We all know there are more mobile users than that of desktop across the globe. And, in the e-commerce industry also shoppers prefer to perform purchase activities on mobile apps rather than a website.
Therefore, if you are an online merchant deals in selling products, then owning a mobile app is very important.
So, if you are planning to own a mobile app. Then, this article will answer all your HOW, WHAT, IF & BUT for your mobile app.
There are two types of mobile apps –
Above all, you first need to choose your e-commerce platform for your web store. There are various types of platforms types available –
Now, another thing comes up, how to convert my web store into a marketplace? For this, you can use Webkul’s below mentioned open source Multi-Vendor solutions.
For example – If you are having Magento 2 website. Then, you just need to purchase and install Magento 2 Multi-Vendor extension in your existing Magento 2 web store. And you are all set to start your very own Marketplace.
As we have discussed above, there are so many open source solutions available for creating websites. But what about mobile apps? Is there any open source solution available for owning a mobile application for the online multi-vendor marketplace?
Yes, to create an open source e-commerce mobile app you can refer Mobikul App Builder. This will cater all your multi-vendor marketplace requirements.
Consequently, Mobikul app builder works for a single seller and multi-seller marketplaces both. Below you can find open source e-commerce mobile apps for the different platforms –
Let’s have a comparative journey through the capabilities and features of marketplace mobile app for Seller End & Customer End
Seller Dashboard section is for the seller to view sales statics, top selling products, latest orders, and reviews.
The logged in sellers can view the list of their products in this section
Also, the sellers can even edit or delete products from this section. The seller can navigate to the desired product with the help of filters.
The seller can add new products from the app by entering the various details like name, stock, price, etc
Likewise, the seller can list their products under the hot deals section. For this, the seller will simply define the product special price in the product edit page and that will be visible under the deal section on the front-end to the customers.
Furthermore, the seller can view the complete list of the orders placed by the customers. Here, the seller can generate invoice, shipping slips, mail order details and cancel the orders individually.
Even more, the seller can send emails to the customers about the status of their orders.
Moreover, to manage the returns sellers can use the multi-vendor Return Merchandise Authorization system that allows them to manage the returns in an efficient way.
Note: Multi-Vendor RMA add-ons available for various platform – Marketplace RMA Add-On
Consequently, the app allows all the store products to be displayed with their sub-categories and parent category both at the front-end.
Also, the customer can sort the category result by many sorting options provided. The app gives the facility of layered navigation to the app users via the addition of filters on products.
Furthermore, the app user can search for products to find the desired product to save time is scrolling through the complete app. The two types of search –
One is the “Search Term“. This will search the product as per the keyword typed in the search field.
Another is “Advanced Search“. The required product can be searched on the basis of various details like product name, SKU, description, short description, price, and color.
Above all, the app can even review their orders on the bag page before proceeding for checkout.
Finally, after adding the product to bag the customer can easily check out by clicking Proceed To Checkout button.
However, you can choose any payment gateway that best suits your e-commerce needs and audience. Because Webkul MOBIKUL Mobile Application supports a wide range of Payment Gateways.
Likewise, you can choose any shipping carrier that best suits your e-commerce needs. Because Webkul MOBIKUL Mobile Application supports a wide range of Shipping Solutions to fulfill orders.
Mobikul offers applications which are GDPR compliant they follow the rules as per the regulation. They give the customers of EU the confidence of being secure and the data control is in their hand.
Note: What Is GDPR?
Yes, Mobikul Mobile app supports the multi-languages including the RTL and LTR languages in the single mobile app. Now, your store will have an Android/iOS app which will have all the desired languages in one app.
Note: For more queries please visit this – Mobikul Knowledgebase.
In the case of mobile applications, data exchange with the database is not direct. It takes place via a bridge called API. So, to create an app from the same database as the e-commerce website, API developers have to develop a number of APIs.
For example, if you are having an eCommerce marketplace store and wants to have a marketplace like features & functionalities in the mobile application. Then, this will be achieved through API.
API allows the developer to implement various functionalities of your eCommerce marketplace store like seller dashboard, seller orders, etc to another platform like Android and iOS. Therefore, you can achieve anything with the use of API.
Though there are various CMS available, but Magento is the most recommended and preferred platform for mobile app development.
The feature set of Magento is robust which is ideal for large as well as small companies. Magento offers Community Edition for free, Enterprise Edition is the advanced and paid version of Magento, and the third one is Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition.
You can go-through Webkul’s case study – Why Magento is preferred?
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