What is the most significant online marketplace in the Netherlands and Belgium? Right, it is Bol.com. With more than 7.5 million customers, about 1,300 colleagues and countless suppliers and retailers, this website seems to be a promising place for creating a new business channel. Below, we describe the platform and shed light on core aspects of the Magento 2 Bol.com integration.'
Bol.com is very friendly from the perspective of customers. It offers more than 300 thousand products and lots of delivery options. A customer may choose a delivery day, but there are such predefined options as today delivery, evening delivery, and Sunday delivery. Note that Bol.com offers its collection points so the click&collect model may be easily leveraged with the marketplace. All orders from 20 euros get free shipping. And there are 30 days to return an order free of charge.
Another vital aspect is secure payments. Bol.com offers a safe environment with multiple payment options. Furthermore, there is the ability to pay afterwards. Customers can pay only when the order is delivered. Also, note that if a product purchased on Bol.com becomes defective within the warranty conditions and period, it is replaced or repaired for free.
And don’t forget about reliable support. In addition to the standard FAQ section and a virtual assistant, clients can call, mail, or chat with the customer service. All these features make Bol.com the most prominent online marketplace in the Netherlands and Belgium, but what about the integration with Magento 2?
If you think that it is possible to take the first connector available on the Magento marketplace and establish the bridge between your store and the marketplace, you are mistaken. There are multiple problems related to most connectors, and we discuss them below.
First of all, most connectors can only generate the output. It means that you are limited to a one-way connection so that two systems cannot be synchronized. The connector usually exports data to the marketplace, which dramatically improves the default routine when you have to add products from your Magento 2 store to the third-party platforms.
Unfortunately, such connectors may be limited as well, since they do not always provide the full support for the required data. As a result, you should still do a part of the routine manually. And don’t forget about the necessity to move something back to Magento 2! You will need an appropriate import tool. This limitation increases the expenditures at least twice.
Even if your connector provides the full synchronisation between Magento 2 and the selected platform, there is always another problem – multipurposeness. Even the most reliable connector is often linked to a specific platform only. Thus, you cannot use Magento 2 eBay connector to create a bridge between your e-commerce storefront and Amazon. It is usually necessary to purchase a separate solution. In case of multiple connections, your expenditures increase many times. Therefore, we recommend you to use a universal import/export solution, but what specific extension is worth your attention?
Several years ago we were looking for a reliable import/export Magento 2 tool, but the research was unsuccessful: all the existing solutions weren’t good enough, so we’ve decided to create our tool. There is still a room for improvement, but it eliminates multiple problems common to other similar solutions.
Meet the Improved Import Export Magento 2 extension by Firebear! This extension is designed to provide a two-way connection between Magento 2 and other platforms. You can use it for moving data between your store and marketplaces, price comparison engines, accounting services, ERP, other e-commerce platforms, etc.
The module is based on import and export jobs. There are two corresponding sections in the backend that allow you to configure each integration fully. The Improved Import Export extension utilises cron, so you can fully automate the synchronisation. Just create a schedule for each import/export profile. For example, you can move data to Bol.com on a daily basis and get the output back every day as well. At the same time, any custom schedule can be created, or you can launch profiles manually.
To simplify the connection between Magento 2 and other platforms, we’ve decided to add the mapping functionality to the Improved Import Export Magento 2 extension. Now, you can quickly match the default Magento 2 attributes to the attributes of other platforms without any need to edit the data file manually. The same is about the import process: just take the appropriate file and upload it to Magento 2 applying mapping.
The Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension simplifies even this procedure. The module offers mapping presets – an option that allows you to apply a mapping scheme in just a few clicks. Merely select a platform you want to connect to, and the plugin will match attributes automatically.
And these are not all options available with the extension. Improved Import & Export supports multiple formats and sources. It works with CSV, XML, TXT, Google Sheets, and Excel files. As for import/export sources, they include local and remote servers and various cloud storages. You can find more information and features on the official extension page (hit the link below the post). But what about the Magento 2 Bol.com integration?
To get the Magento 2 Bol.com connector, you need to purchase the Improved Import Export extension, the connector itself is available for free along with multiple other connectors the extension provides. For any further information, follow this link:'