While many online stores, such as clothing retailers, tend to sell individual items there are those businesses that deal in part or even exclusively with bulk items instead. They might for instance have a product where the minimum amount that can be ordered is 100 units. Examples might include:
- Hardware stores selling pre-defined quantities of screws or nails
- Catering supply businesses selling large numbers of disposable knives and forks
- Other businesses selling mass produced items to retailers
In this tutorial I am going to look at a scenario where the merchant is using Shopp to power their online store and where they have set up bulk items by leveraging product variants. To simulate this I created a product called Door Knockers which I am hypothetically selling to hardware stores, letting them order palettes loaded up with 100, 250 or 500 door knockers at a time.
That’s important because we aren’t letting customers specify arbitrary quantities in this scenario – we are only allowing them to buy 100, 250, 500 or whatever quantities we define.
This is all very easy to set up. Simply create or edit the product in question then enable and set up a new variant (in my case I have called it Quantity) then name them accordingly. Simplicity is crucial for what we are going to do in this tutorial and here are the rules you will need to follow for every product where you set this up: [Read more...]