As a marketplace administrator, you can choose to charge a transaction fee from each paid transaction in your marketplace. This ‘transaction fee’ is known also as commission. It benefits both the parties as vendors can generate more income by selling their products on a website with more profit while admin can keep the site running from the income generated through commissions paid by the vendor. Keeping this picture in mind WCMp offers a commission module which is dynamic, flexible and caters to the needs of both admin and vendors.
General Commission settings
Types of Commissions
Levels of Commissions
Where and how to view commissions
The Commission Flow explained
Configuring WCMp Commission
As commissions are the lifeblood of a marketplace having a sound commission system is mandatory. WCMp commission system is easy to set, configure and manage.
In order to configure commissions
Go to the Admin Dashboard and hover over the WCMp menu, then select Settings from the WCMp menu list
Once the Setting page opens go to the Payment Tab
Under the Payment Tab are the various settings given that will help you configure you commissions
Revenue Sharing Mode
The revenue sharing mode helps you decide how the commission would be divided between you and your vendor. The options provided by WCMp are Admin fees and Vendor Commission.
In case you have chosen this option when the admin receives payment he/she will deduct a portion of the vendor’s payment as the Admin fee and send the rest of it to the vendor.
In the case this option is selected, the vendor would receive his share of commission from the product sale payment and leave the rest of it to the admin.
Calculating Various Types of Commissions
Under the What to Pay section of the Payment Tab, you will be able to find various options the will help set the flow in which your commission would be calculated. These options are:
Fixed Amount: Admin can charge the vendor a fixed amount per transaction. For e.g, if Product X is $100 and the customer buys 4 of them then the total comes $400. In case the admin fee is $10 he shall receive [ 4 x $10 ] which is $40. The rest $360 will go to the vendor. Similarly, if the admin decides the vendor’s commission to be $80 then the vendor would receive [4*80] which is $320 the rest $80 would belong to the admin.
Percentage: The percentage amount that could be charged on the total transaction or sale value. For e.g, if Product X is $100 and the customer orders 3 of them. In this case, admin fee charged could be 10% of the total transaction, then he would receive $30 [(100*3) * 10/100]. The rest $270 goes to the vendor. Similarly, the admin can decide to give the vendor 80% of the total transaction as the vendor’s commission. Then the calculation stands as $240 [(100*3)*80/100] leaving the rest $60 to the admin.
Percentage + a fixed amount per transaction: Commissions is calculated, on the basis of the percentage of the total transaction or sale value with the addition of a fixed amount for every transaction. For e.g, if Product X is $100 and the customer orders 3 of them the admin fee charged would be 10% of total transaction + a fixed amount of $10. The admin would then receive $40 [(100*3) * 10/100 +$10]. The rest $260 would go to the vendor. Similarly, the admin can decide to give the vendor 80% of the total transaction plus a fixed amount of $10, as the vendor’s commission. Then the calculation stands as $250 [(100*3)*80/100+$10] leaving the rest $50 to the admin.
Percentage + a fixed amount per unit: Commissions is calculated, on the basis of the percentage of the total transaction or sale value plus a fixed amount per unit or per product. For e.g, if Product X is $100 and the customer orders 3 of them the admin fee charged would be 10% of total transaction + a fixed amount of $10. The admin would then receive $60 [(100*3) * 10/100 +$(10*3)]. The rest $240 would go to the vendor. Similarly, the admin can decide to give the vendor 80% of the total transaction plus a fixed amount of $10, as the vendor’s commission. Then the calculation stands as $270 [(100*3)*80/100+$(10*3)] leaving the rest $30 to the admin.
Setting up Different Levels of Commission
Levels of Commission
Now that you have learnt how to set up commissions, the following section will help you learn about the various levels in a commission structure and how to configure them.
Let us read the different levels of products and how to set them up
Product Wise Commissions
The product-wise commission is the first layer of the commission structure. Here the admin can charge a commission fee from the vendor for the sale of each product.
Setting Up product wise commission
In order to set up a product-wise commission for your marketplace follow the given steps
Go to the Admin Dashboard and select the Products menu option. Once the product page loads, choose the product on which you want to add a commission.
