[Fwd: [thelist] Order & Fulfillment management for online store]

Ian Gilbert ian at ethicalshopper.co.uk
Tue Feb 3 05:35:29 CST 2004

Hi there,

This was forwarded to me by a colleague and I thought you might like to
look  at Ofbiz which is available at http://www.ofbiz.org  It is an open
source business infrastructure which supports a range of business
processes including ecommerce, scm, mrp, workflow, and a few others being
developed.  We have been using it for a while and I can recommend it. 
There is an active community supporting it and, although it is not
finished, work is ongoing and much of the essential functionality is in

The layout is controlled by standard style sheets and it is easy to make
very radical changes (although we have not done this our next release will
make considerable use of these).  It is an xml based system and will run
on a range of databases including Postgres (we run this), Oracle and
SAPdb.  There is a learning curve in mastering the system but they are
responsive to suggestions and I have contributed some documentation to
this to ease the curve.

I hope that this is of interest.  Let me know if you'd like any further

Thanks and very best wishes

Ian Gilbert

Hi all:

A UK client of ours has recently revamped its web & ecommerce
front-end - to some effect, I'm pleased to say - but the legacy
processes from receipt of a batch of orders to despatch are
pretty grim.

They want to upgrade these processes ASAP (3 months) and -
subject to a short list of 'must haves' - are quite prepared to
scrap all their current processes in that area in favour of
better ways of working.

Market is retail, small to medium value discretionary and some
commodity sales (typical order value £40), typical order 1.4

Orders are card-checked online then downloaded as a batch,
usually once a day.  The batch file contains customer details,
card details, product details, delivery address.

Stock is largely picked from local store stock but some items
come from other warehouses, other (direct delivery) vendors or
on special order.

Deliveries are to UK only via Royal Mail, Securicor and a couple
of specialised carriers for particular ranges.

We've looked at Venda (nice but overkill at present and may be
v. expensive to customise), Xendor (like Venda but does less for
more money) and a scattering of smaller non-players.

The revenue-payment model from Venda is attractive, but as the
total budget should be less than £50k for a tactical replacement
(willing to throw it out in 12 months) I'm interested in
something at the £10-30k mark which we could customise if

Any suggestions as to either candidate solutions or places to
look for more info?

Thanks in anticipation :)

Mike Maughan, Procuratum Ltd.
mike.maughan at procuratum.com
mobile     +44 (0)7973 620 753
snail      Box 9, Chorley PR7 5GX, UK

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