With this version, M2E Pro introduces a new Channel integration - Walmart Marketplace. This enhancement has caused some interface changes. Now, the primary menu shows Channel Integrations that you have enabled in the Module. Once you click one, you will get a sub-menu which lists Listings, Sales, Logs and Configuration sections related to a particular Integration:
To enable/disable Channel integration, navigate to System > Configuration > M2E Pro > Channels.
Support for Magento Downloadable Product
Have you been waiting to start selling digital goods (i.e. music or video files, eBooks, downloadable software, etc.) on eBay/Amazon Channel? Starting from this version, M2E Pro supports Magento Downloadable Product. You can now list your digital goods the same way as the physical items are listed.
Before placing a new listing on the channel, you have an option to choose the way you want your virtual product to be purchased. You should use Links can be purchased separately to define your preferences:
Select No to offer the Item as a single download. The Item will be processed by M2E Pro as a Simple Product.
Set Yes to make each included link/file sold separately. The Item will be processed by M2E Pro as a Variational Product.
In this latter case, each variation can be offered at the additional charge:
While the buyers will be able to purchase certain Item variation at its individual price:
Correct work with Magento multistore functionality
Using the 3rd party tools for inventory management in your multistore Magento could cause certain problems. For example, QTY changes made on the store or website level were not detected by M2E Pro. It happened because M2E Pro supports standard Magento where the stock is global-based.
Improvements in the new Module version make it possible for M2E Pro to detect such stock updates.
Automatic reducing of long SKU value
eBay and Amazon have the length limit for SKU value: 50 and 40 alphanumeric characters respectively. If an SKU value length exceeds these thresholds, the error might occur.
For example, each Variation of a Bundle Product has a complex SKU, which includes the SKUs of related Child Products. In some cases, the overall length of the Bundle Variation SKU could be too long and exceed the Channel limitations. This prevents the Item from being listed successfully.
Starting from this release, M2E Pro cuts the long SKU values automatically to suit Channel requirements. As a result, the SKU value will be accepted by eBay/Amazon and the Item will be listed successfully.
Automatic retries to create a Magento Order
Using external modules may have an impact on Magento. For example, it can affect the process of Magento Order creation: the improper Mail Service configurations will prevent the successful creation of a Magento order.
In the new version, M2E Pro will initiate an automatic retry to create a Magento Order if the initial attempt failed. It is very likely that the Order will be created during the following automatic retries.
The mechanism of automatic retries does not cause double Orders created in Magento for the same Channel Sales imported through M2E Pro.
If several successive attempts fail, M2E Pro stops repeating the action. The detailed information about retries made can be found in Order Logs.
M2E Pro may try to create Magento Order again if a corresponding Channel Order is updated with some changes.
Keeping Product Quantity reserved until Magento Order is created
Stock availability is crucial when processing an Order. For the efficient inventory management, M2E Pro has Item Quantity reservation which holds the stock of a product until Magento Order is created or the reservation period expires. After an Order is imported from the Channel and the Order creation rules are not met yet, M2E Pro reserves the purchased quantity until a Magento Order can be created.
Previously, if Magento Order could not be created for some reasons, the product QTY was not reserved. Sometimes this could lead to overselling and inability to fulfill the order.
In this release, M2E Pro has been improved to keep the Item Quantity reserved if Magento Order creation fails. It allows sellers to guarantee the supply availability, especially for Products of high consumer demand or during the peak season.
This can be even more useful taking into account the newly introduced automatic retries of Magento Order creation.
Item Quantity will remain reserved for the time period you specify in your Account configuration will be canceled after the reservation term expires or released prior to creating Magento Order.
Automatic release of the reserved Item quantity if the Channel Order is canceled
Previously, if the Order was canceled on the Channel, the reserved Item quantity was not released until the Reservation period ended.
Starting from this version, Module behavior has been changed. The reserved Item quantity is released automatically right after the Order is canceled on the Channel.
