Most businesses that manufacture or distribute customized or highly engineered products initiate their sales process by using a quote request process. The idea is, simply, that a customer or prospect can view the various catalogs and products on the website (generally without prices showing) and then place specific items of interest into a shopping cart in order to request a price quote.
In this scenario, the subsequent checkout process is identical to an eCommerce transaction EXCEPT that there is no payment information requested or processed. Instead, a "zero dollar" or "free" order is processed and logged by the system, with order acknowledgements being sent to the inquiring customer, and quote order notifications being sent to the site owner. Another key requirement in this "quote request" scenario (that has already been promised for the initial rollout) are product options and variants.
I currently have a number of large manufacturing and distribution clients that have just such a "quote management" system, but they are built on Adobe's Business Catalyst and will need to be migrated (to Webflow??) prior to the announced end of life for that platform. The Webflow eCommerce offering is shaping up to be exactly what is needed. The only missing pieces seem to be the "skipping over" of the payment process and (in an ideal world) the addition of more flexible form submission notification options to route different types of order requests to the most appropriate individuals within the business.
Because this is more like an option "skip a step" than it is a request for new functionality, I am keeping my fingers crossed that a "quote request" option might still be feasible within the framework of the initial rollout...
Hey, a guy can hope, right? :-)