To begin using X-Cart's Turn14 Distribution integration with your X-Cart online store, follow these steps:
X-Cart's Turn14 Distribution integration employs SEMA Data integration to import certain kinds of catalog data that may not be available through Turn14 Distribution directly or that you may prefer to obtain from SEMA. Detailed information about the involvement of SEMA Data integration when using Turn14 Distribution can be found in the article Turn14 Distribution vs. SEMA Data Import. To use SEMA Data integration with Turn14 Distribution integration, you will need an account with SEMA Data. The sign-up process can be completed on the SEMA Data website.
Ensure that the add-ons "Turn14 Distribution" and "Split Shipment" are installed and enabled at your X-Cart store. (See add-on management instructions for X-Cart 5.5).
Note that X-Cart's Turn14 Distribution integration requires a few other add-ons for operation:
"Auto catalog import" (provides building blocks for catalog provider integrations)
"SEMA Data" (enables import of fitment data/catalog data from SEMA Data)
"Backorder / Preorder" (supports backorder functionality for Turn14 Distribution products)
The above-named add-ons must be installed and enabled for as long as you will be using the Turn14 Distribution integration.
Ensure that the "Time zone" setting for your X-Cart store has been adjusted properly; it can be found in your store's Localization settings (Store > Localization, Units & Formats tab). For details, see Units of Measure and Date Formats.
Check with your hosting service provider technical support team that the time zone specified in php.ini in your store's server environment is the same as the time zone specified in your X-Cart store's Localization settings.
Contact your hosting service provider's technical support team to perform the server environment setup required for your X-Cart store to use Turn14.
Since the import of prices from Turn14 is possible only in US Dollar, ensure that US Dollar is set to be your store's default currency. This can be done in your store's Localization settings (Store > Localization, Currencies tab). For more information on X-Cart store configuration related to currencies, see Currency.
Decide on the primary source of catalog data for import (Turn14 Distribution or SEMA Data) and follow the instructions for the respective integration use mode. For more information, see Turn14 Distribution Integration Use Modes.
Once the catalog data has been imported into your store, you can view it in your store's catalog. Please verify the consistency of your catalog data and make sure that the category, product, and fitment data are shown correctly on your store site. One of the essential tasks will be to check and adjust your store's category structure after it has been updated during the catalog import. You can find your store's list of categories on the Categories page (Catalog > Categories) in your X-Cart store's Admin area. It is possible to use category matching. Don't forget to hide any categories you do not offer in your store. Note that if there are any new products imported into your X-Cart store with the status "Inactive" (as set in the Import Options), you will need to change their availability status before your store's visitors will be able to see them. You may find it convenient to apply changes to multiple products at once by using the Bulk Editing feature.
Adjust the quantity in stock information for the imported products to accurately represent their stock availability. See Inventory Tracking for Turn14 Distribution Products.
The tax setup when using Turn14 Distribution integration does not have any specifics. You simply configure taxes as usual.
If you plan to have stock available for delivery from your store's own warehouse, complete the store configuration related to shipping. Ensure that you specify the address of your store's warehouse, from which products will be shipped to buyers, as your store's Ship-From address. Also, configure the shipping methods and rates that will be available for shipping products from your store's Ship-From address to buyers.
If you do not plan to keep stock in your store's warehouse [which may be the case if you want Turn14 Distribution or product brand manufacturers to handle all orders for Turn14 Distribution products], you do not need to configure shipping in your store.