We have a large furniture site and need some functions added to speed up our updating process. First of all I want to explain how we get updates from our manufactures lists so you will better understand why and how to help us streamline this.
The process is different with every manufacture and that is the problem. We have 80 manufactures that we currently are working with and plan on expanding on that constantly. So we will receive new product information from each of these manufactures and they come mostly with a secure site ftp access to get all images,description, price,dimensions etc of the new products. Some will give ftp access to get the images and send over a excel sheet with all descriptions, dimensions,price etc. Some will send a cd with all information on it.
So now you have a good idea of how we get the data this is what I had in mind. Most of them share the fact that they either send a cd or give ftp access. So cd's can be loaded onto the furniture site in a directory and called on from a script. So each week or day when we get the new cd's, they all get uploaded etc. So the sites that have ftp access a looping list script could be used to access each ftp site snag all data store in directory on server and then we now have all data collected. Now another general script could be written to run through the directory with subfolders of each brand and manufacture so that the right file is going to the correct category and upload them to the site. Now this is just a thought and need a true magento developer to help with ideas to make it dynamic enough to keep adding to with minor tweaks. So you are required to tell me how you will get the task done as detailed as possible to get the job.
Also time is a huge factor we have a 3 week window to get this done. We do have a budget setup for this but will post it as a featured project so you can bid any amount. Just remember we are price motivated on this project and this will lead to future jobs. One last thing is we would prefer a coding team so that it can get done in 3weeks. If you have any questions ask in pmb.