Holiday Update

Posted on 19. Dec, 2017 in About Shopify, Advanced Tricks, Getting Started


What’s up, guys? Happy holidays. I wanted to give you a quick video that’s just going to show you a couple updates that have happened at Shopify for the remainder of the year. Now most of the updates are probably going to come out in January since we’re on a code freeze until that time, but I just want to hop in really quickly to you a couple of great additions that have been made to the theme editing tool that should make your holiday editing of your website a little bit easier.
Since we’re so close to Christmas, a lot of the code changes that are happening on Shopify will probably [00:00:30] be pushed to the new year, just to make sure that everybody can continue to operate as they normally would throughout the holiday season. But there were a couple quick changes made this week to Shopify to make things a little bit easier for you to manage.

If you go under online store and then go to themes and you go into customize themes, I’m going to show you a couple of these changes. The first one which makes things super easy to edit is a page selector on the top left hand corner. You can see here we have homepage, but then we can go and [00:01:00] select the type of page that we’re looking for. This is really helpful for you to be able to quickly navigate to your individual theme section. So say I want to edit a product page, I can click on product page and it’s going to load that up onto the site. Especially if you don’t have direct navigation to get there through your menu.

Other things that it’s going to show you is it’s going to show you if it’s a live or it’s a developing theme, so as you can see here on the right hand corner, this is the live theme that I’m using. And I also have the option [00:01:30] to change to full screen view, editing view, or over to mobile responsive view, so you can try out the different types that you’re looking for.

Super helpful update, but that’s pretty much that all that’s been added to Shopify for now. Now this is available on both Shopify core, as well as Shopify Plus, so it’s across the board.

That’s it for the update today. I will be back in the new year with some more updates and some more exciting things from Shopify. As we go through the winter season, I wish you guys a happy, [00:02:00] happy holidays, and hope that you guys are having a wonderful day.

Shopify Weekly Update – Nov 7

Posted on 08. Nov, 2017 in About Shopify, Shopify Plus


Hey, guys. I had a super exciting update this week. I had a chance to test out Launchpad for Shopify Plus. This app is super powerful and it’s extremely easy to use. I’m going to hop over to the demo now and walk you through it.

Okay. So, Launchpad. Launchpad was announced at Unite this year. They’re doing a re-launch of it. They’re launching the Launchpad. Anyways, I’m going to show you how it all works. What I’ve got set up is I have my store set up here, my sunny days, [00:00:30] what sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity, got some quotes, got a nice image here, but I want a flash sale to come up and we’re going to sell some umbrellas. We’re going to do a one-minute flash sale, so I’m going to just walk you through how we set that up.

So, after I’ve installed the app, Launchpad, we can then go and set up the details of it. Now, one thing I should mention, Launchpad is specifically only set up for Shopify Plus clients, not for Shopify Core. It’s not available for Shopify Core yet, it’s more for those merchants [00:01:00] who have huge followings and they really need to be able to time everything out so they don’t have a huge staff behind them to launch these events.

So, let’s go into Launchpad and once we get in there, we can start creating a new event. So, I’m going to create a new event and this is going to be my flash sale. So, flash, oops sorry, flash sale and I need a time for it to start. So, I now am going to set this [00:01:30] up to go in about 10 minutes, so we’re going to set it for November 7, and we’re going to set it for 2:00, actually yeah, so, it’s eastern time, so we’re going to set this for 1:55 p.m. We’re going to publish the product on all sales channels, so we’re going to actually use the Malbec umbrella here. We’re going to apply a discount to that product. So, because it’s a flash sale, we want to make [00:02:00] sure that there’s some incentive for people to purchase, so I’m going to hit the Malbec umbrella and I’m going to give it a 20% discount when people buy it. Most importantly, I need to set an end date. I want to take down the flash sale after one minute. So, I originally set it for 1:55, I’m now going to set it for 1:56, so that it comes down when we’re done and I’m going to save it.

So, that sets up our flash sale. Now, there’s a couple other really cool features that you can [00:02:30] use with Launchpad. First off is enabled theme switching. So, I have set up two themes, so I have the first theme which is called flash sale, which has got some unique graphics in it and it’s got a call to action that really drives people to that product, and then I have another one which is my active theme, which it’s going to go back to after the event is over.

