Ability to override Shipping settings on Offer Level
The current M2E Pro version has been updated with the Shipping Override Policy, which allows you to override shipping settings provided in your Amazon Seller Central.
You can create the policy in Sell on Multi-channels > Configuration > Policies by pressing Add Policy > Shipping Override button.
After you select a Marketplace you want to use the policy for, the Shipping Services will become available.
You will have to provide the Locale data and select an Override Method you would like to use.
There are 3 Override Method options to choose from:
- Exclusive - is used to fully override the Amazon Settings;
- Additive - is used to add an M2E Pro settings set to the Amazon Settings;
- Restrictive - is used to restrict the Amazon Settings.
After the Method has been selected, the Cost mode and value must be specified.
To assign the Shipping Override Policy to a Product in an M2E Pro Listing, the following steps must be taken:
- open a Listing;
- switch the Listing to the Settings View Mode;
- tick as many products products as you wish to assign the policy to and select an Assign option under Shipping Override Policy in Actions bulk at the top of a grid; or, you may also find this option in an Actions column of the grid for each individual Product.
Note: The Settings specified in the Shipping Override Policy are not visible in Amazon Seller Central. They become available only after a Buyer adds an Item with such settings to Cart in the selected Locale.
Besides, the changes made in the Shipping Override Policy can be automatically revised if the relevant Revise Rule is enabled in Synchronization Policy.
Virtual Attributes for Amazon Parent-Child Products
In the earlier versions of the extension, an ASIN/ISBN could not be assigned to a Magento Variational Product if the number of Variation Attributes was different in a Magento Product and Amazon Product.
The updated version of M2E Pro is set to imitate a Virtual Attribute if the number of Variation Attributes of a Magento Product is different from the number of attributes that an Amazon Parent Product has.
There are two possible cases:
- Magento Product has less Attributes than Amazon Product
For example, your Magento Product varies by Attribute "Color D" but the corresponding Amazon Product contains two Variation Attributes "Color" and "Size".
A fixed value must be assigned to the second Amazon Attribute (in our case it is Size) which, in fact, is not applied to your Magento Product.
This way M2E Pro will virtualize the Attribute and think that your Variational Product is available with Attribute Color D and Attribute Size Medium.
Note: The Variations of Magento Variational Product for the Attribute Color D will be available only in a combination with the fixed option of the Virtual Attribute (in our case it is Size Medium).
It is impossible to change a Virtual Attribute after it has been selected.
Magento Order for such product will contain only the physically available Attribute (in our case it is Color D) of the Magento Product. It means that if a buyer orders the Product with the Virtual Attribute Size Medium and available Attribute Color D Green, the Magento Order will contain data only on the Item with Attribute Color D Green.
- Magento Product has more Attributes than Amazon Product
For example, your Magento Product varies by Attributes "Color D," "Size D" and "Manufacturer D," while the corresponding Amazon Product contains only two Variation Attributes "Color" and "Size".
A fixed value must be assigned to the Magento Attribute Manufacturer D which the Amazon Product is missing.
M2E Pro will virtualize the missing Attribute and think that your Variational Product is available with Attributes Color D, Size D and Manufacturer D Anashria.
Magento Order for such product will contain all of the physically available Attributes (in our case these are Color D, Size D and Manufacturer D) of your Magento Product, but for those Attributes which were virtualized on Amazon (in our case it is Manufacturer D) only the selected option (Anashria) will be available.
In a Listing grid, a Virtual Attribute (for the case when a Magento Product has less Variation Attributes than an Amazon Parent Product does) is displayed marked with a dotted underline.
Similarly, in the Manage Variations pop-up on the Settings tab, the Virtual Attribute (for the case when the Magento Product has more Variation Attributes than Amazon Parent Product does) is displayed marked with a dotted underline.
If you intend to create a new ASIN/ISBN for the Magento Variational Product, a Variation Theme must be selected. Though, there are cases when an appropriate Variation Theme is not available in a drop-down menu. Unlike the previous versions of M2E Pro, where it didn't let you list a Product on Amazon, the new version allows you to virtualize non-available Variation Attributes and list the Product successfully.
For example, your Magento Product varies by 3 Variation Attributes - Color D, Size D and Manufacturer D. But there is only a Size, Color value in the list of available Variation Themes.
After the Variation Theme is specified, all your Magento Variation Attributes will be displayed in the Variation Attributes block and you will offered to match them with the existing Amazon Attributes.
As for the Attribute Manufacturer D, which is missing on Amazon, its value can be imitated by selecting one of the available options from the Magento Product.
Once the Attribute value is specified, M2E Pro will think that your Magento Variational Product is available only with one Manufacturer - Anashria.
The situation may turn the opposite when the Variation Theme contains more Attributes than the Magento Product does.
For example, your Magento Product varies by 1 Variation Attribute - Color D, but there is a Size, Color value in the list of available Variation Themes.
In order to list the Product on Amazon, one of the Amazon Variation Attributes must be virtualized.
First, you have to match existing Magento Variation Attribute Color D and Amazon Variation Attribute Color.
Next, an appropriate value for Amazon Attribute Size must be entered.
It will make M2E Pro think that the Product is available in one Size Small and with various Color values and allow you to list such Product on Amazon.
Please be careful when providing a value for the Virtual Attribute as it cannot be changed later.
Ability to switch offer Fulfillment (MFN > AFN, AFN > MFN)
The latest version of M2E Pro allows switching an Item from MFN to AFN Fulfillment and vice versa.
M2E Pro can list Products on Amazon and add new offers to Inventory only as an MFN Item. Thus the creation of AFN Items is not available via M2E Pro. However, after the Product has been listed as an MFN Item you can switch it to AFN in M2E Pro. You can use a switcher for an unlimited number of times.
To change the Fulfillment of an Item you should go to the Listing, switch it to the Seller Central View Mode using a switcher at the top of the grid, and select the right option in Actions menu.
Note, the Fulfillment switch function is available only for Simple and Child Products. It is impossible to switch Fulfillment of a Parent Product.
Fulfillment switching can be accomplished only if there are no actions running for this item at the moment. The Status of AFN Items is shown as Unknown as there is no information regarding quantity of the Items fulfilled by Amazon.
Please note, the Fulfillment switching from MFN to AFN allows only switching the state of the product, but does not send any information to the Amazon Fulfillment Center. At the moment of switching the quantity can only be equal to 0, thus the quantity values must be specified in the Seller Central account.
However, the function of sending data to Amazon Fulfillment Center via M2E Pro is expected to be added in future.