The API2Cart Ruby SDK offers an integrated shopping cart system that connects more than 35 supported platforms. Developers can integrate eCommerce applications while avoiding the need to maintain different connections. API2Cart supports order and inventory management, price optimization, dropshipping automation, and product catalogs.
In this series we recap APIs that were added to our directory in 2016 and highlight some our readers may have missed that are worth a second look. We've chosen the APIs based on popularity on the site and in social media, as well as letting our team of researchers choose APIs they found compelling.
If there is a segment that is ripe for integration it is travel. APIs in the travel segment have been around for a very long time. In fact, some of the earliest APIs are based on Electronic Data Interchange, which dates back to the 1960s. Granted many of these connections are highly complex enterprise only integrations, it is a history that should bode well for modern day integrations, should it not? Despite a long history of interconnectedness, much of the travel space still remains behind closed doors. The major global distribution systems, represented by Sabre, Travelport, and Amadeus all offer powerful APIs of their own, but their commercial requirements tend to be out of the league of most application developers.
In spite of the limitations the travel industry has effectively self imposed, there still exists many opportunities to monetize sites using travel APIs. There are several types of APIs available in the travel space. Most are transactional and some are content driven. Let's take a look a broad categorization of available travel APIs.
The RESTful Asos API (with JSON responses only) from UK-based Asos integrates access to a massive fashion catalog with over 50,000 product lines growing at 1,500 lines a week, in womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories and beauty.