TIC Multishop

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TIC Multishop

Ecommerce Platform / PHP / MySQL / CSS / XHTML
Developed in 2012 the platforms extends upon the Webshop Platform by allowing additional supplies to load stock into the platform whilst allowing multiple websites to sell the loaded products.

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Platform Features : Multishop Manager

The multishop manager can configure the whole platform, granting access to satellites and suppliers. Setting up the sale breakdown between themselves, the satellite and supplier, for example they can set an individual supplier up so any products they sell, 10% goes to the satellite site, 20% to the multishop manager and the rest the supplier keeps, this allows for the multishop manager to create customised agreements to each supplier.

There is also control to what the satellite site can configure, such as restrictions on modifying the site design, creating pages and even restricting the adding of products.

Categories

Add/Edit/Manage Global Categories

Brands

Add/Edit/Manage Global Brands

Products

Add/Edit/Manage Own Products

Newsletters

can send newsletter to each satellite sites customer based (if they opt in for newsletter).

Order History

View/Export own order information

Order Management

can view the status of all orders from both suppliers and satellite sites, ensuring there are no delays etc.

Internal Message System

can send messages to satellite sites and suppliers.

Secure Payment

Supports both PayPal and SagePay

Supplier to Satellite link

creates the links between which satellite sites can stock the supplier products.

Advert Manager

can send advertisement banners to satellite sites

Satellite Manager

configure the satellite site along with feature permissions

Site Designer

can customise the satellite site design via basic/advance mode

Supplier Manager

configures the supplier access

Platform Features : Satellite Site

The satellite control panel is configured via Multishop Manager, depending on the features enabled these could include the ability to add their own products to both the global and private categories, create/edit the content pages and customise the site design via the template system.

Private Categories

Add/Edit/Manage Private Categories

Private Brands

Add/Edit/Manage Private Brands

Products

Add/Edit/Manage Products

Stock system

Product stock system

Newsletters

can send newsletter to own customers based.

Order history

View/Export own order information

Internal message system

can send messages to multishop manager.

Advert manager

can create banners on their homepage

Site designer

can customise the satellite site design via basic/advance mode

Supplier manager

once the multishop manager creates a link, the satellite site can then opt-out of stocking this suppliers products.

Platform Features : Supplier

The supplier control panel allows them to load their products into the system along with setting up the postage rates and processing orders.

Products

Add/Edit/Manage Products

Stock system

Product stock system

Order history

View/Export own order information

Internal message system

can send messages to multishop manager.

Multishop Manager Admin Area

These screenshots show the various admin pages that the multishop manager uses to control the platform.

Supplier Admin Area

These screenshots show various sections of the supplier admin panel, where they can manage their products and process any orders.

Satellite Admin Area

These screenshots show the satellite sites admin panel, which they can manage the supplier products, there own products along with customising the website.

My Role

I created this platform whilst working for Tourist Information Centres Ltd, this platform created early 2012, in which a sister company was setup to cater just for the Multishop Platform, there were a soft launch in the middle of 2012, in which we launched with with only a couple of businesses to
a) see what the market was like
b) be able to offer full support to these clients
c) tweak the platform to cater for the real world needs.

The trial period were considered a success, with both national and international clients, in which we had the feature set that was required and a roadmap planned on new features to roll out. We were in talks with multiple other clients throughout 2012 with a aim of fully launching in 2013.

Just before the launch our managing director had health issues so we delayed the launch as at this point as the timetable was that he could return after 6-9 months. Unfortunately whilst he managed to beat the initial health concern he was never able to return to work. The TIC Multishop platform never fully launched and we wound the trial down in the middle of 2014.