Store Locator ver. 1.1 – Only Effective Locating of Your Stores

December 18th, 2014 No comments

Customers will certainly appreciate any improvement of the shopping process and return you their gratitude in increased sales and the loyalty.

The Store Locator Magento extensionThe Store Locator extension from our partners is one of those necessary tools, which makes the visit to your store comfortable and pleasant. The module allows visitors to automatically search your nearest physical stores and outlets and get an initial information about these units, including their precise location, transport availability, or building photos for easy orientation.

Despite this extension is comparatively new, our customers highly evaluate its functionality. So, we continue to broaden and deepen it and today are ready to offer you the next version of the module, more efficient and user-friendly.

New Features

Compared to its precursors, the Store locator ver. 1.1 extension has three new features.

Stores within a Certain Radius from the Users’ Location
The new functionality allows customers to locate stores within a determined area around their place of residence.

For the purpose, customers define their location on the Store Locations page and choose the search radius around it, or they can search the nearest stores by an address using Country, State/Province, City, and Zip Code options.

Search by Distance

Search by Distance

The configuration of this option is carried out in the Search Configuration section in the backend. You can specify the radius in kilometers or miles, define the default radius value and affordable radius intervals.

Store Locations Import/Export via CSV (XML)
An initial launch of the extension can be a bit time consuming, when you need to add a large amount of data containing numerous physical stores to you Magento.

Now this obstacle is removed by the newly introduced feature – Store Locations Import/Export. It allows you to upload (download, if necessary) a large number of stores to your Magento installation automatically. This way, the installation and initial extension setting take much less time and efforts.

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    Personal Pickup – A New Extension for Multichannel Sellers

    December 17th, 2014 No comments

    Personal product pickups are widely known and common in the omni-channel sales strategy. Many famous brands, including Apple, Staples, BestBuy, etc., provide their customers with the opportunity to take their purchases in stores or other alternative delivery locations by themselves.

    This shipping option has several benefits as it allows customers to save time and money on shipping, get an in-store help and consultations, etc.

    In this post we’d like to introduce you the Personal Pickup module enabling self-service deliveries of products.

    Main Functionality

    The Personal Pickup Magento extensionThe Personal Pickup extension from our partners allows you to create a new shipping method called “Pickup in Store” and let customers take their goods independently. Choosing this shipping option at the checkout customers are able to find and select the nearest location, where they would like to pick up the order.

    The module creates an unlimited number of pickup locations, which can be shown to all or only specific customers based on their country or postal codes.

    This module is perfect for customers, as they can reduce or eliminate shipping costs, while merchants provide an exceptional service and win the competition with this Magento extension.

    “Pickup in Store” Shipping Method

    “Pickup in Store” Shipping Method

    Features

    Pickup Locations Payment Methods
    The module provides customers with an opportunity to make payments for goods directly in the store, where they pick up the order. For this purpose, you should just enable “Cash on Delivery” (default Magento payment method) for the “Store Pickup” shipping method.

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      Z-Blocks Update: Yet More Functionality and Usability + AJAX

      December 12th, 2014 No comments

      Precisely targeted promotional banners, unique design and appearance of the store, valuable notes for customers, scheduled advertising campaigns, awesome security seals, useful recommendations, individual reward banners, and whatever you just can imagine – all this you can embody using the Z-Blocks extension.

      Z-Blocks 2.5.0

      The whole list of available features and settings of this extension is fairly long, but striving to make Z-Blocks just great we added yet some improvements to its functionality. Hope, you will like and appreciate the new features of the recent update.

      New Features

      Rotate the Z-Blocks Content Using AJAX
      The AJAX functionality usage allows you to display z-blocks without page reloads. In particular, the new feature enables you to display content items in sliders.

      If you choose “Display All” in the “Display Items” dropdown selector, then the “Representation” field appears just below. This field has two options – “Slider” and “Display all items of the block”. If the “Slider” option is enabled, you are able to appoint the rotation interval of the slider in the newly appeared text field.

