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Mirakl launches connector to Magento

Marketplace solutions provider Mirakl, has been powering the platform economy by providing the technology and partner ecosystem needed to launch an eCommerce marketplace since 2012. The French company developed Mirakl Marketplace B2B to help distributors and manufacturers create their own online marketplaces.

The Mirakl Marketplace Platform automates the hard things: Seller on-boarding, product data management, service quality control, and order distribution; on an API-based solution that’s modular and easy to integrate.

Mirakl is built on modular service-oriented architecture. It offers the ability to add a marketplace to any existing e-commerce site. Mirakl is a back office solution only. For a functioning e-commerce, you will need a frontend (webshop) such as Magento.

Recently, the marketplace solutions provider, announced the availability of a new Mirakl connector that will help their customers, and sellers, achieve even more success with Mirakl. The Mirakl Connector for Magento Marketplace Sellers will now allow brands, retailers, and distributors who use Magento Commerce to easily sell products across Mirakl marketplaces and manage operations from one central place.

Features of the connector include:

  • Connect to multiple marketplaces powered by Mirakl
  • Manage operations from one single place, the Magento Commerce engine
  • Create listings and export products to the marketplace
  • Automate price & stock updates
    Unify order management for all eCommerce and marketplace orders from the Magento Back-Office
  • Manage the entire order workflow including shipment updates
  • Handle customer service inquiries and messages on orders
  • Streamline workflows with configurable cron jobs
  • Interface available in both French and English
  • Detailed documentation and video tutorials

The Mirakl Connector for Magento Marketplace Sellers can be used by any business that is registered on a marketplace powered by Mirakl.

If you’d like a proposal or more informational on developing a Mirakl marketplace, contact us here.

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Upgraded Office Choice Product Information Management System

As one of Australia’s largest B2B office suppliers, Office Choice stores cater for a broad range of customers including SMEs, government sectors, educational institutions and personal customers. Office Choice stocks an extensive range of stationery, technology, and furniture and office solutions such as canteen, janitorial and printing services.

Business Needs

Office Choice is a buying group that maintains supply relationships with all the key stationery manufacturers and distributors (suppliers) in Australia. Members of Office Choice (aka Dealers) can order products from these suppliers at the centrally negotiated price as part of their membership package. Additional services offered to Office Choice dealers are the production of a paper-based 500 page Full Line Catalogue and marketing support with 4 major national advertising campaigns scheduled each year.

Office Choice uses an MS SQL/.Net application (“Intranet”) to manage the product, supplier, catalog and promotion activities within the group. The Intranet is a bespoke application developed in-house over the past 10 years and provides a host of other non-PIM functions that needed to be replaced over time.

But, there was no functionality to update data in bulk and no error report for each field of a product. It was difficult to maintain the current system without these major functions since it required manual checkup.

Pimcore Solution

Office Choice wanted to implement a new Product Information Management (PIM) system to replace the existing system currently in place. The new PIM system had to be based on Pimcore with customization and configuration designed to replicate and enhance the client’s existing PIM functionality. Pimcore now provides a reliable product information management (PIM) system with error reports and bulk data update functionalities.

Business Results

Office Choice has expressed their positive feedback since Pimcore reduces their overhead time and ability to manage their products through the system. They are able to get a detailed error log for each product with a bulk update feature that did not exist in their previous system. The switch to Pimcore has proven to be an excellent choice for users to easily manage and maintain the product information.

For more information on how acidgreen can implement a PIM for your organisation please contact us.

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Gartner’s 2019 view: Shopify vs Bigcommerce

Gartner’s view of the digital commerce market is focused on transformational technologies and approaches delivering on the future needs of sellers and their customers.

Gartner has recognised Shopify as a Challenger in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce. Shopify Plus is a multi-tenant SaaS commerce platform, which targets midsize enterprises or business units within large enterprises. Shopify also offers Shopify Payments, Shopify Shipping, Shopify POS and Shopify Capital to complement the commerce solution. Shopify recently acquired Handshake to expand its B2B capabilities.

Gartner recognised several strengths of Shopify:
  • Ease of use: Shopify Plus offers no-code configuration of the store that can be managed by business users without involving the IT team. The average launch time is between three and four months. This is a key consideration for organisations whose commerce business is managed by business users.
  • TCO: Shopify Plus has a highly competitive price that can be an order of magnitude lower than what other vendors in this Magic Quadrant charge. Its price is often negotiated, typically starting with a $2,000 monthly fee plus payment costs. Clients not using Shopify for payments typically find additional costs associated with each sale.
  • Multichannel support: Shopify Plus offers native integration with over 20 channels, including marketplaces and social media such as Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. All these channels can be managed alongside the stand-alone commerce site from the single console. The vendor also offers a mobile SDK for native app development, and Shopify POS for in-store sales.

A couple of small concerns were listed for Shopify being that clients need to find a service provider [like acidgreen] to assist with integration, and they found the majority of service providers are in North America and Europe. Though with acidgreen being one of the largest shopify agencies in APAC this is not a concern for Australian retailers.

A major competitor of Shopify is BigCommerce. They are a Niche Player offering a multi-tenant SaaS platform for small-, mid- and large-size businesses. BigCommerce serves B2C and B2B, and continually upgrades its B2B functionality to better serve B2B clients. Most clients are generating digital commerce GMV below $20 million from the platform.
Gartner recognised the strengths of Bigcommerce being that it offers unlimited API calls for mid- and large-size enterprise clients, and the technology flexibility with 90% of the platform exposed via API enabling it to compete with headless vendors.

Gartner have concerns though with Bigcommerce B2B saying it “still lacks natively some of the more complex customer management functionality. It doesn’t natively support the ability for clients’ customers to set up or manage their departments and cost centers, or create workflow for approvals, budgeting or support/sub-user accounts. It also does not support clients’ abilities to manage their customers’ spending and available credit.”
Gartner have also said Bigcommerce B2C “may not support clients with more sophisticated use cases requiring more advanced functionality. Examples include subscriptions, tight POS integration and DOM without additional services or customization.”
acidgreen is a multi-award winning full service digital commerce agency. For more information regarding Shopify vs Bigcommerce please contact us.