I want to set up a web site to initially sell HP servers online within the South African / Africa market.? I know that this has been done before, but I want to give it a try.
This site will initially be aimed at IT managers / decision makers, who know exactly what components they need in a server.? Based on the ZERO VALUE ADD premise, the margins wil be very low (1% --> 3%), as this will be more or less a pure box drop facility.
I receive an Excel based price list from the distributor on a? daily / weekly basis.? I want to upload this pricelist to a database. A user will log onto the system (thereby accepting the terms and conditions) and from the lists presented to them, choose the appropriate server and relevant components.? I will need a seperate program to crawl the web to get images of the actual parts that the customer will be purchasing.
Once they have selected the components, they will move onto the check-out page, from where an initial quote will be generted,? displayed and emailed to them.? Thereafter, I will confirm prices and availability and start the negotiation process.
I will grow this to other servers (IBM / DELL, etc) as well as desktops and notebooks later, as well as offering a range of software.