Unexpected behavior of QTY reservation feature
Magento Inventory management is allowed by enabling of Manage Stock and Decrease Stock When Order is Placed options under System > Configurations > Catalog > Inventory:
In previous Module versions, the QTY reservation worked regardless of these option configurations. In some cases, this caused Exceptions on the Magento side.
In the current release, the Module behavior has been changed. M2E Pro reserves the Item quantity only if both Manage Stock and Decrease Stock When Order is Placed options are enabled in your Magento. No Magento Exceptions occur after this improvement is made.
Channel Orders created more than 180 days ago are archived automatically
Users who have managed their Products via M2E Pro for a long period of time could be experienced with an improper work of Sales section. It is caused by a large number of imported Orders within a grid. It could take a considerable time to open/update the Order grid.
To prevent this, the Channel Orders created more than 180 days ago are being archived now. This allows reducing the time for the grid opening and Order processing.
The archived Orders will not be available within the Extension interface. If you need to get the archived Orders, please contact M2E Pro Support.
Auto Add/Remove Rules can be run by changing product Website via Update Attributes action
Auto Add/Remove Rules make Product management process for eBay and Amazon integrations more efficient. The Rules are made of conditions which determine when a Magento Product should be automatically added or deleted from an M2E Pro Listing.
The Module can monitor the fact of adding a new Product to your Magento Catalog as well as the changes made to the Website/Category of certain Magento Product. However, in previous versions, the Website changes were tracked only if they made to each Product separately. While the mass updating of the Website parameter was not detected by the Extension.
M2E Pro Team continuously enhance the existing features. Starting from the current version, the Module detects the changes made to the Product Website via the mass action Update Attributes. This means that Auto Add/Remove Rules can be triggered by the mass updating of Product Website. Use this feature to allocate the Products among the different M2E Pro Listings in a quick and time-saving way.
Mapped 3rd Party Items can now be filtered out
Managing the 3rd Party Items has become more convenient. A new filter option Mapped lets you filter out the already mapped items to quickly proceed with their moving to M2E Pro Listing.
Grid performance has been significantly increased
We are proud that more and more merchants entrust the management of their big-sized inventories to M2E Pro. When a Listing contains the high number of Items with constantly changing data, the grid performance comes to the fore.
In this Module version, the loading speed of Listing grids has been increased up to 100 times. This helps to keep the relevance of M2E Pro Listing grids to the Channel Item data.
Make your search results more precise using the new filter options in the Listing grids: Listing Type, Account and eBay Site.
Moving of the 3rd party items has been improved
Simultaneous moving of 10k+ items might cause too much load on Extension and subsequent interruption of the action.
With this release, the Module has balanced the load and increased the processing capacity of the item data. It guarantees a safe Item transferring from the 3rd Party Listing to M2E Pro Listing.
Changes in UI behavior when adding products to M2E Pro Listing
Starting from this version, you need to assign Channel category to at least one product when adding Magento Products to M2E Pro Listing. Until then, you cannot proceed to the following step. Continue button will be disabled as the screen below shows:
Please be advised that in eBay and Walmart integrations, Magento Products without category data will not be added to M2E Pro Listing. It is because products must be associated with the Channel category to be listed on eBay/Walmart.
In Amazon integration, if you are going to list a new ASIN, you should set Description Policy to at least one product to proceed. Yet, the rest products with no ASIN assigned or without Description Policy will still be added to Listing. You can assign ASIN/Description Policy for the Listing Products later.
Provided changes will optimize your interaction with the Module and help to avoid unnecessary actions.
Updated Revise conditions in Synchronization Policy
In the previous M2E Pro versions, automatic updates of the product changes could be performed by a Full or Partial Revise. There were two separate blocks of Revise settings in Synchronization Policy: the Partial and Full Revise conditions. The problem could come up if the settings for the Full Revise would contradict the Partial Revise conditions.
