Zappies is a fast-growing and innovative toy distributor and importer, based in West Sussex. They wanted a site that would make it easy for retailers to find products they are interested in from the thousands in stock. The site is automatically updated from stock data held in a Sage 50 database.

The site is built with Drupal 7. It uses Apache Solr Search for the facetted search facilities, and Drupal Commerce for the products and ordering. Custom permissions mean that the wholesale prices and other product details are only visible to trade customers who have logged in.

Some custom code was written to link the website with a Sage 50 UK database in Zappies' office. Adding new products to the Sage database results in them being automatically created on the website, and orders placed on the website are automatically added to Sage.

May 2016
April 2021