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Dropship For Magento 2

Dropship is a shipping method where the store owner does not keep the products stocked in its store. Instead, all the products are stored in different warehouses across the region. So when a customer places an order, the product is directly shipped from the nearest warehouse instead of the store. Using Magento 2 Dropship module, the admin can add multiple warehouses for a product with the quantity.

Basically, Magento 2 Dropship module provides MSI concept which let the multi-source sellers manage their multi warehouse inventory conveniently.

Using the module, the admin can even import products from the AliExpress into his store and can start selling those products within his own store very easily. To place the orders at AliExpress the admin just needs to click a single button and then make the payment as we have automated the order process for the AliExpress orders.

Features

  • Provide multi warehouse inventory feature in your Magento 2.0.x, 2.1.x and 2.2.x version.
  • Import AliExpress products(simple & configurable) from AliExpress into your selected store.
  • Create configurable product if the product has options otherwise, create a simple product.
  • Edit the product information(with images) on AliExpress website before importing to store.
  • Update AliExpress order status from AliExpress chrome extension.
  • Use filter in AliExpress Chrome extension for e-packet identification.
  • Import products from the AliExpress Product, Search and Category pages.
  • Shop URL verification while registering your Magento store URL.
  • Add Product Price Synchronization from AliExpress using cron.
  • Description of the product also gets imported same as AliExpress.
  • Admin can import AliExpress products website wise.
  • The product information like base name, price, product reviews, meta title, meta keywords, meta description, SKU, description(simple tags, HTML tags, and multiple images), and configurable attributes get imported along with the product.
  • View all AliExpress Orders in a separate section.
  • Automated Order Process for the AliExpress Orders.
  • Mass Assign/Un-Assign the imported products to various warehouses.
  • Set the Default quantity and cost of the imported products when they are assigned to the warehouse.
  • Assign warehouse automatically or manually.
  • Google Maps API based address auto-complete.
  • Select the email template for order approval and new warehouse account.
  • Select shipping methods for every warehouse.
  • Separate warehouse manager login for managing the orders and shipments.
  • The admin can do complete management (add/edit/delete) of the warehouses.
  • The admin can assign warehouses to unassigned orders.
  • Add shipping rates information using a CSV file.
  • Mention warehouse stock quantity in the products.
  • Shipping cost is calculated according to the warehouse location.
  • The admin can add warehouse(supplier) products price rules.
  • The admin can map Magento category with warehouse category.
  • The admin can add the Data-Flow Profile to map Magento product attributes with warehouse product attributes.
  • The admin can import multiple warehouse(supplier) products using single CSV, XML, and XLS file.
  • Allowed admin to import individual warehouse(supplier) products using CSV, XML, and XLS file.
  • Automatically created supplier account if not exist during warehouse products import using CSV, XML, and XLS file.
  • Applying price rules on warehouse(supplier) products during import using CSV, XML, and XLS file.
  • The admin can view warehouse(supplier) dashboard to analyze sales.
  • The admin can view warehouse(supplier) orders.
  • The admin can view warehouse(supplier) products.
  • Allowed Warehouses(suppliers) to view their dashboard to analyze sales.
  • The module properly works with default Magento shipping methods.

Installation

Customers will get a zip folder and they have to extract the contents of this zip folder on their system. The extracted folder has an src folder, inside the src folder you have the app folder. You need to transfer this app folder into the Magento2 root directory on the server as shown below.

If you have downloaded the module from Magento Connect then unzip the respective extension zip and create Webkul(vendor) then Dropship(module) name folder inside your Magento root directory as app/code/Webkul/Dropship and then move all module’s files inside /app/code/Webkul/Dropship/ folder in Magento root directory.

After the upload, you can see the folders in your Magento2 Root Directory.


After the successful installation, you have to run these commands in the Magento2 root directory:

First Command- “composer require phpoffice/phpexcel“

Second Command – php bin/magento setup:upgrade

Third Command – php bin/magento setup:di:compile

Forth Command – php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy

After running these commands, you have to flush the cache from Magento admin panel by navigating through->System->Cache management as shown below.