      Content Items Display Settings

      Content Items Display Settings

      Target Blocks to Certain Referral Visitors
      Since the last update there is an opportunity to specify a new z-blocks condition for referral traffic targeting. This option appears in the Audience tab and enables z-blocks for only referral visitors coming from specifiс URLs or domains. For example, you can display certain information for visitors from social networks or those who come from competitor’s sites.

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        One More Great Extension in Our Portfolio: GeoIP Redirect

        December 10th, 2014 No comments

        The ultimate goal of any online store is a simple, fast, smooth shopping process, and great customers’ experience, as a result.

        A lot of tiny and significant improvements of web store functionality aim to bring customers to the checkout and order completion naturally.

        However, things change when you sell to not only the local community of your town or, perhaps, national customers, but to international visitors, as well. In this case, multiple obstacles appear, from the language and currency to cultural differences, which are able to negate all your seemingly successful initiatives.

        Note: 13% of customers abandon their carts because of the prices presented in foreign currencies. Source: Statista.

        The GeoIP Redirect Magento extensionBut, the automatic Geo IP localization functionality is able to put dedicated Magento store views in front of you customers right away. The whole process is absolutely invisible for your customers, and it seems that they do not even leave their national internet area, and the store owner is, perhaps, their close neighbor.

        So, if you sell products to several customer groups originating from different locations, you need a small still highly valuable Magento extension from our partners – GeoIP Redirect.

        Configuration

        The configuration of the extension is simple and intuitive.

        general-settings cutted

        Geo IP Extension Configuration

        Main Functionality

        Using the Geo IP Localization functionality the module automatically sends visitors to proper stores based on their country origin. Magento admins are able to specify one or several countries for any store view depending on the country similarities or other particular reasons.

        Store Views Countries Selection

        Store Views Countries Selection

        The module contains a free version of the MaxiMind GeoIP data file. But if you need more precise geo targeting, you can purchase the Maximid GeoIP subscription package and replace the included free data file with the last one. Or you can specify the new file location in the provided Database path field.

        Features

        Automatically Displays the National Currency
        This feature allows you to assign necessary currencies to certain countries.

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          Meet Magento Italy 2015 + MUC Mage Unconference 2015 Announcements

          December 5th, 2014 2 comments

          Meet Magento Italy 2015

          Communications is at the heart of e-commerce and community.
          - Meg Whitman, President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard

          Magento pays much attention to its customers and the entire community. In their turn, true Magento enthusiasts and fans do their best to spread the word about the platform everywhere they feel it can be useful and positively received by online merchants, web agencies, developers, etc.

          Meet Magento Italy 2015

          The Italian ecommerce market is one of those priority locations for Magento, which has a solid commercial background and developed culture of purchasing products online. These two reasons and the passion of Meet Magento made the first edition of Meet Magento Italy a great success and real breakthrough.

          Thomas FleckThomas Fleck at Meet Magento Italy 2014: Italy is a very important market for Magento. We see the growth (of the market) in all areas. And when I come here and see the full room of people waiting for the latest news from Mageno, it proves me right that Italy is a very important market”.

          Ecommerce in Italy
          According to PayVision, the internet penetration in Italy assumed about 60%, while the country’s population is about 61 million people, among which about 13 million are online shoppers.

          Italy is the most growing ecommerce market in Western Europe, which made more than 11 billion euros in 2013, according to Eropean B2C E-commerce Report 2014. This is the second position among the countries of South Europe, closely behind Spain. The share of Italy in the European b2c ecommerce market amounts 3.1%.

          Mobile commerce is booming in Italy and increased by 37% to 694.4 million euros in terms of turnover in 2013, according Eropean B2C E-commerce Report 2014.

          So, we have a strong reason to believe that Meet Magento Italy 2015 has all chances of success and is able to become a terrific local Magento event in Italy.

          Agenda
          The conference incorporates two eventful days dedicated to new ecommerce trends, platform’s technical facilities, use case studies, etc. As usually, it will be a great chance for entrepreneurs to contact each other and international ecommerce experts, establish new business connections and get more useful knowledge.

