What’s OCI PunchOut (aka Roundtrip)?
A protocol and data standard developed by SAP that enables online shopping between SAP’s SRM e-procurement system and e-commerce web store platforms like Magento, Woo Commerce, Shopify, Oro Commerce, among others by making your web store is directly accessible from your customer’s SAP SRM e-procurement system user interface. The authentication method, format of the shopping cart data, and the format of the purchase order are different than other PunchOut methods.
Why is my customer asking for it?
Your customer is using (or planning to use) an SAP SRM e-procurement system to order online from suppliers. Unlike the basic e-commerce process supported by your web store today, the e-procurement process requires among other things, pre-approval of orders before creation of a shopping cart – capabilities not supported by your web store today.
What are the benefits of having OCI PunchOut capability in my Web Store?
If you don’t provide this capability, your customer could replace you with a source that can – or possibly start using Amazon Business – because your customer’s e-procurement ROI is based on maximizing spend volume processed by the e-procurement system. The good news is it also provides great benefits to your business; automated ordering, reduction in errors and exceptions; and the potential for increased sales now that your web store is directly accessible from any customer’s e-procurement system.
How do I get this capability?
- You can build it into your web store by yourself. This can be expensive and time consuming, especially if you aren’t familiar with the technical specification
- You can use a PunchOut Portal Provider, who can build and host a separate site for you and then maintain the PunchOut connections to your customers.
- You can use the Vurbis Plugin, which makes your existing web store OCI PunchOut-capable with any version of SAP’s SRM e-procurement system using the Vurbis Cloud.