IndieCommerce

Sales Tax Holiday

Many states have annual sales tax holidays! On these holidays, purchases can be made tax free and now you can offer these sales tax holidays through your website. With the Sales Tax Holiday feature, it is quick and easy to set up a period of time during which customers on your website will not be charged sales tax.
 
This feature could also be used as a promotional opportunity if you would like to waive sales tax for customers during a certain period of time.
 

Living Wage Fee

You are now able to add an additional fee to orders that will be automatically added at checkout. This fee can be used as an offset to additional costs of doing business, such as recent increases to the minimum wage in some states.
 
Stores will be able to set the fee as an amount or as a percentage. You will also have the option to customize how the fee will be labeled for customers in checkout.
 

WordStock Giftcards

This feature will allow you to offer gift cards as a payment option during checkout. This payment option also comes with a real time balance check which informs customers about the balance on their gift card and ensures the gift card covers the balance of the order. It also comes with real time redemption, meaning gift cards will automatically be adjusted when the customer’s order is submitted.
 

Switching Credit Card Processor - Checklist

CHECKLIST

►Select a credit card processor

►Sign up for Authorize.net

►Configure Fraud Detection Suite settings

►Generate API Keys

PayPal - Old

To offer Paypal as a payment option you (the store) must have your own Paypal account. If you do not have one already you can create one here.  Once registration with Paypal is complete, please send us a request from the Store Features page (Store > Configuration > Account Information and Preferences > Store Features) to enable the Paypal module. We will confirm once the module has been enabled so that you may begin configuring it.
 

Free Shipping - Easy To Configure! Easy To Use!

A New Feature! Easy to configure! Easy to use!
 
The new Free Shipping feature will create a shipping method called ‘Free Shipping’ in your list of shipping quotes, with a base rate and per product rate of $0.00. You can set a minimum order total for this free shipping. The highlight of this feature is that it will display a message alerting customers to how close they are to be eligible for free shipping.
 

Getting Ready for the Holidays: Part 4

Getting Ready For the Holidays: Part 1
Getting Ready For the Holidays: Part 2
Getting Ready For the Holidays: Part 3

As stores continue to prepare for the upcoming holiday season, the IndieCommerce team has put together a list of recommended tools and practices IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores can use to maximize their holiday marketing and communication efforts.

Getting Ready for the Holidays: Part 2

 
In preparation for the upcoming holidays, the IndieCommerce team has put together a list of recommended features that stores can use to promote products and sell their gifts and non-book items. There are several ways to ensure customers have the widest selection and access to your online products, making your website shoppable and easy to browse.
 
Catalogs

Getting Ready for the Holidays: Part 1

 

As the holidays approach we recommend reviewing some key settings on your IndieCommerce site to prepare for inevitable supply line issues and the ever changing holiday shopping schedule. You have several ways to adjust what stock shows, from simple things like disabling backorders to more advanced things like limiting stock to what is available in specific Ingram warehouses and limiting sales to your in-stock items..

Adjusting settings related to backorders and hard to find titles is handled in two places:

Gift Receipts

Customers can request a gift receipt to be included with their order, with a (optional) gift message. Customers will also have the option to hide their address in the gift receipt.
 
The Gift Receipt pane on the checkout page:

Enabling Gift Receipt feature

Santa Rosa Theme

We are expecting a significant number of holiday shoppers at IndieCommerce websites this year. The appearance of your website can have a big impact on sales. To assist with this endeavor for IndieCommerce stores interested in a new look for their website, we’re introducing two new templates/themes.  The second new theme is the Santa Rosa theme.

Flatland Theme

We are expecting a significant number of holiday shoppers at IndieCommerce websites this year. The appearance of your website can have a big impact on sales. To assist with this endeavor for IndieCommerce stores interested in a new look for their website, we’re introducing two new templates/themes.  The first new theme is the Flatland theme.

Shipping Solutions

This documentation has been updated as of 10/8/2021 to include both Endicia and ShipStation integrations.
 
Using any one of our shipping integrations, stores can easily export their orders from their IndieCommerce or IndieLite site to create shipping labels. This integration will export your orders in a CSV file which you can then upload into your chosen shipping software. Currently only stamps.com and ShipStation provide the option to import tracking information back to your IndieCommerce site. 

Bulk Order Processing

The Bulk Order Processor is an IndieCommerce feature that will allow your store to process orders in bulk. It is especially helpful for moving orders from one order status to another or communicating with customers en masse. You can also use the Bulk Order Processor to send order emails to customers in bulk, add admin comments to orders in bulk, and print invoices. You can filter your orders by status, payment method, date, and/or SKU.
 

Shipping Policy Example

To assist with the necessary policies that stores need on their website, boilerplate policies have been provided for stores to use.  The policy can be created as a Page on your IndieCommerce or IndieLite site.  The Page can then be linked in the Footer of the website to make it accessible to customers and other parties.

Pages

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