Magento 2 AliExpress Importer Chrome Extension

**Note: You need to install this extension on your Google Chrome browser for importing the products to your Magento 2 store. Please follow this link and install the extension from Chrome Web Store.

Multi-lingual Support

For the multilingual support, the admin will navigate through Store->Configuration->General ->Locale Options and select the locale as German (the language into which admin want to translate his store content).

Translation

If a user wants to translate their module from English to German then they need to follow the path app/code/Webkul/Dropship/i18n in their unzipped Magento2 Dropship folder and will get a CSV file with name “en_US.csv”. Now they will rename that CSV as “de_DE.csv” and translate all right side content after the comma in the German language. After editing the CSV, save it and then upload it to the path app/code/Webkul/Dropship/i18n where they have installed Magento2 on the server. The module will get translated into the German Language. It supports both RTL and LTR languages.


The user can edit the CSV like the image below.

How to Get Google API Key

The admin needs to get the Google Maps API key for address auto-complete to work. Please visit the following link for getting the API Key. Log into your Google account and then click GET A KEY button as visible below:

A pop-up window will appear, Create Project and give any name to it. Then, click ENABLE API.

After few seconds, the API Key will be generated. Copy the API key, it will be used at the time of widget configuration.

Module Configuration

After the module installation, the admin needs to do configuration. Go to Stores>Configuration>Webkul>Dropship Manager. Here, following settings will be available to the admin:

General Settings

Name – Enter the admin or store owner name.

Email – Enter the email id of admin or of the store owner.

Warehouse Assign – Select how to assign the warehouse to an order.

  1. Auto – At the time of checkout, the customers will find Dropshipping method. After placing the order, the nearest warehouse will be assigned where the product is available.
  2. Manual – In Manual mode, the customers will only find the default shipping methods. After placing the order using the available shipping method, the admin will need to assign the nearest warehouse manually where the product is available.

Google API Key – Enter Google Maps API Key here.

Dropship Transactional Emails

Show Price Details in Order Approval Mail – Select either “Yes” or “No” whether to display price details or not.

Order Approved Template – Select the email template for warehouse manager when an order is approved.

New Warehouse Account Template – Select the email template for when new warehouse account is created.

New warehouse registration mail to warehouse :

Order approval mail to warehouse :

AliExpress Settings

Under the AliExpress Settings section, the admin will –

  • Install the AliExpress Chrome extension.
    To install the AliExpress extension just tap on the Install button. After this, you will be redirected to the Google Chrome store and then you can directly click on the “Add to Chrome” button to install the extension.
  • Enter the Username and the Token
    The admin can enter any username that he can remember. This username will be required for authenticating your store at the AliExpress website. The token is also a required for the authentication purpose and a new token can be generated any number of times.**Note: While generating a new token, you must first save the configuration and then make use of the entered username and the token for authenticating your store at the AliExpress website.
  • Quantity
    Enter the default quantity that will be applicable to the imported products from AliExpress whilst assigning the products to the warehouse.
  • Default Cost
    Enter the default cost that will be applicable to the Imported products from the AliExpress when the products are assigned to a warehouse.
  • Default Attribute Set ID
    Select the default attribute set for the products being imported from the AliExpress.
  • Default Tax Class
    Select the default tax class for the products being imported from the AliExpress.
  • Weight
    Set the weight that will be applicable to the products being imported from the AliExpress.
  • Currency Rates
    Enter the currency rates according to the imported currency.
  • Product Active
    Set ‘Yes‘ to enable the imported products in your store after importing the products from AliExpress else select ‘No‘.
  • Default Website
    Select the default website where the imported products from AliExpress will be added to.

Admin Management

Now, the admin can see “Dropship Manager” in the admin panel as per the image below.

Warehouse Dashboard – Admin’s End

Clicking the Warehouse Dashboard menu option will redirect to the default admin dashboard page.

Warehouse Manager

If you are having growing business and selling products over multi-location like Dubai, Japan, US etc. Then, the module lets you create (MSI)multi warehouses for each inventory location easily.

Here, the admin can see all the Warehouses, user name, title, status, and link to edit the warehouse.

The admin can add new Warehouse by clicking on “Add New Warehouse” button and then a new page appears where the admin has to enter all the warehouse information. The admin has to select the shipping methods for each warehouse.


