A robust plugin that will export products from zencart/oscommerce stores in the form of xml files and will be downlaodble. These plugins will be uploaded to the addons page of both oscommerce and zencar. So quality and standardization is needed . The plugin will be installed in the merchant's ecommerce store and will product an XML structure of all products when called either through a script or a browser. The script will also create a text file in the merchant'
s store which will keep log of products created, deleted and updated and the previous date of inventory import.
HOW IT WORKS
It's going to be an interaction between the OUR SYSTEM and ecommerce store. All the actions will be performed by the Retailer who installs our service through browser or through AUTOMATED cron job.
How inventory is fetched
For a first time user, the script will pick all inventory and set last imported date to today. Last imported date is the parameter that can be used to import products update or products created after last imported date. With last imported date set, the script doesn't have to fetch the entire product inventory each time. You can also decide to create a txt log file to keep track of products deleted or updated in the store. The plugin will read from the txt file to import only new products. You can suggest ways to make this better.
The plugin must work with all versions of Zencart and Oscommerce and all Linux servers . Each plugin should have a low failure rate of about 0-1% and be able to return valid xml. It should also meet zencart/oscommerce development standards. Timeout of the script should also be considered. This is because each ecommerce store that installs the plugin has different server capacities.
Test the script with all versions of oscommerce/zencart and with stores having inventory size of more than 4000.
We need a cron scheduler which will run every day to synch inventory from the merchants store to our system. The cron should be efficient, and can be set to run at separate intervals.
Please review and let me know if you need clarifications. Also let us discuss the delivery time and terms of reference.
See attached doc for more explanation
Let me add that all the the products read from the xml will be saved in a database on our system. So it's from xml file to database and vice versa
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