Multi-Vendor shops(e-commerce websites) and mobile apps are everywhere just look around and you'll get to know. To name some are - Amazon, Etsy, Souq, Alibaba, etc. The reason being that the transactions are happening at the store-front and at the same time on the mobile app.
As per studies, mobile app's traction is much higher than the website itself.
Also, to note is that "Amazon calls 2016 holiday season its best ever; shares rise" with more than 72 percent of Amazon's customers worldwide shopped through mobile devices, the company added, and Dec. 19 was the busiest shopping day this holiday season.
"That's why it's Vital and Must to have a Multi-Vendor Mobile app"
How To Create Multi-Vendor/Seller Mobile app?
Creating the multi-vendor mobile application for a novice and a non-technical person is always a hard task to do. Standard platforms like the - Open source and SaaS-based can be utilized.
provides quality, lower cost, flexibility, reliability, and avoids the Vendor lock. That’s why a majority of the businesses choose open source e-commerce software rather than the proprietary ones. software is licensed on a subscription basis and is usually hosted centrally.
It all depends upon the platform that you are choosing. After choosing your platform, you will have your free store front. Now, another thing comes up, how to convert my web store into a marketplace?
Assuming you have used Webkul's below mentioned Open source Multi-Vendor solutions -
Ok, now we are done with the marketplace multi-vendor website, "Now how to create my multi-vendor mobile application?"
Multi-Vendor Mobile Application:
For creating the websites a large number of open source solutions exist but there are no open source solutions for the mobile platform.
For sure, Mobikul app builder works for normal retails shops as well as well as it works for the online marketplaces. You can take a look below on the open source e-commerce mobile apps for the different platforms (Normal stand alone stores and Marketplaces) -
How does this Multi-Vendor Mobile app Works?
After purchasing this extension you have your multi-vendor application work in two ways -
- Seller View/Front
- Customer View/Front
Mobikul mobile app builder is a full featured customer-centric online mobile application. It will work as Amazon, souq, etc.
What does this mean? Customers can purchase the products from various vendors under the same check-out.
let us try to explain customer-centric part in the below section for a better understanding.
- Browse Complete Product Catalog
This part going to provide -
- A complete access to customers.
- Add/Delete products from the Cart.
- Access to the Wishlist.
- Purchase various products from different vendors.
- Order Notifications.
- Push notifications.
- E-mail Notifications.
- Customer Panel
This part will provide a complete customer profile management -
- View Ordered products.
- Manage their Account.
- Change Password.
- View their Order Information.
Seller View - Vendor front
Basically, there is no Vendor entity in any normal app. We have designed the app and incorporated the Vendor entity. The factors that need to be in multi-vendor mobile app that full-fills the vendor entity are as under -
- Vendor/Seller Profile
Under this section, the customers can browse the seller profile for -
- Seller Catalog
- Seller Collection
When a customer adds more than one seller's products into the cart and goes for the checkout has always been a pain. We have already solved the problem by creating the multi-vendor mobile app like a true shopping mall.
Now the customers can add as many numbers of products from as many numbers of sellers and can go for the checkout.
- Vendor Product Management
As a vendor, will I be able to upload my products via the mobile app? Yes, using the multi-vendor mobile app vendors will now be able to upload their products through the mobile app.
- Customer Order Information
Via this option, the vendors can see all the orders placed by the customers.
- Return and Shipping Policy
Vendors can enter their Return and shipping policy, that will be visible to the customers. This will help to build a trust factor with the customers.
- Real Time Inventory/Stock Synchronization
Mobikul E-commerce Multi-Vendor Marketplace App
The application supports real-time web store & mobile app synchronization thus keeping all the stocks up to date thus allowing sales at the same time on the web store and the mobile application.
Real Time API(Application Programming Interface) Synchronization
If a customer wants to buy a camera whose stock is showing up as 20(In Stock) on the mobile app. Consider if at the same time another customer books 10 stock units of the product from the web store. Now if there is no stock synchronization and the first customer tries to book the 20 units he won't be able to book as 10 units have already been booked by someone else.