Now, I don’t have any scripts set up, nor do I have any shopping scripts or any shipping scripts, but you can also set those up if [00:03:00] they’re important when you’re going to do your Launchpad event and then the other thing I want to do is I want to enable bot protection so that we don’t have any bots buying products during our event. Now, it really depends on whether you feel like the CAPTCHA is going to inhibit people from purchasing out, but I do recommend putting in a CAPTCHA so that you don’t have any fraudulent purchases during that time. We’re going to also enable the password page. We’re going to set it up for five minutes before, [00:03:30] just to drive some excitement. So, I’m going to go ahead and save that. Oh, I’m going to have to move our event back a little bit. I’m going to move it back two minutes, there we go. I’m going to save that because we need to have enough time for our event to be scheduled.

So, it’s going to start in two minutes, it’s going to start. We have our flash sale here. So what I’m [00:04:00] going to do, is I’ll do a little bit of time traveling for you. We will refresh the page when it’s now gone live and you can see exactly what happens.

Okay. We have five seconds left until our sale happens, so we’re going to now refresh our homepage. We can see it’s now setup to password page in order to create some excitement for the flash sale start. This is going to sit here for five minutes and then in five minutes we’re going to refresh the page [00:04:30] again and we are going to see our flash sale start.

Okay, so our event is going to start in one minute. Now, if you go on to the app before the sale starts, you can see there’s a really tiny dashboard that’s going to be coming available. So, the event is starting, it’s going to be preparing it to start one minute before it actually goes up. It’s going to give you a countdown timer telling you how long things are going to be. Your online store, it gives you a notification telling you that it’s locked and ready to get [00:05:00] going. We have about 30 seconds to go and then the flash sale will now be live and we can see the status down below. So, it’s preparing all the stuff that’s being required, if we’re going to need more servers, all that sort of stuff is being prepared so that the flash sale is going to have absolutely everything you need in order to make sure that it goes off without a hitch.

And our flash sale is now live. We can see that it’s active, so go over to our store and refresh our store. We can [00:05:30] see what’s happened. It’s now put up our flash sale. It’s put up our theme that we’re using specifically for this. We can actually close this preview here, because we can see the live one going on. If I hit buy now, it will take me to the Commander umbrella. We can see that the discount has been applied to this specific item and then I can go and hit add to cart to check out. If I have a look at the flash sale, there is a real-time dashboard that I can watch all of the [00:06:00] people who have come to a site, how many have checked out, I can see there’s only one visitor, because it’s just me going through there, but then I can now go to the checkout page and it will show you live what is exactly happening with your sale, so you can track the process and make adjustments as you go.

Once we get through to the final part of it, the real-time dashboard will update and it will tell us when our event is finished. So, we have just finished our one-minute event. It has now shut down our event. [00:06:30] I can finish my checkout and continue it, but if I go back to our homepage, we can see our flash sale is now finished and it’s reverted it back to the way it was before. So, super, great way to launch specific flash sales, it’s also a really great way to launch just theme updates on a very low period of time. You don’t have to stay up until midnight and we can also see too, that the discount has now expired as well. So, if I didn’t get a chance [00:07:00] to checkout, I now have to pay the regular price.

Again, that’s a basic run through of what’s going on with Launchpad. Super, super powerful. Simply go to the app store and install it if you’re on Shopify Plus. If you need any help learning how to use it, please contact us, we would love to walk you through it, love to get you onboard and show you how you can really leverage this app in order to make the most successful flash sales that you can possibly think of as well as launch new themes and everything.

Couple other update that you should know about. [00:07:30] Shopify now is seamlessly integrating with Ebay. Simply install the Ebay app on your Shopify store and you can publish all your products directly to Ebay hitting 171 million users instantly. As the holiday season heats up, there’s a growing consumer practice known as showrooming, when a customer visits a store and then checks out online. This can be challenging for many retailers, because they don’t see the benefit of having a physical store. Shopify is launching buy online inside of Shopify POS [00:08:00] to help with this situation. Now, customers can try on their products in store, and then you can send them a link to purchase it directly to their email and they can choose their own payment and shipping options from the comfort of their own home.

That’s it for this week. Please remember to like and subscribe to this video and I’ll see you next week.

