Beslist: marketplace guide
About this guide
This is a ChannelEngine guide on the Arnhem-based marketplace Beslist. Here you can find information on how to request a Beslist account, how to configure this channel on ChannelEngine, what the specific requirements are, and more.
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|Headquarters||Arnhem, The Netherlands|
|Area served (orders)||Belgium, The Netherlands|
|Number of daily visitors||350,000 (2017)|
|Website||Beslist BE and Beslist NL|
|Commission||category- and business model-based commission (3-15%)|
|Product categories||furniture, lighting, clothes, appliances, shoes, car accessories, and more|
|Profile on ChannelEngine||Beslist.be|
Before you use Beslist as a channel, you need to sign up for an account. You can do this by calling them (0263190410) or by emailing them. For more information on what requirements you must comply with, check out Wanneer is beslist.nl voor jou een geschikt verkoopkanaal? (When is beslist.nl a suitable sales channel for you?) on Beslist's website.
After providing you with an account, Beslist checks a product feed that has to be generated before you can start selling products. This feed can be found on ChannelEngine, once the channel has been created and a product selection has been set up. Only after Beslist's approval you receive the necessary API and XML order keys to use their shopping cart.
Beslist does not charge a monthly fee, working solely with a category- and business model-based commission (3-15%).
|From/for prices||Automatic relationships|
|Product variations (sizes/color)|
Setting up each channel on ChannelEngine follows the same flow, once you add the channel:
- Go through the Setup
- Create a Product selection
- Complete the Categorization
- Set up the Mappings: content, offers, and carriers
- Configure the Pricing: rules and currency conversion
- Finish the Activation
- Check the Listed products overview
The required Client ID and Shop ID are provided when you create an account on Beslist. However, the ShopItem API Key and Order XML API Key are only provided after Beslist approves your product feed.
To generate a product feed, you need to create a selection of all the products you want listed on Beslist first. Note that after saving the selection, it can take up to one hour for the feed to be generated for the first time. After that it is re-generated hourly. Beslist reads the feed hourly as well, so a more frequent generation has no effect on the processing speed of changes.
You can find the product feed location on ChannelEngine, under the Product selection tab. This uniform resource locator (URL) never changes, unless you remove the channel and re-add it later.
Beslist has it own category tree, though it is not mandatory. If you have very specific sub-categories (e.g.: bicycles > bicycle parts > bells), Beslist is likely to approve them. If you have very global categories (e.g.: sale, collection 2021), it is highly recommended to map these to relevant Beslist categories – by using advanced rules, for example.
If you used the categorization to map to Beslist's own categories, you see All products and a list of categories that were mapped.
Since Beslist does not have any category-specific attributes, you only need to select All products for content mapping. There are six mandatory attributes which need to be filled in so your products are accepted by Beslist, as well as 17 optional attributes. It is highly recommended to map these as well if you have the required information. In general, more content leads to higher conversion.
Below is an overview of Beslist's product types, showing which attributes are mandatory, recommended, and optional:
- Green = obligatory (the store does not go online without this information)
- Blue = recommended when available (for conversion improvement)
- Purple = optional
There are five attributes that must be mapped: Price, Shipping costs for NL, Shipping costs for BE, Delivery time for NL, and Delivery time for BE.
Where can I find the feed location Beslists needs?
The URL of the Beslist feed can be found under the Product selection tab of the channel. Note that this URL remains the same, but it is not correctly filled with products until a filter is created.
Where can I set the shipping time and costs for Belgium and the Netherlands?
These can be configured under the Mappings tab of the channel. If you have the attributes for Shipping time and Shipping costs mapped, you can use the respective ChannelEngine attributes for this. Alternatively, you can use advanced rules if the shipping costs depend on the weight, for instance, by creating a rule which uses that attribute. If you do not have any shipping costs or shipping times in your product data, you can use Fixed value to manually set these for all products.
How can I use the correct categories on Beslist?
Under Categorization you can see an overview of all known categories of your products. You can map these to the available categories used by Beslist. If you want a complete overview of all possible options, select Browse.
Why is the 'Export offers to channel' task failing for Beslist?
When activating the channel, all possible tasks are automatically activated and scheduled for regular intervals. However, ChannelEngine cannot use Beslist's Order XML/API unless it has the correct API keys. These are provided by Beslist after your product feed is approved.
Where can I set the variants/variant IDs?
This is done automatically, based on the parent-child relationships between your products on ChannelEngine.