Create a Marketplace with the WCFM plugin for Woo Commerce
WCFM is a plugin to add to your WooCommerce that will allow you to create and manage a marketplace with several sellers.
A single multi-seller site
For the buyer, the marketplace simplifies the purchasing process by grouping together selected products that they are looking for, or complementary sellers.
For example, for a site of local sellers and/or producers, buying the week's groceries becomes so much more efficient and less time consuming, and all that is left to do is to choose between ordering with an home delivery option or collecting the order in store with a Click and Collect option.
For independent sellers, joining a marketplace is also an opportunity to gain more visibility by reaching a new clientele or by suggesting complementary purchases to their regular customers.
Several "Store Manager" spaces
If there is a unique ecommerce website for the customer, each seller will have a shop to manage : add products, update prices, update stocks, add payment details, collection or delivery options ...
The back office must therefore be as simple as possible so that it can be used by everyone, without any particular IT knowledge.
With the WCFM plugin, you can also use all the Woo Commerce's native features.
Demo of WCFM : "Store Manager"/"Product Manager" Dashboard
(learn more at wclovers.com)
How to integrate the WCFM plugin to your Woo Commerce website
Official video explaining how to install the WCFM plugin
(learn more at wclovers.com)
Remote printing solution for Marketplace sellers
To manage your marketplace on a day-to-day basis, you need a printing solution that is common to all your sellers. It has to be a solution that is compatible with Woo Commerce plugins, quick to install and automated to avoid delays or user error at each store. You need to control it from your own Admin account.
On our official ExpedyPrint ecommerce website, you will find two models of thermal printers: 58mm or 80mm. Pick list printed by the 80mm Cloud Printer for WooCommerce are easier to read when items have long names or multiple options, thanks to a larger printing paper width.
Each vendor would have their own printer to receive their orders directly and automatically, without any intervention from you or them thanks to its internet connection (WiFi, 2G/3G SIM card, Ethernet) and our Cloud Printer Server.
The salesperson hears an alert beep when a new printing request is received and can even receive an SMS depending on the settings in the Expedy console.
The print server will direct each order to the right seller's printer
Example of operation for a marketplace, with 1 buyer and 3 independent sellers :
The Cloud Printer Server will process the following data before sending the printing requests to the printer:
- Information about this customer,
- the product ordered that corresponds to this vendor,
- the choice of delivery/collection of the order,
- any other details you choose
Linking the Expedy Printer Console to your WooCommerce website takes only a few minutes thanks to our guide.
Printer for your transport labels (FEDEX, UPS, ...)
On our official ExpedyPrint ecommerce website, you will also find this printing solution kit for professionals, consisting of a BEEPRT thermal printer and the Expedy Print Box. The 108mm Cloud Printer allows you to print on self-adhesive thermal paper transport labels for your parcels. With its small and compact size, it can be used by your staff who receive orders to be shipped regularly.
Combining a pick list printer with transport label printer
You can also offer your partners an ecommerce bundle with a picklist and a transport label printers for a complementary action between order preparation and shipping:
- Woo Commerce compatible Cloud Printer 58mm or 80mm
- BEEPRT and Expedy Print Box 108mm printer kit
As a marketplace owner, you become our partner. You have advantages such as discounts on printers, the possibility to send pre-configured printers directly to your sellers in white label or with your logo ...
Alternative to Woo Commerce and WCFM
Expedy can also assist you in the development and creation of your marketplace with its Expedy Shop solutions. You can contact our support team with details of your project, to get a demo of the different Expedy ecommerce solutions.