Shopify Weekly Update – Oct 30th

Posted on 30. Oct, 2017 in About Shopify


Hey everyone, Jody here. I have some new updates that I quickly want to tell you about that got launched last week on Shopify so let’s just jump into it. Okay, so I’m going to go over a couple new things that were just launched this week on Shopify.

The first thing is sharable discount links. So where you find this is if you go into your dashboard and you go to discounts, and if you have a couple discounts set up there, you’ll see that there’s a new flag at the top saying that there’s now a promote button for your sharable links. So we go into [00:00:30] the $10 off coupon that I created. You can see there’s now a new green badge at the top of promote, and so now what we can click on here and we can click get sharable link. What this will let you do is it will allow you to automatically add that discount code directly into any of your social media or any of your advertising so that you have a discount link ready to go.

So if I [00:01:00] copy that link and then I go, I paste that in my store, when it loads the store it will copy that link. It’ll put that link in my discount and then if I go to shorts here and I go in and I go grab an actual item. I’ve got an item. Let’s add this into my cart and I go to checkout, what we can see will happen is it will automatically apply [00:01:30] that $10 discount code directly into the checkout. So now you have a way better user experience for discount codes when it comes it applying it in Shopify. Super easy. Super easy to use.

So in analytics you now have access to your point of sale data. You can see now that we’ve got these new items in here that says sales by point of sales location, so you can start to see where your income is actually coming, split up by point of sales. Really great for [00:02:00] those stores that have multiple retail locations as well as online funnels, so now that’s now been available in analytic dashboard.

Some of the other changes are on the app side of things so I’m going to switch over to the app right now, so show you some of the updates that came with version six on the app. One of the great things is now you can go and create and manage collections inside the app. So this is part of Shopify’s move to allow you to do everything that you wanted to do inside the app. So now if you click on the plus button at the top you can [00:02:30] create a new collection and now you can go and create the collection directly inside the app. Instead of having to log into the web-based version of it through your phone, you can now do everything through the app.

Now there’s a lot of these updates that are going to be coming that are going to allow you to actually manage your whole online store through the app as they roll out, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on those as well.

That’s everything for the app side of things. I’m going to flip back over to the web so that you can see some of the additional [00:03:00] changes for inventory history. One of the other updates that have come out on the Shopify dashboard last week is the inventory history. So if you go into a product and you go into, let’s take the [inaudible 00:03:14] umbrella here, and I’m actually going to update the inventory on it. Let’s go down here, let’s go [inaudible 00:03:20] variant. Actually I don’t think I have to change, so inventory quantity, okay, great.

I’m now able to go [00:03:30] into inventory history.
Inventory history now allows you to see the last 90 days of any inventory that has been made by staff members, apps or any other orders. So as you can see there’s nothing in there right now but if I go in and I make a change to the history or the inventory, sorry, let’s go and do that now. So we’re going to save, we’re actually going to go down one, save that, and now if I go into view inventory history you can see that I manually [00:04:00] removed it, it was adjusted by me and you can see the details for it. Really great way to help you keep track of your inventory items when there’s a lot of things moving on.

That’s all the dashboard updates but there’s a couple payment updates that you should know about. Amazon Pay is now available in Japan so if you’re a Japanese merchant, you can simply add the payment method through your payments page on Shopify. Also, Shopify payments is now available in Singapore so if you’re selling in Singapore dollars you’re now able to natively have Shopify payment [00:04:30] to collect SGD.

A couple things I should mention. The payout period is four business days. Chargebacks are $15 or $15 SGD, and unfortunately it’s not available to Shopify point of sales yet.
That’s all the updates for this week. Hope you guys have a fantastic week. Don’t forget to like and subscribe. I got a bunch more videos that you can check out right here.

Update to Shopify Plus Checkout

Posted on 22. Sep, 2017 in About Shopify, Advanced Tricks, Shopify Plus

What’s up guys, I have a little update for the Plus clients. Shopify is rolling out a new version of the checkout, so any of your custom check-out scripts will need to be tested before the changes roll live on October 20th. I’m gonna quickly run through all the changes now so you know what to expect. So let’s just jump into it.

