November 21st, 2014

Paypal Debit Card Has Unbeatable Features

Category:E-Commerce | Posted By Mai Erne on November 21st, 2014

Paypal debit card

Paypal debit card offers some incredible features for both the consumer and the business owner. As a Mastercard company, the options and locations the card can be used is almost limitless. Paypal debit card can stay in your wallet while you make your purchase on your phone. There are no fees while using the Paypal debit card in the US. There are minimal fees internationally.

For any unauthorized purchase, the Paypal debit card has a zero liability policy. Instead of only getting particle money back, you will get all of it back. There is no annual fee and you can withdrawal money from any ATM. The debit card also offers a 1% cash back on certain items. There is a complete list of the items on the Paypal website.

Paypal Debit Card Benefits with the Application

The Paypal debit card is an easy to use on the Paypal application, downloadable for both Apple and Android users. The application has is partnered with many banks, so the consumer can add and store their cards in one convent location on the Paypal application.

Once you download the application, is a simple two step process. First, you plug in your email addressing and password combination. Second, you find the business location and purchase. It’s secure, so there is a constant reassurance that you are protected.

You can buy online, in store or on your way to the store. If you pre-order, you can skip the line and automatically get your purchase as soon as you walk in.

Sharing and sending money is also easy and free within the US. Internationally, the fee is between .5% and 2% per transfer. You can even send reminders to your family and friends for helping with different jobs.

Paypal Debit Card Business Benefits

Businesses pay the fees for consumers to use the Paypal debt card. However, the rate is rather low. Businesses pay, at most 2.9% per transactions. Having the partnership with Paypal creates more customers and more sales. The fee seems minimal when sales start to rise.

November 20th, 2014

Magento Bluecherry ERP Integration: What It Means for Your Business

Category:Hara Partners | Posted By Mai Erne on November 20th, 2014

bluecherry erp

BlueCherry Suite is an apparel software solution used to streamline operations, reduce costs, and effectively integrate supply chains. Commonly used by retailers in the apparel industry with both b2c and b2b components, BlueCherry includes a comprehensive suite of integrated solutions, such as ERP, PLM, BI, and EDI capabilities.

The Magento BlueCherry Connector is able to connect both Magento and BlueCherry ERP seamlessly together in real time. 

  • Inventory Inquiry/Advice – Document 846 communicates inventory levels from BlueCherry to Magento; ensuring that Blue Cherry is the Inventory Master
  • Product Price Sales Catalog – Document 832 can be used to add products from BlueCherry to Magento. Additional information may need to be added to Magento, which is provided through our streamlined product import
  • Purchase Orders – Document 850 are used to pass orders from Magento to Blue Cherry including shipping, tax, and discount details as separate line items
  • Shipping Notice/Manifest – Document 856 is passed from Blue Cherry to Magento after fulfillment
  • Return Merchandise Authorization and Notification – Document 180 handles returns and provides full visibility for the customer through Magento

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All transactions are fully accounted for and visible in both systems. This allows for the greatest flexibility and reliability. The BlueCherry Magento module leverages the EDI standard. This basically means that Magento can be connected to BlueCherry ERP just like you would add any other EDI player.

The Magento BlueCherry integration is largely standardized through the EDI format prescribed. However business logic can vary and can take different payment methods, payment terms, fulfillment times etc. etc. Our team will be able to review with you all your requirements and help you model your business flow with the BlueCherry Magento Module. All-in-all you could be up and running in less than one weeks time, run some intensive tests and be off to the races with one of the most seamless Magento ERP integrations on the market.

If you think the Magento BlueCherry Connector is the right solution for your business, please check out our Magento BlueCherry Connector page, and give us a call.

November 19th, 2014

Groupon Launches New Travel App, Getaways

Category:News | Posted By Mai Erne on November 19th, 2014

GrouponGroupon has recently announced that they are releasing a new travel discovery app called Groupon Getaways, which will grant users access to more than 25,000 deals in destinations all around the world.

The Getaways team in Seattle is responsible for the app that has been in development for roughly a year. Groupon’s acquisition of European travel app Blink in September 2013 played a key role in its development, with Blink bringing in significant mobile and travel expertise to the company.

In addition to Getaways, Groupon’s Seattle hub also works on computational marketing and other parts of Groupon engineering.

