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From BJ Freeman <bjf...@free-man.net>
Subject Re: ofbiz in an order fulfillment capacity
Date Fri, 04 Aug 2006 09:58:52 GMT
I am not the authority on this, just my point of view.
from an ofbiz point of view, it would seem to create a product store for 
each new client.  Each client would have their own products.
then create a Facility for warehousing, to receive and ship products.
The Facilities would be the fulfillment House.

Not sure how to associate each client with the fulfillment company, 
maybe a fudge in the Internal organization structure. (see demo data)

The orders are then associated with the Product store, Sort of a 
glorified Order Entry (in the ordermgr). Instead of being a manual 
process, it would be automated.  You could create a Sales Channel that 
would be appropriate for this.

Hope that helps.

Alex Caudill sent the following on 8/4/2006 1:49 AM:
> Firstly, thanks for contributing this fantastic piece of software to the
> global community. If it were proprietary, I would literally be a bit poorer
> now.
> I'm working on the software for an order fulfillment company. Ofbiz seems
> like the best starting point, but the lack of multi-tenancy support is
> somewhat troublesome.
> To clarify, an order fulfillment company in this context means
> a company that fulfills orders for other companies (clients, in our
> nomenclature).  Clients have orders associated with them, and naturally
> there is a fairly complex pricing structure. OFBiz seems ready to deal with
> this sort of association.
> My main issue is product management and order entry on a per-client basis.
> My first thought was to write a front-end to OpenTaps using Ruby on Rails.
> The idea is, when we get a new client, we use the OFBiz party manager to
> create a party classification group, and create a new other_organization
> party called "Fulfillment Client". Then, we add to this party a
> user with web service access.
> Each instance of a shipment, arrival, and order will have to then be
> associated with a Fulfillment Client.
> I then create a set of Ruby on Rails models to speak with OFBiz via
> SOAP, and implement a very straightforward interface for order and
> product management.
> Does this seem insane?
> Where can I find, or how can I generate, WSDL files?
> Is there any documentation on this?
> Any thoughts, suggestions, links to good reading material?
> I'm also working on code to integrate OpenTaps with the FedEx Ship Manager
> Server (to automate the printing of shipping labels and pricing, sadly 
> Win32
> only but it should also work with their web API), and I'd like to 
> contribute
> this back to the community under the Apache license. It's in a rough state
> at the moment, I haven't actually set up the Ship Manager Server so I can't
> test it yet, but I think I got it mostly right. If anyone is interested in
> having a look at this, let me know and I'll send it to you.
> Thanks again!
> P.S. Yes, it's 4am, please disregard any percieved senility, thanks =)

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