So the first thing is when you log in to your Plus dashboard you’re gonna see this learn more here, this is exactly what we’re talking about, these are the changes that are coming out for the Shopify checkout [00:00:30] when you upgrade your account. Now to preview the upgrade you can preview checkout, and then you pick the theme that you want to check it out as. So what we’re gonna do is duplicate your theme, run it through the checkout, and then try the checkout once it’s been tested, everything works, then we can hit upgrade checkout.

So let me go through a couple of the changes that are gonna be coming out. The first is Google Autocomplete, this uses the Google Autocomplete in order to speed up the checkout process. This feature comes out of the box with this checkout version, [00:01:00] so there’s no need to set it up to make this work. If you’re already an existing Google Autocomplete integration, then you can potentially have a conflict between the two behaviors, so we recommend disabling the custom integration in favor of the new checkout version.

The second is checkout with phone. Checkout with phone has been coming for a few months now. Now what this allows you to do is it allows you to put in your phone a number, verses putting it in an email when you’re checking out. It also changes the field to be a dual field, so if you put in an email [00:01:30] address and you put in a phone number, what it’s going to do is it’s going to auto-sense what’s the two that you put in, if it’s gonna be a phone number, then it’s gonna show you a flag, which shows you which country it’s coming from.

The next thing is there’s a bunch of things on the notification subscriptions. This gets a little technical, but it’s basically tied in with the checkout with the phone. It’s so that you can have, if you have notifications for people when they checkout with their phone, versus when they checkout with their email. But if you might want different stories [00:02:00] that go along with those. Small map on the thank you page has now been moved to the map box, it’s now Google Maps, so now it’s full Google Map integration with all our Shopify stuff.

The order page status, there has been a small change where you’re now gonna get a thank you page versus getting a text message just to improve the process. Couple other things, Shopify Pay is now going to work with all customer accounts, and there is now going to be a, there used [00:02:30] to be a SMS message that was first sent when a customer opts-in to Shopify Pay. But that’s been removed, and in favor of putting a thank you page up to confirm the opt-in. So no text message gets sent now.

The last thing is for taxes that are being loaded from an external service, so if you’re using a tax service that is going to bring you the external stuff or the external rates in, then there’s going to be a loading animation, which is gonna show you before the page loads, just in order so that they have time to go and put that information in.

[00:03:00] And that’s pretty much it for the upgrade checkout. If there’s any, if you have any questions you can contact your project lead, or if you want anything else you can leave a comment down below and we’d be happy to answer them. Hope you’re having yourself a great week.

Abandoned Cart in Shopify

Posted on 07. Nov, 2016 in About Shopify, Advanced Tricks, Uncategorized

I’m going to go over something very interesting today. I’m going to go over abandoned carts within Shopify. Abandoned carts are something that happens quite often, especially now that mobile has taken over such a huge part of ecommerce. The reason for that is, people will go on their mobile phone and do their shopping, and then they’ll get to the checkout procedure, they’ll think about it, and then they’ll come home and on their desktops they’ll complete the process. There’s a couple of reasons for that. Number one, it’s easier to actually complete the process at their house, because they have all of their payment information and their shipping information already stored in their browser. The other thing is too, there’s a lot more security comfort with your desktop computer. This is changing with Apple Pay and then fingerprint sign outs, but at the moment, this is where people are completing most of their purchases.

4:00 – One of the things that you can do to increase your sales is setting up abandoned cart reminders, so that when someone does go and put something into their cart, it stays in their cart, and then twenty-fours later, if they haven’t completed their purchase, say they got distracted or they’ve forgotten about it, it will send them an email saying, “Hey, just a reminder, this is still in your cart. You should maybe go and click on the checkout button.” When they’re back at their computer.

1:30 – Let’s jump over to the screen right now and we’ll go over exactly how to set everything up. One of the things that is quite prevalent in online ecommerce is abandoned carts. I think we’ve all been there, when we’ve been online shopping, we’ve been finding a product that we like, so I’ve been shopping around, I’ve had a look at this umbrella, it has everything that I want, and then I add it to my cart, and I go through to the checkout procedure. I get through the checkout procedure and I usually go and do this in order to see what the total price is going to be. I want to see what the calculated shipping’s going to be cost, I’m going to see what the taxes are. Everybody wants to know what the final amount that they’re going to pay is, especially when they’re browsing around.

