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Clothing eCommerce Solution - for individual clients!
Need some advice.
dane




msg:651709
 7:19 am on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have been looking for an appropriate shopping cart solution for some time now.

Basically we offer corporate uniforms a number of clients (as well as the general public). Our pricing is based on how large the client is (ie. if they have 10,000 staff they will be buying a lot more therefore they get the products at a cheaper price).

I want to know if there is a ecommerce/shopping cart colution that allows you to setup multiple client product ranges that can have specific pricing.

Each range will contain similar/same products but because they are being offered to different clients their price will be different.

It also needs to support attribute managers (ie. for sizing/colours/fabric options - again managable on a per client basic).

Is there such a system or am i looking at 10's of thousands of dollars to get a custom system coded? Hopefully now.

BTW each client section should be password protected/or not visible to each other - so everyone can see what clients we deal with.

 

uksports




msg:651710
 7:42 am on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

Take a look at vpasp - the latest version I think does everything that you want - it certainly does customer pricing and the size/colour inventory listings - not too sure on customer pricing for the inventory options but their support is first class and they will be able to answer any pre-sales queries you have

Marcia




msg:651711
 8:04 am on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

Is there such a system or am i looking at 10's of thousands of dollars to get a custom system coded? Hopefully now.

An important issue is whether or not you'll be relying on search engine traffic. That has to be decided before the first line of code is written - or modified. If you go ahead with a package without knowing how search engine friendly the site architecture and pages will be, you'll could have to depend on paid advertising indefinitely or possibly need tens of thousands of $ to make it indexable and able to rank well - it can be much more costly to re-do after the fact.

Truthfully, a custom designed or modified solution is altogether your best bet long term unless something off the shelf 100% meets the need. For the sake of economy, having a developer customize an off-the-shelf package or Open Source (free) software offering may be possible, integrating the SEO right in from the ground up.

BTW each client section should be password protected/or not visible to each other - so everyone can see what clients we deal with.

Dane, that's a separate issue from how the cart would function, and would be an integral part of the site development, separate from the cart itself.

dane




msg:651712
 8:10 am on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'll check out VPASP i haven't come across it yet, thanks for that!

Search engine traffic wont be require at all. We have no need to advertise or to try and promote our online shopping section - it will just be a facility to offer exisiting clients and for the occasional 'puclic' person to use.

So SEO is of no priority!

webdude




msg:651713
 4:53 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

Marcia...
Truthfully, a custom designed or modified solution is altogether your best bet long term unless something off the shelf 100% meets the need. For the sake of economy, having a developer customize an off-the-shelf package or Open Source (free) software offering may be possible, integrating the SEO right in from the ground up.

I couldn't agree with you more. I tried several solutions that were all bought off the shelf, but when I started to get multiple clients (websites) and they all wanted their own parameters and such for how the basket and products were set up, it became clear that building apps from scratch was a better way to go.

When you take into consideration, colors, sizes, quantity breaks, wholesale, retail, demographics, state taxes, shipping tables, overseas, etc,. a lot of the "off-the=shelf" programs do not work very well. They are created with a "one size fits all" mentality.

It makes much more sense to program from the ground up so you can control the logic, code and the SEO.

Makes for happier clients too :-)

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