Web to Print: Kitting

Kitting in the CommerceTools word is an important tool, especially while selling.  Kitting is grouping several different products to create one product option.  Most people know about kitting, but if you haven’t gotten it setup, we can help you get started!  If you are familiar with kitting, but would like like to freshen up on what is available or need some questions answered, we can help you with that too!

Case Question:
Are kits/kitting supported in CommerceTools?  If so, can you briefly explain the kit functionality so I can tell if it will accommodate my customer’s needs?

Kits can be great tool in the sales cycle or to spice up the product offering for existing clients on CommerceTools.  The kit functionality supports basic/static type scenarios as the end user is not able to modify the products or their quantity in the kit.  Adding the dynamic kit functionality is on the roadmap as a phase 2 of the overall kit project.

To find out more about subscribing to the kit performance option or to check it out on the CommerceTools Demo environment, drop us a line at info@four51.com or submit a case.

Creating a kit on CommerceTools is very similar to creating a static product.  There are various differences like selecting which variable/static products to include as kit items, setting inventory to track at the kit and/or kit item level, and selecting if pricing will be displayed as an overall kit price or the sum of the kit items.  Click Here to read the Knowledgebase article creating kits.

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The kit will appear as a single line item during the checkout process for an end user and in the emails.  When an order is received on the administrative interface, the kit items will be visible and can be sourced to the same or different suppliers.  **This is a great way to handle sourcing each aspect (embroidery, material, etc) of a job like a hat or shirt to different suppliers on CommerceTools.

In regards to kits in the Order Request XML document, the productType will be set to ‘Kit’, and there will be a new extrinsic element named ‘parentKitLineItemID’ that references the lineitemID of the line item containing the kit’s parent product.  Click Here to check out the Knowledgbase article on the Order Request XML document.

Four51 Web to Print: Product Pricing

This week’s post is all about product pricing.  Instead of creating many individual items, read on with Ski Dog and Headphones to figure out how to use variable specs and apply price mark-ups to any special items you may have.

Case Question:
I recently sold a new fulfillment program for corporate branded apparel and I am not sure how to configure my products.  I have shirts that come in four different colors and five different sizes. Each shirt has its own inventory and I need to charge more for the larger sizes.  Do I need to set each one up as an individual item or is there a way to create just one item for each style of shirt?  Four51 Variable Spec (tshirt)
Ski Dog:
Good news! You do not need to create individual products for each style of shirt.  Instead, you can create one item and use variable spec selections to have the user pick the color and size combination.  These options can either be displayed as dropdowns or radio buttons.   Also, when creating your spec values you can apply price mark-ups to the options that you need to charge more.

In addition, you may also set inventory levels for each color/size combination and you can display different images as the user makes their selections.  In order to this you will first need to generate variants based on the selection specs.  This is a simple process, all you need to do is determine which combinations you need to use and the application will create the variants for you.  Each variant will automatically be assigned a variant ID.  Once the variants are generated you will be able to: modify the variant ID, add an interop id, add an image specific to the variant, and set an inventory level for each variant.

FanTools Plan for your Business

We’ve made FanTools easier to user and even smarter at marketing your business on social media.

Next time you log into FanTools, you’ll notice the updated dashboard with the new Plan tab.  You can now create a social media marketing Plan to compliment your business’ objectives by choosing and modifying a Plan that is the perfect fit for you.

The Plan is designed to allow you to pick what kinds of social media activities you want, when you want them posted, and how often.  After browsing our Plan Library and finding the right plan for your business, just click “Add to my Current Plan”.

Dig around, and you’ll see how we’ve changed the look and feel and improved the navigation to make it even more easy to use.

Still haven’t gotten started?  That is okay!!  Get started today for FREE and you’ll be guided through a seamless setup process that only takes minutes!

Have any questions?  Please feel free to leave a comment.

Start Selling Millennials With Your Job Description

Last week Jennifer King, HR Analyst for www.SoftwareAdvice.com, interviewed Ryan Ruud, Four51 Director of Marketing, for an article about “Six Ways to Sell a Millennial With Your Job Description.”

Here’s a short excerpt from her blog post:

While some managers and recruiters are fed up with some of the stereotypical behaviors of Generation Y, this group is predicted to make up nearly 75% of the world’s workforce by 2025, according to the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation. The best of them will be in high demand, and companies can start using the job description to court them.

In her blog post, Jennifer writes about six ways employers should tweak job descriptions to attract Gen Y talent:

1. Tell them why they should want to work for you.
2. Tell them why the position matters to the company.
3. Talk about what the job could do for them.
4. Tell them about your creative benefits.
5. Tell them about your vision for the position.
6. Tell your company story, quickly.

Read Jennifer’s full post on her HR blog: http://blog.softwareadvice.com/articles/hr/millennial-with-your-job-description-041712/

Implementing QR Codes

QR Codes aren’t new anymore, but they are certainly a great way to get particular information across or guide people to a certain image or webpage.  This is why CommerceTools has created the ability within our system to create and upload QR Codes to templates.  Try scanning this one with your QR Code reader on your smart device now!


CommerceTools QR Code

Case Question: I have a new customer that would like us to put a QR Code on the back of their business cards.  Do I have the ability to do this with CommerceTools?

Absolutely! With the Pageflex QR Code plugin, customers are now actively creating QR Codes for a number of products, including business cards that contain vCard or meCard information.  To download the required Pageflex Plugin, follow this link.

A little history for you… A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside of the industry due to its fast readability and comparatively large storage capacity. Created by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994 to track vehicles during the manufacturing process, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes.

Tell us!  Have you ever scanned QR Codes before?  Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!

CommerceTools Web to Print Approval Rules

Asking for permission is something we are all taught at the youngest age possible… but it is also something you don’t necessarily grow out of.  Certainly it changes, and it probably changes a lot, (at least I hope so).  There are many times in business where you need approval from a superior or sometimes even a subordinate.  It is a way to double check our work and keep people accountable.  Its also a way to ensure we… well, to say it straight, don’t screw stuff up!  When using CommerceTools, companies run into many scenarios that require approval rules.  It helps them create processes that are near flawless.  We’ve taken that seriously and built our application in a way that allows for approval rules to be setup.  Read this common case question below to learn how to set up your own approval rules!Web to Print Approval Rules Continue reading

Customer Logon Continued

Last week we talked about the single sign-on work flow, and Four51’s take on it – Auto Profile Logon (APL). Headphones said that there was way too much information to convey in one sitting, so here he is with a follow-up…

Ah, yes. Way too much to convey in one sitting – so here we are sitting again. Thinking about ways to get users from one system into another system. Continue reading

FanTools Known Issues

The FanTools team is always working to resolve any issues the come up with the application.  Listed below are the current issues that we are aware of and actively working on to resolve as soon as possible. Also listed below are the issues we have recently resolved.  If you are experiencing any problems other than what is listed below, please visit our Support Center.

Current Known Issues (as of 4/13/2012)

  • Some Facebook users are unable to get past FanGates for deals. This is caused by a Facebook bug, but we are currently researching a way we can avoid this issue.
  • FanTools admin users are unable to view Results for certain offers that have an indefinite publish duration.
  • Forgot Password workflow results in an error when the user enters their new password and submits the form.

Recently Resolved Issues

  • Admin user was unable to create new content off of an event on the calendar. This was resolved on 4/9/2012.
  • Facebook events that were set up to recur were displaying with an indefinite publish duration on the calendar. This was resolved on 4/9/12 to display these event types as instantaneous events with no duration.
  • Coupons created during Getting Started were displaying a valid end date with the year 2099. This was resolved on 4/11/2012.