For example, the Full Revise by Description caused an update of all parameters related to the Product description, including the Title, Subtitle, etc. While in the Partial Revise conditions, some of those parameters were disabled, therefore, were not supposed to be updated. Please see the image below.
Besides, you had to keep in mind that changes made to Magento Product triggered only the Partial Revise. Whereas to initiate the Full Revise, the Policy Template must be changed.
Starting from this Module version, you have a single list of Revise Conditions. The new logic of data revising is that each Revise Condition relates to the certain Product property. Once the Revise Condition is enabled, Module starts to trigger the changes made to this property in both Policy Template settings and Magento Attribute set for this property in Policy Template. This means you spend less time and efforts for configuring. Instead, you get more flexibility and accuracy in the processing of updates.
For example, if you enable the Revise by Title, any change made to the related Description Policy settings or Magento Attribute set for Title in Description Policy will initiate the automatic Title update on the Channel. If the Title condition is disabled, it will never be updated by automatic synchronization.
Manual Revise action will fully update an Item data regardless of Revise Rule settings in Synchronization Policy.
The screenshot below shows the updated Revise Rule settings within eBay integration:
- Quantity - automatically revises Item Quantity on eBay when Product Quantity, Magento Attribute used for Item Quantity or Custom Quantity value are modified in Magento or Policy Template. The Quantity management is the basic functionality the Magento-to-eBay integration is based on and it cannot be disabled.
- Price - automatically revises Item Price on eBay when Product Price, Special Price or Magento Attribute used for Item Price are modified in Magento or Policy Template.
- Title - automatically revises Item Title on eBay when Product Name, Magento Attribute used for Item Title or Custom Title value are modified in Magento or Policy Template.
- Subtitle - automatically revises Item Subtitle on eBay when Magento Attribute used for Item Subtitle or Custom Subtitle value are modified in Magento or Policy Template.
- Description - automatically revises Item Description on eBay when Product Description, Product Short Description or Custom Description value are modified in Magento or Policy Template.
- Images - automaticallyrevisesItem Images on eBay when Product Image(s) or Magento Attribute used for Product Image(s) are modified in Magento or Policy Template.
- Categories/Specifics - automatically revises Item Categories/Specifics on eBay when Categories/Specifics data or Magento Attributes used for Categories/Specifics are modified.
- Shipping - automatically revises Item Shipping information on eBay when a Shipping Policy Template or Magento Attributes used in the Shipping Policy Template are modified.
- Payment - automatically revises Payment information on eBay when the Payment Policy Template is modified.
- Return - automatically revises Return information on eBay when the Return Policy Template is modified.
- Other - automatically revises Item Condition, Condition Note, Taxation, Best Offer, and Charity information on eBay when the related data is modified in Policy Templates.
The new Revise Rule settings for Amazon integration are shown in the following screenshot:
- Quantity - automatically revises Item Quantity, Production Time, Restock Date on Amazon when the related values are modified in Magento, Policy Template or Listing Settings accordingly. The Quantity management is the basic functionality the Magento-to-Amazon integration is based on and it cannot be disabled.
- Price - automatically revises Item Price on Amazon when Product Price, Special Price or Magento Attribute used for Product Price are modified in Magento or Policy Template.
Once the Module detects any change related to the Property enabled in Revise Rules, the Revise action will be scheduled.
The Module automatically revises only those Product properties which are enabled in Revise Rule settings and which current values do not match with the related information on Channel.
Product Quantity option is permanently enabled in Revise Rules
Maintenance of uninterrupted Inventory and Order synchronization is the primary task of M2E Pro. Magento-to-Channel integration largely depends on QTY parameter: it is required when you list the Item first or when you need to stop it because of out of stock, when the customer makes a purchase or when you fulfill the order, etc. The actual QTY is highly important to be sure you maintain enough level of stock availability.
