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Multiple Delivery Calculations – Sitecore Commerce

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While working with one of the clients recently, we had to implement a product-specific delivery calculation. Certain products sold online, are delivered by the company itself and they have fix delivery charges for each region. While certain products(depending on the size/nature) are delivered through other courier services. Since the delivery charges can differ depending on the courier service, we have to calculate/fetch delivery charges for particular products. Let’s say a customer adds two products to the cart Bluetooth Speaker Baby Cart Since speakers are delivered by the company itself, we use the internal delivery fee using a delivery fee book. For baby-cart, we integrate to the external courier delivery fee service. For the sake of this article, I am calling Speaker as Internal product while baby-cart as external product. In commerce engine solution we have a feature called fulfilment, this feature has CalculateCartDeliveryBlock which calculates the delivery fee for internal products. This […]

Commerce

Sitecore Commerce – Robust Integration to External Systems

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Sitecore commerce provides almost all the commerce features out of the box. For example, we get Catalog/product management, pricing management, delivery fee management etc. All the commerce applications we create using Sitecore Commerce get the option to use these features and go to market. But at times, we use other tools rather just Sitecore Commerce to manage our business needs. I will explain this in details. Recently working on a Sitecore commerce project, we came across a situation where Product Management is done outside the Sitecore Commerce Environment. The client is using a legacy system which manages catalogs and products. In order to sync those products from the legacy system into Sitecore Commerce Catalogs, we considered certain options Exposing an API in SC Commerce which accepts a list of products. When new products are created or there are changes to existing products, the legacy system would pass them to our API Exposing an […]

Commerce

Sitecore Experience Commerce Architecture – Satellite View

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Sitecore Experience Commerce(SXC) provides a stupendous solution to the e-commerce world which can be customized to fill in the requirements for B2B: Businesses to business B2C: Business to end customer. This post assumes the readers are across commerce concepts in general e.g. business entities, catalogs, carts, orders, checkout process, payments, inventory management, order fulfilment etc. In this post, I will share a holistic overview of SXC architecture. Who should read this? Sitecore developers who are working or potentially going to work on SXC, architects who are looking into how SXC functions. Since SXC is part of the Sitecore platform, the basic understanding of Sitecore is required. In the future posts, I will be describing different parts of SXC in detail. SXC Architecture: Sitecore XC is comprised of the following components.  Sitecore Experience Platform aka XP in Sitecore world. Sitecore Experience Accelerator Storefront(SXA) Sitecore Commerce Engine Connect layer between storefront and Commerce Engine  Business Tool Identity Server Basic understanding of these components would […]

Commerce

Fedearted Payment in Sitecore Commerce

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Most businesses are going online from just being physical, online shopping is the simplest and biggest example. Online businesses mainly involve, selling of services or products. This transformation from physical to online brought the world closer. While sitting in Sydney, I can order something from United States. With many advantages, there are challenges as well of course. I am writing about one of the challenges here, providing multiple payment options to your customers. Customers around the world have different preferences for making payments. Some might prefer direct credit card(CC) payments while others may like Paypal. And with every passing day, new methods of online payment are being introduced e.g. digital wallets like Google pay or Apple Pay. Venmo is another very famous payment option. As an online seller, it’s important to realize the fact of having payment options on a website as per the preferences of our customers. Otherwise, bounces are […]

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Dimensions, Segments and Metrics – Sitecore Experience Analytics

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Sitecore Experience Analytics (XA) provides graphical representation of visitors data(facts) using dimensions, metrics and segments. Dimensions are attributes of a visitor’s data while metrics are quantitative measurements of those attributes. Dimensions, segments and metrics are defined in the master database of Sitecore. A segment is then deployed to the reporting database where it is used for aggregation. Learn more about aggregation. Visitor is usually referred as Contact in Sitecore. While visit is also called interaction. Metrics are also referred as facts. These terms will be used interchangeably during this article. Dimensions are attributes of an interaction or a visitor of a website. For instance country is a dimension which tells the origin of the visitor’s interaction based on its IP address. We can think of different dimensions like browser the visitor was using or which pages the visitor visited. Segments are like dimensions but provide another level of differentiation. A segment can […]