OroCommerce : new release 4.2 LTS version

OroCommerce is, according to us, the ideal tool for carrying out ambitious and operational B2B e-commerce projects thanks to a stable and scalable platform. After a rewarding year 2020 full of development, OroCommerce begins this new calendar year by presenting the 4.2 LTS version. Available since the end of January, you will find below all the information relating to the new features that are emerging.

4.2 LTS: new features at several levels

OroCommerce will add a number of new features, emerging for different purposes and for specific uses.

We have listed them for you in 3 main categories :

1- Improvement of the user experience :

The version 4.2 LTS is mainly focused on improving the user experience. The goal is to make it easier for customers to find what they are looking for.

  • Faster navigation.
  • User experience optimization: it is now possible to configure multiple items in shopping carts, quotes, orders and checkout process.
  • More precise targeting of filters by category (sort order, type and sidebar / top position).
  • Ready-made templates for brand pages and brand navigation.

2- Front-End improvement :

  • Optimization of navigation performance.
  • Additional controls on search relevance, thus improving the search results of the  products / attributes.
  • Improved shopping carts : a tree structure is now available, grouping products by configurable.
  • Implementation of stylebooks (improvement of the interface) directly in Oro. 

This link allows you to access a documentation on stylebook.

3- Improvement of the Back-End / new configurations:

Many improvements have been made to the Back-End, where the API now has more resources, allowing easier application testing for developers. We can also find these novelties:

  • Extensive coverage of out-of-the-box data imports (to ensure product data import via flat files without going through API or user interface).
  • Conversion of the search autocomplete extension to an out-of-the-box feature (Search autocomplete).
  • Export / import of visibility settings for products and categories.
  • Available preview of product visibility via a “preview” button.
  • Special permission on the CMS edition.
  • HTML cleaning.
  • Possibility for Back-Office users to connect as a client user on the Front-Office.

Learn more

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about the new 4.2 LTS OroCommerce version, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are entirely at your disposal and we will be happy to talk with you furthermore.

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Punch Out

What is it ? 

Punch Out is an intercommunication system between a company’s computer applications and its suppliers. 

It refers to the connection between the purchasing department and their suppliers’ web solutions. For example, this allows companies to directly access the site of their suppliers, where their negotiated contractual conditions apply (price, shipping costs, etc.), and to transfer purchase requests in their own validation environment (SRM or ERP).

Punch Out, the link between your OroCommerce and an ERP / SRM

With this system, your customers’ purchasing departments have access to your entire product catalog, with prices at their negotiated conditions. Buyers fill their shopping list as they would usually do on a regular webshop.

Once validated on your webshop, the shopping list is automatically transferred to your customer’s ERP or SRM, where all the management and accounting validation processes are already settled. All information relating to the articles is kept (description, unit price, dimension, etc.). On his side, the buyer can submit his shopping list to his management before validation. Once the list is validated, the order is automatically transferred by EDI to the merchant’s ERP.

OroCommerce remains the ideal B2B e-commerce solution, due to its many characteristics specific to business to business markets and its flexibility. The Punch Out system can easily be integrated and added to your OroCommerce eco-system. The communication between your e-commerce platform and the SRM / ERP of your customers will be fluid and secure.

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Thus, your product catalog is part of a dynamic catalog, available to your customers. Regularly updated in real time on OroCommerce, this system improves efficiency and saves the precious time of purchasing departments and sales teams.

A versatile system, a key resource

Is the Punch Out system suitable for my clients’ ERP / SRMs? There are many management software packages, however Punch Out has the advantage of being compatible with a large number of solutions. Indeed, the system is compatible and operational with SRM and ERP of the OCI and CXML type, thus covering the vast majority of management solutions used by your customers.

In addition, thanks to the flexibility offered by OroCommerce, it is possible to configure several Punch Outs on the same webshop. For example, we can imagine a webshop exclusively intended for your B2B sales, in which you will have the possibility to hide certain products from certain customers and to apply a specific and different pricing for their sales teams.

Punch Out, the Kiboko experience

Recently, Kiboko had the opportunity to implement a Punch Out system for one of its clients. The client company had a large number of subsidiaries. Each of them had their own ERP. A problem common to many large international groups, the global management system is not unified. Here, in the event that the customer does not want the development of workflow, the implementation of Punch Out made it possible to very quickly connect the ERPs of the subsidiaries of the parent company, without specific development.

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As part of customer demand, we have worked on ERPs such as Oracle PeopleSoft and SAP SRM. Note that it is also very easy to work with other types of SRM and ERP, the Punch Out can be easily adapted with a large number of identical solutions.

With this experience, Kiboko is able to ensure the integration of a punch out quickly and efficiently. This system will provide you with a number of advantages for buyer and seller.

Learn more

Are you interested in Punch Out? Have a few questions? We are fully attentive to your requests and your issues, do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to discuss your ideas.

Kiboko is able to support you in the digital transformation of your business. We also have the ability to implement software for B2B management of sales, logistics, customer care and business intelligence.

