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  • Magento BlueCherry ERP Integration

    Hara Partners developed a streamlined Magento BlueCherry ERP Integration. BlueCherry is a comprehensive enterprise solution purpose built for the fashion and apparel marketplace which allows clients to manage their product lifecycles from concept to consumer. Created by soft-goods pioneer and industry leader CGS, Blue Cherry includes a vast list of functionalities including ERP, PLM, BI, and EDI capabilities in a comfortable “Microsoft Office-like environment”, and the software touts itself as having the lowest total cost of ownership in its class. The program also includes membership in the BlueCherry User Community for hive mind solutions and real-life experience.

    There are ample reasons for any Magento user in the soft-goods industry to make the move to the far more robust BlueCherry system. One benefit of using BlueCherry over the stock Magento interface is increased “speed to market”. Achieved chiefly via a mix of financial and communication planning apps soft-goods retailers will appreciate alleviating one of their major headaches: misforecasting stock orders.

    A second benefit of making the upgrade is distribution simplification. The supply chains of today stretch across continents so any delays or snags get magnified as they move through the process, BlueCherry integrates the warehouse directly into the supply chain thus streamlining the entire order-to-cash process.

    Moreover, the process of integrating Blue Cherry into your Magento store is quite painless. Using our Magento Bluecherry ERP Integration to export product, inventory, tracking and return management data from the BlueCherry interface into your Magento back-end and return requests and order information the other way.

    While the stock Magento interface is capable of handling the needs of those in the soft-goods industries, there comes a point in time at which the limitations of the program will start to negatively impact your company’s growth at that point it’s time to make the move to Blue Cherry.

    Read more about the Magento Bluecherry ERP Integration.

  • magento calculate sales tax

    Tax laws are complex, multilayered and often changing so keeping your Magento e-commerce website up-to-date yourself can be a real hassle, if not downright impossible. Instead, use SalesTax.com by CCH, the Magento sales tax solution offering from Magento Industry Partner SalesTax.com by CCH, the largest tax research and solution company in the world, to do all the work for you.

    SalesTax by CCH, formerly CorpSystem Sales Tax Online, is the cloud-based, world class Sales Tax & Rules Engine that runs in real-time to accurately make all your sales tax calculations. The program is easily integrated into your existing accounting software or ERP using the Software Development Kit, easily downloadable from the company’s site, or, you can add the tax calculation capabilities directly into your Microsoft Dynamics AX or GP ERP system for even more complete synchrony.

    Magento Sales Tax module is available in 3 tiered versions, Core, Plus and Pro, (the pro level is strictly for tax professionals so we won’t discuss it), with each level offering users a CPA-centric interface and CCH’s wonderful service and support. The Core level of the program offers all of the sales and use tax functionality including: real-time automated Magento sales tax calculations and a robust reporting suite. The next tier, the Plus level, adds automated form generation, automated tax filing and a calendar alert system.

    Whichever version of this indispensable tax solution you opt for you'll be worry free with SalesTax.com by CCH, the same technology used by the IRS and all BIG-4 accounting firms. Start using SalesTax.com for Magento to calculate your taxes.

  • NetSuite ERP credit: netsuite.com

    Attention e-tailers! NetSuite, the premier SaaS ERP solutions provider, has released exciting details about its upcoming new release, NetSuite Version 2013.1. Feature enhancements acknowledge customers’ concerns and requests, delivering a truly versatile NetSuite ERP platform with enough horsepower to accommodate even the most demanding users.


    Netsuite ERP Features


    Sandbox Accounts

    The Sandbox Accounts page now affords granular control to administrators. You’ll be able to manage data as soon as it’s available and request a refresh directly without consulting NetSuite support first, complete with a turnaround estimate and live progress tracking. In some cases, refresh automation will reduce the time commitment by up to 50%. Full refresh summaries will include refreshes used, refreshes remaining, refresh requests by personnel, real-time status, time-stamped snapshots, and plenty of other details. Functionality handles multiple sandboxes and enables GSI/PS practices, significantly easing project timetables and Release Engineering.

