Published: May 7, 2012 Last updated: Jul 30, 2021 Yan Kulakov

Working together offers numerous benefits and remarkable opportunities for millions of modern online stores. That's why, multi-vendor stores have become one of the hottest business trends nowadays. For example, an online gift and souvenir shop may join with other vendors from the related field like those selling flowers, jewelery and perfumes; tea and coffee shops may come perfectly along with websites selling tea and coffee sets, mugs, sweets and baked goods, etc. This will not only make your web store look bigger and more professional, but also deliver your customers the convenience of purchasing different products from a single location.

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Multi-Vendor online store designed with CS-Cart

Do you wonder how it's possible to create an efficient partnership and still stay independent in your multiple store web project? Take advantage of multi-vendor ecommerce software - an extended ecommerce shopping cart platform that is developed specifically for building an online marketplace where different vendors can display their products at the same time. If you're looking for such an ecommerce shopping cart solution supporting multiple vendors and offering comprehensive functionality at a reasonable price, then CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Edition can be the most deliberate choice.

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CS-Cart Multi-Vendor admin panel

Multi-Vendor Edition

Based on the CS-Cart robust engine and incorporating all its essentials, it has additionally integrated advanced multi-vendor options and features allowing multiple different vendors sell their products in a single online store through a shared storefront and product catalog.

When purchasing goods from different vendors, your customers will still place them in a single shopping cart and pay only once. Our smart software solution will automatically identify and dispatch orders to related stores separately.

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Multiple vendors can sell their products in a single online store

As any other CS-Cart editions, Multi-Vendor is built using the latest and smartest ecommerce technologies, such as PHP and MySQL to store all your data conveniently and Smarty template engine to modify your web store look and feel in accordance with your needs. Due to the absolutely open source code, our multi-vendor shopping cart system offers plenty of opportunities and unmatched customization - you're allowed to make any changes in the program source code and extend its predefined functionality.

What distinguishes CS-Cart Multi-Vendor from other eCommerce marketplace solutions is its feature-richness out of the box. You won’t need to go into development once you buy CS-Cart—everything you need has been already developed and included in the package. This is a small part of the list of the major features:

  • Advanced vendor payout system
  • Configurable vendor plans
  • Multiple levels of administrative access
  • Flexible product approval system
  • Common Product Database for Vendors
  • Category Commissions
  • Advanced Vendor Restrictions
  • Vendor Debt Payout
  • Customizable One-Page Checkout
  • Vendor-specific categories
  • Over 70 integrated payment methods
  • And 500 more features

What Real CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Users Say about the Platform

Our website had an unusual requirement in that we were looking for an e-commerce platform but without the purchasing part! CS-Cart was the only product on the market which had multi-vendor capability as well as being able to operate in a catalog mode. In addition, we utilized the Master Products add-on which allowed us to share products from a vendor with other vendors so we didn't have to have many duplicates of the same product. Extra customization work meant we could direct our visitors to vendors own websites to continue with the purchase of a product. CS-Cart were very helpful during the setup process even though our respective businesses are in different countries. We look forward to using their s/w for many years to come. Keep up the great work! — Russell Scott The CS-Cart multivendor - best SMS for the web shop. My company has used this platform for more than one year. The best program code, best SEO optimisation. My best recommendation! — Valery Voloboev.
I have always recommended this software to all who asked for an easy to use shopping cart software, I have used many other e-commerce Magento WordPress, open cart, etc.. software and CS-CART is the best solution. Easy to use, very fast, easy to customize. CS-Cart is updated frequently and is always kept up to date. Great support from the team. just wanted to cs cart team to add more basic add-ons for free! — Naseem Ahmad. I know it's hard to find the right software for e-commerce but believe me its the right choice. There are alot of softwares that can handle basic ecommerce functions but when it comes to support and development, no one can go further than the CS-Cart team. — Yasin

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