The admin can edit a warehouse by clicking on the edit button that brings up the page with the warehouse information.

Here, the admin can see different other options related to the warehouse-like – Upload File, Field Mapping, Price Rules, Run Profile, Added Products, Orders, and the dashboard.

Upload File

Under this section, the admin can Upload Products with their Images for this selected warehouse.

Here we have two sample types to download from, that can be used for easily uploading the products –

  • Download Samples If the SKU doesn’t exist.
    If you download these samples then you can add new products by filling in the product information in the CSV, XML, or XLS file and then upload it under the “Upload Product File” section.

Please check the below example using the CSV file.

  • Download Samples If SKU exists.
    If you download these samples then you can update the warehouse products. Here, the admin will enter the SKU, Price, Stock, to update the products.

Please check the below example using the CSV file.

Now, after downloading the sample file (CSV, XML, XLS) if you want to use it for uploading the products in bulk, you need to enter the product details first and then under “Upload Product File” upload the file and add the images zip file under “Upload Product Images.zip“. Now, click the “Save Warehouse” button to upload the products.

Field Mapping

For the selected warehouse, the admin can select an already created Dataflow Profile or can Add Field Mapping for the In Database values versus the In file values. In case, a user has changed the CSV header name then to match the database values with the in file values, the admin can create the field mapping.

Price Rules

If the admin wants to change the product price set by the warehouse, the admin needs to select any of the price rules as per need. Admin can see the selected price rules for this warehouse and can multi-select other price rules as well that are available.

For Example –
The warehouse cost for the product is $10 and you want to set the price for the product at your website as $ 20, then select the price rules that will allow this hike. The admin can easily create the price rules under the “Manage Price Rule” section.

Run Profile

Under the upload file section, if the admin has uploaded the products file and the product images zip file then he can select that profile to run so as to import the products to the warehouse.

Here, the admin can enable/disable the option -“Want to skip if product warehouse price is greater than product price” by checking and unchecking it. If enabled, this will allow the admin to skip the products of the warehouse that are having greater price than the product price.

For Example : If you already have a product at your web store that is already set to price $100 and the warehouse from which you are importing the products has set the price for that product as $120, then you may check the option “Want to skip if product warehouse price is greater than product price” to skip those products of the warehouse that are having a greater price than your store’s product price.

Added Products

The admin can see all the warehouse added products and also can see the orders placed for each of the products. Also, the admin can click on the View Orders to see all the orders placed for this warehouse product.

Orders

The admin can find all the orders placed for this particular warehouse. The admin can see the Order numbers, their status, the total Order Total, the Warehouse Total, and the Warehouse Shipping.

Dashboard

Under this section, the admin will be able to see the selected warehouse dashboard statistics like the – Statistics for the Orders placed and the Amount of revenue generated for the selected warehouse. Also, the admin can see the warehouse information like – Lifetime Sales, Average Order, last Orders, Most Viewed Products, etc.

Manage Shipping Rule

From here, the admin can add and manage shipping rates of different warehouses. The admin can delete any existing shipping rate. To add shipping rates admin just need to upload a CSV file having shipping rates.

To add a new shipping rate click the “Add New Shipping Rules” button that brings up a page to import the shipping rules. The admin will download the sample CSV file for adding the shipping rules. After creating the shipping rules, the admin will upload this shipping rule CSV file and then select the warehouse(supplier) for whom the admin wants to add the shipping rules. Lastly, click the “Save” button to save the shipping rules as shown below in the snapshot.

Shipping Rule CSV file Example

Here, the admin can create the shipping rule for the Warehouses(suppliers) if they have not added the shipping cost from their end. The admin will enter the Country Code, Zip From, Zip To, Price, Weight from, and Weight To values in the CSV file.

How To Assign A Product To A Single Or Multiple Warehouse

Admin can easily assign an individual product to the available warehouses by navigating through Products >Catalog and clicking the edit button next to the product as shown below.

After clicking Edit, go to Warehouse Stock option. Tick the warehouse where the product is available and enter the quantity of the product.

