Configuring Supplier Interfaces

R.O. Writer has built supplier interfaces that allow you to connect to supplier catalogs to search, post, and order parts directly from R.O. Writer.

Configuration menu > Parts > Suppliers > select a supplier > Supplier Interfaces section.

The Supplier Interfaces section blank.

The interfaces section is active only when a saved supplier is selected in the Supplier dropdown list.

NOTE: R.O. Writer Support cannot provide you with the access credentials for any supplier catalog. If there is an issue regarding the access credentials, you must contact your supplier to obtain the correct login credentials for your account.

Configuring Supplier Interfaces

The process is essentially the same for all suppliers. What changes from supplier to supplier is the connection information you enter for each supplier

Each supplier has different login credentials that you must obtain from the supplier directly. R.O. Writer cannot supply you with this information and R.O. Writer cannot contact parts suppliers on behalf of our customers.

To Configure Supplier Interfaces

The instructions in this section describe the basic process. Instructions for each supplier appear in the sections that follow.

Complete these steps:

  1. On the Suppliers window, select a supplier in the Supplier dropdown list at the top of the window.
  2. In the Supplier Interfaces section, click the Add or Edit buttons.

    The Supplier Interfaces section.

  3. The Supplier Interface window opens. At the top of the window, the Supplier Name is the name of the selected supplier.

    The top of the window.

  4. In the Supplier Interface dropdown list, select the supplier's name. The Connection Information for the supplier appears in the bottom half of the window.
  5. Type in the Interface Name.
  6. In the Connection Information section, enter the settings for the selected supplier.

    The Connection Information section.

  7. Click Save.
  8. Click Save on the main Supplier window to save all changes.

NOTE: You can configure multiple interfaces for one supplier. Smart eOrder displays multiple ordering locations for suppliers with more than one electronic ordering interface configured.

Supplier Interfaces

The available supplier integrations appear in the top half of the window.

To configure the interface for the following suppliers, click the following links: 

To Configure Other Supplier Interfaces

To configure the interface other integrated suppliers, click the following links: 

To Configure Tire Supplier Interfaces

To configure the interface for tire suppliers, click the following links: 

Most Common Connection Information

The most important connection for almost every supplier is the username, password, and URL for your account.

The Connection Information section.

R.O. Writer cannot provide you with your account information; you must obtain your account information directly from the supplier.

The following table describes the most common interface settings.
Setting Description

Username and Password (Required)

All suppliers require you to enter the login credentials for your account.

For most suppliers, the login credentials are username and password. Some suppliers also require specialized codes and IDs.

You obtain this information directly from the supplier when you create your partnership.

URL and

Set to Default URL button (Required)

The URL is the website or network location of the supplier's catalog.

Click the Set to Default button. R.O. Writer enters the correct URL for the supplier in the field automatically.

Use the default URL unless your account uses a different URL.

Post to Accounts Payable (Optional)

Check Post Orders to Accounts Payable to be prompted to post orders before ordering:

  • If you are using Accounts Payable, R.O. Writer prompts you to post parts before you order parts from this supplier in Smart eCat, Smart eOrder, and eOrder.
  • If you are not using Accounts Payable, a confirmation number is posted to the Invoice # field on the Edit Parts window for each part ordered.

NOTE: This setting overrides the global Create A.P. Transaction When Posting P.O. setting for the supplier.

Primary (Optional)

Some suppliers allow you to configure more than one interface. These suppliers have a Primary checkbox.

Check the Primary box of the interface you want to use as the primary interface. Smart eCat, Smart eOrder, and eOrder default to the primary supplier when searching for and ordering parts.

Configuring the IAP/EZConnect Interface

eOrder passes information through our data partner Internet Auto Parts (IAP). Currently, IAP works with several large aftermarket parts providers.

R.O. Writer cannot provide you with your account information; you must obtain your account information directly from the supplier.

The Connection Information for IAP/EZConnect.

Enter the interface information you obtained from your supplier.

