Release Notes – 2 December 2013

Release Date:   Monday 2 Dec 2013 10:00pm : downtime approx 20 minutes

(On this day in history, in 1976 Fidel Castro became President of Cuba.)

Implemented in this release

Combined sales orders

It is now possible to combine sales orders. Trade Me sales orders can be combined automatically when a new sale matches an existing sales order and the following criteria are the same:

  • buyer
  • shipping method
  • shipping address
  • payment method
  • Trade Me account (if you have multiple accounts)

Sales orders can be combined manually when the following conditions have been met:

  • same sales channel
  • same customer
  • same payment method

If both orders have the same product then these will be combined on to one sales order line.

You will need to approve all sales orders that have been automatically combined to ensure that the results are as expected.

Trade Me shipping templates

It is now possible to define multiple shipping templates. When setting up a listing rule you now have the additional option of setting which template is to be used.

If you had set shipping costs on the global settings then we have converted this to a template.

Clearance tag for Trade Me Stores

If you have a premium Stores Extra Trade Me account then you can now mark products as ‘clearance items’ and take advantage of the clearance section of Trade Me.

Importing active listings

We have tweaked the way that we import active listings from Trade Me.  If the listing was created from My Products then we now retrieve the SKU and Inventory and set this in Tradevine. The SKU will be used as the product code.

90 day listing durations

We have added 90 day listing duration as an option for listings that allow this.

Trade Me attribute units

The attribute unit type is now available on the product’s listing rule to help provide more assistance with the values to be entered. So for example when selling a digital camera, the megapixels field is now appended with Mp.  This will make it easier for you to set the attribute values.

Shopify – addresses with Company names

The Company name field used in the address fields of a Shopify sale is now populated on the sales order and the customer’s record in Tradevine.

DHL Courier added

We have added DHL as a supported courier.  If selected then the customer will receive tracking details with a link directly to the DHL website.

Dashboard notes

We have added a text area to the Dashboard so you can write notes to yourself or other users of your organisation.

Inventory adjustments

We have made the Inventory Adjustments screen more user-friendly.

Stock levels on sales orders

When entering a new sales order line we displayed a traffic light icon to indicate the inventory status. We have replaced this icon to show the current available to sell quantity of the product instead, the number is coloured red/amber/green to indicate availability. Clicking on the ATS will continue to display a detailed breakdown of the product’s inventory allocations.

Pending sales orders

We have added a banner near the top of the sales order, that gives the reasons why the order has not progressed to awaiting shipment. This information is still available in the Shipments panel.

Export file optimisations

Sometimes when exporting huge numbers of product records it would fail due to a time out. We have made some tweaks to stop this happening.

Retail Feed – latest cost price

When uploading products via the Retail Feed we now value all of the inventory available at the current cost price.

API – Changes

  • We have added Product Code to the sales order and shipment line items on the Get Sales Order call
  • We have added a new API to create/update products
  • We have added a new API to create/update Trade Me listing rules associated with a particular product and channel.
  • We have added a new API to upload photos (as base64 encoded text)

See for more details

Importing product changes

If you import or re-import your products then you may be interested in the following changes.


  • Clearance Item – (Trade Me).
  • Shipping Template – (Trade Me).
  • Exclude From Order Combining – (General).


  • Shipping Options – (Trade Me). Now includes the Template Shipping Costs option.

For more information refer to the Import Fields Help page.

Key Bug Fixes

  1. The inventory in Shopify was not always updated after encountering a 429 type error.
  2. The Dashboard link Trade Me listing failures was including archived products.

All of these improvements are based on customer feedback. We are planning to release further improvements on a regular basis. Your feedback is vital to ensuring that we’re working on the most important things first. If you have any suggestions, then check out our suggestions page where you can also vote. Otherwise, feel free to drop us a line at with your feedback.

November Newsletter

The Christmas season is truly upon us and sales are starting to pick up as consumers start stuffing their stockings. We took a look at last years sales profile and overall saw that sales doubled during December, took a break over New Year and were back to normal by the 2nd week of January.

So now is the time to review your copy and make sure everything is listed to ensure that you don’t miss out during this lucrative period.

Sales Nov-Jan 2012-13


  • Next Release
  • Tip of the Day
  • Survey Results
  • Courier Solutions

Next Release

We are just putting together the final touches for our next release which should be out within the next week or so. This is packed with many requested goodies including:

  • Order Consolidation/Combined Shipping
  • Shipping Templates
  • Listing intervals to enable them to be ‘dripped’ on to Trade Me
  • An area for notes on the Dashboard
  • Support for Clearance Tags

plus many more tweaks and improvements

Tip of the Day

Check out our Facebook page. Our ‘Tip of the Day’ gives helpful hints on how to get more out of Tradevine. If you ‘like’ our page you will see these automatically in your feed. We also tweet these on Twitter

Customer Survey

A big thank you to everyone who filled in our recent survey and congratulation to jansen_audio, the winner of the prize draw.

Looking at your opinions we have concluded that the vast proportion of you are very happy with Tradevine and think it represents great value for money.

More importantly, you have told us where we can improve, in particular we need to have a look at:

  • importing/exporting data
  • creating products
  • getting started with Tradevine

We’ll be looking to address these areas in the coming months. Remember we always welcome suggestions on how we can improve.

Courier Solutions

We released the Tradevine API a little earlier in the year and we look with interest at those that have integrated into Tradevine. There have been a couple of stand-out projects that you should take a look at, both aim to save you money on your courier charges.


StarShipIt allows you to print shipping labels directly from your Tradevine orders, and supports most domestic and international couriers.

Their new Magneto-Tradevine tool allows you to import stock items and sync stock numbers between these two platforms.


As NZ’s largest courier and freight aggregator, we at goSweetSpot provide you with attractive rates via our freight management system for services from our carefully selected domestic & international supplier partners.

goSweetSpot is all about introducing time and effort efficiencies, plus cost savings and visibility for you and your business.

That’s about it for our this month. Just before we go here are a couple of useful links:

  • Like us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter for up to the minute info
  • Our online help section pretty is comprehensive – if you get stuck start here
  • Post ideas on how we can make Tradevine even more awesome

Good luck with your Christmas sales.


The Tradevine team at Trade Me