eCommerce Administration

Conditional Attributes

Here is one example of how this feature might work on your website. A customer buys a custom product and would like to give it as a gift and include a gift message. On the custom product page, the customer is asked: "Is this a gift". If they select "Yes", a message dialog box would open for the customer to enter their gift message. If they don't select "Yes", the message dialog box would remain closed.

Custom Checkout Message

If you wish to display a special message to your customers at the end of checkout, a special message pertaining to their order, you may do so using ‘Rules’.

Example scenarios where a custom checkout message could be used:

Website Best Practices

Creating a leading website takes thought and planning, a site is typically considered successful if it is well designed, useful and in e-commerce aspects, lucrative. While different stores each have different website needs, there are some best practices that are global to all sites. In this guide, we explain those best practices and have broken them down into 4 categories:

 

Store Pricing, Local Store Inventory and Not For Sale

This webinar covered topics related to pricing and selling books on your IndieCommerce website and included the following:

  •     Store Pricing tool and how to use it effectively
  •     How to avoid purchase of certain books from your site
  •     How to add your store inventory to your website.

 

Product Pricing

You have full control on the pricing for any book on your website (eBook prices are set by Kobo).

4 STORE PRICING TOOL OPTIONS

Navigate to: Store > Configuration > Store Pricing > Books

  1. By Model (ISBN) - Individual titles can be marked up or down.

Tax Exempt

When a customer enters tax exempt information, the tax is removed from the order. While processing the order, store admins can verify the tax-exempt information and if needed add the tax back to the order.

ADD TAX BACK TO AN ORDER

Navigate to: Store > Orders > View Orders

  1. Select the ‘View’ button for the order
  2. Review and verify the tax-exempt information provided by the customer

Statuses

Your main page for order review is found by navigating to: Store > Orders. Here you will find a list of all active orders and it is from here that you will process these orders as needed. In this document, we’ll review what each standard order status means, what state that order status belongs to, and how to create custom order statuses of a particular state.

Paypal

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.

Adding Books

It is important to keep in mind that the vast majority of titles listed on IndieBound.org, and on our IndieCommerce member websites come from Ingram Book Company's iPage database. Generally speaking, if a title is listed with them (even if they don't actually carry it), it is listed with us. If you are a publisher, you'll want to contact Ingram to inquire about listing your catalog with them. You can find publisher-specific contact info here:

Local Store Inventory

This documentation was modified on 9/27/2019 with updated information on handling Preorders

When a visitor to your site searches for a title, they generally see books listed with one of these availability statuses:

Cancel / Refund

CANCELING ORDERS

If an order is in a ‘Pending’ or ‘Processing’ state, and an item needs to be removed from the order, or the entire order needs to be canceled, this can be done with store administrator access or order admin access.

Navigate to: Store > Orders > View Orders

  • Remove Specific Items

Payment Options

There are many different ‘Payment Methods’ that can be enabled for your website:

Navigate to: Store > Configuration > Payment Methods

A list of available payment methods and those enabled on your site can be verified on the Store Features page (Store > Configuration > Account information and Preferences > Store Features). If you wish to have a particular payment method enabled on your site, you can send us a request from the Store Features page.
 

Reconciliation Report

When you are using the shared ABA Authorize.net account, when the order status is changed to 'Payment Received' state, the credit card used to place the order is charged. The funds collected are placed in a holding account for 15 days or less. When the order status is then changed to 'Completed', the order is marked for reconciliation. Reconciliation happens on or about the 15th and 25th of the month -  the funds are withdrawn, and dispersed to all interested parties.

Wholesaler Fulfillment

Many stores have questions about why an order did or did not go to Ingram (the wholesaler), and why the 'Send to Ingram' button does not appear for certain orders.

Listed below are the conditions for when the ‘Send to Wholesaler’ button will not appear and what conditions will cause an order to not be sent automatically to the wholesaler, when that preference is enabled.

Re-Authorizing A Credit Card

When a credit card is used to place an order on an IndieCommerce site, the card is authorized for about 4 weeks. Within that time, the card can be charged for the authorized amount on the order. However, there are two scenarios that will require a credit card to be re-authorized:

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About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

Contact

PRESS CONTACTS

Sydney Jarrard, sydney@bookweb.org
Allison Hill, allisonhill@bookweb.org

MEMBERSHIP: info@bookweb.org

INDIECOMMERCE: staff@bookweb.org

 

 

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