How could you be an ecommerce company without this site? I take it you are just starting out. Your post detailed it well enough. You'll want a partner/programmer/web-master to get it going but unless you dive in there has yet to be anything for folk that don't want to get their hands dirty. A clear sign they aren't ready are bad reactions to replies like mine.
Hello, first post here.
I own an ecommerce company. I want to build a "wholesale" site for my big buyers. The site will pretty much be laid out like a typical ecommerce site where you have items and a cart to add them to. But upon checkout, instead of paying you hit something like "submit order" and I would get an email of the order. Then I can double check inventory, and look for the best shipping rates. After I have confirmed everything I can then send them a Square or Paypal invoice for payment.
The reason for this is these are my big customers, with big orders. I have yet to find a great automated system that treats them right. It is worth it for me to add a human element to each order while still keeping it easy for them to look through our catalog.
I'm looking for advice as to what back-end system can handle this. Magento was mentioned by a friend. I am hoping to hire somebody to set the site up, then I will maintain it. As there is no need for payment processing I am hoping to find a free or close to free back-end solution.
Any thoughts on how to best do this? I really would like a simple solution so if in the future I have to rehire somebody to work on the site it won't be too difficult for them to jump in. Thank you.