Recent Software Developments

Listed below are some of the key enhancements that have been added to axis vMerchant.

Canonical Tags added to Template Sites

Release Date: 03/04/2018

All template-based axis vMerchant websites now automatically include Canonical Tags on the following pages:

Canonical Tags are a benefit in Search Engine Optimisation since they tell the search engine what the true address of the web page should be and so prevent the appearance of duplicate content. This can otherwise occur when, for example, a stock item or eBusiness Group's description is changed and the previous address is held within the search engine's index.

For more information:

https://www.axisfirst.co.uk/web/advice/canonical-tags-explained/article/115075

All-New Checkout

Release Date: 24/01/2018

After extensive research into the current leading trends for providing a simple, pain-free checkout experience, we are pleased to launch a completely revised checkout.

This checkout can be enabled on any template-based website and can be reverse-engineered into existing bespoke websites. All new bespoke websites built by axisfirst will now, unless otherwise requested, use this new checkout.

A simple and straightforward process reduces lost orders due to abandoned checkouts and helps eliminate errors (such as incorrect delivery options).

Within the Shopping Basket view, the delivery selection is now optional - the user can select their delivery if they wish to see the full cost of their order but can proceed directly to the checkout:

The user is asked to enter their email address - if they have previously created an account but have forgotten, they are able to continue without logging in.

 

They are then taken to a simple checkout page:

This features the same Order Summary block on the right-hand side as the Shopping Basket page and is always in view. The overall layout of the page has been improved to guide the user through the checkout process.

This page allows the customer to specify their billing address and an optional different delivery address. Once an address has been specified, the delivery options that are valid for that address are displayed. 

This ensures that the user can only select valid delivery options - if they change the delivery address, the options will change accordingly:

This checkout has been incorporated into our EGPL demonstration website - please feel free to try it for yourself!

Easy configuration of Stock Availability Text

Release Date: 04/08/2017

We have now added greater flexibility to the stock availability messages displayed on axis vMerchant websites.

You are now able to specify the messages displayed for no stock, low stock and out of stock and, in each case, the message can contain the current stock availability figure and/or the lead time.

These text messages are configured on the Stock Parameters tab within the axis diplomat function "Maintain Sites" and recognise the text substitutions {LeadTime} and {StockOnHand}:

Using a development released as part of axis diplomat 2016, the lead time can be a fixed number across your entire site or derived from information on the particular stock item - the default delivery to customer field, the delivery lead time or a combination of the two.

Sales Rep's Login to axis vMerchant websites

Release Date: 08/06/2017

axis vMerchant has been extended to allow you to create website accounts for your own staff (typically those in Sales or Customer Services) which allow them to login to the website and then switch to any of the other accounts that they look after.

The customers are identified within axis diplomat by order source code and the functionality is available to anyone using the axis diplomat Agents Commission module.

For those with template-based websites. the functionality is automatically enabled as soon as the data is configured; for bespoke websites, the functionality can, in most cases, be added very easily.

For more information:

https://www.axisfirst.co.uk/documentation/Managing-Internal-Logins-for-Sales-Reps/articles/15388

Self-Registration Trade Accounts

Release Date: 31/05/2017

axis vMerchant has been extended to allow self-registration on B2B websites.

Traditionally, due to the sensitive nature of special trade pricing and/or the ability to buy on account, access to a website for trade accounts needed to be first enabled for specific customers within the axis diplomat system.

With recent developments to axis vMerchant, this can now change - trade customers can register for themselves by supplying their customer account reference and either an email address that matches an existing contact on that account or the correct postcode for that account.

This means that you do not need to have current valid email addresses for all of your existing trade customers before they can start using your B2B website.

To take advantage of this development, you will just need some minor design changes to your login and registration pages.

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