Fulfilment and Automation
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Fulfilment is an automated process that sends customer, order and delivery information to a third party person, service, or software. It can also send a set of instructions to an external or third-party software.
Fulfilment options are first created in the admin panel through the Configuration > Fulfilment page.
There is no limit to the number of fulfilment options that can be created.
Then, each product is assigned to a fulfilment option through the Edit Catalog page.
Fulfilment products are grouped for each order.
Multiple products in the same order are automatically grouped for each fulfilment option. For instance, if five products are ordered, with two using fulfilment option A and three using fulfilment option B, only two fulfilment notices will be sent; one with two products for A, and one fulfilment with three products for B. (not 5 individual fulfilments)
Fulfilment Option Types
There are several types of fulfilment options, which can be used in many different ways.
The email fulfilment option sends the order information to an email address or list of email addresses.
1. To create a new email fulfilment option, navigate to the Fulfilment menu, select the Email and click Add.
2. Set the email address and additional message text, which will be included in fulfilment notices, and click the Update button. To send notices to multiple email recipients, separate them by a comma... email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Assign products to fulfilment option.
Select the fulfilment option that the product will activate when it is ordered and then click the Submit button.
When a product with an email fulfilment option is ordered, notice is sent with customer information, products ordered and the additional message text. Products in an order that use the same fulfilment option are grouped together so that there is only one fulfilment notice sent for each fulfilment option and it includes all of the products that use the same fulfilment option.
Kunaki CD Service
Kunaki (www.kunaki.com) is an on demand CD duplication and fulfilment service. The Kunaki fulfilment option sends an XML message to Kunaki to order a CD which is copied by them and sent to your customer. An unlimited number of fulfilment options can be created to use the Kunaki method and each fulfilment option that uses the Kunaki method can have its own user id and password which means that you can sell CD's for different Kunaki accounts from the same shopping cart.
1. To create a new fulfilment option for Kunaki, navigate to the Fulfilment menu and select Kunaki.
2. Enter an Option name, User ID and Password. You can rename the Option name to any combination of characters. The User ID and Password must be valid for an active Kunaki account.
3. Assign each product to the Kunaki fulfilment option through the Edit Catalog menu and enter the product's unique Kunaki Product ID which has been assigned to the CD at Kunaki.com.
AShop will by default tell the Kunaki CD duplication system to ship the CD by USPS Priority Mail for orders within the USA and Air Mail for international orders. If you need to customize the shipping of your Kunaki CDs you can edit the file admin/fulfilment/kunaki.ff with a text editor and change the $internationalshipping and $usshipping options to the shipping options you want to use. In that file you can also change the $kunakimode setting to "Test" to perform tests on the Kunaki fulfilment products before you start selling them for real, just to make sure that everything is working properly.
Swift CD Service
Swift CD (www.swiftcd.com) is another on demand CD duplication and fulfilment service. The Swift CD fulfilment option sends an email to Swift CD with an attached batch order file formatted according to their specifications. An unlimited number of fulfilment options can be created to use the Swift CD method and each fulfilment option that uses the Swift CD method can have its own user id (the customer id you get when you sign up at www.swiftcd.com) which means that you can sell CD's for different Swift CD accounts from the same shopping cart.
1. To create a new fulfilment option for Swift CD, navigate to the Fulfilment menu and select Swift CD.
2. Enter an Option name and User ID. You can rename the Option name to any combination of characters. The User ID must be an active Swift CD account.
3. Assign each product to the Swift CD fulfilment option through the Edit Catalog menu. For products assigned to a Swift CD fulfilment method, an email is sent to Swift CD when they are ordered. The email includes an attachment, which is specifically designed to work with the Swift CD fulfilment system.
The affiliate signup fulfilment module makes it possible to automatically sign up customers as affiliates. This way you can turn customers into affiliates that promote your products, you can also sell access to your affiliate program or upgrade affiliates to a higher commission level if they pay for this. Set the option "Run once" to "Per order" to sign up every customer as an affiliate when they place their first order through your shopping cart. Set it to "Per associated product" to sign your customers up only when they buy specific products.
Set the option "Commission Level" to "Normal" to sign your customers up as entry level affiliates or "Upgraded" to sign them up with a higher level of commission or to upgrade existing affiliates when they pay for this.
If you define an attribute with the name "affiliateid", you can let existing affiliates enter their affiliate ID number to select which affiliate account should be upgraded. If you define an attribute with the name "email" the affiliate can enter the email address they used to initially sign up and if you name it "user" they can enter the username they login to their affiliate profile with.
The automation fulfilment option interprets data from AShop and posts it to a third party application. The data can be posted in a variety of ways. Each fulfilment option that uses the automation method can be programmed separately. There is no limit to the number of fulfilment options that can use the automation method.
The Automation fulfilment feature lets you pass the order information for each product separately to an external script after a customer has completed an order. This makes it possible to integrate AShop V with almost any type of third party software. For example you can use this to automatically activate a web hosting account when it has been paid or you can add your customer to a mailing list using a software that isn't already supported by AShop or you can activate a service on another website or even another server for your customer.
1. To set up Automation fulfilment option, navigate to the Configuration > Fulfilment menu, select Automation and click Add.
2. Set Automation Parameters
or it can be an absolute URL, for example: http://www.yourdomain.com/cgi-bin/activateaccount.pl
3. Click Update when you have completed the form to save it.
4. Assign each product to the automation fulfilment option through the Edit Catalog menu.
5. If your product has any attributes you can send them to the external software.
Each one of your products' attributes are listed with a text box that will let you map its' name to the name that is used by the receiving software. For example: if your product has an attribute named "Size" that will let your customer select the size from a number of options and the script that is going to receive the order information sent by the fulfilment option instead calls this information "attribute2" you can enter that into the box next to "Size" for the product.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for all other products that are to use this fulfilment option.
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