Archive for March, 2011

Attribute Changes Coming 4/22

March 29, 2011

Two important changes are coming for attributes effective 4/22

1) Attribute price difference display option

2) Price difference with discount percentage

 

These changes are a result of merchant feedback and will automatically be updated in all stores effective 9pm PST on Friday 4/22.  Details for each feature change along with examples are provided below.  Please contact us via support request for any questions.

 

Attribute Price Difference Display Option

Currently items with price differences are displayed in a dropdown for instance as

T-Shirt $16.00

With Options such as

Small

Medium

Large

Extra Large (+$2.00)

 

We will be adding an option to display using a new method where the extra large line would instead display as:

Extra Large ($18.00)

Ie $16.00 + $2.00 is $18.00 which is the total amount that the extra large shirt would cost.

This will be an option you can choose, all existing stores will by default stay on the current display method unless they choose the new display option.

 

Price difference with discount percentage

Currently if an item has a discount percentage applied and an attribute with a price difference the price difference is added on AFTER the discount is applied to the main item price.  The new formula for item price will apply the price difference FIRST and then apply the discount percentage.

Example

T-Shirt Price $16

25% discount

Extra Large Price Difference $2

Old Calculation ($16 * 75%) + $2 = $14.00

New Calculation ($16 + 2) * 75% = $13.50

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Express Checkout feature now available

March 15, 2011

Express Checkout functionality allows a shopper to order many items while just hitting the add to cart button once. Items are listed and a quantity box is shown next to each item. There is only one add to cart button at the bottom of the item listing. The shopper can indicate which items to order by setting the correct quantity for each item and hitting add to cart.

Items with attribute choices are shown with each individual selection as its own item to be added to the cart in express ordering mode.  For instance, a shirt with sizes small and medium and colors blue and red would be shown as four lines, shirt small blue, shirt small red, shirt medium blue and shirt medium red.  This method of ordering is useful for stores where customers generally order large numbers of different items and allows the user to make purchases without having to constantly go back and forth from the cart to shopping.

To activate express ordering for a particular department in your store go to the department edit screen for the associated department and check the box labelled express ordering under the options heading.  If you do not see the express ordering checkbox it can be enabled from the settings area.

To change the layout for the items in express ordering mode go to inventory–>items–>layout and choose the express ordering tab.

Alternatively express checkout mode can be activated on a particular item page temporarily by using the querystring ?EO=1.

Sample URL

http://fakeurl.storesecured.com/items/dept-name/list.htm

Sample URL with express ordering added manually

http://fakeurl.storesecured.com/items/dept-name/list.htm?EO=1

Support Hours Change

March 14, 2011

Effective Monday March 21st StoreSecured will be increasing our live chat support hours.

NEW live chat hours
Monday-Thursday
4:00am-8:00pm

Friday
4:00am-5:30pm

OLD live chat hours
Monday-Friday
6:00am-8:00pm

This change is based on newly updated statistics regarding the hours that are the busiest for store management.

Export date format

March 9, 2011

The default date format for exports has been modified to allow for easier finding of the latest exported files. This change applies to exports for Orders, Customers and the old Items page (note that the new item exports already use this format).

Old naming format:
items_on_mm-dd-yyyy.txt
customers_on_mm-dd-yyyy.txt
orders_on_mm-dd-yyyy.txt

New naming format
yyyy_mm_dd_hhss_item.txt
yyyy_mm_dd_hhss_customer.txt
yyyy_mm_dd_hhss_order.txt

The new file name format will make it easier to find the latest exports in the list and coincides with other naming conventions used elsewhere. The actual exported information has NOT been modified only the default naming for newly exported files.

Google Chrome Browser Support

March 7, 2011

StoreSecured now supports the use of the Google Chrome browser for editing and updating all stores.

Google Chrome is a new browser developed by the folks at Google and growing in popularity. It is a fast, free web browser that loads pages in a snap.

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