform with its SAP ERP,  Alumio was approached for having over 10 years of experience in creating ERP connectivity and for its unique Alumio SAP API Plugin.  

Having initially connected their eCommerce platform built on Adobe Commerce with a stand-alone accounting software, Pelican Products faced errors in both finance and inventory management. To tackle this issue and optimize their digital experience, they decided to integrate their eCommerce Platform to their ERP, i.e SAP ECC, and brought on board Corra, a renowned system integrator in the United States. While researching the most effective way to create the eCommerce to ERP integration for Pelican Products, Corra encountered Alumio and decided that the Alumio iPaaS along with the powerful SAP API Plugin solution was the best option for them to create this integration.

In close collaboration, Alumio, Corra, and Pelican Products intensively approached the project to meticulously deliver the integration. Connecting an ERP like Pelican Products' SAP ECC with an eCommerce platform such as Adobe Commerce is far from easy, since by default SAP lacks key B2B & B2C data points or web services required to effectively do so. Helping avoid what would usually be a long and expensive bespoke integration project, Alumio’s SAP API Plugin installed these needed web services, to enhance the integration capabilities of Pelican Product’s SAP ECC. After installing and configuring the SAP API Plugin, creating the full-blown Adobe Commerce to SAP ECC integration via Alumio’s no-code integration platform or iPaaS, was significantly easier.

The integration running through Alumio’s iPaaS led to a more optimized and real-time eCommerce experience, giving Pelican Products centralized control over their data. Resulting in transparent and reliable inventory levels, now when an order is placed on the Pelican Products website, product availability and prices are in complete sync and up-to-date with the latest data available on the ERP, in real-time. Detailed product information, real-time insights and stock management are just some of the many other benefits resulting from the integration. More importantly, a proper order process was created to ensure real-time delivery/shipping updates and to help process returns, significantly improving the digital commerce experience for Pelican Products.

In fact, having successfully established a seamless D2C channel for the US & Canada, Pelican Products decided to expand its digital operations in Europe from Spain. Utilizing the future-proof integration created by Alumio’s iPaaS, they are now working with a local system integrator to connect their EU e-commerce site to their SAP back office.

Endpoints

SAP ECC

The SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) is a well-known ERP software solution including applications for a business’ logistics, sales, finance, marketing, customer service, HR, or even product planning. These different systems are linked together through a customizable system and run via a database of one's choice, while additionally allowing connections to customized third-party applications.

Alumio’s SAP API Plugin

Alumio’s SAP API Plugin is an exclusive solution, ensuring key B2B or B2C data points are installed into the default SAP ERP. On being installed, these data points help significantly improve the SAP’s ability to integrate with eCommerce, PIM, CRM or other software. Developed as a SAP-certified ABAP stack, Alumio’s API Plugin helps instantly provide data points that would otherwise take a significant amount of time and money to create. This reduces the time to market and additionally creates an improved ROI. Above all, it helps you create fast, flexible and future-proof integrations.

Adobe Commerce | Magento

Adobe Commerce, formerly known as Magento, is a multi-channel eCommerce platform based on open-source technology through which online merchants are provided with a flexible shopping cart system, as well as wide control over the look, content and functionality of their online stores. Adobe Commerce, or Magento, offers powerful marketing, search engine optimization and catalog-management tools.

Adobe Commerce | Magento

Solution

By enhancing the integration capabilities of Pelican Products' ERP (SAP ECC) with Alumio's SAP API Plugin, it was successfully integrated with the brand’s eCommerce platform (Adobe Commerce), via Alumio's iPaaS. The integration helps Pelican Products deliver an optimized, real-time eCommerce experience to their customers. In fact, utilizing the future-proof integration created by Alumio’s iPaaS for their US & Canada D2C channel, Pelican Products worked with a local system integrator in Spain to connect their EU eCommerce site to their SAP back office.

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“The collaborative approach really sparked our interest at Pelican. Both Corra and Alumio approached the integration in a collaborative way, finding answers to our requirements - that gave us the confidence that this project would be a success”

Ensuring Enhanced Customer Experiences

Rapidly integrating SAP ECC to Adobe Commerce with the SAP API Plugin

With the help of Alumio's SAP API Plugin and in collaboration with Corra, Alumio helped successfully integrate Pelican Product's Adobe Commerce platform and SAP ECC ERP. The integration helped ensure an improved eCommerce experience, by instilling a proper order process, meaning timely communication regarding order and shipment updates, transparent and reliable inventory levels, and up-to-date product prices.

Establishing Future-proof connectivity

Frictionless customer experiences with the iPaaS

Creating the integration through Alumio’s cloud-based, no-code integration platform (iPaaS), Pelican Products saved a significant amount of time, effort, and money that would have needed to be invested in creating a bespoke point-to-point eCommerce to SAP integration. Besides resources being saved in the integration process, the seamless integration helped ensure a frictionless customer experience. Having set the stage for creating fast, flexible and future-proof integrations with Alumio, Pelican Products used the integration created through our iPaaS, to connect their EU eCommerce site to their SAP back office.

Ready for the future

Building a future-proof infrastructure

The new infrastructure is robust and flexible. Many of the essential data streams already run through the Alumio platform. In the meantime, the ecosystem is becoming increasingly connected and expanding. The foundation is built to introduce new platforms via Alumio. It is this flexible adaptability of Alumio that makes Obelink's IT ecosystem future-proof. Because whatever digital trends you look at: from chatbots to new social platforms and markets, from big data to social media to omnichannel andInternet of Things, everything revolves around data. Everything starts with connecting your data and applications in a smart way with new applications. Data is one of the most valuable assets of a modern company. It deserves a dedicated platform. Having the power to effectively connect new platforms is a huge competitive advantage. Alumio gives Obelink that possibility, so that we connect not only with today's applications, but also with the many that are yet to come.

Why Pelican Products chose Alumio

A summary of reasons and benefits

Enhancing SAP connectivity through a unique API Plugin solution

Creating frictionless customer experience

Establishing a future-proof way to integrate software & systems