Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to that question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I find an answer. You should email the people at Verisign as they probably could assist you..
For your first question - parsing a data feed from your supplier - you will need to get this custom-coded. Each data feed is different in terms of it's format (XML, CSV, something else), and the fields each supplier provides will be different. There's no simple way to make a generic feed parser..
Question 2: I use drop shipping almost exclusively for my store. In aid of this, I use the Multi-Vendor Shipping (MVS) mod. For certain products that come from supplier A, a flat rate applies - shipping is the same no matter how small or large the order is. They also offer express shipping that is based on cubic weight. I use the table shipping option in MVS to calculate this rate. For products that come from supplier B, they charge a different shipping cost for different items.
End result - customer gets a choice about what type of shipping, and it gets properly calculated by the MVS shipping modules. If a customer orders items that come from supplier A and items that come from supplier B, it's obvious at checkout that the order is coming from different locations, and that multiple shipping charges apply. The bonus is that if you properly configure your shipping modules, you will never lose money on freight..
RE asking about availability - there is an add-on called something like "ask a product question" that lets you do exactly that. Search the addons secion and you'll find it and the MVS addon as well..
How I would do that if I was to sell from two different suppliers is I would tack on a $1.00 on my items and then have my shipping figured to add the shipping charges for the amount between $1.00 - $25.00 would be #7.50 and from $26.00 - $50.00 for $9.50 and so on....
Thats how I would do it....
Hi I want to know what does it matter who sends the stuff aslong as the customer gets it cant see them complaining..
Who knows, some people will complain about anything. I have seen some sites where in their shipping they say something to the effect that they usually ship via "this carrier" but reserve the right to ship via another depending on product & destination. As long as the customer is paying what they agree to pay in the quoted shipping charges I would think that should be ok...
If the order contains items from different suppliers, the items will not all arrive at once. Your customer will send you anxious emails asking why only part of their order showed up. Additionally, some carriers take longer than others, and some freight methods take longer than others. For example, if I offer an Express service, the post office will do their best to ship overnight, but restricts the locations to which it can express ship. Other carriers will get it there overnight, no matter the destination. This is particularly relevant if the purchase is intended as a gift for someone - ie shipment is to a deadline.
I currently have a Verisign website and would like to know if anyone has found ways to do drop shipping with this software..
I am working with some large suppliers who offer two drop shipping types..
1. They offer API's where they can have my Verisign site communicate with theirs to provide live quantity information so I won't have someone order an out of stock item. It will also in some cases feed the actual product descriptions and also even accept an order from our Verisign website to be sent directly to them for shipment. Would I be able to have a feature like this added?.
2. The second that many offer is simply if I have a drop ship order I go into their system to place an order just like I'd have it shipped to me. The only difference is when ordering it I enter my customer's address instead of mine. I know this would be easier to implement but am looking for any ideas on how best to do this option..
I know I'd manually place the order with my supplier which I'm fine with. I would then get a tracking number that I would email to the customer..
The concern I have would be with shipping type and availability..
-For example in many cases the shipping costs that I'd collect on the Verisign website would be close enough that a few times I may lose money but many times make money since they often have better shipping rates. The problem is for example I offer both USPS and UPS on my items and many suppliers may offer FedEx and not USPS and I don't know how I could have drop ship items note that..
-As for availability. I know it would be hard to have live feeds but am wondering if someone has heard of an option such as maybe placing a 'Check availability' button on a product page that if someone would press it they'd enter their email, I'd be emailed with the product name and their email address, and then check with my supplier and notify them if it's available. I know this could lead to many emails to keep up with and as well a product could sell out after I contact a customer. I just can't think of another way to do it and am open to any ideas..
Are there any modules that can be added that would do this?..
2. How do you split the order and order part from supplier a and the rest supplier b and calculate 2 shipping charges..
Customer selects usps and it arrives fedex, do you have a legal problem?.
Check availability could be a logged on user only option and couls do a real time check...