    Improved Security: Two-Factor Authentication with RSA SecurID

    This enterprise-class module tightens NetSuite ERP login security for roles with access to sensitive data, adding support for RSA SecurID hardware tokens. Two-factor authentication requires users to provide a unique one-time password (OTP) in addition to standard username and password credentials. Additional administrative utilities permit uploading of files containing token seeds and management of user-token association.


    SuiteBundler: Refined SuiteApp Upgrade Management


    Introducing selective control over the SuiteApp upgrade and install-base processes—filter upgrades by version and/or geographical region, tailoring everything to your schedule. Furthermore, partners and ISVs using Managed Bundles will be able to customize upgrade rollouts by end-customer category.  Release administrators can define account notification lists for upcoming upgrades or new versions of SuiteApp. The simplified, intuitive mechanism should prove a boon for developers everywhere.


    [derived from a blog post on 848 Group's blog]


  • Magento design

    Last week Hara Partners helped Suno - a fashion label based in New York with Kenyan roots - to enter the online marketplace with a more competitive edge. We worked with a design firm to implement Magento design and hosting for front and backend functionality of Sunony.com.

    Suno started in 2009 and since then has expanded production to 4 countries on 3 continents. This global scope is the reason Suno needed a stylish and functional online store which can handle inventory and orders from a variety of sources accurately and efficiently. Magento was the ideal platform due to its ability to handle a near unlimited amount of traffic. Suno chose Hara Partners for our expertise and track record of great Magento design and hosting capabilities.

    Besides our usual technical Magento integration and hosting we had our talented coders to set up the Suno fashion blog. Drawing upon our extensive Magento design experience we implemented an elegant and easy to use video feature into the website. This feature makes it easy for Suno to post product videos directly into the details section of each products page. Basically that means that when you shop at Sunony.com you don’t just read about the products, you see them in action!

    If your business can benefit from fantastic and innovative back to front end Magento design and hosting visit harapartners.com.

  • Hara Partners is no stranger to web redesign. Our clients often ask us to help update their online storefront in addition to providing the backend Magento technology. In this spirit we have redesigned Crumbs.com for Crumbs Bake Shop. We even created and incorporated the Magento Flavor Picker to help Crumbs customers feel like they are shopping in a real physical bakery.

    We cleaned up the overall design and rebranded Crumbs.com with a contemporary look and feel, meeting the needs of the growing cupcake giant. Form and function go hand-in-hand with the redesigned Flavor Picker, which provides the most seamless shopping experience of its kind. Hara Partners also provided the product photography to complete the look. Building on these gorgeous images we integrated the Magento Flavor Picker, a beautiful and easy way to shop for cupcakes.

    Magento flavor picker Screen shot of new www.crumbs.com website with 6-pack seletor.

    The new layout and clutter-free interface is designed to emphasize the delectable guilty pleasures without distraction. The Magento Flavor Picker and high quality photography are in line with the highest quality ingredients and standards representing Crumbs.

    Share your feedback with us and visit www.crumbs.com at the risk of side-stepping your diet.

    old crumbs.com website Screen shot of old www.crumbs.com website
  • Magento Addrexx

    Hara Partners is launching a partnership with Addrexx, an address lookup and verification service. Using the Magento Addrexx address lookup module allows merchants to leverage one of the largest databases available for address and names to significantly improve conversion.

    Addrexx boasts one of the largest first and last name databases from all over the world. Once Addrexx is integrated with your Magento store it will automatically open in a new window when you click on the name or address field. Then Addrexx queries it's database to help you complete the entry without typing everything out by hand. At the same time it verifies the name and address to make sure that it actually exists. After the information is entered Addrexx automatically sends it back to your Magento database. Addrexx is used in a variety of industries, from businesses and law enforcement agencies to universities and even the medical field.

    Hara Partners provides an advanced integration unique to the market, beating comparable products in speed and data quality. After we perform the Magento Addrexx integration with your system you will save countless hours when entering and verifying names and addresses.

    If you're looking to shorten your checkout process through auto-completion of customer data and at the same time increase data accuracy, contact us to schedule a demo.