“The teams in Seattle are contributing to the evolution of Groupon, and in turn helping to shape and grow our mobile e-commerce marketplace,” said Groupon spokesman Nicholas Halliwell, in an email.

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The app also features same-day bookings with mobile-only deals on hotels nearby with immediate availability.

Users of the Getaway app that pick hotels in destinations selected by Groupon get five percent of the price back in the company’s imaginatively titled reward points, Groupon Bucks.

When the company first added a presence in Seattle in August 2012 it had a few more than 20 employees at its offices at 505 Union Station. Groupon now occupies the second, third and sixth floors of the building with more than 200 employees.

“We’re looking to grow by about another 40 to 50 percent,” Halliwell said. “We’ve found Seattle to be a great market for us to locate and grow these important Groupon functions because of the depth of available engineering talent and the entrepreneurial culture of the city.”

Getaways lets you browse by theme and select to search for deals in a specific area on the map to see hotel offers within 30 miles. You’ll also get access to 60 percent off flash deals on hotels and holiday packages.

The app will be available for the iPhone and Android in the US and Canada.

November 18th, 2014

Amazon Payments: What Are the Key Benefits?

Category:E-Commerce | Posted By Mai Erne on November 18th, 2014

amazon paymentsWith Amazon Payments, hundreds of millions of Amazon customers can pay on your site with the information already stored in their Amazon accounts.

It’s fast, easy and secure and helps you add new customers, increase sales, and reduce fraud costs. Leverage the trust of Amazon to grow your business. 

  • Trusted by Customers. Make Amazon’s customers your customers with a simpler way to pay. Amazon buyers are highly satisfied with their payment experience on Amazon. Add Amazon Payments to your site and give them a familiar choice they already know and trust.
  • Increase sales. Capture sales you might otherwise miss from buyers who are reluctant to enter their credit card information. Increase buyer confidence and encourage new customers to buy on your site and return to buy again.
  • Proven Fraud Protection. Reduce your costs and protect your business with Amazon’s proven fraud detection. Protect your business with the same sophisticated fraud detection technology used by Amazon at no additional cost.
  • No add-on fees, period. Help lower the total cost of accepting payments for your business with low, volume-based pricing: 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction, or less. You know up front what you will pay because there are no hidden fees or add-ons for monthly use, setup, cancellation or unused authorizations.

Key Features of Checkout by Amazon

  • Shipping rates and Sales tax: Checkout by Amazon provides real-time shipping and sales tax calculation when customers place orders. It provides tools to easily configure the shipping and sales tax rates.
  • Promotions: Checkout by Amazon provides tools to create and offer customized promotions to your customers.
  • Order management: Checkout by Amazon provides tools to view, edit, settle, and cancel orders, search orders by date, download orders in a text file, and print shipping labels and packing slips.
  • Co-branded payment pages: You can co-brand the checkout pipeline hosted by Amazon Payments with your own logo.

Key Benefits For Your Customers

  • Convenience: Customers can use the information in their Amazon.com account to complete purchases on your website without having to re-enter their shipping address or payment information. Customers can also place orders instantly using Amazon’s patented 1-Click feature.
  • Trusted checkout experience: The secure and familiar checkout experience customers enjoy at Amazon.com is now available on your website.
  • Purchase protection for your customers: Your customers will feel more confident buying from your site knowing that they have the same protection under the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee that they have when they shop on Amazon.com.

November 17th, 2014

Enabling Your Products to Be Listed on Google Shopping

Category:Marketing | Posted By Mai Erne on November 17th, 2014

To list your products on Google Shopping you must have both a Google Merchant Center account and an AdWords account. Note that our integration with Google Shopping only exports base products, not options. If you do need to list products and their options, take a look at these multichannel-listing apps.

Mapping Your Categories in Google Shopping

 

1. Go to Products › Product Categories.

2. Check the box to the left of the categories you would like to map, then click Choose an action ›Bulk Update Google Product CategoriesMapping a parent category does not automatically map its subcategories; they must be mapped individually.

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3. Choose the Google Shopping Category that best represents your store’s category.

4. Click Choose This Category.

5. Repeat this process for all of the categories that you wish to map.

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Enabling Your Products Individually

 

1. Go to Products › View Products, then click the name of the product you’d like to edit.

2. Click the Google Shopping tab.

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3. Select Enable Google Shopping, then select the appropriate category from the Category dropdown.

