Multi-Vendor Shopping Cart

NextLevelObjects is a multi-vendor shopping cart. Using NextLevelObjects, retailers can give vendors permission to maintain their own products, adjust inventory levels, ship products to customers, and process returns. In addition, retailers can assign vendors to web sites. For instance, a vendor may be able to sell their products on web sites 1, 2, and 3, but not web site 4. The system administrator has the ability to over-ride vendor decisions concerning product descriptions, pricing, etc. for any given web site.

The multi-vendor architecture of NextLevelObjects allows web site owners to construct web malls. For instance, a web site owner could create multiple store-fronts within a web site. Each store front would carry products from a different vendor. In addition, each store front can have its own design and brand, distinguishing that store-front from all other store-fronts. When shoppers are ready to check out after adding products from multiple store fronts, they go through a single check out procedure. This gives the consumer access to multiple store fronts while enjoying the convenience of single check out.

Supplier Partnerships Medium and large companies may also want to use this capability to allow different product managers (or different divisions) to access and maintain their own product data. Using this model, multiple divisions can maintain product, category and other information in multiple web sites. A system administrator would be responsible for assigning different divisions to different web sites.

Whether companies use internal or external suppliers (or both), all product information is stored in a single database. It is not necessary to create duplicate copies of business data (even when multiple web sites are involved). Nor do vendors have to sign-in and sign-out of web sites as they maintain their products. A single sign-in gives vendors access to all their products in all their web sites.