The name implies that a multi-vendor marketplace or store is an eCommerce shopping platform that allows multiple vendors to take part and sell their niche products in one place. It is a huge online store with numerous small vendors’ shops that individual vendors run.
zCart multi-vendor e-commerce marketplace application a PHP script based on the Laravel framework. This application helps to build a product-oriented online marketplace where various merchants can list their products for sale and the admin can control the marketplace from a well-designed dashboard. It’s very easy to set up with a friendly built-in installer and requires a license provided by the Incevio IT Solution to use the script.
With the zCart application, you can build your own marketplace like Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and very easy to set up with a friendly built-in installer. After going live, vendors can sell their goods and services by using your e-commerce multi-vendor site. But before that vendors need to register your site with an auto-renewal monthly subscription system that can be configured and managed by the site owner. A subscription fee can be involved or it can be completely free of charge. And you can cut a commission from each sale made on your marketplace by the vendors. In addition, you can set a fixed amount of fee for each transaction made on your marketplace.
The zCart Multivendor has hundreds of features that make it a popular multi-vendor script. It can be overwhelming to discuss all the features but I can overview some of its cool features here.key features:
With zCart multi-vendor marketplace business owners can earn in multiple ways
In zCart multi vendor ecommerce marketplace admin has full control over the marketplace system.
The catalog is combined with Category, Attributes, Product, and Manufacturer modules. With the help of these modules, the admin will be able to manage his/her marketplace product catalog effortlessly. The category module of zCart is divided into three sub-modules like group, sub-group, and category. The category group is the grandparent and the first step to organizing the product listings, under a category group there can be many sub-groups and finally, a sub-group can hold many categories. So that vendors can easily organize their products to the appropriate category and shoppers find the products easily by searching the category. Also, the admin can use feature tags to highlight important categories in the marketplace.
In the zCart script, the admin can create subscription plans for the vendors. Vendors will see the offers on the merchants landing page and will be able to register to any of the plans created by the admin. This subscription is optional. If you don’t want a subscription-based marketplace then you can disable the subscription completely. Before launching your marketplace, you must decide what you want to use, launch a subscription-based marketplace or not.
In the zCart marketplace, there are two types of subscription systems.
The zCart script has pre-integrated stripe APIs for subscriptions billing. You just have to configure the system with your stripe APIs and subscriptions.
And with wallet based subscription you can charge the vendor subscriptions fee directly from zCart wallet balance. To have this feature you have to install and configure the zCart Wallet plugin and Local Subscription plugin into your zCart marketplace script.
Admin has full access to all orders made on his marketplace. He can update the order status, cancel the order and also mark it as fulfilling the order. He can assign a delivery boy for a particular order or can change the delivery boy too. And can see the all canceled order. Also, add a cancellation fee for the customer and as well as can remove the order cancellation option.
Vendors need registration to sell their goods or services in the marketplace. During registration, vendors have to choose a monthly subscription plan. Admin can disable the subscription plan too if he doesn't want it. After registration, the admin can edit vendor details if needed. Also, the admin can do the secret login of the vendor dashboard. So admin has full access to each vendor. He can remove a vendor from the marketplace at any time.
Website personalization is a strategy used by marketers to create unique experiences that include tailored recommendations, dynamic content, and exclusive offers for their customers. It’s configured based on a visitor's behavior on the website, their demographics, and their interests. With zCart, the admin can personalize his marketplace according to customer demands. Because zCart is a fully dynamic theme-based frontend management system. He can change the theme design like background color, picture, text color, font size, and font family for the entire text of the Marketplace or can change any style because the admin gets the custom CSS option from the admin dashboard. So he can design the marketplace as he wishes. The primary goal of website personalization is to enhance the user experience by addressing customers’ needs and desires before they mention them.
There are two types of users on the system, platform users who manage the marketplace and merchant users who belong to a vendor to manage their store. All users get access to different modules based on the permission given by the role they belong to. Only the super admin has full control over the system and the merchant has full access to his/her store. Also, merchant-type users can get access to some platform modules permitted by the platform. Platform type roles can be permitted to access platform modules and common modules like category module and tax module. Vendor admin can create users using merchant-type roles to manage their store. You can also allow vendors to create their own user roles with their own permission set.
Note: You can not access or modify users who have more privilege than you. You can only create users with less privilege than yourself.