Dropship Product Profile

Under this section, the admin can easily upload the products for a single or multiple warehouses(suppliers) at the same time. Here the admin can select the different file type (CSV, XML, and XLS) for uploading the products. The admin needs to enter the file column values and then upload this file along with the product images zip file.

Here we have two sample types to download from, that can be used for easily uploading the products –

  • Download Samples If the SKU doesn’t exist.
    If you download these samples then you can add new products by filling in the product information in the CSV, XML, or XLS file and then upload it under the “Upload Product File” section on the store.

Please check the below example using the CSV file.

  • Download Samples If SKU exists.
    If you download these samples then you can update the warehouse products. Here, the admin will enter the SKU, Price, Stock, and the Supplier(e-mail Id) to update the products.

Please check the below example using the CSV file.

Now, after downloading the sample file (CSV, XML, XLS) if you want to use it for uploading the products in bulk, you need to enter the product details first and then under “Upload Product File” upload the file and add the images zip file under “Upload Product Images.zip“. Now, click the “Upload Profile” button to upload the products.

Now, after clicking the “Upload Profile” button, you will be directed to the “Run Profile” page. Here, the admin under “Select Profile” option will select the profile to run as shown below in the snapshot.

Note: To skip products of the warehouse whose price is greater than the product price select the option as “Yes“.

For Example : If you already have a product at your web store that is already set to price $100 and the warehouse from which you are importing the products has set the price for that product as $120, then you may check the option “Want to skip if product warehouse price is greater than product price” to skip those products of the warehouse that are having a greater price than your store’s product price.

Now, click the Run Profile button after which the products will start importing as per the snapshot below.

After completing the product upload, you can see the total number of products imported.

Field Mapping –

The admin can select an already created Dataflow Profile or can Add Field Mapping for the In Database values versus the In file values. In case, a user has changed the CSV header name then to match the database values with the in file values, the admin can create the field mapping.

Price Rules –

Under this section, the admin can select the Price rules that will be applicable on the product. All the created price rule by the admin will be shown under the Price rules. Now, the admin can select the price rules for getting the correct price hike for the warehouse products on his web store.

For Example:
The warehouse cost for the product is $10 and you want to set the price for the product at your website as $ 20, then select the price rules that will allow this hike.

Run Dropship Product Profile

If you have already uploaded the product file and the product images zip file, you can run that profile at a later time as well under this section. Just select the already created profile and then click on the run profile to import the products.

Here, the admin can enable/disable the option – “Want to skip if product warehouse price is greater than product price” by checking and unchecking it. If enabled, this will allow the admin to skip the products of the warehouse that are having greater price than the product price.

Dropship Dataflow Profile

Under this section, the admin can find all the data flow profiles that he has created for use. To add a new Dataflow profile the admin will click on the “Add New Dataflow Profile” button as shown below.

Clicking the “Add New Dataflow Profile” button will bring up the section where the admin can do the field mapping between the actual database entries and the column names of the file that will be uploaded for the product import. This allows the admin to use his own specific and understandable column names for the file.

Now, the admin can use these “In File” names for the file as shown below in the snapshot while uploading their products.

Category Mapping

Under this section, the admin will be able to manage category mapping. Here, the admin can map the warehouse category with his store category. For category mapping, click the “Map New Category” button at the top right-hand side of the page.

Now, New Category Mapping page comes up and here the admin will –

  • Enter the Name for the mapped Category
  • Select the Attribute Set for this Category
  • Lastly, select your Store Categories with which you want to map and click the save button.

Price Rules

Here, the admin can create new price rules as per need and can see the created ones. These price rules will be available for selection under the field mapping section. To create a price rule, the admin will click on the “Add New Price Rule” button at the top right-hand side.

Now, enter the minimum price, maximum price, the price that will be added to the product in this price range, select the added price to be fixed or percentage and click the Save button to save the price rule.

To edit the price rule, click on the “Edit” button which brings up the page to edit the price rules. Here, you can alter the Min, Max, Price and the Price TypeFixed or Percentage as per your need.

Installing – AliExpress Importer Chrome Extension

Follow the below steps to install the AliExpress Importer Chrome extension from the admin backend

Step 1: Navigate to Stores->Configuration->Webkul->Dropship Manager->AliExpress Settings.