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            Piotr Kaminski: “We Try to Focus on Core eCommerce Functionality”

            December 3rd, 2014 No comments

            Editor’s note: The recent updates of the Enterprise and Community Magento Editions brought customers a lot of new great features and enhancements. In this connection, we asked Piort Kaminski, Magento Senior Product Manager, about the current strategy of the Magento EE development and plans for the future.

            Interview


            Piotr KaminskiPIOTR KAMINSKI

            SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER, MAGENTO

            Piotr has 12+ years of experience with e-commerce solutions.
            Throughout his career Piotr participated in every part of eCommerce implementation process (scoping, development, QA, deployment, SEO, project management, migration, integration, sales). He has a vast experience in web and mobile based e-commerce solutions.
            Currently he is responsible for Magento 1.x Community and Enterprise editions.


            aW: Magento EE is already an extremely powerful e-commerce platform, but you still continue to improve its functionality and performance. Tell us please, is it difficult to look for new valuable features for Magento and what is the main source of your innovation ideas?

            Piotr: eCommerce is limitless. Every merchant is different and has unique needs, and you can see from over 6000 Magento Connect extensions that there are many things you can change in Magento. However, when Magento weighs adding new features, we try to focus on core eCommerce functionality that is a shared need across a large group of merchants or a clear gap in functionality. We look at the market, merchant needs, developer needs, and internal sources to prioritize what we add to the product.

            aW: The competition among e-commerce platforms is fierce nowadays. Do you accept any competitors’ findings sometimes or does Magento pave its own unique way in development?

            Magento is unique as it covers both, small stores and really large ones.

            Piotr: Magento is pretty unique as it covers a very large segment of the market from small stores to really large ones. We try to find our own way based on the needs of our merchants and the community.

            aW: In your opinion, what functionality improvements are more competitive today, frontend features for customers or backend refinements for Magento admins?

            Piotr: Both are critical. We need to continue to empower merchants with tools to create compelling shopping experiences that differentiate them from competitors. But, we also need to invest in Admin enhancements to help improve merchant operations and productivity, so that they can cost-effectively and efficiently manage their sites.

            aW: What made you choose these particular features for the current Magento EE update? They do not seem to concentrate on any particular functionality while improve a wide range of the platform’s performance.

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              New Extension in Our Portfolio: Multi-Warehouse Management

              November 27th, 2014 1 comment

              The larger business you have, the more sophisticated ecommerce solution you need to manage multiple commercial operations and correspond to various market conditions.

              Those merchants who deliver products from multiple locations are not able to find any appropriate and sufficient management system in Magento by default.

              The Multi-Warehouse Management Magento extensionMain Functionality

              The Multi-Warehouse Management extension from our partners fills this gap and provides Magento merchants with the required functionality. The module introduces a new entity – Magento warehouses, and allows you to arrange shipments of orders containing products, which originate from different locations.

              This functionality is advantageous for both, customers and merchants. The extension differentiates shipping costs of multiple warehouses and charges them separately depending on the location, instead of using an average rate. This results in lower shipping costs for customers and higher competitiveness for merchants.

              Note: 44% of customers abandon their carts due to unexpectedly high shipping costs. Source: North American Technographics.

              The module automatically splits order items into several compositions owned by particular warehouses and, thus, saves much time and eliminates human mistakes during the shipping. Customers don’t know the locations their items come from, but simply check out, as it should normally be.

              Configuration

              The configuration of the extension is provided as an additional shipping method in the Configuration panel. The Warehouse Shipping section allows Magento admins to enable the extension, provide its title and determine the handling fee calculation method.

              Note: You should disable all previously used shipping methods before the extension configuration.

              The initial configuration requires at least one created warehouse to be added to the Default Warehouse field. Otherwise, the “Select Default Warehouse” option from the drop-down list can be selected.

              The “Shipping Methods for Warehouse” configuration option allows Magento admins to select all Magento shipping methods they actually use.

              The “Ship to applicable countries” option should be set to “All Countries”, what disables the “Ship to Specific countries option.

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