1. Features
  2. Distribution: a comprehensive Business Rules Engine.

What is the full distribution solution?

This solution is aimed at the Seller who want to maximize benefits by buying inventory from other Sellers in our marketplace and centralize the management of product, pricing and filters for each of Buyer connected to you.

As a Seller, we know that your main objective is to distribute your product to multiple Buyers and, ideally, configure and manage multiple business rules for each of them using one single user friendly interface. In order to obtain more product, you need to connect to more Sellers, but lack of resources in order to develop an API to source product from suppliers and another API to aggregate it and then distribute it to your own customers is a reality many of our Partners face. Don’t worry, because here at TravelgateX we have all the tools and products available to accomplish all these needs! Check out our full distribution solution:

 

 

As you can see in our schema, different tools are part of this full distribution solution, as per below:

  • Distribution:
    This is the layer where you, as a Seller, will manage all your agencies or channels distribution, apply business rules such as markups, currency exchange or blacklist and check or download your booking details. All these operations can be performed using our Distribution extranet or our rule files loaded via FTP. In this layer you will also need to load via FTP a csv file with your content masters: hotels, meal plans, currencies...
  • Hotel-X:
    As you can see, Hotel-X shows twice in our schema because this is our Buyer API and it will be the one that your customers will be using to connect to you (Some Buyers might still use our Legacy API, and that's no problem!). Hotel-X is also the API you will be using to buy product from your Sellers. However, using the full distribution solution you won't need to develop the Hotel-X API because the Distribution layer is already internally connected with it. Yes, you heard it right, no development needed in order to buy from other Sellers in the marketplace!
    In this layer you can manage your mapping files via FTP. Mapping in the full solution means that if you buy from different Sellers, you'll need to map all their native hotel codes to your own generated hotel codes, as these would be the ones that will be returned to your final Buyers and the ones the Distribution layer will work with. 
  • Inventory:
    If you want to access the product you have contracted in different Channel Managers or if you want to load your own contracts manually,  you can use Inventory extranet to configure the setup from your different Channel Manager or load your own rates (allotment, prices, discounts...). 

Then the standard workflow can be resumed as:

  1. A Buyer will connect to you via TravelgateX 
  2. Your Buyer's requests will arrive at the Distribution layer, which will replicate the same request to your contracted Sellers (Channel Manager and your own loaded product included) using the Hotel-X API. This connection between Distribution and Hotel-X is internally, you don’t need to develop any API! 
  3. Hotel-X will connect with your Sellers and aggregate all the inventory using your mapping file to return a unique response with your own codes to the Distribution layer. 
  4. Distribution will apply all your configured business rules (pricing, filters, blacklist...) and return the final results/availability to your Buyers.