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

Enhance your business with our latest and planned improvements
It's Easier to Launch a Store in the EU
with CS-Cart Multi-Vendor 4.15.1
Cookies
Price per unit
Taxes
New cookie consent form
CS-Cart 4.15.1 brings a cookie consent form in accordance with the EU GDPR law. Visitors can:

- see the list of services that set cookies;
- learn what those services do;
- reject non-essential cookies;
- change or withdraw their consent at any time.

We described the services in understandable terms. But you can easily edit all texts of the consent pop from the admin panel.
Price per ml, kg, unit, etc.
Meet the European Union's requirements for stores with the new Price Per Unit add-on. Set the measurement unit of a product (gram, liter, etc.), and show not only the price of the product itself, but also the price per unit (or X units).
Same price in all EU countries, even when VAT is different
CS-Cart can include VAT into prices and charge tax as per the rate that you set for the customer's country. In 4.15.1, you can show the same product price for all EU countries, while the included tax is different, depending on the customer's country.
More Possibilities, Easier Administration
These features are available in all editions of CS-Cart Multi-Vendor

Future Plans
Plenty of new payment methods [4.16.1]
We are planning to add more than 20 new payment methods to our Stripe and Stripe Connect integration in CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor 4.16.1.

Stripe takes into account the country and the currency of the store, so that marketplaces and single-seller stores on CS-Cart could offer new local payment methods, such as Sofort and Klarna, WeChat and Alipay, Przelewy24 and Afterpay, and many more.

Stripe updates the list of available payment methods over time. Offering your customers a payment methods that they're familiar with can increase your sales.
New customer-friendly payment scenarios [4.16.1]
Let customers pay for their orders in installments over time. This can make it easier for them to decide on the purchase.New payment services like Klarna and Afterpay—that we integrated through Stripe—can pay you immediately and in full. Then these services collect payments from buyers themselves.
Payments look more secure to buyers [4.16.1]
Leaving credit card details at someone else's site might seem risky, especially if the customer is shopping at the site for the first time. Of course, CS-Cart software uses only trustworthy payment processors and never actually stores credit card data. But even though it is absolutely safe, customers might not know that.

Тhat's why we're adding Stripe Checkout. That payment option takes buyers from your site to the Stripe page and offers them to pay through familiar payment services. Although equally safe, the latter option may seem more safe to your clients.
New payment scenarios for marketplaces [4.16.1]
If the changes above look sweet, there's one more good thing about them—all these changes work with marketplaces too. And by that we mean Stripe Connect: a way for you to let customers make one payment, while that payment is split automatically between your marketplace and all the vendors involved in the order.

So yes, your marketplace will absolutely be able to:
  • Offer new local payment methods through Stripe Checkout, including Apple Pay and Google Pay.
  • Accept payments in installments through the likes of Klarna or Afterpay.
  • Offer a checkout process that seems more secure to customers.
  • ... and split the money automatically in all those scenarios.
      Automatic funds distribution in the mobile application
      We are planning to add Stripe Connect to our mobile apps. This will allow you to automatically distribute money between vendors when an order comes through the app.
      CS-Cart Multi-Vendor 5
      CS-Cart 5 isn't an ordinary CS-Cart update. We're building it from the ground up, with different technologies. For example, it uses Laravel for the back end, will support PostgreSQL from the start, and will use GraphQL API for interactions with the front end. This will remove the constraints imposed by legacy code, and make CS-Cart 5 easier to work with for more developers.

      These big changes mean that we had to sacrifice backward compatibility with CS-Cart 4. Any existing add-ons, themes, and integrations (both ours and third-party) will have to be recreated for the new architecture. That work could take a long while, and we'd rather not have it delay the release of CS-Cart 5.

      For the reasons above CS-Cart 5 will not appear in the CS-Cart 4 Upgrade Center once it releases. We realized that the audiences of both CS-Carts are widely different, to the point that they became separate products, with their own development teams. Both of them will be receiving updates in parallel.

      CS-Cart 5 will be better suited for enterprises—larger businesses who employ in-house or third-party developers. The focal points of CS-Cart 5 will be:

      • "Mobile first" approach to design.
      • "API first" approach to architecture.
      • Performance and scalability.
      • Ease of development.

      CS-Cart 4 will remain a better choice for those who want to start their online store or marketplace quickly, and with as little coding as possible. This is due to the hundreds of built-in features, and many more available from the CS-Cart Marketplace.

      We are planning to release CS-Cart 5 in the second half of 2022 and keep enhancing it step by step. This will not affect the development of CS-Cart 4 in any way—it will keep receiving updates just as usual.
      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.

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      Previous Releases
      June 2022
      4.15.1: EU-related features and integration with Zapier
      1. Trade in accordance with the EU laws:
        • Cookie consent pop-up
        • Price per unit
        • Single price and no taxes for tax-exempt customers
      2. Integration with Zapier.
      3. Import from Shopify.
      4. Improved Vendor Data Premoderation.
      5. More privileges for administrators.
      6. Simplified product import.
      7. Ability to assign an administrator to a specific storefront.

      December 2021
      4.14.1: New Vendor Panel
      1. New customizable vendor panel with simpler interface.
      2. Separate categories for multiple storefronts.
      3. Express accounts in Stripe Connect.
      4. Increased Google PageSpeed for mobile devices.
      5. More relevant email notifications for bigger vendors.
      6. Support of WebP images.
      7. New "Product Bundles" add-on.

      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.
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      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.
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      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.