According to the points above, starting from the current version, QTY option is permanently enabled in Revise Rule settings and cannot be switched off. This means that QTY value will be updated each time after it is modified in your Magento.
Enable/Disable switch for Stop Rules
The Stop Rules in Synchronization Policy define the conditions under which you want to stop selling your Items on the Channel. M2E Pro will automatically stop an Item as soon as one of those conditions is met.
To give you more flexibility, starting from the current version, you have an additional switch to say M2E Pro whether automatic Stop Rules should be applied to your Items or not.
If you have a big-sized inventory, we highly recommend you to use the automated Stop Rules. This guarantees that your Channel Items will be stopped on time and precisely in accordance with your preferences.
Product updates are scheduled for the processing
There is a major change to the logic of M2E Pro synchronization mechanism in the new version. Now the Product changes are ranked and processed based on the level of their importance.
After the Product is modified, the Module detects this event and compares it with your Synchronization Rules. If at least one sync condition is met, appropriate action will be scheduled. This means that all scheduled actions are already verified according to your sync settings and planned for the processing.
Within the Listing grid, users are able to see what the action is being scheduled at the moment for the specific Item. This helps to be aware of any inventory updates. For example, if the Revise conditions are met, the automatical Revise will be scheduled. You will see the appropriate label next to the Item indicated which parameter is going to be updated.
Before to be processed, all scheduled actions are ranked based on their priority. It allows performing urgent actions first. For example, the out-of-stock Item will be stopped before the Module submits a new Item to the Channel.
After the scheduled action is taken into processing, the Action in Progress label will be displayed instead.
When the action is already in progress, it cannot be interrupted. On the other hand, the scheduled action can be replaced with another one if necessary.
Manual actions have higher priority. When the manual and automatic updates are submitted to the single Item simultaneously, the manual request will be taken into processing while the automatic one will be skipped.
Improved performance of Relist action
It is important to get Items Stopped on the Channel after they are sold out. On the other hand, having the Item Relisted as soon as it is restocked is also important.
Previously, users could enable 'Synchronize Data' under Relist Rules to get a full update of the product information on the Channel. It could take a long time to process all the Product changes, i.e. title, subtitle, description, price, quantity, shipping, etc. before the Item would eventually be Relisted on the Channel.
The Relist action with 'Synchronize Data' enabled greatly impacted the sync performance. In some cases, this could prevent Module from submitting crucial updates made to other Products in your catalog. For example, Amazon strictly limits the number of requests that can be made to their API and it is highly important to rank the data to be sent first.
According to the points above, the M2E Pro Team has decided to no longer support the 'Synchronize Data' option in Relist Rules settings.
Instead, to enhance sellers' experience, M2E Pro has significantly improved the sync mechanism and the Relist action as well. Starting from the current version, only Product QTY and Price, as the most valuable parameters, are submitted on Relist action. The rest data is updated later based on your Revise settings. This allows Module to process the Relist action almost immediately and reactivate the Item on the Channel with only essential information.
Module continues to monitor the changes made to Items even while they are stopped on the Channel. After the Item becomes active again, the Module compares the Magento Product with the Channel Item data. If the differences are found, the Item is automatically updated based on your Revise Rules.
To submit the actual price and quantity values, you must enable the Price option in your Revise Rules.
Items moved from 3rd Party Listing or another M2E Pro Listing are synchronized based on Synchronization Rules
When the Item is moved from 3rd Party Listing or another M2E Pro Listing, it comes under control of the new Listing Settings.
Previously, to automatically revise the moved Items according to the new Listing Settings, the related data must be changed first. This means that information on the Channel could disagree with your Magento data or Listing Settings for some time after the Item had been moved.
To make your moved Items compliance with your Listing Settings without delay, the Revise action will be scheduled automatically right after the Item has been placed to certain M2E Pro Listing. This guarantees the correctness of your Channel data.