02:30 – One of the things that can really hinder this is, I know for me personally, one of the things that I do quite often is, I’ll be browsing on my mobile device and I will come across a store and I will come across a product that I like, and I’ll add it to the cart, and then what I will plan on doing is coming back later when I’m at my computer and then going through the checkout procedure when I’m at the computer. The reason I do that is because my payment information is stored in my computer, which is not stored in my phone. This is where abandoned checkout recovery is really important.

03:00 – Now, if ever you’re in Shopify, it’s super easy to find. You simply go to the dashboard and you click on ‘Orders’ and you click on ‘Abandoned checkouts’. What you’ll see is you’ll see abandoned checkouts. The way Shopify works is, if a customer has logged in at any point. I put my customer email address in here and I could continue to shipping method. As soon as I have done that, it grabs that information and it creates an abandoned checkout that it holds onto. Now, if I close this browser window and I go back to my abandoned checkouts and I refresh this page, you’ll see that my checkout has shown up on the abandoned orders checkout. I can click on the link and it will actually take me to the order and you can see exactly what I’ve put in there, I can email the order to the client, I can send a recovery email. All sorts of things. You can see exactly what they were looking at.

04:00 – Now that you know what abandoned carts are, we need to set them up within your Shopify dashboard. One thing to keep in mind is, abandoned cart recovery is only available on the medium and up plan with Shopify, it’s not available on the basic plain. The idea is, is that when you start getting into the medium in the more advanced features and you’re starting to optimize your store a little bit more, that’s when abandoned cart becomes more useful to you. It’s not something that you’re really going to worry about right off the bat, although probably should.

04:30 – To get there, you want to go to ‘Settings’ and then you want to go to ‘Notifications’. Under ‘Notifications’, if you’re on the correct plan you will get the correct order notifications showing up, called ‘Abandoned cart’. We can click on ‘Abandoned checkout’ and we can see the HTML that we can set up here for abandoned checkouts. This notification is a little bit different than the one that you have in your standard notifications, it’s HTML only, because it has to contain links for people to complete their purchases, they don’t have a plain text version.

05:00 – You can see, this is my order that has been set up. You can customize, you can add your logo in that. The other thing you need to do is, you need to set it up so that it actually sends it. To do that, what we’re going to do is, if we go back to ‘Notifications’, there’s a link here that says ‘Checkout settings’ and when you go to the checkout settings, what it’s going to do is it’s going to take you over to your checkout settings where you can set up. If the customer abandons your checkout, send them an email reminder to complete their order. Right now I have it set to never, so they’re never going to get that order. You can do one hour later, which is typically recommended, six hour later, not recommended, ten hours later, which is recommended, or twenty-four hours later. The idea is that you’re trying to catch them when they’re most likely back at their machines.

Thanks for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe and like this video if it was helpful. Remember, you can always book a call with me in the provided down below. I’m hoping you guys have yourself a wonderful week. Talk to you next time.

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Using Bulk Editor Tool in Shopify

Posted on 05. Sep, 2016 in About Shopify, Advanced Tricks, Getting Started

What’s up guys? I got a quick one for you today. We’re going to over the bulk editor tool, and I’m also going to tell you about a workshop I’ve got coming up in September. All that next.

You’ve imported all your products in to Shopify, and now you need to go and make some changes. An example of that is you want to put a bunch of stuff on sale, for example. Now, you could go in one at a time and make those changes, but that can be very tedious, and it’s very time-consuming. You can also go and export the products, so you can click on export, select your export, export it to a CSV file, make your changes in the spreadsheet, and then re-import it back in, but sometimes that might not be something you want to do, say on an iPad.

Anyway, Shopify offers a bulk editing tool, which allows you to edit all your products in one super clean interface. I’m going to show you how to do that. I want to go and I’m going to edit a number of these items, so I’m going to go and I’m going to click on the button over here and it’s going to select all the products. It’s only going to select the products that are shown in my current search result. If I have more than 32 products or more than 100 products on one page, it’s going to show on the next page, so you’re going to get an option here that says “select all products.”

