Sorry for not posting for a while… Among many other things I have been busy setting up my (first) retail venture. Take a look at:
What you can find there is the tip of a neat iceberg – me acting as an amateur model wearing clothes of the first lable I took on stock as an online merchant (Pyromaniac Clothing).
Tasks completed here:
- Interface with Amazon marketplace via AMTU -XML and established a merchant’s contract with Amazon.
- Logistics-Interface with DHL. Prints barcoded labels and ‘calls’ the parcel collection service on orders.
- Formulation of suitable and bulletproof business terms, return conditions etc.
- Decide on a range of products and fill up the warehouse initially (i.e. buy the stuff).
- Orders coming in via Amazon can be tracked and handled during the whole order process through a central admin-area including automatic generation of packaging lists and invoices. This is also supported by Amazon’s own frontend (Seller-Central) for special cases.
- Product-related data (technical stuff, inventory, images and further rich content) can be edited in this admin-area as well.
- Actual generation of the product-related data, images and texts.
- The whole system is communicating with the Amazon marketplace on a 24/7 basis.
- Set up a warehouse that can handle I/O of items once the system starts rolling. This comprised re-packaging of the merchandise and labelling with own barcoded thermo-labels to facilitate inventory taking with a scanner and setting up a packaging area. All this is web-technology based.
Retrospectively all this is a great amount of commitment. Cross your fingers for me. The actual sale is starting these days.