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07 SEP 2017
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This guide outlines the information you need to know about new or improved functionality in this release.
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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.
The major new features released in the Oracle Commerce Cloud 17.4 release include:
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.
Merchants can now view reports for all sites, a combination of sites, or a single site.
Wish lists are now multi-site enabled, allowing merchants to provide shoppers with wish lists for each additional site.
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.
The following Shopper settings are now site aware, allowing merchants to have manage shopper settings differently per site: Shopper Session and Guest Checkout.
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.
Merchants can now personalize content to shoppers in different audiences without having to write code.
Audience rule builder now provides a visual estimate of the number of shoppers in a particular segment.
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.
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.
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.
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:
There are no changes to browser support.
One new language is supported in 17.4—en-GB is now supported (storefront only).
No new currencies are supported.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
Allows merchants to link additional content to search results on search and navigation pages to show relevant information for specific queries.
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.
Supports Bill of Materials (BOM)-based configurations, as well as support for sub-item pricing for configured items.
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.
Provides the ability to customize taking payments using ASA, such as installment payments or requiring additional fields, such as National ID Number.
Supports the display and use of custom order properties in ASA (e.g. notes, special shipping instructions).
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