There are multiple payment method options in zCart. Providing multiple different payment methods makes the checkout easy for your customers, they can find the best payment gateway for their own personal needs. They can checkout easily through their wallet balance too or enter their credit or debit card details as they prefer to do. Here is the list of the zCart supported payment method:
PayPal is the most commonly used trusted payment gateway for e-commerce stores. It is an accepted payment gateway in more than 203 countries. It supports all prominent credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Citibank, and more.
Stripe is a convenient option to charge CARDs. It is a US-based payment gateway that’s available in more than 25 countries. It supports all major credit cards. But, it is mostly used in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Authorize.net has worldwide coverage. It is currently available in more than 33 countries. It is one of the oldest and most trusted online payment gateway providers. It also features multiple extensions for easy integration with WooCommerce stores.
The most popular Indian payment optIon. It is trusted by 20,00,000+ Indian businesses, Instamojo payment gateway offers a suite of powerful payment gateway features to manage payments online easily. It has 100+ online payment modes.
The most popular African payment option. It enables you to accept payments from customers using different payment channels such as: cards, mobile money accounts, QR codes, directly from their bank account or USSD.
Accept payments worldwide in 190+ countries and territories.
Cash on delivery (COD) is a type of transaction where the recipient pays for a good at the time of delivery rather than using credit. This payment option can increase your sales 3-5 times.
It's better to offer a conventional bank wire transfer payment option to your customer.
Flutterwave Payment methods help you to receive payments from your customers with several payment methods. Such as Cards, Bank accounts, USSD, QR codes, Mobile Money and Kenyan Mpesa. Flutterwave is supported in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, America, and Europe.
It is the only payments solution in Bangladesh that allows businesses to accept, process and disburse payments with its product suite. It gives you access to 30+ Payment Options for Your Customers.
M-Pesa is a mobile phone-based money transfer service, payments, and micro-financing service, launched in 2007 by Vodafone Group plc and Safaricom, the largest mobile network operator in Kenya. It has since expanded to Tanzania, Mozambique, DRC, Lesotho, Ghana, Egypt, Afghanistan, South Africa, and Ethiopia.
The system is carefully crafted for search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.
zCart has various promotional features to make the marketplace more engaging and boost sales. Like admin can set the
Cross-selling is the process of encouraging customers to purchase products or services in addition to the original items they intended to purchase. zCart Marketplace has this amazing feature. It's important not only because it boosts revenue, but also because it increases customer satisfaction, builds engagement, and helps to create a solid and lasting customer relationship. It also provides benefits to the new customers by offering them the right comparable higher-end product. It helps increase the revenue without any recurring cost. In zCart the admin or vendor gets this option to add the related item when uploading a product to the marketplace.
The system provides a powerful filesystem abstraction. The filesystem is the disk space where the application stores all the images and other static files. The filesystem integration provides simple to use drivers for working with local filesystems like-
You can store all images and static files to those cloud storage to reduce load and speed up your marketplace. It's amazingly simple to switch between these storage options. By default, the platform uses the local public disk. Admin can set the file system that they want to use.
For fraud protection, the admin can set the minimum and maximum price for a particular catalog product. So that any fraud seller can’t list the product at an unrealistic price. Also, Admin can ban any user's IP from the marketplace to protect his business from the fraud user. An admin can restrict the shipping area. Vendors will be able to include active areas only to their shipping zones. So when your business area is limited, you can control your active business area easily. And with the wallet admin can take all the payments in real-time from the marketplace then the vendor will request the admin for payout.
This script supports multilingual features. Language files are included with the system. You can translate the whole marketplace (back-office and front-end) language to your locals or any other languages that you want. We already translated the front-end theme into a few languages like:
The default language is English but you can change the default language from your admin dashboard
Also, the zCart script supports the RTL language. RTL (Right To Left) is a locale property indicating that text is written from right to left. For example, Arabic ( ar ) is a common language written RTL
If you want to start an online business with a multi-vendor e-commerce marketplace the zCart multi-vendor eCommerce marketplace is best for you. Pay just a one-time fee & you’ll get a lifetime license. There are no recurring monthly fees, no sneaky add-on fees, or hidden costs. The zCart has its own full-time team to maintain the application and add new features on a regular basis. So if you need any extra features or customization the zCart team will do that for you. Also has detail-oriented documentation that will introduce you to every single component of zCart.