  • NetSuite Magento Connector credit: truecloudsolutions.com


    Hara Partners is proud to offer the NetSuite Magento Connector, an integration package that facilitates data flow and enterprise-strength interaction between your Magento platform and NetSuite’s business management software. Streamlined architecture, intuitive user experience, and impressive out-of-the-box functionality come together in this one-system solution. The NetSuite Connector installs cleanly and rapidly, permanently eliminating dependence on third-party middleware.


    What to Expect from the NetSuite Magento Connector

    Improved Architecture
    NetSuite’s familiar, powerful toolkit remains in place—Magento integration preserves reporting, data mapping, multiple transport protocols, graphical metrics, and customizable business logic in a centralized dashboard. All relevant activity can be accessed as you prefer, in NetSuite or Magento, or both.
    Improved User Experience
    End user actions drive real-time reporting data on your end, displaying errors and metrics where and when they occur. Direct Magento integration with actual NetSuite data noticeably improves performance and responsiveness, bypassing difficulties that other Magento API based solutions experience.
    We recognize NetSuite's and Magneto's competencies by using their native environments, enabling fluent building and maintenance without the need to learn third-party technologies. We are intimately familiar with both platforms.
    How Does It Work?
    The NetSuite Magento Connector centers most tasks and reports in one location, saving you significant time and effort in the process. Included features:

    • NetSuite synchronizes a daily inventory with Magento.
    • Built-in monitoring scans Magento for pending new orders periodically (e.g. real-time, every 30 min). New orders are automatically transferred to NetSuite with any pertinent product information is passed along.
    • Products can be created and populated with any number of fields in Magento and NetSuite (the most common data includes: SKU, Manufacturer, Name/Part Number, Description, Cost, Price, Inventory Item Type, Preferred Vendor, etc.)


    Contact us to see how our Netsuite Magento Connector integration can benefit your business!

  • A great talk from Yoav Kutner in 2012, former CTO of Magento, shortly after leaving Magento.

    He speaks on the history of Varien, which became the Magento company, and his view on software development


  • A lot of companies come to us with buggy or non-responsive websites because they know we’re in the business of sorting out Magento woes. Our Magento Health Check is a powerful first step in rectifying these frustrating situations—it combines automated site analysis with attention from our dedicated Magento developers to formulate the best plan of attack. That said, many entrepreneurs are wary of over-committing or taking irreversible steps in the site audit process. Put another way, they want to see what they’re getting themselves into before taking action. If you feel this way, check out these Magento Health Check screenshots of the results package we send out to our clients. You’ll see performance graphs, detailed technical documentation, and a breakdown of site health by category.


    Magento Health Check Sample Images


    Magento Health CheckMagento Health Check

    We’re more than happy to answer any questions you have. We’re confident that we can help you find the Magento solution that works for your business. Contact us today!

  • The Internet is teeming with thieves who specialize in e-commerce targets. The problem won’t go away on its own, and most developers aren’t naturally equipped to outfit your site with top-notch security. Enter SignatureLink, “the retail industry’s online loss prevention partner" and your guide to e-commerce fraud prevention.


    e-commerce fraud credit:imagineecommerce.com


    SecureBuy by SignatureLink is the world’s only all-in-one e-commerce fraud prevention solution. It offers not only frontline protection and stabilization, but also mitigated financial risk and overall cost reduction for the online and mobile payment cycle. As an end-to-end automated solution, it dramatically reduces users’ time commitment and eliminates the need for multiple narrow-focus fraud-screening applications, not to mention human capital expenses associated with manual review.


    Key E-commerce Fraud Prevention Features


    • Pre-gateway authentication to bypass unnecessary transaction fees
    • Authentication risk shifted to issuing banks
    • Interchange rate advantages
    • Profit-boosting measures to drive down false positive rejections
    • In-line biometric signature pad for shopping cart/mobile device application, a revolutionary method of retaining forensic proof to win chargebacks
    • Variable-speed transactions based on authentic risk evaluation




    SecureBuy offers a seamless experience for customers and eases the burden for online merchants. SignatureLink operates on the principle that retailers should be offered the same defense against e-commerce fraud as they are against card-present schemes. Check out their website for more details on SecureBuy, including Magento compatibility, video demos, and a free 30-day trial.


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