I have a website that sells arts and crafts. I have a few dozen individual manufacturers of crafts and I want them to have their own login based interface to publish Items to a \’marketplace\’ area of my website.
so if I am one of the craft manufacturers, I would login to my private interface and publish a half dozen or so items and they would go into the markeplace section with the other sellers items. Sort of like ebay.
nChannel has the ability to upload item data via flat file to the nChannel platform. From that point either the manufacturer could get nChannel access and “merchandise” the items (match images to skus, etc.) and “push” the data to Magento (the marketplace). The other option would be to have the website owner (the marketplace that sells arts & crafts), “merchandise” the data in nChannel and then select what items they want to “push” to Magento.
Another option would be if you have RMS or GP, that the manufacturer could push what items they want to have on the marketplace
out of RMS or GP (from their item master) to nChannel, and then subsequently to Magento.
We have a simpler solution for this, we use an external product manager which has categories of the artist, they can log in and create as many products as they want in a single screen interface only seeing their data. The products are automatically loaded to Magento via the API, and has an approval process if necessary. We are just implementing an art site for this exact scenario for a customer so that artists can upload their work directly.
Magento is not designed to handle restricted admin permissions (the Enterprise version does have this) and it is not a good idea to allow direct manipulation for security and performance reasons.