Product level discounts are good. Category level tier discounts might be another good avenue to explore.
Infrastructure in place for schema plugin development
Having experimented for the last year with other larger platforms like shopify (yoast seo) and bigcommerce (manual dev), one of the emerging plugins that i saw a bit of interest in as of late is properly marked up schema.org json+ld or microdata.
The tricky part is in variants, if you do not want to create an individual product for each variant (colour swatch, product pick list, radio buttons) then having the infrastructure in place to handle plugin development that can manage proper schema for all products is a great start.
If i have some time (rare as of late) this upcoming weekend, i can post a guide on ubuntu 18.04 bionic beaver, install and setup, if that helps?
In the meantime, have you tried to compile (build) in a local directory and publish to the nginx/html/ directory with appropriate permissions ?
I suppose one way would be to upload their specific RFQ format, to their custom account. Associate the fields with a part number you want to search for.
Or to make it more extensible, allow any customer to upload their own rfq format and then you have to build a way of letting them map those entities to your product #'s.
Thus, when they upload it would search based on the previously mapped entities.
I realize it is "custom oriented" service that puts this stress on the seller however i wonder if it is just easier to say to them, go ahead and log into your account and search for the items on our site. Have a nice day.
So ive come across RFQ lists from certain customers where they basically try to do exactly what you said. Let's say on average we get 1-4 items per line but i could see it being larger in other cases.
Typically sent to us in excel format.
I guess my question is, how do you associate a line on their rfq list with a specific inventory item of:
1. They misspell it
2. They dont use a part # of yours but instead use a manufacturer part number
3. Each RFQ is formatted differently ? (I.e. column 2 contains MPN while another rfq comes MPN in column 3 with the description.
How can you standardize a way of implementing this thst ensures it is extendible into the future and works with more than one customer rfq format.
What is a product list? What format?
We do a lot of B2B but i have never run across this.
I realize this is proably achievable by jumping through a few hoops with respect to tier pricing or customization, however, a lot of stores offer bulk quantity discounts.
Buy 1 - 0% off
Buy 5-10 - 10% off
Buy 20 - 15% off
Making this an easy process for sellers I think we would be an attractive feature. Food for thought.
Another client of ours is looking at integrating a site and demonstrated another theme for a different "paid" / "private" engine. The theme featured a popup for displaying to viewers of the website - when an item was bought. This was a neat feature that showcased activity on the website to viewers and also created a viewable product and link to the product they purchased. I wonder if this could be used as a form of unassisted cross selling.
I've included a picture.
See this link: http://i66.tinypic.com/sbsx2c.png
Perhaps this would ALSO be good fit with machine learning if that were also ever incorporated, where displayed recent purchases would be based on previous viewing habits of the user.
Wondering if the GrandNode team has considered offering an easy setup and hosting option for potential customers ?
Closed source applications that openly distribute their APIs for plugin creators are popular in North America. One major option in the space is bigcommerce. The platform attracts a lot of plugins attractive to potential customers based on the volume of customers who opt into easy to deply, easy to operate, easy to collect payment - ecommerce solutions (my assumption).
I wonder if the grandnode team has considered the possibility of making it painless for companies to get started using the platform by paying a recurring monthly fee for the grandnode team to host, secure, update and potentially offer perks (free addons) to different tiers of recurring monthly customers ?
Most businesses i deal with are not interested in the DIY setup of an ecommerce site - i take on the task as an "IT" guy for primarily due to personal reasons and vested interest in the company and the project. Just thought i would throw out the idea as a way of spurring some discussion.
I see a lot of talent in the teams working on nop and grandnode. I just wonder if there is a way of consolidating that talent into a platform that really takes off for both the open source tech saavy folks and those that want a more "user friendly" approach to selling products and services.
Just from a UX perspective. I believe there should be increased spacing between the elements to help people avoid accidentally clicking on "Checkout as Guest" or "read". See the attached / linked image.
Tested on 18" to 27" monitor in a Microsoft Edge for this particular case. Just tested in Chrome also.