Then, what I can do is I can do two things. One, I can go into bulk actions. I can either hide all the products in my store, delete the selected products and republish them, I can add tags and remove tags, or I can add them or remove them from collections, but what we’re going to do is we’re going to actually click on the edit products button, and what this will do is allow us to edit multiple products in this really cool spreadsheet format.

Now, the most important thing when you’re in the spreadsheet format is understanding that this is pretty much exactly the same as Excel. The only difference is you can’t drag and drop the columns, so you can’t move them around here. The way the columns are lined up is title is fixed. Title always has to be there, but then the order that you add these current fields in at the top is the order that they’re going to show up down here.

Let’s say I’m going to remove inventory tracking and charging taxes, because those aren’t important for me for the sake of what I’m going to be doing. I’m also going to remove compare at price. We’re going to get right down to the basics here, so we have SKU and price. If I want to add another field in, I can click on the add field, and then anything that is not in this light color, anything that’s in the dark color, is a field that I can then add, so I actually do want to add in compare price. The order that I add these things in here is the order that they’re going to show up down below, so it keeps things very, very clean.

Next, I’m going to go in, and I’m actually going to make some changes, so the Commander umbrellas, we had them on sale, and now we’re going to change them so they’re back at regular price, so we’re going to go 105, 99, and we’re going to hit save all changes. What you’ll see happens here is it’s going to iterate through each one of those products and make those changes. The way it shows it is it shows it by the name, and then if it’s indented in the green color, that means it’s a variant. If we have a look down here, we have the lookout hat night sky, it actually has a variant for night sky, and it will show the individual variant underneath it. The master product will then no longer have a way for you to edit it because it has multiple variants underneath it.

That’s everything you need to know about the bulk editor tool. As always, if you have any questions, you can leave me a comment down below. Just a reminder that on September 25th, I have a workshop coming up in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is going to be held at Brain Station. I left you guys a link down below so you can see the event as well as a nice discount code in order to get you 10% off of the price. That’s all for this week. If you would like, please like and subscribe to this video, and we will see you guys next week.

 

Responsive Redesign of Shopify.com and MTV.com

Posted on 21. Apr, 2015 in About Shopify, Ecommerce

One of the regular podcasts that I listen too did an interview with Monica, a lead frontend designer from Shopify, about converting shopify.com to full responsive design. Responsive design is an elegant way to make sure your site works on all devices regardless of screen resolution or size. However, it can be a very tricky undertaking if not done right from the beginning. These two podcasts personally struck home with me because of the contrast between shopify’s approach to design and getting real user feedback vs. MTV’s approach of building out the entire site first and then launching it. They both had a similar situation of a giant traffic site that needed to make the switch; however the fundamental thinking was completely different. Shopify took it in bite size pieces which let them iterate and perfect the design. This has always been their approach.  Where MTV tried to roll out the whole thing at once on a smaller less important site.

Now in all fairness, I do believe its an unfair comparison because MTV has 20 years of legacy development they need to address first; and I was very impressed about how they are planning on future proofing their images. However, the thing that I took away from these two podcast is shopify’s thought pattern about how you must continually be building your site.  Websites grow and evolve, you are never compete. Its this fundamental approach to design which has made shopify the largest and easiest to use ecommerce software in the world.

Love to hear your comments.

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Episode #33

A Responsive Web Design Podcast

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Using Shopify as a Wholesale Tool

Posted on 14. Apr, 2015 in About Shopify, Clients Websites, Development, Tweaks

What Leah had to say about the project

When I decided to build a new wholesale site, I didn’t know where to start. I’m so glad I found the guys at Sunbowl. They did a great job of planning the project with me so that we could create a great user experience. I like to learn how to edit things on my own, so I really appreciated the video tutorials they sent me. They were super helpful with figuring out the technical aspects of the project and were really timely with their delivery. I would highly recommend them to anyone!

The site was a huge success – we generated over 40K in sales in the first month.

Leah Emmott, CEO, Inner Fire Apparel

 

Everybody knows that Shopify is really great for doing your online e-commerce when you’re selling from business to customer. What I’m going to show you is if when you want to use Shopify in order to use it in a business to business situation. For example, I’m going to show you how it works really, really well and powerfully with a wholesale opportunity.