The following table describes supplier settings.

Setting

Description

Logon, Password, IAPSellerID, and IAP Company

Enter the access information.

Local

Check Local if this is a local supplier.

Primary

Check Primary if this is the primary supplier for IAP.

Post to Accounts Payable (Optional)

Check to be prompted to post orders to Accounts Payable before ordering.

Automatically Download Supplier Lines

Check to configure the interface to automatically download the MCL file every seven days.

System Type

Select the system type from the dropdown list:

the system type dropdown list.

Configuring the AConneX Interface

R.O. Writer cannot provide you with your account information; you must obtain your account information directly from the supplier.

The Connection Informaiton for AConneX.

Enter the interface information you obtained from your supplier.

The following table describes the information you must enter for AConneX.
Item Description

Account Number

Enter the account number. This field is case-sensitive.

Seller Partner ID Number

You need to obtain the partner ID from AConneX before you can enter it here.

Primary

Some suppliers allow you to configure more than one interface. These suppliers have a Primary checkbox.

Check the Primary box of the interface you want to use as the primary interface. Smart eCat, Smart eOrder, and eOrder default to the primary supplier when searching for and ordering parts.

Post to Accounts Payable

Check Post Orders to Accounts Payable to be prompted to post orders before ordering:

  • If you are using Accounts Payable, R.O. Writer prompts you to post parts before you order parts from this supplier in Smart eCat, Smart eOrder, and eOrder.
  • If you are not using Accounts Payable, a confirmation number is posted to the Invoice # field on the Edit Parts window for each part ordered.

This setting overrides the global Create A.P. Transaction When Posting P.O. setting for the supplier.

Create Relationship

The Partner information needs to be set up before you can create the relationship.

Shipping Type

Enter the shipping type if required.

NOTE: You can also access the AConneX settings from eOrder or Smart eCat Configuration.

To Obtain the Partner ID

You generate the ID on the AConneX Settings window, which you can access two ways: via eOrder or Smart eCat.

The AConneX Settings window opens.

The AConneX Settings window.

Complete these steps:

  1. Enter the Shop Name, User ID, address, phone, and contact information for your local trading partner.
  2. Select the Log Transactions checkbox to track your orders.
    • Logs are saved in the ROWriter directory in a text file named ACXTrackNum.log.
  3. When you have entered all required information, click the Create New ID button. The AConneX Gateway Member Agreement opens.
  4. When you have read the agreement, check the I confirm… box and click the I Accept button to continue.
  5. The new Partner ID appears on a popup message.

To Create the Relationship

Complete these steps:

  1. Reopen the AConneX supplier, select the AConneX interface, and click the Edit button.
    • The AConneX information appears in the bottom half of the window.
    • The Tracking Relationship Status is Not Created.
    • The Create Relationship button appears.

The Connection Informaiton for AConneX.

  1. Click the Create Relationship button and click OK on the success message.
  2. The Trading Relationship Status should now be Active.
  3. If you select the Primary box, please note that AConneX Multiple Locations Support allows you to order from the primary store and if the primary store back orders the part from its sister store, the bill is still from the primary store.
  4. Click the Save button to save and return to the Edit Supplier window.
  5. After the connection is active, the AConneX Button appears next to the AConneX option in the top half of the window.
    • Click the AConneX button to find additional interface partners.

Configuring the NAPA Interface

After you receive the interface information from your NAPA partner, enter it on this window.

R.O. Writer cannot provide you with your account information; you must obtain your account information directly from the supplier.

After this interface is configured, you can order directly from NAPA PROLink.

The Connection Informaiton for NAPA.

Enter the interface information you obtained from your supplier.

The following table describes the NAPA interface settings.

Setting

Description

Server Address

Click Default to use the default server address.

PROLink Address

Click Default to use the default PROLink address.

Store ID

You must obtain the Store ID from the NAPA supplier.

TAMS Password

You must option the password from the NAPA supplier.

