If you are having your wooCommerce store and planning to have your own marketplace but don’t know how to? Then, this article is for you.
You just need to purchase and install WooCommerce Multi-Vendor extension in your existing WooCommerce store and you are all set to start your very own Marketplace.
But the available WooCommerce Multi-Vendor solutions comes with limited and basic functionalities. So, to extend the features and scope for your marketplace store you need to add some custom extensions.
Some of the following additional features which offer unique features to be enabled for the seller so that the seller can operate in a more comfortable environment. You can check the following below listed modules based on the unique features.
In WooCommerce Marketplace extension the sellers can create simple, grouped, external/affiliate, variable, and downloadable products by default.
But in the marketplace you require is the variety of product types. With the following modules, the seller can sell a variety of product type from their end. Some of the modules are listed below.
Multi-Vendor Marketplace module provides two types of commission management for admin –
- Global Commission Management For All Vendors.
- Per Vendor Wise Commission Management.
But using Marketplace Advanced Commission module, the admin can set commissions on the seller categories and seller products.
Webkul Multi-Vendor Marketplace will support all kinds of payment methods which are supported by the default WooCommerce. When you will use Default WooCommerce payment methods or any third party payment methods, then all the payment from the customer will directly go to the admin’s account and the admin will manage the payment for the sellers manually.
The payment from the customer can automatically split among the sellers and the admin by using any of the Webkul WooCommerce Marketplace Payment modules –
Webkul’s Multi-Vendor Marketplace module will support any shipping methods which are supported by default WooCommerce. When you will use Default WooCommerce Shipping methods or any third party shipping methods, then all the shipping & handling will go to the admin only and the admin can set the shipping rates for Manually Driven Shipping Methods.
If you want the seller to set the shipping cost for Manually Driven Shipping Methods from the seller account and “Shipping & Handling” to go to the seller, then you have to use any of the Webkul WooCommerce Marketplace Shipping modules –
The admin and the sellers receive various types of marketplace notifications for various events like –
- Order Notification for sellers/admin.
- New order placed. Order status changed.
- Review Posted by buyers.
- Product approved.
- Notification for shop followers
- New discounts notifications to followers
You can even integrate SMS notification functionality in your Marketplace through the modules Marketplace Twilio SMS Notification module. The admin, sellers, and customers can receive SMS messages on various marketplace notifications.
Multi-Vendor Marketplace module supports only seller and admin communication. If Sellers have any doubts or query then, they can frequently ask the questions or doubts to the admin.
But there is so such feature for customer and seller communication. It’s obvious that the buyers are not very sure about the products and have many queries that they would like to ask before going for a purchase. Because they are buying the product online.
Therefore, using the Buyer-Seller Communication modules, you can eliminate this communication gap between the sellers and the buyers.
Seller Attribute Manager module will let the admin fetch any additional details from the seller while seller registration. This module will enable the admin to create attributes for the sellers. These attributes will be visible at the vendor registration form.
The sellers will have to fill and provide information for these attributes while registering themselves at the marketplace stores. The sellers can even update or edit the values of these attributes.
Processing and managing an order which has multiple products belong to different sellers in a single checkout session might be confusing.
Also, consider the fact in which the customer wants to manage separate shipping or payments for different products. So to manage the seller’s orders efficiently and provide the customer ease of purchase following module can be used.
Customer satisfaction plays a crucial role in the growth of any website. If you have numerous seller selling their products maintaining the quality of the product can be hard.
In such cases, having a return management system for the marketplace will improve customer relationships as there may cases where the product shipment may get defected or damaged.
If return or exchange is not given, then it may lead to a depreciation in the level of satisfied customer and will create more transparency between the customers and the seller.
Today’s online consumers are more selective than ever. Having this fact that there can be more options than ever before. In order to persuade more visitor to purchase products through the marketplace, various tactics are needed to get adopted.
Some points that may increase the sales of the products are:
- Various Daily Deals or Special Offers can be achieved through the Marketplace Daily Deals extension.
- Sellers pre-launching their products to create a buzz and know about the products grip in the market can be accomplished through Marketplace Pre-Order module.
- Many sellers want the customer to give a reward or credit points for their purchase of the product so that they get a discount in the future purchase like – Marketplace Reward System.
- Apart from providing rewards or credit points, the seller can provide coupons or multiple vouchers with the help of Marketplace Seller Coupons for which will serve as an efficient way for sales growth.
You can have a mobile app for your marketplace web store because you don’t know where your customers are coming in at your store. It may be that the customer is visiting your website at Android / IOS mobile via Facebook or Twitter.