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What's New in October 2017 Update for Oracle Commerce Cloud

In the fifth release of the year for Oracle Commerce Cloud, we've added a number of new features, including new out-of-the-box widgets for Popup/Quick View and Modal Stacks, account-specific payment and shipping methods for B2B, ability to create promotions by catalog property, and the ability to create and edit additional sites from the Admin UI, as well as assign site-specific themes and payment gateways and methods to different sites. We’ve also launched a new loyalty framework which allows merchants to set up a separate loyalty website and hook into an external loyalty system.
 
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Major New Features
The major new features in the October 2017 Update for Oracle Commerce Cloud include:
 
Multisite for Oracle Commerce Cloud now allows merchants to assign different themes to different sites being run on the same instance. A theme can be associated to one or more sites and merchants can manually build a theme for a site. CSS processing of themes has been improved.  
 
Gives merchants more control over the look and feel of their sites. Also gives users control over Theme compilation and merchants can troubleshoot compilation status and failures.
 
Merchants can now create, delete, or designate a site as the default site, directly in the OCC Admin UI. Business users can create a site without using the API and then merchandise and manage the site to ready it for production.
 
NOTE:  Merchants must still work with Ops to make a new site live. 
 
Payment processing settings (e.g. Payment Types, Hold Price, Billing Countries, Default Billing Country per Site) and payment gateways can now be site-specific, allowing merchants to set up sites with differing payment methods or payment gateways. Merchants can also specify a list of billing countries, along with a default billing country, for each site.
 
Includes the ability to enable or disable payment gateways for specific sites. For example, if a user uploads a payment gateway extension, the gateway type will be available for each site and display all gateway types in the Service Type dropdown of the Admin UI. By default, payment gateways will be disabled for each site.
 
Allows merchants to have site level control over extension-based site settings, global widgets, and application-level JS modules. Users can assign one or more sites to each global widget and application-level JS module. 
For example, when a user uploads an extension containing site level settings, the settings will display in the Admin Settings menu under an “Extensions” heading. The site settings will automatically be applicable to all sites, so a checkbox configuration has been added to give merchants the ability to turn it off or on by site.
 
The following settings are now site-specific: 
Assisted Selling Application settings
This allows merchants to have more control over how they configure each of their sites.
 
Site information (site name and URL) is now included as part of the payload sent to Marketing Cloud for Abandoned Cart and Submit Order.
 
For Abandoned Cart, the site information is passed to Responsys which allows abandoned cart conversion campaign messages to contain site-specific links. These are outbound communications sent to the shopper when an idle order has been detected.
 
For Submit Order, the site information is passed to Responsys which allows campaigns based on shopper order to be tailored by site. For example, this can be used to include site-specific links in order confirmation messages or targeting campaigns to shoppers whose last submitted order was from a particular site (e.g. emails encouraging shoppers to rate or review a product ordered from a particular site, emails promoting an add-on product or content relevant to a product ordered from a particular site).
 
Loyalty sites can be used to increase customer lifetime value and reward high value customers. The new loyalty framework within OCC enables merchants to set up a loyalty website that allows shoppers to shop and earn or redeem points. Includes ability to:
Configure programs against a site
Set up points as a currency 
Have separate tax settings for points
Set up the conversion rate for converting currency to points
Set up a secondary currency against a site to be used for converting taxes and/or shipping to points
Set up a new payment method to handle loyalty points 
Utilize enhanced webhooks and APIs to send the loyalty details for profile and order details to external systems. 
NOTE: Requires use of an external system to support enrollment, accrual, and redemption.
 
A new Loyalty Payment widget is available out of the box to support payment by points. 
 
This allows shoppers to pay for an order fully in points if they have enough points accrued. Includes built-in verification of a shopper’s points balance against an integrated external loyalty system.
 
NOTE: Built specifically to support merchants with a dedicated loyalty site with Price List Group currency in points (not mixed currency).
 
A new Loyalty Details widget and endpoint is also available out of the box to support loyalty details, such as membership ID, program ID, points accrued, and tier category of the shopper. As with all Storefront widgets, this widget is customizable to display additional loyalty scheme-specific details. This widget can be used to display loyalty scheme details anywhere in the storefront.
 
