IOF is a XML-based complete format for the exchange of information about the characteristics of products, their availability and prices, used both in integration between online stores and in any other applications. Developed on the basis of experience gained during over a dozen years of work on thousands of integration and suggestions from various partners, it provides a well-thought-out, efficient and server resource saving for the data exchange process with simultaneous accuracy and timeliness of key information.
Internet Offer Format (IOF) is the first standard created by practitioners for the exchange of information on products in XML format, available under license of Creative Commons. Providing an original format for describing the product offer in e-commerce is the basis, among others of solutions such as Internet Cross-docking and Dropshipping Format (ICDF) or the Internet Marketplace Format (IMF), but it can also be used in any other way.
The IOF format that allows you to manage the most necessary information about products and their migration between any IT systems is supported in every store in the IdoSell Shop (IAI-Shop.com) and enables:
Bulk downloading and exporting products from various warehouses using the web import, updating and restoring products from the backup copy or the supporting application IAI Downloader,
Generating data in an efficient and incremental way, saving the server's resources while ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of information relevant for sales, such as the product price or its available quantity,
Full exchange of information regarding the offered products, combined with Internet Cross-docking and Drop-shipping Format (ICDF) also information about dropshipping orders from cooperating stores. Both formats, applied together, complement each other for perfect and full communication of wholesalers and online stores,
Creating integration using the Internet Marketplace Format (IMF) between a store or wholesaler, and any marketplace,
Preparation of a product offer from a store or warehouse, which can be further used as:
If you are a developer and work on creating a mechanism to share a product offer from your system, whether to upload offers from other suppliers to it, or you offer your own system comparing products prices or marketplace, we encourage you to use the IOF standard, thanks to which:
To prepare the offer of your store, warehouse or other service in order to make it available to your recipients, start by reading the Internet Offer Format (IOF) documentation and documentation for its extension IOF Extensions.
If you have any questions or would like us to include your suggestions regarding further development of the format, please contact us.
The IOF format due to its versatility can be used for a variety of applications:
Full format documentation can be found at: Internet Offer Format Documentation (IOF)