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Oro 3.0 Beta is available !

Oro just announced a new version numbering, with a transition to version 3.0 for their versions under development. This change includes OroPlatform, OroCRM and OroCommerce which will not have any version 2.

Next Version 3.0 will come in 3 steps :

  • A Beta version that has already been published this days
  • A Release Candidate version which will be released in 2 months
  • A stable LTS version which will be released next summer

Symfony update

Oro takes advantage of this new major version of its 3.0 products branch to update the framework on which the 3 softwares are built on. Symfony framework will be updated to the version 3.4 LTS. This update will insure you long term maintenance from the framework editor, for application security by the end of 2020. A guarantee of stability for your shops and CRM.

This new version of the framework will also help you gain some more performances, for more fluid sites and therefore being uprated by search engines. It also contains functional improvements such as Symfony Flex, which will probably in a few months replace the third party bundles automatic loading method specific to OroPlatform.

OroPlatform, OroCRM and OroCommerce 3.0 LTS

Next summer, Oro will update all its products in version 3.0 with performance, security and long term maintenance improvements. Transition of all products directly in a common version 3.0 numbering will ease upgrades. Therefore, during a version upgrade, the version to be used for all Oro bundles will be the same, there will be no compatibility version mapping to take into account.

Those LTS versions (Long Term Support) are expected respectively for next May and July.

Oro 3.0 Beta and 3.0 RC

Versions 3.0 Beta and 3.0 RC (Release Candidate) are not intended to be maintained over the long term, nor to be corrected.

To know more about Oro products, feel free to contact us.

Oro Commerce 1.6 LTS arrived

Oro announced the release of OroCommerce 1.6 LTS (Long Term Support).

In this version, Oro team updated the application with a lot of new features and improvements. One of the main innovations is the new order form via matrix for configurable products. Oro also extended expedition methods with the implementation of FedEx, one of the most popular delivery service providers of the world. Some other improvements includes price attributes of API and a faster loading of WebStore pages.

Here are all the improvements made to OroCommerce 1.6 :

Order forms with matrix for configurable products

Order form with improved matrix allows buyers to order easily products with several configurable attributes (for exemple, unformes available in various colors and sizes). Thanks to this new order form interface with matrix, all variants are displayed simustaneously in one screen, wich simplified order process. OroCommerce sellers can choose between an order form with matrix or its variant in a pop-up.

Variations of configurable products selected at checkout

To streamline and accelerate the buying process and improve client experience, Oro added a new functionnality to the form with matrix. It’s now possible to add a product without specifying quantities or product variations. This option allows clients to choose instantly products they are interested in and to give desired identifiers at the checkout. Those products are displayed on the payment page as changeable empty matrix.

Visibility of configurable product variants

With the new available settings for configurable product variants, sellers can now hide all single variants for configurable product on the front. It will help them to keep their product catalog cleaner and without clones of single product variants that can be displayed on several pages of the catalog. Using this option, you only manage simple variants without affecting the way “regular” products are displayed on your webstore.

Integration of the FedEx delivery mode

Oro extended existing delivery methods in adding a support for FedEx. Buyers can be informed about delivery estimates for this services at the checkout. Integration allowed all regular delivery services of FedEx. Every client can see several services depending on shipment size, weight and delivery adress.

Import and export of attributes data

Product price data, as basic price, cost, MSRP (suggested retail price) or MAP (minimum advertised price), can now be exported from the page “Price Attribute” in the administration. All exported CSV files have a unique SKU combinaison, price attribute, unit and currencie. Files to import will give those data.

Outline of research system

Oro improved system outline research fonction. New functionnalities are :

  • Research includes now configuration of text fields (as e-mail signatures) for a larger cover.
  • Because of the Fuse.js based blurring research configuration, results can easily be found even if a research combination is misspelled or partially provided.
  • Research interface has been improved to assure a better user experience.

Notifications by email

It’s now possible to configure notification rules and to send notifications by e-mail using e-mail addresses specified in entity fields called e-mails.

For example, you can configure automated emails “Thank you for your interest” and answer to someone asking to be contacted (using the e-mail given in the form).

Other improvements

  • OroCommerce interface is now optimized for iPhone X.
  • `schema.org` meta tags for products and product informations  are now available on all catalog pages, wich allowed search engine to better handle the catalog content.
  • The product editing page in the administration panel loads asynchronously to assure a faster loadind of pages.
  • Home page and product lists are now available in the “blank” theme to improve front customization.
  • Order’s API includes now promotions and discounts.
  • Event organizers are now displayed in the event calendar.
  • To reinforce e-mails security without jeopardizing e-mails functionnalities and performances, e-mail headers and bodies contain only secure tags.
  • To improve performances security, Websocket server subscription now requires a “token” based authorization.
  • Every export of the grid now includes the ID column.
  • We migrated to PHP 7.1 and can not stand PHP 7.0 anymore.

To know more about OroCommerce, feel free to contact us.

Source : https://oroinc.com/orocommerce/blog/new-release-orocommerce-1.6-lts-arrived