What is a Canal proposal?
Proposals are lightweight contracts sent by a Storefront to a Supplier that proposes products to be sold as well as commission terms for each product.
They are nonbinding in the first send, meaning you will have a chance to negotiate those terms prior to finalizing the details.
There are three key parts to a proposal:
Products & commission: Storefronts can send proposals for any product Suppliers have listed on Canal. They are recommended to use the Supplier's default commission, however, Storefronts do have the ability to propose a new commission.
Shipping: We recommend selecting "Supplier's shipping rate," which will use the default settings of the Supplier's store. If this is not an option, we recommend "Fixed rate per order" where the average rate is ~$6.
The Supplier's account will then be credited the shipping paid by the customer, along with the product less commissions and fees. (See FAQ on Shipping options)
Partnership details: In this section, the Storefront will share details of how, when, and where they plan to sell the Supplier's products.
Proposal Workflow for Suppliers
Suppliers receive an email notification when a Storefront sends a product proposal. Suppliers can accept, decline or request changes on this proposal.
If Suppliers have any feedback on the proposal (ex: adjusted commission, removal of products or different shipping terms), they can select “request changes” and add a short message with their requests. The Storefront will be notified via email, where Suppliers can further communicate with Storefronts to reach a conclusion. Changes are then made by the Storefront and resent to Suppliers for review. Suppliers and Storefronts can go back and forth until they agree on all of the terms.
Once Suppliers accept the proposal, the Storefront can add Supplier products to their store & start selling!