Enable/Disable switch for automatic synchronization
You may choose from two ways to sync your Magento Product data to the Channel: automatically or manually. Set your preferences for each integration separately under the eBay/Amazon/Walmart > Configuration > Synchronization:
If your Product data is constantly changed throughout the day, you may achieve the best results using the automatic way of data sync. M2E Pro delivers a reliable mechanism for tracking Product changes and submitting updates to the Channel on a regular basis. The automatic Synchronization Rules gives you great convenience and flexibility. Take all the advantages of them.
If you disable the Inventory Synchronization, you will be required to monitor the Product changes by yourself and timely update the related information on the Channel.
Order Synchronization cannot be disabled as it is a basic functionality on which M2E Pro-Channel interaction is built. However, you can switch off the Magento Order creation in your Account configurations
if you do not want to associate your Channel Sales with Magento.
The enhancements made to Magento-Channel synchronization affect the manual actions at some points. Let's see the most important ones below.
Starting from the current version, M2E Pro submits the following data during the manual synchronization:
- manual List - submits the full Magento Product data;
- manual Revise - updates the full Product data on the Channel regardless of Revise Rules settings;
- manual Relist - submits the Item QTY and Price values, as well as the current variations of Variational Item;
- manual Stop - submits the Item QTY = 0.
After the manual action is applied, it will be scheduled for the processing likewise the automatic updates.
The simultaneous update of 10 or fewer Products on eBay Channel is processed in a real-time mode, but if more - the actions will be scheduled by M2E Pro. All the Product changes submitted to Amazon manually will be scheduled regardless of their number. It is because of Amazon API throttling.
Once the action is scheduled, you will see the Action is Scheduled label next to the related Items. The Item updates will be processed based on their priority.
When the action is already in progress, it cannot be interrupted. On the other hand, the scheduled action can be replaced with another one if necessary.
When the manual and automatic updates are submitted to a single Item simultaneously, the manual action has a primacy. For example, if the automatic Relist conditions are met, but a user manually applies the List action to this Item, exactly the List action will be scheduled and processed by the Module.
There is one exception: the automated Stop action has a higher priority than manual Revise action. Because it is senseless to update the Item which must be stopped on the Channel.
Be attentive, the manual action has a higher priority over the automatic one in case of their conflict. In the limited number of cases, this may lead to the loss of Product data changes. For example, if automatic Revise action is replaced by manual Stop action, the Revise data will be lost.
It is important to consider that the manual actions do not cancel the automatic Synchronization Rules. For example, if you have manually stopped the Item, but the Relist conditions are met, the Item will be automatically Relisted next.
To prevent the manually stopped Item from being automatically Relisted, configure your Relist Rules as the image below shows:
Please apply the manual synchronization actions only in case of extreme necessity. Instead, we highly recommend using the automatic sync mechanism. M2E Pro Synchronization Rules provides you with a precise, timely and reliable listing updating.
Automatic price currency conversion for Magento Attribute with Price input type
Starting from the current M2E Pro version, you are able to use a new feature of Automatic Price Currency Conversion for Magento Attributes with Price input type. It allows selling on the different regional marketplaces without a need to recalculate the Prices/Costs in local currency.
If you are going to list your Product on the Marketplaces which have different Base Currency and Product Price/Shipping Cost value or Shipping Surcharge (for eBay only) are set to be taken from Magento Attribute with Price input type, enable the automatic currency conversion first. Navigate to the System > Configuration > M2E Pro > General > Price and switch to Yes the Convert Magento Price Attribute option.
An automatic conversion will be applied to the value set in Magento Attribute with Price input type, which you choose from Magento Attribute group of the drop-down.
The conversion of Product Price and Special Price can be configured through the default Magento Settings.
Convert Magento Price Attribute feature affects the next product parameters:
Minimum Advertised Price
Minimum Advertised Price
- Minimum Advertised Price
- Promotion Price
- Comparison Price
- Shipping Cost (Overrides)
The conversion will be performed based on Base Currency and Currency Rates of your Magento. Find the details on how to provide the currency settings in Magento documentation.