Supported in both Storefront and Agent. In Agent, return and exchange processing can be done with orders placed in points.
 
NOTE: Built specifically to support merchants with a dedicated loyalty site with Price List Group currency in points (not mixed currency).
 
Ability to set tax to be calculated per price group, instead of just at the site level. Includes ability to turn off tax calculations for loyalty points if not needed. This allows merchants more flexibility when determining when tax should (or shouldn’t) be calculated and is meant in particular for merchants who want to set more specific tax rules by currency, rather than price group.
 
For example, this allows a merchant to set up two price groups—one in USD and one in Loyalty Points—and calculate tax on the former, but not the latter.
 
NOTE: This setting is now in the Price Group configuration area of the Admin UI. Tax will still be calculated if it is set at the site level, but turning it off for certain price groups means that only in those cases will tax calls *not* be made.
 
Additional New Features and Other Changes
There are also a number of additional new features, changes, and improvements included in the Oracle Commerce Cloud October 2017 Update.  
 
Browser Support
Browser support is up-to-date.
 
Language and Currency Support
Languages: No new languages added. 
 
Thirty-six languages are currently supported: Arabic (ar) (Storefront only), Bulgarian (bg), Chinese—Simplified (zh_CN), Chinese—Traditional (zh_TW), Croatian (hr), Czech (cs), Danish (da), Dutch (nl), English (en), English-GB (en-GB), Estonian (et), Finnish (fi), French (fr), French Canadian (fr_CA), German (de), Greek (el), Hungarian (hu), Italian (it), Japanese (ja), Korean (ko), Latvian (lv), Norwegian (no), Polish (pl), Portuguese—Brazil (pt_BR), Portuguese—Portugal (pt_PT), Romanian (ro), Russian (ru), Serbian - Cyrillic (sr), Serbian – Latin (sr_Latn),,Slovenian (sl), Spanish (es), Swedish (sv), Thai (th), Turkish (tr), Ukrainian (uk). 
 
Currencies: No new currencies are supported.  
 
Sixty-one currencies are currently supported:  AED (UAE Dirham), ARS (Argentine Peso), AUD (Australian Dollar), BGN (Bulgarian Lev), BOB (Boliviano), BRL (Brazilian Real),  CAD (Canadian Dollar), CHF (Swiss Franc), CLP (Chilean Peso), CNY (Chinese Yuan Renminbi), COP (Colombian Peso), CRC (Costa Rican Colon), CZK (Czech Koruna), DKK (Danish Krone), DOP (Dominican Peso), DZD (Algerian Dinar), EGP (Egyptian Pound), EUR (Euro), GBP (British Pound Sterling), GTQ (Guatemalan Quetzal), HKD (Hong Kong Dollar), HNL (Lempira), HRK (Croatian Kuna), HUF (Hungarian Forint), IDR (Indonesian Rupiah), INR (Indian Rupee), JPY (Japanese Yen), KES (Kenyan Shilling), KRW (South Korean Won), KZT (Tenge), LBP (Lebanese Pound), MAD (Moroccan Dirham), MXN (Mexico Peso), MYR (Malaysian Ringgit), NGN (Naira), NIO (Cordoba Oro), NOK (Norwegian Krone), NZD (New Zealand Dollar), PAB (Panamanian Balboa), PEN (Peruvian Nuevo Sol), PHP (Philippine Peso), PKR (Pakistani Rupee), PLN (Polish Zloty), PYG (Paraguayan Guarani), QAR (Qatari Riyal), RON (Romanian Leu), RSD (Serbian Dinar), RUB (Russian Ruble), SAR (Saudi Riyal), SEK (Swedish Krona), SGD (Singapore Dollar), THB (Thai Baht), TJS (Somoni), TRY (Turkish Lira), TWD (New Taiwan Dollar), UAH (Ukrainian Hryvnia), USD (US Dollar), UYU (Uruguayan Peso), VND (Vietnamese Dong), XAF (CFA Franc BEAC), ZAR (South African Rand. 
 
B2B
New UI in OCC Admin allows merchants working on an account to select which site they want to work on. Includes a new “All Sites” tab where the user can see all sites available for an Admin to attach to an account. Once a site is selected, configuring the items for that account in the various tabs (e.g. addresses, contacts) is in the context of that selected site.
 
