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Once a Shopping Cart has been checked out, the cart becomes a Confirmed Order with an assigned Order Number. Do not confuse Confirmed Orders with Saved Cart (sometimes called a Saved Order) or Pending Carts (sometimes called Pending Orders).
Check Out is the process by which a Shopping Cart is converted to a Confirmed Order.
A Customer is someone who is placing an Order for your Products. Customers must have a valid Web user profile to access the System.
The B2C Customer Account information includes the contact, billing and shipping details. For B2B Customer Accounts, only the Contact information is stored in the Commerce Edition database. The remaining B2B information comes from the back-end files.
The term “Order” can be used in a number of ways. To be specific, Commerce Edition creates Shopping Carts, Pending Carts and Confirmed Orders. When a Customer places an “Order”, the customer may be using any of these three specific types of Business Objects. Only Confirmed Orders will have any meaning to your existing application database.
A Pending Cart (sometimes called a Pending Order) is a Shopping Cart which was not completed during a previous session by the Customer. If a Customer leaves the Web site with Products in the Shopping Cart (or if the Web site connection is lost), the Shopping Cart is automatically converted into a Pending Cart. When the Customer next logs onto your site, a list of Pending Carts is displayed. The user may select one of these Pending Carts or the user can save or delete these Pending Carts.
A Personal Catalog is a subset of the Product Catalog. It is a Customer specific list of Products which are frequently ordered. The Customer can add or delete products in their own Personal Catalog. This catalog is maintained as a file in the Commerce Edition database.
A Product is any item which the Customer orders. Products are based on your existing back-end Product file(s).
The Product Catalog is a listing of the Products which a customer may order. The Product Catalog is based on your existing back-end Product files. There is no separate Product Catalog file in the Commerce Edition database.
A Promotion is a special offer which is advertised on the Web site. Promotions are simply text. There is no processing logic associated with a promotion.
A Saved Cart (sometimes called a Saved Order), is simply a saved list of products. A Shopping Cart can be saved so that the Products may be easily reordered. Saved Carts can be added to the active Shopping Cart.
A Session ID (sometimes called a Web Session ID), is a unique number assigned when a Web user logs on to the system and creates a Shopping Cart. A Session ID is assigned to a Shopping Cart and is stored as part of the definition of a Pending Cart. After a Shopping Cart is checked out, a new Session ID is assigned for the new Shopping Cart.
The Ship-To address is the location where the Products will be delivered. For B2C Customers, the Ship-To information is stored in the Commerce Edition database. For B2B Customers, the Ship-To information is stored in the back-end files.
A Shopping Cart is simply a list of products which the Customer may wish to purchase. Each Shopping Cart is associated with a unique Session ID.
The means by which suggested or accessorial products are listed when browsing the Product Catalog, the Personal Catalog or the Shopping Cart.
A Web user is any Customer who has logged on to the system. Each Web user has an unique user profile/ID and password. For B2C, a Customer and Web user are the same, as each Customer has just one Web user profile. For B2B, a single Web user profile can be associated to more than one Customer account. Your system administrator can create associations between Web users and your B2B Customer accounts. (Note: A Customer Account can have only one Web user associated with it, but a Web user can be associated with more than one Customer Account.)
3.1.1 What is B2B and B2C?There are many industry definitions for Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) applications. To develop your application with Commerce Edition, you must understand a basic distinction between B2B and B2C from a Commerce Edition application business model perspective.
Both B2B and B2C applications allow Customers to place Orders for Products. The main difference between B2B and B2C is the definition of the Customer.
In a B2B application, a Customer is a predefined Business Partner. You have a predefined business relationship with the Customer before they access your e-business application. Your existing applications will already contain data for this Customer. You will probably set up the Web user accounts for the Business Partner in advance. Customer Numbers are already defined and can be validated against your existing database.
In a B2C application, a Customer is any Web user or the general public consumer. You do not know anything about the Customer until they place their first order. The Customer must register or set up their own account in order to place orders. You have no information for the Customer in your existing database. A Customer may register to place only one order.
This distinction will help you understand the Commerce Edition data model and basic rules for validation and processing. The Commerce Edition database has been designed to support both B2B and B2C applications. If you are implementing only a B2C application, you may not require some files and fields created specifically for B2B applications. If you are implementing only a B2B application, you may not require some files and fields created specifically for B2C applications.
The Commerce Edition database will also support a combined B2B and B2C application. A combined application allows you to create one Web site, which allows your existing Customers (B2B) and new Web users (B2C) to order products. Depending on whether the Customer is B2B or B2C, Commerce Edition will perform the appropriate processing logic and will use the appropriate database files.
2.1.3 What is Commerce Edition?The LANSA for the Web Commerce Edition is a set of tools, which enables LANSA for the Web developers to rapidly deploy Business-to-Consumer (B2C) and Business-to-Business (B2B) applications that integrate with existing back-end or legacy systems. Commerce Edition provides an application framework which extends the power of LANSA for the Web specifically for B2C and B2B development.
Commerce Edition includes a customizable application database for your B2B and B2C applications. Using Business Objects, you create the framework for your application. Without any manual coding by your developers, Commerce Edition can deliver anywhere from 60% to 85% of your finished application.
Commerce Edition uses the LANSA for the Web e-Business Framework Wizard, which allows you to quickly and easily customize the presentation of your LANSA Web application. The Wizard is not used to create your LANSA functions. It is used to alter their appearance, by using Web-based functions executing from your browser. The Wizard removes the need to manually define graphical variables and Web components. You can change the user navigation within your application and you can change the look-and-feel of your applications without having to recompile any of the functions in your application.
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