How Do I Use the Multiple Distributors Add-On?

3dcart’s Multiple Distributors plugin allows you to set up your products as belonging to more than one distributor for drop shipping. With it, you can also specify regions each distributor will ship to, to help you save on shipping costs. The distributor used for the order will depend on the shipping destination’s proximity to the distributor.

Once you have received confirmation that the add-on has been enabled on your store, proceed with the following steps to begin using it.


Setting Up Your Distributor Regions

  1. Log into your 3dcart Online Store Manager
  2. Using the left hand navigation menu, go to Settings ->General ->Distributors
  3. Select the first Distributor you will add regions for and click on its respective “Edit” button
  4. Click on the “Shipping States” button located at the top right of the distributor’s record page.
You will see a page with all of the states of the region located on the left hand side and a blank area to the right

To assign a region to the Distributor, select the state(s) from the left hand side and click on the Right Pointing Arrows to move the region to the right and assign them to the Distributor. (See image)

Setting Up Your Multiple Distributor Products

The next steps will be to assign individual products to multiple distributors. To do this, follow these steps.

  1. Go to Poducts ->Product List
  2. Locate the item that you would like to set for Multiple Distributors, and click on its thumbnail, ID or name to edit it.
  3. In the Distributor section of the product’s Information Tab (next to Manufacurers), set the radio button to “Multiple”
  4. and click on the “Distributors Settings” link that appears.

A pop out window will appear that will let you add the multiple distributors to the item.

  1. Click on “Add New” at the top of the window
  2. Select the applicable Distributor from the dropdown menu as shown
  3. and click Save.
  1. Repeat these steps for each additional distributor needed on the item

Continue the process until all of your applicable products are updated with their multiple distributors.

As orders come in, they will be shipped from the distributor that has the shopper’s state assigned to them. Meaning that – if distributor A is assigned to West Coast states like California and distributor B is assigned to East Coast states like Florida – then orders shipping to Florida will be fulfilled by distributor B rather than A.