·Once the page containing product details opens, navigate to the data meta box and select the vendor’s tab
Select the name of the vendor selling the product and add the commission’s amount in the empty commission field
Now every time the product is sold you as the admin will gain the commission fee added by you in the product commission field
Category Wise Commission
The category wise commission is the second layer of the commission structure. Here the admin can charge a commission on the sale of each category of product.
Setting up Category Wise Commission
In order to set up a commission on the categories of products being sold on your multi vendor site read the following directions carefully
Go to the Admin dashboard and from there navigate to categories submenu found under the Product menu
Once the categories page loads you can add a new category and then add a commission amount or you can edit an existing category
If you have chosen add a category you fill in the category details like name, parent/child, slug, description and finally commission
Once the details are added by you select the add new category option. This will create a category with a commission amount
Alternatively, you can also choose to edit a category but hovering your mouse on the category of your choice and then select edit
Once the category page loads, go to the commission field and then select the commission amount
Once the commission amount is added, select update
Now you can charge a commission on each product category
Vendor Wise Commission
The vendor wise commission is the third layer of the commission structure. Here you can charge different commissions from different vendors.
Setting up vendor wise commission
By following the given steps you can charge different vendors different types of commission rates depending on their capabilities
Go to the admin dashboard and select WCMp menu, from there select the Vendors submenu
Click on the vendor which you want to edit from Seller Listing.
At the Payment tab, you will find the Seller Commission percentage section.
Put in the amount of commission you want to set up for this vendor.
Finally, select save changes
The global commission is the final layer of commission in the commission structure. Here the commission amount set by you would be applicable in case the commission amount for the other layers of commission is not set. In other words, the global commission is the commission that would be uniform and applicable to all.
Setting up Global Commission
As stated above the global commission amount is the default commission amount that would be charge in case the other levels or layers of commission amount are not set. To set a global commission
Go to Admin dashboard from there navigate to WCMp setting submenu
Once the setting page loads go the Payment tab
Under What to pay section, you will find a commission field.
Add the global commission amount.
View and Managing Commissions
Once the product on your website starts selling commissions would automatically start adding. To view or keep track of commissions:
Go to the admin dashboard and hover over WCMp menu, from there select Commission submenu
Once the commission page loads, you will be able to view
Title: The commission title is displayed here
Order Id: The order id on which you will receive commissions is given
Product: The order id on which you will receive commissions is given
Vendor: The name of the vendor who will receive the commission is displayed
Amount: The amount is given
Net Earnings: Your net earnings from the sale of this product is given
Status: the commission status is displayed here like whether it is paid or unpaid
Date: The date on which the commission is received is given
Admin can also manage commission by selecting a particular commission and choosing the edit option. Once selected the following details will appear.
Once the payment process is completed (details discussed in this document) vendors receive their commission amount on their dashboard. Depending on the payment method selected by them they can either request a commission withdrawal or wait for automatic disbursements.. Meanwhile vendors can view details of commission by going to :
Vendors dashboard and then navigating to Payments menu option
Under the Payment menu the History Submenu would appear
On the History page vendors can view
Date – The day on which the vendor received his payment
Order Id – This is the identification number of the order on which the vendor received his commission
Transaction Id – Vendor can use this identification number to view the transaction details of the commission he has received from the admin
Commission Id – This is the identification number by which a vendor can track his commission
Fee – Here the vendor can view the amount charged for requesting a withdrawal after he runs of free withdrawal requests
Net Earnings – This is the total amount he has earned after completing an order request
Commission Process Explained
Here is a brief explanation of the commission process that takes place.
Step 1 – The admin will configure commission details like, commission type or level, revenue mode and commission calculation type
Step 2 – Customer purchases Product A for $100.
Step 3 – Admin will receive $100 which would be reflected under Commission submenu option found under WCMp menu option.
Step 4 – Now that the admin has seen his net earning commission he will proceed with paying his vendors their commission
Step 5– The payment process is manual which means the admin will use the payment method chosen by both him and the vendors to pay them
Step 6 – once the vendor receive their payment you would be able to view it under Payments option found on the vendor dashboard.
Step 7 – He can now withdraw the payment from his physical account.
With this we come to an end of the commission lesson. Hopefully we were of some help to you. For further questions and queries please contact our Support Team.