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Bulk Ordering in Auction eCommerce: Optimize Your Process

August 30, 2022  |  6 min read

Using Bulk Ordering in Auction eCommerce

In auction eCommerce, bulk ordering is useful when you want to auction a large quantity of items. It might be the type of product that buyers would want to buy a lot of at once, or it could be something that is overstocked and needs to get out of the warehouse.

Bulk ordering in auctions can be a useful way to increase sales revenue and give customers a way to bulk buy unique items.

In auction eCommerce, intuitive bulk ordering can be an integral part of customer satisfaction and the success of your platform. Here, we’ll explore what bulk ordering features can do for your auction eCommerce business.

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How Bulk Ordering Can Help Auction eCommerce

Bulk ordering capability can help your auction eCommerce platform be more competitive by giving customers more options for buying or selling in the auctions.

That said, it’s especially important that you have bulk ordering forms within your platform that are easy to fill out, have all the features that customers want and need, and that the solution fully integrates with your back-office systems for a seamless interaction on the customer’s side and yours.

Benefits of Bulk Ordering for Auction eCommerce

  • Cost Efficient – Making a bulk purchase means getting those items at a lower rate. Plus, shipping costs are often lowered or waived. This also makes bulk ordering profitable for businesses that are reselling the items.
  • Time Efficient – Bulk ordering allows users to place a single order for many items, instead of having to place separate orders for each item. If there are a hundred items being purchased, that means just filling out one form and adding it all to the cart at once, rather than filling out a hundred order forms and adding each one to the cart individually.
  • Environmentally Friendly Some bulk orders can package things together rather than individually, which means less packaging material overall. Plus, delivering several items at once rather than one at a time results in less carbon emissions from transportation.
  • Assured Quality – When businesses bulk order the same items from the same business each time, they can be assured of the quality and consistency of those orders based on past experience with them. Some companies let businesses order a smaller sample of the items first to test them out before completing a large bulk order.

Bulk Ordering Solutions for eAuction

There are multiple ways to set up bulk ordering for your auction eCommerce platform. Here are some examples below.

Example 1: Template Order Form

  • Manual Entry vs. Document Upload – With the template order form, the user can either manually enter the details or upload a bulk order document.
  • Doc Upload Review – If the user chooses Document Upload, they then review their import results in a grid-view ordering form. From here, the user can see the items and change order and quote amounts.
  • Additional Options – The order form shows different options for fulfillment locations based on catalog and inventory data. There are also discount options.
  • Dynamic Display – The order form dynamically displays or hides fields for items based on whether or not they’re available to order right away. There’s also a dynamic subtotal as the user goes through the form, including quotes that need to process.
Key Takeaways:

For best results, give the user as much self-service capability as possible.

Dynamic Presentation

The bulk order form can dynamically present multiple locations or fulfillment centers and different lead times and costs.


Templates are helpful for users and allow for quick and easy bulk uploads.

Punchout Catalog

Users can complete a bulk upload through a punchout catalog.

Multiple Options

Punchout Catalogs and Templates can be combined, and the user can use flat files on their system too.

Example 2: Auction Quick Order Form

  • Easily Add Items – The quick order form is a simpler form where users can quickly search for and select items for their auction eCommerce bid or order.
  • Account-Related Items – Users can add items that are related to their account. This is especially helpful for recurring maintenance items.
  • Directly Input SKU – Users who know exactly what they want can add items directly by typing in the quantity and SKU information in the form.
  • SKU Verification – A verification process ensures that SKUs are recognized by the system. If not, an error message displays so the user can correct it.
  • Shopping Lists – Users can add items to Wish Lists, Shopping Lists, and Favorites. With these, users can easily re-add items to their cart.
  • Recurring Orders as Subscription – Users can subscribe to get items automatically purchased and delivered at set time periods.
Key Takeaways:
Offer Convenience

Give users multiple ways to add items to the order form so they can do what’s easiest for them.

Simplify the Process

Quick order forms and subscriptions offer a streamlined way for users to order and reorder items.

Utilize Shopping Lists

Wish lists and shopping lists benefit your users and increase client satisfaction.

Discover Your Best Options

There are lots of different ways to set up bulk ordering for your auction eCommerce platform. We encourage you to evaluate each of these possibilities to find the best one for your business. It’s a good idea to have conversations with experienced vendors so you can understand the potential options. Get a free demo from our auction software developers today.


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Autumn Spriggle is a Content Writer at Clarity Ventures with experience in research and content design. She stays up to date with the latest trends in the eCommerce and tech industries so she can write content to help people like you realize the full potential for their business.