Step 2: Now, tap on the Install link.

Step 3: You will be redirected to the Google Chrome store. Here, tap on the “Add to Chrome” button to install the AliExpress importer extension.

Step 4: Now, a pop-up will appear just click on the “Add Extension” button and we are done installing the Magento 2 AliExpress Importer extension in the Chrome browser.

How to Import AliExpress Products

**Note: Before importing the products from AliExpress into your store you should first install the AliExpress product importer extension in your Google Chrome browser. After that, you can continue as explained below.

Go to the AliExpress website “https://www.aliexpress.com” and navigate to the products or just search the products in the search bar. Now, while hovering your mouse you can see the blue icon for the “AliExpress product Importer“. Just click that icon to import the products into your store.

After clicking the icon above, you need to authenticate your store first before you can import the products. Just copy the URL of your store like the snapshot below.

**Note: Please make sure that your store address uses https:// else the extension will not work. If your store setup contains any folder then add that folder name like – https://example.com/folder_name/

Now, click on the AliExpress product Importer icon. This brings up a pop-up just enter your store URL and click the next button to proceed further.

Clicking next will bring the pop-up to enter the Username and the Token.

To get the Username and the Token –

You will navigate to Stores->Configuration->Webkul->Dropship Manager. Now, go to the AliExpress Settings tab and here you will find the username and the token that needs to be copied.

After copying the token just save the configuration.

**Note: You can regenerate the token any number of times by clicking the “Update Token” button. Also, you can manually enter the Username and the Token and then Save the configuration to use the manually entered Username and the Token to authenticate your store.

Lastly, click the “Submit” button in the above snapshot your store will be authenticated and you will see a success message “Authenticated Successfully“.

Now, you can click the importer icon after the authentication to import the product. You can import the products form the product, category, and the search pages

Clicking the importer icon will bring up this pop-up as per the below snapshot. Here, the admin will be able to make use of the Magento end attributes if already created or can make use of the option to Create a Swatch for which the admin needs to check the checkbox option. If the checkbox is selected then the attributes will be created under the name Capacity.

Here, you can

  • Edit the product name and import the product with the edited name.
  • Edit the product price and import the product with the edited price.
  • Import the product reviews also as per the choice. You can import all or none reviews.
  • Edit the Meta Tag Title, Meta Tag Description, and Meta Tag Keywords.
  • Choose the images to keep .
  • After clicking the submit button, the product gets imported successfully.

After importing the product, you can check the product description and reviews that have been imported by navigating to the same product at the storefront as shown below –

    1. Description

    2. Reviews

Also, you can set cron in your web store to update the product price from AliExpress. The cron job runs every 30 minutes and updates the product price from AliExpress. For Example – A product is being sold at AliExpress with a price range of $26.24$32.64 as shown below.

Now, when the cron runs, at this time if the product’s higher price range value($32.64) gets changed(if the AliExpress seller has made changes to the pricing) then that value will be auto-updated within the Magento store for the respective product.

There are other product attributes like SKU, description(simple tags, HTML tags, and multiple images), and variations which will be imported. But they will not be editable while importing the product. You can edit these attributes after importing the product to your store.

You can also import the products from the AliExpress search page by first searching for a product in the AliExpress search bar.

After tapping the search, the search results will be populated and you can see the importer icon on the search page as well as shown below in the snapshot.

ePacket Identification

The admin can filter the products that are having ePacket Identifications by clicking the Enable ePacket Identifications button on the AliExpress extension pop-up. After this, you just need to refresh the page once and you will be able to see the products available with ePacket identification as shown below in the snapshot.

Hide products without the ePacket identification

After you have selected the option – Hide products without ePacket just refresh the page, now all the products with ePacket are visible and the ones without it are hidden on the page.

Edit the Store URL/Add a New Store URL for Authentication

To edit the store URL or add a new store URL for authentication click the “Update Authentication Details” button within the AliExpress Importer pop-up as show below in the snapshot.

This button can be used to edit a previously entered URL or can be used to authenticate a new store URL. After that just click the next button to proceed further.