Ability to discard all previously remembered choices made by users
M2E Pro gives an opportunity to remember the specified settings for some Module options. It allows optimizing your time resources while working with the Module.
For example, the system allows remembering your selection of All Products Same Category option at the Set eBay Category step to skip it in the future. It significantly simplifies and speeds up adding new Products to the Listings. However, if you need to change these preferences later, you will have to edit eBay Category settings for each Product separately. Otherwise, the new Listing with other parameters should be created. Previously, there was no way to reset the 'Remember my choice' settings.
Starting from the current M2E Pro version, an ability to discard all your remembered choices has been added. This functionality makes your settings more flexible.
When you need to reset the remembered choices, navigate to System > Configuration > M2E Pro > General > Interface and press the Restore all Helps & Remembered choices. It will restore the default state of parameters: the help blocks will be shown in the interface again while the previously remembered choices will be discarded.
After the Restore all Helps & Remembered choices button is pressed, all Remember my choice settings will be discarded.
The help block state is now stored in local storage instead of a cookie
When you configure the Module interface, e.g. to show/hide the help blocks, your preferences are remembered and considered each time you open your Magento. In the previous Module versions, this was achieved by using cookie functionality. Given that cookie has to be included in every server-client request, an extra load may be added to the page. The more elements are customized, the larger cookie amount has to be submitted.
Recently Magento has provided the cookie limits on their version 2.x.x. This causes some users to face an error "Unable to send the cookie. Maximum number of cookies would be exceeded" after they migrate their M2E Pro data from Magento v1.x.x to Magento v2.x.x.
Because of this situation and following our users' requests, M2E Pro has changed the way of data storing. Starting from the current version, the state of Extension interface elements is stored in local storage instead of the cookie. This functionality provides greater storage capacity without affecting the website performance. The changes you made are saved and available each time you visit the site. Magento error has no longer occur.
Changes in License obtaining
Starting from November 2015, all M2E Pro customers must have an active subscription to one of the available Pricing Plans. If you do a fresh installation of M2E Pro Module, your customer account and Extension Key will be registered on Client’s Portal automatically.
Each Extension Key undergoes validation based on Domain name and IP addresses. This is done to prevent inconsistent access to your data. It also protects from the risk of the synchronization being performed from several instances simultaneously.
If you change your Magento location, you will need to obtain a new Extension Key on clients.m2epro.com and update it in the Admin Panel of your Magento: System > Configuration > M2E Pro > Billing Info. Press Use Another Key, enter the new Key value and Refresh the data. Your current IP, Domain will be automatically associated with the new Extension Key.
Technical support for Magento CE versions lower than 188.8.131.52 and Magento EE versions lower than 184.108.40.206 is no longer provided
M2E Pro Extension can be used with all versions of Magento CE/EE from 1.x onwards, including versions 2.x. Based on our users' experience, many sellers have already moved to Magento v2.x after it was announced in November 2015, while other merchants use the latest versions of Magento 1. The number of M2E Pro users which have Magento CE versions lower than 220.127.116.11 and Magento EE versions lower than 18.104.22.168 can be considered negligible. However, the technical support for the old Magento versions still takes a lot of time. Herewith, the need to maintain the Module compatibility with the old Magento versions constrains the further M2E Pro development.
Taking into account the points above, M2E Pro Team stops the official support for Magento CE versions lower than 22.214.171.124 and Magento EE versions lower than 126.96.36.199 to enhance the technical servicing of Magento up-to-date versions.
The end of support doesn't mean that Extension stops working with the mentioned Magento versions. It just means that M2E Pro stops technical consulting on possible issues related to these Magento versions.
Compatibility with PHP v7.2.x
M2E Pro is now compatible with PHP v7.2.x. The relevant changes have been implemented and fully tested.