Moscow, 30 January 2020 – X5 Retail Group ("X5" or the "Company"), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE and MOEX ticker: "FIVE"), announces a partnership between the IT integrator ApiShip and X5 subsidiary 5Post, which is developing a parcel delivery service. The partnership aims to reduce the time required for integration of new partners of the 5Post delivery platform from several weeks to one day.
ApiShip is an integration platform for e-commerce and will serve as a business process intermediary between the delivery service and online stores. Its common data transfer standard for connecting online stores to delivery services is expected to improve the efficiency and speed of operations, as well as contribute to an increase in delivery volumes of at least 10%. This technology was developed in-house by ApiShip and is offered to online stores free of charge.
In order to join the 5Post network, online stores connected to ApiShip need to enter into a standard agreement and obtain an access key. The rest is a speedy process requiring minimal configuration, meaning that the stores do not need to build an integration from scratch. Some online stores are already using the new system.
"We aim to offer an efficient service for linking online stores to logistics companies with a one-stop-shop solution encompassing all existing methods and standards. The 5Post integration is now available to all users of our platform. We save our clients and partners time by facilitating data exchange and reducing their integration, development and support-related expenses," said ApiShip CEO Dmitry Khomyakov.
"Our last mile service will only succeed if we keep up with the fast pace of development of e-commerce. ApiShip’s common data transfer standard, together with 5Post’s flexible and scalable IT framework enables us to connect new partners as quickly as possible while also offering our clients more opportunities to purchase goods at a greater number of their favourite online stores," said 5Post Managing Director Vitaly Dyrdasov.
The ApiShip platform is used by more than 11,700 online stores, as well as key international delivery aggregators.
5Post is a partner to a growing number of leading e-commerce outlets such as OZON, Beru.ru, and AliExpress. Its network includes over 6,000 pick-up locations. Online stores that already have or plan to have an integration with ApiShip’s platform can join 5Post’s network by sending a free-form request to firstname.lastname@example.org.