AliExpress Products

Now, the imported products will be visible under Dropship Manager->AliExpress Products menu option as shown below in the snapshot. Here, the admin can edit the product, view it’s associated products, and can assign the products to the different warehouses.

Now, the admin can Mass Assign/Un-Assign the imported products to the various warehouses. The admin will first select the products and after that from the actions drop-down select the assign or unassign warehouse option as required. The admin can also delete the AliExpress products by selecting the product(you can multi-select the products) and then tapping the Product Delete option.

After selecting the assign or un-assign warehouses you need to select the warehouse. Tap the warehouse where you want to assign or un-assign the products. Selecting the warehouse will assign or un-assign as per the selection made.

**Note: When you are mass assigning the products to various warehouses, the quantity and the default cost set under the AliExpress Settings in the back-end module configuration will be applicable to all the products.

The admin also can edit the imported products, can assign the products with quantity and price to the various warehouses, and check the product’s options. To edit and assign a warehouse click the Edit link.

AliExpress Orders

When the products that are imported from AliExpress to your Magento 2 store get purchased at your store, all of those orders will be visible under this section.

Clicking the “Place Order” button will redirect the admin to AliExpress. Here, the order placement process is automated up to the “Review Your Order” section.

Now, when the admin will click on the “Place Order” button, the admin will be redirected to the AliExpress and the product gets automatically added to the cart and then the admin will be directed to the “Review Your Order” section as per the below snapshots.

Initially, when the customer places an order for the AliExpress product within your website, AliExpress Orders status is set to Not placed. Now, when the admin clicks the Place Order button the status is changed to Processing and when the admin will click the Place button within the extension pop-up the status will be changed to Placed.

The Product is being added to cart automatically


Now, the admin can manually confirm the order and then select the payment method to make the payment for the purchase.

The admin of the Magento 2 store can also mark the orders as Placed by clicking the respective Place button within the AliExpress Importer pop-up window. This allows the admin to mark placed for the orders that he has placed.

After clicking the Place button, the admin can see the status as Placed in the AliExpress pop-up window.

Now, navagate to Drosphip Manager>AliExpress Orders . Here, under the Action tab for the respective order the admin can see the status as Already Placed.

Customer’s End

Dropship Shipping will apply on the cart when assigned warehouse of the product provides shipment to the buyer address. The customer can see “Dropship Shipping Method” in the shipping method section as shown below in the snapshot. The shipping methods will be available to the customer according to the allowed shipping methods for the warehouses.

Admin – Warehouse Manager

In this section, the admin can approve the warehouse orders or cancel them. Also, the admin can assign warehouse to those drop ship orders which have not been assigned to any warehouse.

After clicking the “Unassigned” button, a popup window will appear where the admin can easily assign the warehouses to the products. The admin will be able to see the available warehouses and the quantity of the item available. After clicking the “Assign To Warehouse” button the order products will be shipped from the warehouses.

Warehouse Manager

When the Warehouse Manager logins into “Warehouse Manager”, then he/she can see three tabs

  • Warehouse Dashboard(To check their Order and Amount statistics)
  • Warehouse Order Manager(To manage the warehouse Orders)
  • Manage Shipping Rule(To Manage Shipping Rules).

Warehouse Dashboard

Under this section, the warehouse manager can see the order and amount statistics for his warehouse and other details regarding the warehouse. The warehouse manager can also filter all the warehouse orders and amounts by – last 24 hours, Last Seven Days, Current Month, Year To Days and 2 Years to Days as per the snapshot below.

Warehouse Order Manager

Here, the warehouse manager can view all drop ship orders received for this warehouse. Warehouse manager can cancel or approve the order from this grid and generate shipment for the order.

Warehouse Manager can see the order details and generate shipment. Please check the image below for the better understanding.

Manage Shipping Rule

Warehouse Manager can upload CSV file for uploading the shipping rules.

After uploading the CSV files, the shipping rates will be visible in the grid showing the warehouse ID, country ID, postal code range, weight bracket, and the shipping cost.

That’s all for the base Dropship For Magento2 module still have any issue feel free to add a ticket and let us know your views to make the module better http://webkul.uvdesk.com/

Current Product Version - 2.0.6

Supported Framework Version - 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x

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