Create a Shop Account button

Click to create a shop for the NAPA PROLink Interface in Smart eCat. Enter your shop information on the NAPA PROLink Store Account window and click the Add Account button.

the NAPA PROLink Store Account window.

You can use one ship ID per store. If you enter the same ID for two stores, R.O. Writer prompts you to delete the existing account and replacing it with the new one.

Add This Store to PROLink button

Click to add this store ID. Only one shop account may be created. If you have already created a shop account, a prompt appears asking if you want to delete the existing account and replace it with this one.

  • The Remove this store from PROLink button removes it.

  • The Remove all stores from PROLink button removes all stores you've added.

Use Legacy NAPA Catalog

NAPA PROLink is only available in the United States at this time. Those outside the United States should check the Use NAPA Legacy Catalog box.

Check DC and Store for availability by default

Select if you wish to always check both each time you query parts.

Primary and Post to Accounts Payable

Check Primary and/or Post to Accounts Payable if applicable.

Order Directly from Distribution Center

Select only if you use the legacy eOrder and have approval from NAPA.

Configuring the Nexpart Interface

R.O. Writer cannot provide you with your account information; you must obtain your account information directly from the supplier.

The Connection Informaiton for Nexpart.

Enter the interface information you obtained from your supplier.

After this interface is configured, you can order parts through the Nexpart interface.

Configuring the ACDelco Interface

After you receive the interface information from your ACDelco Connect supplier, enter them on this window.

R.O. Writer cannot provide you with your account information; you must obtain your account information directly from the supplier.

The Connection Informaiton.

Enter the interface information you obtained from your supplier.

After the interface is configured, you must also configure how the price of posted parts is determined.

Configuring the Alliance Interface (Bumper to Bumper or Auto Value)

R.O. Writer cannot provide you with your account information; you must obtain your account information directly from the supplier.

Bumper to Bumper and Auto Value are both Alliance catalogs. Both Bumper to Bumper and Auto Value are referred to as "MyPlace4AutoParts" in R.O. Writer. However, you must configure each interface individually.

R.O. Writer cannot provide you with your account information; you must obtain your account information directly from the supplier.

Enter the interface information you obtained from your supplier.

The interface information for Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper suppliers.

Check Primary and/or Post to Accounts Payable if applicable.

Seller ID and Buyer ID

The Seller ID and Buyer ID is how R.O. Writer accesses your account.

Service URL

The URL is the website or network location of the supplier's catalog.

Click the Set to Default button. R.O. Writer enters the correct URL for the supplier in the field automatically.

Use the default URL unless your account uses a different URL.

To Assign an Alliance Catalog to Another Supplier

If you attempt to assign Bumper to Bumper or Auto Value to another supplier, you are prompted to change the supplier.

If you configure interfaces for both Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper, you can switch between the catalogs in Smart eCat. Both catalogs are referred to as "My Place 4 Parts" but only one button appears for both The My Place 4 Parts icon in the Quick Launch..

Configuring the CARQUEST Interface

The CARQUEST interface does not work in eOrder. It is available only in Smart eCat and Smart eOrder.

R.O. Writer cannot provide you with your account information; you must obtain your account information directly from the supplier.

The Connection Information for Carquest.

Enter the interface information you obtained from your supplier.

Configuring the Autoi Interface

The Autoi method does not work in eOrder. It is available only in Smart eCat and Smart eOrder.

R.O. Writer cannot provide you with your account information; you must obtain your account information directly from the supplier.

The Connection Information for Autoi.

Enter the interface information you obtained from your supplier.

Enter the login credentials:

Configuring the DST Interface

There are three DST interfaces: Motorcraft eCounter, ACDelco WIP from DST, and TurboParts. You can set up an interface for each per supplier or one supplier with an interface for each depending on your business agreements.

R.O. Writer cannot provide you with your account information; you must obtain your account information directly from the supplier.

The Connection Infomration for the DST interfaces.

Enter the interface information you obtained from your supplier.