For accounts that span multiple sites, this new UI provides an easier, more streamlined way to work on the configuration for an account on each site.
 
NOTE: This is a B2B feature specific to B2B Accounts, so the selector includes all published sites that are configured for B2B.
 
Allows merchants to selectively choose which payment and/or shipping methods to allow individual accounts to use. For example, one account can be configured to use credit cards and pay by invoice, while another account can only use credit cards. Another example: one account is in a geographic area where same-day shipping is supported, but another is not, so that shipping option is not assigned to that account.
 
Includes a checkbox for “Use all of the site payment methods” under Payment Method Types to allow merchants to quickly select all methods for an account.
Ability for B2B Buyers to Create Addresses 
 
Allows merchants to configure which buyers can create shipping and/or billing addresses for orders and which buyers can only use preconfigured addresses for their account.
 
This feature gives merchants more control over which individual buyers (if any) have the permissions to create addresses for orders on their own.
 
New roles have also been added that allow and disallow this capability:
- Account Address Manager: Contacts that have the right to create, edit and delete account addresses. Additionally, these contacts have the ability to manage account addresses during the checkout process.
- Profile Address Manager: Contacts that can create, edit and delete profile addresses. Additionally, these contacts have the ability to manage profile addresses during the checkout process.
 
Both roles can be assigned to any contact, giving them both capabilities.
 
NOTE: Merchant Administrators or Delegated Administrators cannot see another contact’s profile addresses—they are unique to that contact.
 
Allows a buyer to quickly create or place a new order from a previous order. All items from a previous order are added to cart and the customer is notified if certain line items are no longer available or temporarily out of stock.
 
The shopper can use the “Copy Items to Cart” or “Copy Order” link on multiple orders sequentially before submitting the resulting order. Each use of the link adds more items to the cart. For the new (copied) order, pricing will use the shopper’s current price list group and catalog.
 
Extensibility
New webhook provides the ability for merchants to personalize the product catalog and primary and secondary price groups available to a registered shopper based on external rules, including loyalty level, geographic location, shopper preference, or event.
 
The catalog and price groups returned by the webhook override the values configured in site settings in the Admin UI or specified by a B2B contract. Useful for instances when a merchant wants to set up event-specific catalogs, offer an extended product selection or preferred pricing to a shopper based on loyalty level, and/or offer products for purchase using loyalty points. In the last case, setting up a dedicated points based catalog and corresponding points based price group is an alternative to creating a dedicated points site and would allow a shopper to start a shopping session using standard monetary currency and then switch to shopping points. 

Selective Publishing
Selective Publishing Improvements
We’ve made it easier to find assets that have been updated recently and need to be published. Users can now filter the change list by status or asset area to find a subset of assets to publish.

Note: Design assets are still rolled up as one item that must be selected and published together. Assets are filtered by Area not by specific asset type.

Experience & Design
Allows storefront developers to view updated code from their local environment in OCC preview and conduct basic testing of code changes without needing to push the code to their OCC environment.  Developers can now do this testing without having to package and upload the widget, element, or other code changes in an extension.
 
This function can be invoked from the Design Code Utility tool.
 
Allows storefront designers/developers to use a stack component to more easily manage modals on their site. Users can control the shown content and modal content by placing desired widgets in the appropriate sub-regions of the modal stack. They can now easily deploy widgets and render them in a modal UI component—just add the stack to the layout and add any desired widgets. 
 
The Layout UI has been redesigned to include filters which make it easier to work with large numbers of layouts. Includes a new Components tool to manage all of the components used to design layouts in Design Studio—includes all types of components, including slots, global widgets, and application level JS modules.
 
Storefront
This new Popup Stack type in Design Studio allows widgets in the main sub-region to pass information to the widgets in the popup sub-region. Popup Stacks can help to manage and configure hidden content, such as what is necessary for login/registration modals and Quick View.
 
Out-of-the-box Collection and Search Results layouts include this new Popup Stack to provide Quick View functionality. Quick View enables shoppers to view essential product information and add the product to cart without needing to navigate away from Collection or Search Results pages. 
 
To utilize Popup Stacks for data that is dynamically loaded, such as products, within the main component of the Popup Stack, the code needs to be configured to pass product information. This will  ensure the correct item is launched. 
 
