Jungle Gym

Do you have a jungle gym of websites to manage? 

Have more URLs, multiple digital commerce sites and employee intranet sites than you can handle?

An online presence with so many elements can feel like the maze of a jungle gym.  Just as you conquer one area, you discover that there are many other directions you can now go.  Your decisions and challenges seem to multiply:

  • How can you develop, maintain, and deploy numerous websites efficiently?
  • How do you avoid duplication of efforts and unnecessary expenditures?
  • How do you maintain consistency and ensure quality when you have many people involved with different priorities?

The answer:  Unify all your online channels with a centralized solution.

At VSG Commerce™ (VSG), we encourage clients to use Oracle’s Commerce Cloud solution which provides a unified multi-site solution to allow for sharing of commerce and personalization resources between sites.  This approach offers:

  • A foundation for site development, which makes creating and maintaining new sites more efficient and less expensive.
  • A common groundwork for all sites with flexibility to manage and respond to different line-of-business requirements – for both internal and external sites.

By this approach, companies can manage hundreds or thousands of websites by distributing responsibilities among key areas within the business such as:

  • Centralizing the site architecture, navigation and presentation.
  • Distributing site development, deployment and ongoing management tasks to the business units.
  • Allowing content owners the ability to easily add, change and approve within their websites.

This solution sets the stage for improved productivity, expeditious time to market, decreased development and maintenance costs, and uniform branding across multiple sites.  In short, it’s a way to build a roadmap through your company’s digital commerce jungle gym.  To learn more, contact VSG today. 847-854-5990.


What’s New with 18D?

Oracle’s Commerce Cloud (OCC) 18D upgrade is now available.  Here is a link to all that is included in this upgrade.  We wanted to point out the 2 areas that we feel are most important to our clients:

  • Support for Multiple Catalogs
  • Search Data

Support for Multiple Catalogs:

Oracle’s description of this new functionality is:  Manage independent catalogs for brand sites or other sites that have unique catalog hierarchies. Includes support for truly unassigned products and collections, linking collections across multiple catalogs, and allowing a collection to exist multiple times in the same catalog hierarchy.

What does this mean for our clients?

The requirement to have one master catalog that drives the organization and definitions of products on every child catalog is no longer true starting with the 18D release.  Each site or B2B customer can have their own independent catalog that can be defined and organized in any way desired, and products can be unique between those catalogs.  An independent catalog can contain links to collections and products that are already in other catalogs, or it can contain collections and products that are not associated with any other catalogs.  As catalogs grow, management of them can become complex.   The benefit of the 18D release is that independent catalogs for different sites/customers decrease the administrative burden for companies with large catalogs.

Search Data:

Oracle’s description of this new functionality is:  The Search Data API now allows merchants to upload any structured data as JSON and it is indexed automatically, making it accessible via all of the advanced search and navigation capabilities of OCC Search. This allows for non-catalog data to be indexed and presented in search results, so that shoppers can find and navigate content, such as buying guides, store locations, customer service and marketing content.

What does this mean for our clients?

The benefit of the 18D release is that businesses can upload JSON files that contain information in external content repositories.  For example, if you have additional product data in an external data system, that information can be extracted, put into JSON and uploaded into OCC.  This allows users to search through that data as easily as they search for products today. This cuts down on the effort needed to get articles, guides, and other content into the catalog so that it is searchable.  Now this content can be uploaded and indexed automatically, and it becomes searchable just as if it’s in the catalog.

Have more questions?  Give us a call at 847-854-5990 ext 232 to discuss this upgrade in greater detail.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

VSG has created or enhanced several Oracle Commerce Cloud widgets to provide additional functionality to clients.  Let us enrich the performance for your clients.

VSG Commerce continues to build additional developments to the OCC functionality.  Let us enrich the capabilities for your clients like we did for our client Videojet, where we implemented the following enhancements:

  • Integrated to an external SSO system for login with OCC
  • Real Time Price calls to EBS
  • Special quote functionality that locked in pricing for 30 days
  • Saved credit cards (add/edit/delete)
  • Integration to Vertex/Oracle Tax to handle both US and Canadian taxes
  • Invoice payments – where the existing invoice is pulled from EBS and the user is able to pay the amount directly from their account page

Please contact us for more information or a demo at (847-854-5990 ext 232).

Stripe Unveiled

Stripe Unveiled

Want to look under the covers at our solution to support 2 models for selling subscriptions plus saving credit cards through Oracle Commerce Cloud?

VSG Commerce has created a solution that allows Oracle Commerce Cloud clients to sell subscriptions through OCC by managing subscriptions and taking payments through Stripe, a leading payment method provider.  The subscription process is streamlined by creating a customer profile on both systems and by adding a new profile attribute on the OCC side to store the Stripe customer profile ID.  The Stripe customer profile is used to save credit cards as well as subscription information.

The Credit Card Management includes the:

  • Ability for the customer to save credit card(s) under their customer profile
  • Ability for the customer to view saved credit cards
  • Ability for the customer to set a credit card as the default payment method
  • Ability for the customer to delete a credit card

The Subscription Management includes:

  • Order submission and subscription creation on Stripe that allows the user to select a subscription and proceed with checkout, specifying the shipping address, shipping options and payment details
  • A REST service API call to create the subscription on the Stripe side with the necessary information which will be used to process the subscriptions and authorize the credit card transaction for the initial subscription fulfillment

This solution supports 2 subscription models:

  • Pre-paid subscriptions that allow the customer to pre-pay for subscriptions
  • Non pre-paid subscriptions where the customer will be billed an amount based on the selected subscription billing cycle

These models include the ability:

  • To create a subscription including multiple products, quantities and frequency of delivery
  • To apply promotions/coupons which may discount the initial subscription billing cycles based on the configured promotion discount type
  • Of the system to create the subscription on the Stripe side and authorize the transaction
  • For the customer to pre-pay the subscription and for the system to settle the subscription’s full amount in the initial billing cycle

Please contact us for more information or a demo at (847-854-5990 ext 232).