We’re looking for a recommendation for syncing our Shopify store with our drop ship suppliers. Things like inventory, pricing, ordering, etc. Our primary suppliers provide csv files and xml links. The number of products that we will offer will be in the hundreds. Trying to evaluate at the apps like Stock sync, Syncee, Spocket is mind boggling.
Any insight or advice is greatly appreciated.
If you need to synchronize products from csv catalog feeds, you can also enable auto update (in case your catalog feeds are stored on remote server and it gets updated every day).
File layout doesn't really matter as long as all details about products are provided on the feed. You can simply map your file to system attributes and your products will be created on stopify.
each vendor items will be created under it's fulfillment service so you will be able to easily filfill your orders in case customer purchased items from different vendors.
If you need such solution I think feeds bridge would be a big time saver for you!
Firstly you need to install it on your shopify store, you can do that by following this link: https://apps.shopify.com/feeds-bridge
Once installed, go to shopify apps tab and select Feeds Bridge application, you will be redirected to application page.
Then you will need to set up your vendors, you can do on "Vendors" tab on application page.
Once vendor is created and it's source file is defined (you can either provide ftp access during vendor creation or select local file) and file selection action button will appear under that vendor line on vendors tab.
Then you need to define file map, there is a separate tab for "file maps" management, when you go there select vendor, click on "Update file headers" button (this action will read all the headers from your file) and start mapping file fields to system fields. Map will be accepted only when all required fields are mapped.
Only you have your map defined, you can go back to vendors tab, select vendors you want to import and click import under actions menu. If your vendor is enabled catalog export will be triggered right after import is done.
This is the most basic way to use feeds bridge application, there are additional features which requires additional actions, like template validation, when it's enabled vendor items will only be exported when it pass template validation, example you have an items with item type "Ring", but it doesn't exist on your template, in that case such item will not be exported and "Template fail" error will be displayed under that item. In this case you need to either create new item type un der template tab or create an alias for that string to refer those items to another item type, example you have item with "ring" type but you prefer to accept only item type "Rings" then you create "Rings" item type and create "Ring" alias in that case all "Ring" type items will be exported as "Rings".
You can also use pricing rules functionality (in case you don't have final prices and compare at prices on your catalog feed) once this feature is enabled (sugested to use with template validation on because you will have more structured item types), pricing data will be read during catalog import and you will be able to start creating pricing rules for that vendor. Rules are created based on item type, min and max price ranges. So each item type may have multiple rules for different price ranges.
Also There are video tutorials on application Help page, so you can take a look at those as well.
It's not supported at the moment, but it's something we are going to release in the near future (Should be released in ~2 months).
Once that will be done, emails to vendors will be sent once you trigger order item fulfillment request on shopify.
Hi @NVV ,
I have just released new version of Feeds Bridge.
From now on store operator can create access for their vendors and you can request to fulfill orders on shopify. Vendors will see all orders fulfillment requests, you can mark orders as paid before or after vendor fulfill it (you can attach shipping labels and invoices to each order and vendor will see them on vendor portal). Attaching screenshot of how operators and vendors see orders management on Feeds Bridge application.
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