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Sales Channels are used to instruct the web store:
- Which outlet should the sales be entered against
- What prices should apply to products
- What source groups control the inventory for this integration
The best use of this is when you have multiple web stores all connected to the same Retail Express database. Using Sales Channels, you can specify a particular outlet for your sales to be entered against so that you have visibility of the sales from each web site. You can also maintain different pricing for each store, and a different inventory levels by picking and choosing various source groups.
All of this is completed through a Retail Express feature where the user combines their Source Groups into "Channels".
Primary Sales Outlet
For each channel and it's associated outlets, you will need to set one outlet to receive orders into and base web store pricing from. This outlet is known as the Primary Sales Outlet.
Assigning Source Groups
Assigning one or more Source Groups to the Sales Channel will allow the user to control which outlets contribute their stock count to the channel's available stock i.e. how many products are available to sell online.
- One Sales Channel, with Outlet A as the Primary Sales Outlet.
- They will also need one source group with Outlet A assigned to the group.
A retailer with multiple stores and a warehouse would like all web store sales to be entered into the warehouse for processing, but the stock from their stores should be included for sale online as well.
- This retailer will need one Sales Channel with the Warehouse as the Primary Sales Outlet
- One Source Group with the warehouse and all stores in the Source Group.
A retailer with multiple stores and a warehouse would like all web store sales to be entered into the warehouse for processing. They have bulky products that can only be shipped from the warehouse (although the stores sell them, the Retailer doesn't want to ship from there). They do have smaller objects, that can come from either the warehouse or the smaller retail stores.
- One Sales Channel with the Warehouse as the Primary Sales Outlet
- Two Source Groups, one for the Bulky Products, and one for everything else. All bulky products are associated to the bulky source group only, other products to the other source group
- The sales channel will have both source groups selected
Want more information? Find related articles here:
- Magento - Configuring Sales Channels
- Magento - Calculating Product Prices
- How are Web Sale Products Sourced and Fulfilled