Multi-Vendor Marketplace Development

Sell online without the headaches of a store owner

Multi-vendor marketplaces are repeatedly named one of the most important trends in eCommerce. Yet, not many businesses adopt this business model; hence the competition is still low.

  • What is a multi-vendor marketplace?
    A multi-vendor marketplace is basically an eCommerce software, where many independent vendors can sell their own products. There are few types of marketplaces that we have already worked on with our clients all over the world. Some of the marketplaces do not even look different from classic eCommerce. We base our multi-vendor marketplaces on open-source frameworks: Sylius & Shopware.

Based on our experience with open-source multi-vendor marketplace development, we will guide you through the whole process as partners to make sure it meets all your needs.

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Types of marketplaces

What is your vision?

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Commission-based Multi-vendor marketplace

A marketplace that is based on commission from vendors, each transaction has included a commission for the marketplace owner.

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Subscription-model Multi-vendor marketplace

A marketplace that is based on a subscription model for vendors, each vendor pays a monthly/annual fee for being able to use the platform.

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Public marketplace

A marketplace where you can clearly see that the store is basically a marketplace and you can apply to become a vendor by yourself.

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Hidden marketplace

A marketplace that looks like a basic eCommerce store from the front side, but there is a marketplace functionality existing behind the scenes.

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Other

If you need a custom (not mentioned) marketplace, tell us about your vision - we are open to help you.

What's inside?

Transform eCommerce into Multi-vendor marketplace solution

Vendors

Onboarding tools for new vendors to start the sales processes as soon & efficiently as possible.
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Dashboard

Vendor panel on the front-end with access to all the mentioned tools for effective work management.
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Admin panel

The ultimate control over the e-store to control the merchants, products & customer relationships to keep it at the highest possible level.
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Payments

Payment area & configuration for vendors helps to provide the customer with multiple payment options.
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Tracking

Information about orders is crucial to optimize the process of delivery. To achieve that, we provide a possibility to track orders by vendors.
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Sales statistics

Created for both vendors & shop admin in two separate areas for advanced tracking and analysis of the sales.
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Communication tools

A possibility to connect Vendors<>Admin<>Customers in any relations.
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Subscription or provision model

One of two options for the Multi-vendor marketplace models, based on subscription or commission models for vendors.
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Scalability

The multi-vendor marketplace built on top of the open-source software is able to scale up to a very large number of vendors.
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The road to success - See the process

To start the project in the right way, the most important part is collecting all the requirements to transform them into an initial estimation. To achieve that in the best possible way, we have a special service – Vision-To-Plan eCommerce Workshops.

Every project is different, so we approach each workshop differently. As a result of the workshop, you will get a complete architecture of your Multi-Vendor Marketplace. So, the first two (and the most important) steps from the graphic are covered by the workshop. The rest of the processes is the implementation of the established requirements.

  • You may save up to €10 in needless development costs on every €1 spent on planning during workshops.

To get to know more about workshops, click here.

Information about process from start project to its launch

Working with flexibility and professionalism at every stage

  • Get the support in choosing the best technology

    After the accordance in the project scope, technology, etc., we can begin our collaboration. We lift the veil of secrecy according to the way we work.

  • Agile in mind

    You are engaged in the development process to provide your feedback, suggestions for changes and improvements. This process is divided into a few phases, and each of them ends with testing and consulting with you.

  • Communication

    We communicate with each other mainly via Slack, so we prefer to do that also with you. You will have a special channel containing the people involved in the project.  It doesn’t mean that we are limited to one communication tool – sometimes, we also use different channels like e-mail or Google Hangouts.

    • Daily calls – our internal meeting to plan the daily work.  Accelerates project delivery thanks to the detailed organization.
    • Weekly calls – a meeting with our internal and the client’s team. Facilitates planning the following stages and allows to discuss the current problems.
  • The Team

    The structure of the team, that will work on your project consists (in general) of the following people:

    • Project Manager – oversees the project and makes things run smoothly.
    • Developers –  create an outstanding solution for your business, based on your vision.
    • Quality Assurance –  if something influences your system negatively, he will discover it.
    • (Optional) Designer –  takes care of aesthetics and a unique final look of the eCommerce project.
  • The method of settlement

    The working model depends on many different factors, such as the scope of your project, your goals, and the budget you have
    There are two models: Fixed Price and Time and Material. At the beginning of cooperation, we will determine which model we will be based on. However, remember that you should know its advantages and disadvantages when choosing one of the models. You can be sure that we will advise you on a solution that fits your project at this stage.

Steps in project development
#1 Case

Magento to Sylius migration

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We migrated the Multi-vendor marketplace platform from Magento 1 (related to digital products: computer games). A platform designed for players on a rather unusual topic. In the case of this marketplace, the Vendors were not only game developers but entire publishing studios. The platform is based on the sales commission model, so the sales statistics module, which had to be heavily customized, played a significant role in this project.

During the migration of this platform, our main task was to improve vendor management. So far, most of the activities were performed manually by the store admin, making it difficult to scale the platform.

With the platform’s users in mind, we created a game library, which had to facilitate access to purchased products with the possibility of downloading at any time.

#2 Case

Selling food in Multi-vendor Marketplace

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The second case was to prepare a Multi-vendor marketplace platform with food products from local suppliers. The products came from small farms, with local residents in mind. Each of the suppliers received access to the Vendor panel built into the store, where they could coordinate the sale of their products, the inventory of which was quite often dynamically changing. In this case, the website administrator coordinated all logistics issues in cooperation with local couriers.

This platform allowed to increase profits and improve the functioning of the entire system and allowed engaging several times more vendors for sale on the platform with less effort, which translated into a more significant number of products in the store and increased the popularity of the store.

The store was based on a vendor commission model, so vendors did not have to worry about additional costs in low sales, and customers covered the logistics costs.

Build Multi-vendor marketplace

On top of open-source solutions

Who are we?

Meet us closer

  • Our company is specializing in a huge variety of eCommerce solutions. With a mission to help businesses digitize and increase sales, we offer to create Multi-vendor Marketplace open-source solutions.
  • The solutions we propose ensure your growth and being one step ahead of your competitors.
  • Every line of our code follows standards, and high-quality code ensures scalability, so you are no limited with the technology.
  • We employ over 50 people, and all of us have the same mission in mind – to help you achieve your goals.
Become the eCommerce leader

Create your own Multi-vendor Marketplace solution

Anna Kostrzewska
New Business Developer
Languages: French, English, Polish
Radosław Żurawski
New Business Developer
Languages: English, Polish
Michael Żdanow
New Business Developer
Languages: German, English, Polish