Case Studies / Galison and Mudpuppy

The Ecommerce Transformation of Galison / Mudpuppy, a Distinguished Leader in the Publishing World

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First Glance


Founded in 1979, Galison is a respected publisher of high-quality books, calendars, stationery, gifts and a variety of other products.


When Galison and their brand Mudpuppy first approached Sunrise Integration in 2017 to assist with their ecommerce transformation, it was the beginning of a fruitful journey of enabling a decades-old publisher to adapt to the modern ecommerce landscape through fulfillment automation. By bridging legacy book distribution systems to new direct-to-consumer (DTC) ecommerce capabilities in Shopify, we primed Galison/Mudpuppy for success now and in the future.

The Challenge


Galison / Mudpuppy’s direct-to-consumer orders were historically fulfilled by Hachette, a book publisher and retail distributor whose roots can be traced back to the 1800s.


Before we started modernizing the ecommerce fulfillment systems for Galison and their brand Mudpuppy, their sales ordering workflows were based on the methods that had been used by brick-and-mortar retail book sellers for decades. This was slow, cumbersome and subject to many human errors due to manual data entry and text file exchange between Galison and Hachette’s warehouse systems. 


Prior to our automation, this is how an order would get processed:


  • A customer makes an order on Galison or Mudpuppy’s Shopify website

  • Galison / Mudpuppy staff  would need to send an “order” text file to the FTP server for Hachette 

  • A Hachette staff member then receives the file, processes it and returns another file to Galison/Mudpuppy to inform them that the item has been shipped

  • The fulfillment status would then be manually updated in Shopify


In order to scale fulfillment  to the high volume and speed demanded by modern ecommerce customers their team understood that they needed a new approach using automation between Shopify and Hachette.


The Solution


We completely transformed how Galison/Mudpuppy automated order fulfillment with Hachette. To close the gaps between Shopify and Hachette, Sunrise Integration built a fully featured custom Shopify app. This improved the communication using automated flat text file creation and transfer.


The custom embedded Shopify app lets the Galison/Mudpuppy team see each order and line-items as it is transferred to Hachette for processing. The Galison team can see a full list and status of each order during the synchronization. The app has custom screens to show the details:


Custom integration with Hachette API and Chronicle Books


The custom app is provided as a SAAS application and our team continues to host and maintain the app to ensure it addresses their needs. We are proud to provide exceptional service and products for the foreseeable future.


The Outcome


When COVID-19 became the new reality, the demand for Galison/Mudpuppy’s puzzles skyrocketed as consumers were forced to stay at home. The company needed extensive support to deliver on the influx of new orders and added an additional new third-party logistics provider (3PL) to increase fulfillment capacity. Sunrise Integration’s expertise came into play once again when Galison/Mudpuppy approached us to build a new connection between their 3PL and the existing Shopify store, ensuring that all orders were fulfilled in an automated manner.


Throughout our partnership with Galison/Mudpuppy, our team has incorporated the experiences by bridging modern cloud software to legacy systems, allowing us to continually improve our solutions and service for businesses facing similar problems.

Looking to the Future


Sunrise Integration is thrilled to be leading Galison/Mudpuppy’s transformation into their explosive growth as a DTC ecommerce business. By leveraging Shopify with automated data workflow we aim to take their business far beyond what other publishers are doing. We’re excited to support their continued growth and help them solidify their position as industry leaders.


The success of these new systems has led to our work for Galison/Mudpuppy’s sister companies, Chronicle Books and Princeton Architectural Press, to implement the Hachette Shopify app and extend similar automated solutions to their unique business needs as well.