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Shopping Cart Which Supports Multiple Dcs
Posted 16 March 2006 - 07:05 PM
long time lurker first time poster.
I have read previous posts, but have not found any that addressed this question.
Our company has outgrown the shopping cart currently in use. (tripled in growth in the last year )
We need a cart which can support two distributions centers (route orders to the nearest one based on zip code)
Also, We would also like the ablity to let customers enter in their ID to get their order status. All of this and be SEO friendly as well.
Are there any semi customizable packages / off the shelf systems which can offer this level of sophistication?
We have been quoted custom solutions for about $60,000- $80,000, which is a bit more than we were planning . Ideally, We would like to spend less than $10,000.
It seems there is a big price gap in shopping carts, with not much in between.
Thanks in advance for your help
Posted 17 March 2006 - 09:04 AM
Does the cart you're currently using have a development community, or perhaps separate companies that create 3rd party applications based upon the cart software?
You're definitely looking for a custom solution. But since you're already familiar with the current cart I would start off by seeing if there's anyone who has the skill to tweak it to do what you need to do. While what you have in mind sounds complicated on its face, it's really not something that should be earth shattering.
As I read your questions it's basically a matter of setting up a zip code database from which you can direct the order shipments. And an order status module that can be pegged to the order number and/or customer info. Someone who is already familiar with the code of your current shopping cart should be able to add this type of functionality.
Posted 17 March 2006 - 01:05 PM
I will take your advice roxyyo and check out elastic path. this sound like it may be a good mid range package.
The cart we currently use is supplied by our fulfillment house which they built in house, so there is no real developer/user community that supports this. its pretty much a dead end product. It would be fine for someone running a hobby business. While we are not Amazon.com, we think we may reach $5M-$6M a year in sales in the next 3 years
Supporting two DCs may not be that complicated; essentially if the customer is west of the Rockys it goes to a center on the west coast and if the customer is east of the Rockys it goes to a center in the midwest. so we really just need the system to look at the first two characters of the ZIP code.
I appreciate all your advice. I will report back with what I come up with.
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