Forgive me I posted a question like this last year but I wondered if perhaps the world had moved on and there might be a way of doing this?
Would it be possible for a group of retailers, each with their own store, unique visual look & feel / theme, admin options etc. to effectively “share” a Magento install?
In broad terms what I’m trying to achieve is for say a number of different retailers to have the flexibility of “their own"independent store, own URL, be able to accept their own orders, manage their own products etc - all the usual things but for their product data to also be part of one large central “collective pot” if you like which again has ITS own unique look & feel and separate URL.
The independent retailers would have their own stores looking just how they liked them that were for all intents and purposes stand-alone but, without lifting a finger the products the retailers offered would also be available if customers ordered them through the “mother ship” collective site. A bit like all the different retailers in a “electronic mall” selling goods through their own individual stores BUT with the added benefit of the mall itself also being able to accept orders for them on its “own site”. Because the mall shared the same “product pot” as all the retailers it would transparently be part of each retailer’s stock control & order processing system.
This is probably better drawn out on paper than typed.
Does anyone have any thoughts?