What's New in CS-Cart Multi-Vendor:
Product Changelog

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Changes in Multi-Vendor also apply to the Plus and Ultimate editions.
Changes in Multi-Vendor Plus also apply to the Ultimate edition.
Order Fulfillment by Marketplace
By default, every vendor in the marketplace is responsible for shipping their own products. Customers select a shipping method for each vendor. But there are marketplaces who ship the products for vendors or at least offer it as an option.

The new add-on in Multi-Vendor Ultimate allows you to offer fulfillment as one of the perks of a vendor plan. Customers only need to select one shipping method for all vendors with fulfillment, and the money for shipping will go to the marketplace.
Delayed Payments to Vendors
PayPal Commerce Platform and Stripe Connect now allow you to wire money to vendors with a slight delay, rather than immediately.

It's useful when you'd like to check the order and make sure that everything is ok first. There is also an added bonus: because the payment to vendors doesn't happen at checkout, the checkout itself becomes faster.
Vendor Privileges by Plan
The privileges you want to offer to vendors may depend on a vendor plan. That's why you can now assign user groups to vendor plans. A vendor plan will give these user groups to all the administrators of the vendors who move to that plan. Naturally, the groups from the old plan will be removed.

This allows you to reduce time on managing the privileges of vendors who move from one plan to another. Note that this change affects only Multi-Vendor Plus and Ultimate: only these editions have the "Vendor privileges" add-on.
New Product Reviews
The new "Product Reviews" add-on offers broader functionality than product reviews had before. Now reviews support images and optional fields with advantages and disadvantages (can be disabled).

You get notified about new reviews in the Notification Center and can leave your reply to the review for all the customers to see. Customers can vote for the reviews they find useful.

To get the new functionality, install the "Product Reviews" add-on after you upgrade to 4.13.1. The add-on will guide you through the rest of the process.
New Add-on List
Multi-Vendor has a variety of add-ons from third-party developers. They can extend the functionality of your marketplace. However, when there are many of these add-ons, managing them can become a little hard.

That's why the add-on list now has better search, filters, and favorite add-ons. You can also find out what each add-on does: the page of each add-on now has the links of each menu item introduced by that add-on.

Future Plans
We are committed to achieving all of the goals listed here. But circumstances and priorities for some of them may change. Before making any serious business decisions based on the information here, please contact us for details.
Easier Vendor Panel [4.14.1]
We are working on a new vendor panel, with the focus on simplifying it and making it look more modern and fresh. It will come as a free optional add-on. Once you activate it, your vendors will get the new panel.

There will be three aspects to this improvement:

  • A look different from the current admin panel.
  • A simpler menu structure, with fewer elements, and much easier for vendors to navigate.
  • Ability for you to decide on the fields and tabs available on the product editing page.

The goal is to make the panel easier to work with for the vendors who have just joined the marketplace.
Different Categories for Different Storefronts [4.14.1]
Storefronts in Multi-Vendor allow you to scale the marketplace and tailor it for different audiences. For example, you can create a storefront for a specific country: with its own style, language, payment and shipping methods, and vendors. But categories remained the same across all storefronts.

In version 4.14.1, you'll also be able to make a category appear either on all storefronts, or only on a specific one.
Stripe Connect: Express Accounts [4.14.1]
Stripe Connect is a payment method that automatically distributes money from orders between the marketplace and the vendors. For that to work, vendors need to have a Stripe account or create a new one.

Stripe Connect Express Accounts offer easier registration and a simpler dashboard for those vendors who don't have their own Stripe Standard account. It is a way for you to get more vendors on board, and to save time on distributing money.

Because Express accounts imply more responsibility for the marketplace, and Stripe takes platform fees for this functionality, you'll be able to decide whether or not your marketplace supports Express accounts.
Optimization for Google PageSpeed [4.14.1]
Many of our clients ask about Google PageSpeed and use it to evaluate their marketplaces. Although it isn't always indicative of performance, it might affect how the Google search engine treats pages.

