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Kick off your marketplace with ease

Learn about the participants involved in launching a marketplace with Nautical, and how access is controlled by permissions.


Participants in launching a marketplace

  • Nautical: Powers your marketplace backend and storefront with a comprehensive platform for managing vendors, product catalog, inventory, orders, fulfillment, and payouts.
  • Marketplace Operator: Operates an online platform where buyers and sellers exchange goods or services. Marketplace operators typically earn revenue by taking a commission or transaction fee on each sale made through the platform.
  • Tech Resource: Connects integration workflows and builds your front-end needs, such as the storefront, leveraging Nautical's GraphQL API. Your tech resource could be an in-house developer or a 3rd-party service integrator (SI). While Nautical does most of the heavy lifting on the backend, you need a technical resource to extend the platform's capabilities to create custom experiences.
  • Vendor: Sells or promotes products or services on your marketplace. You may have one or both of the following vendor types:
    • Seller: Sells goods or services on your marketplace.
    • Affiliate: Promotes product sales through their website, social media, or another channel, typically earning a commission off each sale.
  • Buyers: Purchase products from your marketplace (your customer).

Access control

In Nautical, a staff member is a user account for someone who will manage the behind-the-scenes aspects of your marketplace, such as a marketplace operator or seller admin.

Generally, marketplace operator staff members have access to all data. Whereas seller staff members can only access data relevant to their seller account, such as their warehouses, products, and orders.

When adding a staff member, you must assign them to a permission group. A permission group is a set of individual permissions that define what users assigned to that group can see and edit.

Permissions are generally broken down by the ability to manage objects like products, collections, payouts, and so on. You can create as many permission groups as needed for the different roles in your business.

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