Can PrestaShop be an efficient dropshipping platform?

PrestaShop dropshipping

Dropshipping in PrestaShop

Dropshipping is a sales model that relies on a supplier to handle shipping. The role of an online store using dropshipping is mainly limited to generating orders and sending them to the supplier, who performs the shipping.

The fulfillment of shipping by the supplier in the dropshipping model is not mandatory. Shipping can be carried out directly by the store if it orders larger quantities of goods from the supplier.

Dropshipping is a good solution for beginner stores that sell in smaller quantities and for large-volume goods.

At prestashow.pl we have prepared a module that will make your store a dropshipping store.

Feeder will allow you to generate XML feeds (files) with any data from your store. You can share XML feeds with other stores and integrate with price comparison sites and marketplace thanks to them.

This will make your products available in many places, which brings more traffic, sales and turnover.

With Feeder you can generate product feeds with any product range and for any audience of your store. No restrictions.

Feeder is first and foremost a ready-made XML integration for marketplaces such as Facebook, Instagram and Google, as well as price comparison sites such as Ceneo and Skąpiec.

Feeder will also allow you to create your own XML feeds - with any structure and any set of data, for example, only with prices and quantities or links to images.

You can read about some new features in our Feeder module in the article below.

Generated XML files from PrestaShop

Feeder is a module for PrestaShop 1.6 and 1.7 for exporting data from your store. With the module you will select any data from your store and export it to a file in XML format. In the module you will find ready integrations with sales and price comparison portals such as Ceneo, Skąpiec, Google Shopping, Facebook Marketplace and others. The module will also allow you to create your own store data files, so you can integrate with any platform and recipient - practically without limitations.

We have prepared an update to the module so that exporting huge amounts of data will not overload the server and will allow you to manage multiple feeds conveniently.

Exporting data from the store, that is, generating a new XML feed, with hundreds of thousands of products consumes server resources. In order not to block the server, the files should be generated when the server traffic is the lowest. For this purpose, we have added CRON support to the module, thanks to which you can generate XML files on a scheduled day and at any hour, such as at night, when the store traffic is the lowest.

Feeder is an efficient solution. You can generate files with data that require frequent updates (prices, inventory) at any frequency. This way your recipients will not order, for example, unavailable products.

Two ways to generate XML feeds

  1. Feed XML read-only (ReadOnly URL) - an XML file generated and refreshed by CRON, stored on the server and ready to be downloaded without generating demanded loads
  2. Feed XML on demand (Main URL) - XML file generated when a URL link is called.

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Feed XML "read-only"

Feeder generates XML file according to CRON schedule (e.g., at night) and keeps it on the server until the next generation. If you provide large XML files to multiple entities (e.g. Ceneo, Facebook, Google, etc.) - give them a read-only XML feed. Downloading such a file by the recipient, e.g. Google Shopping, will only generate network traffic and will not load the CPU and RAM of the server.

Feed XML "on demand"

A feeder can generate a file when a URL is called. If you want, for example, to share an XML file with current data (prices, stocks, etc.) - use an XML feed on demand. Such a file will be generated when the link is called. You can set the time for which once generated XML feed will be available for download (for example, for 60 minutes). After that time, a new file will be generated. This way you will avoid generating files at the same time or in short intervals while providing your audience with always up-to-date data from your store. The XML feed will be refreshed only when it is needed by the recipient.

New ready-made XML feeds

In the Feeder you will find ready-made integrations for the most popular sales platforms. As part of the update, we have added two new ready-made XML feed configurations:

  • "Full standard products.xml" contains all the product data that is in the store.
  • "Full combinations.xml" contains all data about combinations and attributes of products.

The structure of both files allows you to completely export data from PrestaShop, for example: integrating CRM systems, tools and stores you want to integrate with your store or to which you want to migrate data. You can also use the new configurations to build your own XML feeds. All you have to do is duplicate a predefined feed and edit its configuration to suit your needs.

Both configurations are fully compatible with our Smart Import Manager module for PrestaShop. This means that with Feeder and Intelligent Import Manager you can integrate any two PrestaShop 1.6 and 1.7 stores.

Comments (3)
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Trafiłam na ten moduły tym wpisem i muszę się przyznać, że moduł się sprawdza :)

prestashow.pl [11:16 18/03/2020]

Cieszymy się, że trafiliśmy w potrzebę:-)

Bardzo dobry moduł. Można nim również oprzeć droppship- aktualnie kilkanaście plików i kilkudziesięciu korzystających klientów. Działa stabilnie i wygodnie :-)