Posts Tagged ‘items’

New Features – Attributes

May 28, 2010

The attribute view/edit and add screens have been updated to the new format. Please note that this applies to all merchants who are using the new item edit screens. At this time all merchants who are using the old item edit screens will still see the old attribute edit screens.

New functionality and enhancements include:

  • Automatic data checking before hitting save
  • Hiding of fields that are not applicable to an attribute
  • Use of the settings link to permanently hide fields that are not used for more simple editing
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New Features – Out of Stock Items and Tax Import/Export

May 24, 2010

Out of Stock Requests

If an item is out of stock the merchant can allow shoppers to enter their email to receive a notice when the item is in stock.

To turn on Out of Stock Requests for your site please visit General–>Item Settings. First make sure you have selected to Show out of stock items. Then you can select the box to show the out of stock requests as well.

When Out of Stock Requests is enabled a link will now appear below the out of stock notice on items allowing the customer to enter their email address to be notified when the item is in stock. The link is labeled Notify Me and it will open up a pop-up window for the email address entry.

Once a day, at approximately midnight, the store will automatically send out notices alerting any customers who requested it of items that were out of stock and are now in stock.

View the list of out of stock requests once enabled from Inventory–>Items–>Out of stock requests.

Setup the email text for the email notifications from General–>Email Notifications

The out of stock notification is compatible with all out of stock checking including regular items as well as those with attributes and attribute intersections as well.

This feature was requested by fellow merchants via our feedback forum,
read more about it here

Out of Stock Text

In addition to the above out of stock requests that have been added we have also modified the functionality for out of stock items.

Functionality change for the following case:
If an item is out of stock and hide stock is enabled for that item and the stock variable is part of your item layout. In this case the add to cart button has always been hidden.

New functionality
Out of stock text shown

Old functionality
Out of stock text hidden

Merchants indicated that it was confusing for customers to see no add to cart button on the out of stock items with no indication that the item was out of stock.

This feature was requested by fellow merchants via our feedback forum,
read more about it here

Tax Import/Export

Added the ability to import/export tax rates. Go to General–>Taxes–>Import to import taxes or to export current tax rates please visit General–>Taxes–>View/Edit and click on the export link in the bottom bar.

Item Edit Default Page Changed

February 13, 2010

The default selection for the item edit pages has been updated.  The new item edit pages are now the default selection for all stores.

The old item edit, add, import pages will be available at Inventory–>Items–>Old Item Pages until March 13th, 2010, after that time we will no longer support the old item pages.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the new pages if you have not yet done so.

This change was made in accordance with the item edit transition post.

Attribute Quantity in Stock

November 17, 2009

In addition to the attribute changes described yesterday for tracking stock on the intersection of attributes we have also added support for keeping track of the quantity in stock for a single attribute.  The attribute in stock is managed from the attribute edit screen. Please see the figure below with the quantity field highlighted.

Please note the following important points for this feature:

  • Leave the field blank if you do not wish to track stock for this attribute, this is the default for all existing attributes.
  • Quantity control must be enabled on the item or the quantity in stock will not be checked.
  • The attribute cannot be purchased once the stock level reaches 0.
  • The quantity will be updated upon purchase if your store is setup to automatically update inventory.

New Feature for Attributes

November 16, 2009

We have added an exciting new feature for merchants who want to track their inventory in stock for items with multiple attributes.  For instance lets say you sold t-shirts and you have 3 sizes, Small, Medium and Large and 3 colors, Red, Blue and Green.  You have only 1 of each color and size combination and you dont want to sell more then you have.  Up until now you could not use the store to keep track of the fact that you had 1 small green and 1 small blue and 1 small red and so on.  You can now do so.

This feature is available from Inventory–>Items –>Attribute Intersection

Important points to keep in mind:

  • Quantity control must be enabled for the item or quantity will NOT be checked
  • The quantity in stock for the item should include how many total items you have in stock as it will also be checked before allowing purchase.  Ie in the example above there would be 9 total t-shirts if we had 1 of each option.  If you dont care about the item quantity you can enter some large number there, ie 9999.
  • There is no edit or add screen for this functionality currently.  The only way to insert and/or update records is via the import and export.  Based on demand, we may in the future add an edit/add screen for this functionality.
  • The quantity in stock will be updated based on your stores inventory settings just like it is done for all other inventory quantity in stock.