[00:02:00] With my Inner Fire, they already had a Shopify store and they wanted to add a wholesale component to that store. What we were able to do was use a second Shopify store in order to set that up for them. When you’re on the regular shop, just to compare. If we were a regular shopper and we wanted to buy some leggings we would pick the leggings that we wanted, then we would read through the descriptions and then we would add them to the cart and then we would get to check out.
We can change our quantities. We could see what we were purchasing and check out in a normal fashion. That works very well for buying single products. However, when you’re buying multiple products and if you’re doing a group buy, it’s not the best system to use because it’s very cumbersome and it’s hard to make sure that you got your orders correct. We did a little bit of a different approach to how to do it for a wholesale side of things.
Two things, one, the first thing we did is we wanted to make sure the wholesale side was password protected. There’s a lot of reasons for doing this. We wanted to be able to approve accounts for people to get there because they have to go through a certain credit check first. They have to be authorized dealers. There’s a lot of extra stuff that happens when you’re dealing with just wholesale clients.
When you go to the wholesale in your Fire account, it will take you to a login where the customer would then be able to log in and get to their site. Once they’ve logged in, they come to a nicely designed site just like you would normally have. If we were to go to the homepage it would come up wholesale site, very similar to their other site.

You can look up all different information. They have their polices, they have their FAQs, they have their look book, they have their catalogs. A lot of this stuff is new lines that are coming out that are not available to the public so it’s a different inventory.

When you go and actually select a t-shirt, which I have a sample here, you can see that the layout is slightly different than it was on their online store. The reason we built it this way was because we were finding it was very cumbersome to be adding one product to each cart by just copying over your existing store. There’s a lot of tweaks that need to happen when you’re opening up a second wholesale store.

The first thing with these guys is that you’re able to pick the graphics. I’m going to pick believe in yourself and I’m going to pick with a gray tanktop. We come down here and we get this great chart that tells us which products are in stock, which ones were out of stock and which ones we’re able to order. Theoretically, I can order 15 smalls, I can order four mediums, and I can order two larges. Say I wanted also to get the try coffee ones, I could order 20 here as well, maybe 10 here. Maybe they’re a little bit more popular and it will add them up on the right hand side.

These are just sample pricing that I’ve put in here for the purpose of this video but you can see that each item gets added together and it gives you a line item so you know how much each one of them is going to cost. If you’ve only got a specific budget, say you wanted to put a couple numbers in here and you knew that you only have $170 to spend on these particular items it’ll allow you to add it all up.
When you’re finished you can hit the Add to Cart icon. It will process everything and it will add it to the cart. It will add all your items to the cart. You could see your total number of items that are going to be checked out is 156. That only took me a couple seconds to put into the system, but if I was to do that one by one it would be a very cumbersome style of adding stuff over.

[00:04:00] If I go over to the cart, I can then see a preview of everything that I’m going to order. I can see the colors of my shirts. I can click on and see the graphic that I want to be able to be printed on the shirt. I could update my quantities and then I can also check my additional options. Do you need your items priced and is back ordering okay or are substitutions okay? It might be okay for you.

I can then go to my checkout and I can proceed through my checkout like I normally would. The cool thing about when you do the checkout is you’re able to go to checkout and you have to do a $300 minimum order so that you’re not dealing with these small order. Obviously if you’re a wholesale person and then you know you have the minimum order you need to make and you can make these type of check, it’s a user-friendly interface for buyers.
The buyers can sit down. They can really visually see what you’re looking at. They’re not looking through a catalog or filling out an Excel spreadsheet. Everything is accurately itemized and you can see the graphics of things that are going on and it works out very, very well. I’m going to update some of these here too a little bit more. I’m going to say I’m going to get 300 of them.

Refresh it there and now I’m above my minimum order so now I can check out. I can choose my payment method. I can either go by credit card, pay for it right now. I can go buy PayPal or I could go by bank deposit. There are multiple payment options that you could set up, especially when using a wholesale site. The great thing about it is you can have, because it’s password protected you could have them put the order in and you could do net 30 or you can do net 60 and then that can be imported directly into the accounting system that you’re using.

