Just a couple of questions about the inventory side of this set up.
ESP has a really good amount of filters and ways of searching results which we use extensively.
SKU, title, Supplier, seller (although this is a bit of an odd concept it works well for us), quantities, etc etc. In fact you can filter to your hearts content. eg. 0 qty products from ABC supplier which are listed on ebay and have XYZ temple.
You can even search custom fields.
They also have some cool operators, we use things like %#US in the SKU box to bring back any results with #US in the title (our US ebay inventory items) or !#SPO to bring back items that aren’t what we call special order items.
In short, there’s a way to find almost any set of products in a few seconds. How does the Magento setup compare to that?
Once we have filtered the exact set of products we wish to work on we normally export (using a custom export), edit in excel and reimport (or sometimes do something else with the data)
I assume import and export are supported, but how about creating custom import/exports, and how does it compare in speed and ease of use to ESP.
Manually editing records
What is a pain in the backside with ESP is manually editing a number of records. Sometimes you may have say 10-15 to work on which doesn’t seem worth exporting for and which bulk update in ESP isn’t suitable for. So it’s a case of edit, click the green right-arrow, wait 5 (or 10, or 20…) seconds for the next record to load. Edit, click, wait, etc
Is this any quicker in Magento? It’s not a deal breaker but if the import/export isn’t as good it would be useful to know that manual updates were better
eSellerPro is way better, especially for the advanced filters. And Magento is poor out of the box.
There is a free grids extension, which is actually one of the first extensions we’ll show you how to add to Magento which allows you to customise the layout of the inventory grid, add in extra columns and even show product images too. There are more extensions that add the level of search that you’re more accustomed to, but I’ve not researched those as the Grids extension is more than adequate for stage 1.
eSellerPro all-round is better. Magento has a dataflow tool that is ok for small import/exports, but as mentioned in the Podcast a few days ago, Magmi was brought up. Magmi is the best import tool for Magento, it’s extremely powerful, but currently that comes at the cost of a less than friendly interface.
So I have written an installer script AND we’re having a custom user interface designed too, it’ll be a lot more easy to install and use. I’m also in conversation with the developer to deliver our changes to him, for him to make them better and release it under the MIT open source license (which is basically do what you like)
Manually editing records
Could be better if I’m honest, would be nice if you could scroll through products like you’re used to in eSellerPro. Perfectly possible. Not seen anything out there like this and I like the idea, have put it in my extensions list to get developed.
Editing records is pretty quick to be fair, it’s just the navigation that you’ll find different to eSellerPro.
Hope that helps.
But be 100% aware, your version will look very different :)
I’m keeping track of cool ideas and things I know that are needed. There is one part I’m dying to share, but that has to wait another 55 days :)
Really hope it’s suitable for us. The way I’m looking at it is that it will save £12k+ a year in ESP fees so I can throw some cash at any teething issues or things that need tweaking
Biggest problem is going to be training staff to use an entirely new system. Virtually every aspect of our business is tied up to ESP in some way so it’ll be quite a change if we take the plunge on this.
Understood. Which is why we’re working on the guides so that you can give them specific sections as they need it. Also we’ll be looking at taylored guides :)
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