Our mobile app uses real-time API's to keep the stocks synchronized on both the app and the web store. This helps to maintain the stock units so that there no issue with the availability of stocks on both the sides.
- Seller/Vendor Analytics
This page gives a brief overview of seller’s sales analytics like – Today’s Income, Weekly income, Monthly Income, total payout & remaining amount. Sellers can also see a graph that describes the sales as shown below in the snapshot.
- Marketplace Seller/Vendor Communication
This feature is very much essential for the seller’s perspective. They can easily contact the admin by using the app or we can say from the app, so they can easily ask their query or they can tell the admin to approve any particular requests or quote on the go.
Recent statistics show that the mobile applications result in far more traction of traffic that the website itself. The reason being that the transactions are happening at the store-front and at the same time on the mobile app. So it's vital and at the same time very important to have a multi-channel mobile app option to get your sales increasing.
Some of the features that the app will provide -
- Seller list.
- Seller Collection.
- Seller Profile.
- Seller Dashboard.
- Seller Order History.
- The user can review seller.
- The seller can ask a question to the admin.
- The seller can chat with the admin.
- Seller Location is mentioned on the map.
- Seller details and contact option from the product page.
- Marketplace Landing Page Where Popular sellers and Description about the marketplace is mentioned.
Is the Multi-Vendor Mobile app a native application?
Specifically, there are two type of mobile applications -
All the mobikul mobile apps including Andriod and iOS are native apps.
A native application (native app) is an application program that has been developed for use on a particular platform or device. Because native apps are written for a specific platform, they can interact with and take advantage of operating system features and other software that is typically installed on that platform.
Why each and every Online Marketplace merchant should have a Native App?
Native apps are built on standard SDK(Software Development Kit) for example -Android Studio, Java, Xcode(Objective-C), and Swift. Unlike hybrid applications, the main advantage of using native apps is that the apps can communicate with the mobile operating systems like android and iOS.
Marketplace Mobile App - Performance
Native apps are way too fast as compared to the hybrid apps and the reason is very simple that they communicate to the core OS within the same language.
Native apps are having better touch performance. As browsing the catalog requires a lot of touch input, it's required to have a better touch.
- Push Notifications
Push notifications are vital. If you compare push notifications with the email notifications, the ratio is stunning. Almost out of 100, 90 push notifications are being seen by the customers on their mobile devices. But in the case of email notifications which are mostly considered as spam are being read less.
Push notifications bring huge benefits to the end customer at the times when people are celebrating days like - Black Friday, Thanks Giving, Christmas, etc. The sellers can easily send in the push notifications with discount codes on different merchandise.
Push notifications are also considered much helpful in converting and increasing the sale's numbers. For example, a seller can create exclusive offers and shoot the push notifications.
Does it support Arabic & Hebrew languages(RTL)?
"As you might be knowing souq.com is a Multi-Vendor marketplace and very popular in the MENA region"
A list of commonly included countries and territories in MENA region -
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Why is it hard to create RTL(right-to-left) based application?
The beauty of mobikul Multi-Vendor App is that at the same time it supports RTL and LTR within the same application. Also, the main concern is not just about the language, it is the complete view and template in RTL and LTR.
- Multiple Payment Gateway Support
Our Mobikul Marketplace Mobile App supports various payment gateways which have been used by you on your eCommerce site. Your customers and your sellers will not have to bother about the payments that how they will pay for the purchases using the mobile application.
Sellers will also get all the benefits of payment gateways which they get at the Marketplace store. We would like to name few: Cheque, Bank Transfer, Authorize.Net, Cash On Delivery, Stripe, Pesapal, PayU, Paypal Adaptive, and Paypal Standard.
- Multiple Shipping Method Support
The Mobikul Mobile App will support all the shipping methods of your eCommerce Store, so you don’t have to worry about the shipping feature, it will support all the shipping methods of your eCommerce Store like - Magento, Magento 2, Opencart, Prestashop, and CS-Cart).
Following shipping channel are supported –
- United States Postal Service
- DHL Worldwide Express
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