[00:06:00] Because it’s Shopify it has an API in it where we can actually connect it with your accounting system so it can go straight into if it accepts external inputs. Or you can change or you can run your business where they have to pay for the whole thing upfront based on credit cards. That’s really great to do if you’re doing closeout stuff or you’re doing sample sales or you’re doing that sort of thing where you’re trying to relieve  some of the other products.

That is overview of what we can do with a wholesale environment through Shopify. It’s a great place to expand your business and a really, really nice easy user interface to get away from those Excel spreadsheets and those fax forms we’re so used to.

Shopify Dashboard Update

Posted on 02. Apr, 2015 in About Shopify, Development

I’m going to do an overview of the new Shopify upgrade from Multi-Channel Support. This is a new update that they’re going to be rolling out in the next couple of weeks.
First, they’re going to roll it out to five percent of people, then to twenty-five percent of people, then to a hundred percent of people over the next month or so.

The biggest change that’s being done is they’re now making Shopify the central dashboard for all of your online sales. The way that they’re doing that is they’re adding these links on the left-hand side here to allow for each individual channel.
Right now, when you set up your Shopify store as a new store, you’re going to get online store and point of sales. That’s if you’re using the point of sales system.

If you’re going to be also using “buy now” button, which you can use to put onto a WordPress site, or you can use to put onto a Square Space site. What you’ll need to do is you’ll need to go to “settings”. Then you’ll need to go to “sales channels” in order to turn it on. It’ll give you your multiple sales channels below you and simply hit “add channel”. I want to add a Shopify Buy button and what you’ll see is on the left you’ll now have the buy button channel which will be added into your store.
The first thing I need to do to use this, is I’m going to need to go and create products. What I’m going to to do is I’m going to go through the other changes and show you were the other stuff is. Then I’ll come back and show you how the buy button new app works.

First of all, what they’ve done is they’ve shortened down the product list, or the navigation list on the left-hand side, and combined a bunch of things. Either you’re working in your home dashboard which is a whole new slew of updates as well as information pieces that come in. They all feed in from the sales channels on the left.

You have your orders page which is as similar as it always was before. When you have new orders in here they will show up in here. The order tracking and the order fulfillment is remaining the same.

[00:02:00] For the most part, not a lot is going be changing. It’s all the external services that you’re going to be working on that’ll change.

If you go into products, you can see now that this small little list slides over. Now you can see where you actually add products. This is adding an additional click to the navigation. Time will tell whether it’ll be annoying or not, but from what I can see it looks like it’s a pretty good idea. You’ve now got product list, inventory, your collections and your gift cards all underneath your same product dialogue box.

The next one is customers. This is similar to the customer dashboard before. It hasn’t changed at all.

Reports, again, also hasn’t changed. Still the similar reports.

The same with discount codes. Discount codes are being done the same way.

The biggest change is where you’re going to go in order to get access to your theme settings. If you go to “online store”, you can see this is where you’re going to get access to doing your overview, your blog post, changes to your pages, your themes, your navigation and your domains. For us as Shopify experts, this was the biggest change for us because we need to be able to go in and modify themes and so on and so forth.
Once you get into the actual pages themselves, they’re exactly the same as they were before. It’s just the navigation that you need to use to get there is an additional click now.
Point of sale, same thing. You have your overview and your locations like you would previously.

Next is the buy button. The new buy button app that I was talking about.

Finally, the settings button on the left will allow you to change all your settings. Your general, your payment, your checkout, your shipping, your taxes, your notifications, your gift cards, your files, your account. Again, your sales channels. As well as your settings for the online store and the point of sales store.

That is pretty much the major changes.

[00:04:00] If you click on this guy here, this is your “view your website” button. It used to be down at the bottom. They’ve removed those buttons down from the bottom now and they’ve moved them up here so if you’re looking for “view your website”, that’s where that one is. If you click on here this is your new log in/log out button. As well as your “hire an expert” and your community forums as well.
They’ve reduced the number of buttons they have on the navigation in order to make it a little bit cleaner for you to use as well.

If you have any comments or you would like to know where something is, leave it in the comments down below.

Good luck with the new dashboard

Resource: Shopify Blog Post

Sneak Peak at Shopify’s New Product Page

Posted on 12. Mar, 2015 in About Shopify, Getting Started

Here is a sneak peak at the changes coming to shopify’s product page. This video will help you get orientated with the new location of features.