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07 SEP 2017

Initial Document Creation.

Overview

This guide outlines the information you need to know about new or improved functionality in this release.

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Oracle Commerce Cloud

The 17.4 release of Oracle Commerce Cloud includes substantive improvements and changes to the following areas of the product:

What follows is a brief summary. For more details about each feature and improvement, please review the What’s New 17.4 Release document and the official Oracle Commerce Cloud documentation in the Oracle Cloud Help Center.

Major New Features

The major new features released in the Oracle Commerce Cloud 17.4 release include:

Multi-Site Via One Admin Console

Manage Multiple B2B Sites

Multisite for Oracle Commerce Cloud now allows merchants to run multiple B2B or multiple B2B and B2C sites from a single instance and centralized Admin console. Merchants can have different catalogs and price groups for each site and a single account can have multiple contracts—one for each site.

Filter Reports by Site

Merchants can now view reports for all sites, a combination of sites, or a single site.

Wish Lists by Site

Wish lists are now multi-site enabled, allowing merchants to provide shoppers with wish lists for each additional site.

Global Settings for Email

In addition to the site-specific email opt/out preferences added in 17.3, the Storefront API now supports global email preferences, so that shoppers can manage email preferences across sites.

Shopper Settings by Site

The following Shopper settings are now site aware, allowing merchants to have manage shopper settings differently per site: Shopper Session and Guest Checkout.

Audiences

Shopper LTV, Date Operators

New shopper profile attributes have been added to allow merchants to build new audiences, including lifetime spend, lifetime average order value, last purchase amount, number of orders placed, registration date, first purchase date, and last visit date. Also added ability to build audience rules against both out of the box and custom date profile properties.

Content Variation Slots

Merchants can now personalize content to shoppers in different audiences without having to write code.

Audience Size

Audience rule builder now provides a visual estimate of the number of shoppers in a particular segment.

Catalog

Backorder and Preorder

Allows merchants to take orders for items that are available to sell, but don’t have inventory, either because the products are backordered or because the products are new and no stock has been received yet and/or shipment will be done based on an agreed upon release date.

Payments

Split Payments

Provides the ability for shoppers to use multiple payment methods (i.e. credit card, debit card, gift card, deferred payment) to pay for a single order.

Partial Payments

Provides the ability for merchants to configure the system to “hold” partially paid orders in a pending payment state. Also allows merchants to configure orders to be full payment only or to allow partial payments.

Additional New Features and Other Changes

There are also a number of additional new features, changes, and improvements included in the Oracle Commerce Cloud 17.3 release. By functional area, these include:

Browser Support

There are no changes to browser support.

Language and Currency Support

One new language is supported in 17.4—en-GB is now supported (storefront only).

No new currencies are supported.

B2B

Webhook for Custom Order Approvals

Allows merchants to define custom conditions for order approvals (e.g. quantity of items in order, products containing hazardous materials). Approval conditions must be created and triggered us an external solution.

Experience & Design

Exclude Products From XML Sitemaps

Allows users to exclude certain products from inclusion in XML sitemaps. Also adds a noindex tag to product pages where the product(s) has been excluded.

Accordion Stack

This new stack type allows merchants to easily utilize an accordion UI component on their site. Stack is expandable from 1-10 steps/sections.

Experiments

Rich Text Editor

Experiments now comes with a lightweight rich text editor that makes it easier for users to make variant edits. Includes paragraph format, font name and size, background/text color, and bold/italics/underline.

Storefront

Breadcrumbs

This new out of the box widget allows breadcrumbs to be displayed on the Product Listing Page, Search Results Page, and Product Details Page. The breadcrumbs build as the shopper navigates through product catalog categories.

Promotions

Promotions Based on Credit Card IIN

Allows merchants to utilize credit card type as a condition on any promotion (e.g. Save 20% on your order when you pay with a Visa credit card).

Additional Short Text Properties on Promotions

Allows merchants to create custom properties on promotions. These promotions are passed through the order webhook, so that users can evaluate the data. This is useful in situations like tracking promotion referral source.

Guided Search

New API: Linking Additional Content

Allows merchants to link additional content to search results on search and navigation pages to show relevant information for specific queries.

New API: Facet Ordering

Provides merchants with more control over the ordering of facets across their sites. Allows for reordering of the facets, as well as ability to set a default order across a site or any page.

Integrations

Configurator: Multi-Level Hierarchy

Supports Bill of Materials (BOM)-based configurations, as well as support for sub-item pricing for configured items.

Tax

Support for Tax Exemption Management

Allows both B2B and B2C customers using the out of the box Avalara or Vertex integrations to take into account customers who have tax exemption certificates. Supports both customers who are 100% tax exempt or exempt for certain goods or services only.

Assisted Selling Application

Enhanced Support for Payments

Provides the ability to customize taking payments using ASA, such as installment payments or requiring additional fields, such as National ID Number.

Custom Order Properties

Supports the display and use of custom order properties in ASA (e.g. notes, special shipping instructions).

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