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One month into the New Year and BIG things are happening with our Marketplace app, as February marks the release of our first major update!! Some key features and a number bug fixes have been implemented to kick off the 2016 calendar year.
We have made some minor adjustments that are going to have a MAJOR impact. For starters, we've added a manual payment function to allow for other payment methods aside from PayPal! If you prefer to pay your merchants through cheques or bank transfers, or if you are a brick and mortar business as well as online, you can use this manual payment method to open up a number of possibilities. Merchants will still require a PayPal account in order to register, however payments won't be required to function through PayPal.
Now when you enter your payments tab, you'll be able to select the orders you want to pay outside of PayPal, click "Mark as paid" and move on! An e-mail template has been added to the E-mail Settings tab, so store owners can customize the message that is sent to the merchant. You'll also notice we added some search filters to the payments tab, as well as a "Group by Merchant" checkbox to facilitate the payments process.
The merchant portal was the subject of a lot of significant improvements. One highly requested feature was to allow editing of the merchant portal so store owners could style their portal to be more relevant to their brand. Now we've added the ability to use custom CSS through the app's General Settings, in the Merchant Portal Settings tab.
We've also added variant specific details to the merchant portal so merchants can provide more necessary information. This includes variant specific inventory tracking, weight management and shipping necessity. Now merchants will be able to effectively manage their product inventory as well as add helpful shipping information.
Merchants will also now be allowed to add custom tags during product creation/editing.
As well as choose whether or not to publish or hide their product without removing it so they can re-stock and inventory.
On top of that, merchants now have the opportunity to print the shipping and fulfillment information, during or after fulfilling orders. This will allow the creation of a packing slip or label to be sent with their physical orders upon shipping.
Along with the visible features that we added, we also addressed a number of bugs to help improve the user experience for the store owner. Such as changing the global commission rate for the store, will now run a batch in order to update all categories and products using the global commission rate, to accurately reflect the alterations.
These are just some of the features and fixes included in this release. We are excited to expand the app's functionality to make it a more versatile tool for you! Feel free to check out the complete list of Marketplace's latest additions here!
The Marketplace Team