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Our next big release for Marketplace is here and it's a doozy! We're always looking to increase the versatility of the app, while continuously trying to improve the work flow in order to boost efficiency for both the merchant as well as the store owner. As a result, we're thrilled to announce the addition of an extremely highly sought after feature, Digital Downloads! This will provide direct support for digital products, directly through the merchant portal!
There are a variety of settings in place to help you as the store owner define the conditions you want your merchants to use, as well as a variety of updates to the store admin to keep everything in order.
Now, when a merchant creates a product, they'll be prompted early in the product creation form to choose whether or not the product will be digital, and whether or not it will require manual or automatic fulfillment. Automatic fulfillment will allow the purchase to go through without prompting the merchant to send a physical product to the customer.
When creating a digital product, the merchant will have a variety of fields auto-populated (shipping requirements, weight, fulfillment format, etc.) however they are not restricted by those, increasing the flexibility and ease of the new feature. Once they select the digital product format, the merchant will be notified that once they complete the initial product form, they will be taken to a secondary attachments page where they can upload their digital files.
Not only that, but the new fulfillment section can help stores selling physical products as well! Let's say a store owner wants sells apparel that they make themselves, but they want to use marketplace for artists to create and sell their own designs that will be printed on those items, but the store owner will create the items and send them out themselves. Using auto fulfillment, those merchants can sell their designs while the actual shipping of the product rests on the store.
As I mentioned off the top, we're always looking to expand on the current functionality of the app, and that's exactly what we did to add our new Terms and Conditions function. Now by combining the Custom Pages and Custom Registration fields section of the app settings, you can create a binding Terms and Conditions page for prospective merchants to agree to before they can submit their merchant application. Click here for step-by- step instructions.
That covers most of the major additions in this latest release, but by no means is that everything we've tweaked. Click here to see the full release notes for Marketplace v2.1. On top of that, we know that orienting your merchants can be a daunting process, so we've created a few articles to help you out! Getting started as a merchant and creating a digital product. Feel free to copy this information into your custom pages section for your merchants to see at their own convenience.
As always, if you have any questions, concerns or feedback about this update, don't hesitate to let us know! You can schedule a phone appointment at a time suitable for you to further discuss the Marketplace app, or take a look at our support page!
The Marketplace Team