That's why we've set the goal to improve Multi-Vendor's Google PageSpeed score. Ideally, bring it to the green zone for mobile devices.
CS-Cart Multi-Vendor 5 [Longer term]
We don't usually announce big long-term plans. That's because the situation and priorities can change. That's why announcements are usually made when a product is close to release. But we often get questions about version 5.x of CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor, so... yes, we're working on it.

Its focal points are planned to be:
  • "Mobile first" approach to design.
  • "API first" approach to architecture.
  • Performance and scalability.
  • Ease of development (to allow for more add-ons and themes).

Once we can tell more about version 5, we'll let you know.

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Previous Releases
May 2021
4.13.1: Workflow Improvements
  1. Delayed transfer of funds to vendors in PayPal Commerce Platform and Stripe Connect.
  2. More supported countries for PayPal Commerce Platform.
  3. Order fulfillment by marketplace.
  4. Easier management of vendor privileges.
  5. Faster approval of new vendors.
  6. Configuration wizard for new marketplaces.
  7. Improved product reviews.

December 2020
4.12.1: Many Improvements for Vendors and Customers
  1. Debt management and paying the marketplace in advance.
  2. Message center for discussions between vendors and admins.
  3. Vendor rating.
  4. Easier import for vendors.
  5. Easier creation of product variations.
  6. Improved product filter performance and UX.
  7. Easier configuration of shipping methods.
  8. A lot of other improvements.

November 2019
4.11.1: Storefront Customization and Warehouses
  1. Own look for each storefront (themes, layouts, blocks).
  2. Own payment methods, promotions, and shipping methods for each storefront.
  3. Improved vendor data premoderation.
  4. Warehouses.

May 2019
4.10.1: New Checkout and Product Variations
  1. New customizable one-step checkout.
  2. Improvements to product variations: better import, filtering, and presentation.
  3. Ability to set up stores and pickup points where customers can collect their orders.
  4. Easier management of user group privileges.

October 2018
4.9.1: New Management tools
  1. Flat transaction fees (optional absolute commissions for orders).
  2. Configurable form for vendor registration.
  3. Improved mass product selection and editing.
  4. Ability to sign in to admin panel via Google (only for marketplace admins, not vendors).

June 2018
4.8.1: New Tools for Marketplaces
  1. Ability and motivation for vendors to pay their debts and fees for using vendor plans.
  2. Ability for vendors to specify their locations on Google Maps, so that customers could search for vendors and their products by distance.
  3. Ability to distribute money from orders among vendors via PayPal for Marketplaces, a new solution from PayPal that has replaced PayPal Adaptive Payments.

June 2018
4.8.1: Improvements from CS-Cart
Most of the improvements in CS-Cart 4.8.1 will remain unseen by customers, but will make an admin's life easier.

May 2018
4.7.4: GDPR Support
The main reason for this release is the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union. The regulation became enforceable on 25 May 2018.

March 2018
4.7.3: New add-ons
This version is a patch release, so it mostly contains bug fixes. However, there are also some interesting changes.

February 2018
4.7.2: Support of PHP 7.2
Even though patch releases mostly contain bug fixes, there are reasons to be excited about 4.7.2.

December 2017
4.7.1: Stripe Connect and Customer-to-Vendor Communication
Stripe Connect is a payment gateway that allows you to distribute money from orders among vendors automatically.

December 2017
4.7.1: Improvements from CS-Cart
In version 4.7.1 we focused on order management and export/import enhancements. Most of the new features are based on CS-Cart users' requests.

October 2017
4.6.3: Improvements for Customers and Admins
This patch release introduced Redactor II WYSIWYG editor for admins and fixed a few issues related to product variations.

August 2017
4.6.2: Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements.
As a patch release, this version didn't include new features. However, it fixed some issues and optimized performance.