Displays content managed within CEC within OCC. This new content item widget allows for selecting an asset from Content and Experience Cloud (CEC) for display. 
 
All attributes of the content item, including images, are displayed in the Storefront without having to configure each attribute displayed. Includes support for standard image types (e.g. png, gif, jpg). Integration details are maintained within Oracle Integrations in the Admin.
 
NOTE: Requires Content and Experience Cloud. Also, none of the display logic of CEC is used, so the content needs to be formatted and styled, typically using a merchant’s website styling.
 
Forgot Password Token
We've introduced an improved forgotten password reset flow with this update. The out-of-the-box OCC forgotten password workflow for shoppers now supports sending of a reset password link rather than a plain text password.
 
Upon selecting Forgotten Password, a shopper that enters his/her email address will receive a password reset link. Upon selecting the link (and if s/he is a registered shopper), s/he will be able to update the password accordingly.
 
This new workflow for forgotten password is automatically available for new merchants. Existing customers will need to use the latest version of the Login/Registration widget on the checkout page and also use a new Login/Registration header element. It will also require an SR to Oracle Ops to enable once ready.
 
Audiences
Allows merchants to create audiences based on custom B2B account attributes, in addition to the out of the box attributes available. Allows the merchant to support custom string, date, or number account attributes, such as Customer Size is “Medium” and “Customer Business Type is “Consumer Electronics.”
 
Allows alternative content to be dhown to different accounts using content variation slots.
 
NOTE: For custom attributes to show in audience rule builder, the audienceVisibility attribute needs to be set to “All.”
 
Promotions
Allows merchants to offer promotions on specific SKU properties or variants. Also useful for catalog property exclusions. Now available in all promotion templates. Users can match ALL rules or match ANY rule.
 
This feature is useful for instances when a merchant wants to offer a promotion on a collection or product with the exception of a catalog property, for example, excluding specific brands from a promotion on a collection or excluding certain sizes.
 
Allows merchants to create more granular requirements for promotions to be applied to an order. 
 
NOTE: Does not support SKU properties other than variants, so does not include pricing, inventory, or properties for collections.
 
Guided Search
Provides the capability to change the order of facet values alphabetically (A to Z) or by frequency (most or least). For example, this API can be used to change the order of brands, so they are listed alphabetically.
 
By default, all facets, except for Category and Price, are returned in frequency order. 
 
NOTE: Manually ordering facet values is not currently available. The choice is between alphabetical or frequency.
 
Integrations
Support for integration with third party configurators that employ Bill of Materials based multilevel hierarchical configurations is now supported in the OCC Agent Application in addition to the Storefront. 
Supports Bill of Materials (BOM)-based and Recommended Items configuration models, as well as support for sub-item pricing for configured items. Adds the ability for merchants to sell complex, multi-level hierarchical configured items in OCC. 
 
Pre-built integration with CPQ supports post-pay telco-like product structures and bundles. Provides comprehensive view of complex pricing structure. Out-of-the-box Storefront widget support includes updates to cart, order confirmation, and order details, to support this feature.
 
While OCC supports complex, multi-level configured items up to ten levels deep, recommendation is to have items requiring no more than five levels.
 
Provides ability for shoppers to add recurring charge items (e.g. amount, frequency, duration) to the cart and check out. Passes those charge details to downstream billing systems. Allows merchants to sell subscription-based services.
 
Includes sample (not out of the box) widgets for Shopping Cart, Order Summary, and Order Details, as well as Storefront API support.
 
NOTE:  Only supports items added to the cart by an external system, such as CPQ, and requires customization of OCC payment processing. Does not include Agent support.
 
Allows for the ability to retrieve a list of assets owned by the shopper from an external system and display the details for each asset. The asset information displayed is read only.
 
Includes sample (not out of the box) page types, page layouts, and widgets for Asset List and Asset Details, as well as a sample widget that includes a View Services link (e.g. My Services) for the shopper profile layout and necessary ICS flow with CPQ.
 
Payments
Provides ability for merchants to take zero value orders without requiring any payment information from the shopper. Useful for instances when free samples are being offered or a coupon or discount used results in a zero value order. 
 
Supported in both Storefront and Agent out of the box.

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