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4. Fill out the remaining information that is required for your product. Fields that are listed as (Optional) only indicate that the field is not required to list your products on your Bigcommerce store, however, they may be required in order to list with Google. See Google’s Summary of Attribute Requirements to determine what information is necessary for your products.

5. If your product is custom and doesn’t have a UPC or EAN, check Custom Item.

6. Save your changes.

Enabling Your Products In Bulk

 

1. Go to Products › Export Products.

2. Select the Bulk Edit template, leave Export to Microsoft Excel (CSV) selected, and click Continue.

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3. Click the Export my products to a CSV file link, then click the Download my Products file link and save the file to your hard drive.

4. Open your export file and navigate to the right-most columns where you will find column headers that begin with GPS. These are the columns that you will need to edit for your products to be enabled.

  • GPS Global Trade Item Number — A global trade number associated with this product. In North America, this will be the UPC. In Europe, this will be the EAN.
  • GPS Manufacturer Part Number — A manufacturer part number is used to reference and identify a product using a manufacturer specific naming convention other than GTIN.
  • GPS Gender — The gender of the customer the product is marketed to. This is required for all apparel items in feeds that target the US, UK, DE, FR, and JP.
  • GPS Age Group — The target age group for your product.
  • GPS Color — The color of your product.
  • GPS Size — Indicates the size of your product.
  • GPS Material — The material or fabric that your product is made out of.
  • GPS Pattern — The pattern or graphic print featured on your product.
  • GPS Item Group ID — All items that are color/material/pattern/size variants of the same product must have the same item group id. If you have a ‘Parent SKU’ that is shared by all variants of a product, you can provide that as the value for ‘item group id’.
  • GPS Category — The category (in your store) that you would like to have associated with your product.
  • GPS Enabled — Enable (Y) or Disable (N) your product from being exported in your Google Shopping Feed.

5. Add a Y to the GPS Enabled column, then enter all relevant information for your products into the GPS columns listed above.

6. Once you have completed your CSV file, save and re-import it into your store.

Creating a Data Feed in Google

 

1. Log in to your Google Merchant Center account.

2. From the menu on the left, select Data feeds, then click + Data Feed.

3. Select or enter the following settings.

  • Mode — Standard
  • Feed Type — Products
  • Target country — Select your country.
  • Content language — English
  • Feed name — Choose a descriptive name that helps you understand the content of the feed. The feed name does not need to match the name of the actual file you’re submitting.

4. Click Continue.

5. Select an Upload Method, then click Continue.

  • Automatic upload — Choose this method if you’d like to create a schedule for Google to automatically download the feed from your store and upload it to your account for you.
  • Regular Uploads by merchant — Choose this method if you’d like to manually download your feed file from your store, and manually upload it to your Google Merchant Center account.

Submitting Your Products to Google

AUTOMATIC UPLOAD

If you selected Automatic Upload above, follow these steps.

1. Enter a filename in the field labeled What is the name of the file you will upload?. Enter any filename ending in .xmlFor example, google_shopping_feed.xml.

2. Select a Fetch Frequency (how often Google should download your feed file), Fetch Time (the time of day Google should download your feed file), and your Timezone.

3. In your Bigcommerce control panel, go to Marketing › Google Shopping Feed.

4. Select your country from the Choose a Country drop-down.

5. Copy the feed file URL from the grey box at the bottom of the pop-up window.

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6. In your Google Merchant Center account, paste the copied URL into the Feed URL field, then click Save.

REGULAR UPLOADS BY MERCHANT

If you selected Regular Uploads by merchant above, follow these steps.

1. Enter a filename in the field labeled What is the name of the file you will upload?. Enter any filename ending in .xmlFor example, google_shopping_feed.xml.

2. In your Bigcommerce control panel, go to Marketing › Google Shopping Feed.

3. Select your country from the Choose a Country drop-down.

4. Click the Export my products to a Google feed file link.

5. Click the Download my Google Shopping Feed file link, and save the feed file to your hard drive.

6. In your Google Merchant Center account, select Manually upload a file now.

7. Click Select file, and select your previously downloaded feed file.

8. Click Save.