MonthNovember 2015

B2B eCommerce – Challenge #9 – Creating an Omnichannel Buying Experience for Your B2B Customers

This is part of a series. See here for the initial post and a list of all the articles in the series – Better B2B eCommerce solutions are coming

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Let’s start by defining what Omnichannel is. It’s a current buzzword in the eCommerce world and isn’t that familiar to everyone. Omnichannel refers to the shopping experience that is created by the seller. Customers today are seeking a seamless buying experience with multiple purchasing options whether they are on a desktop computer, a mobile device, in-person at a brick-and-mortar store or on the phone. The key here is the integration between all these shopping experiences. If a user is shopping on their desktop computer, they should be able to continue the shopping experience on their mobile device. Perhaps the online customer can view inventory levels that represent a store location, then they can decide to purchase the product at that location or even purchase online and retrieve the product in-person from the store. Additionally, if the customer has made purchases in the past then their account information, past purchase list and buying preferences should be as easily accessible by the buyer and the customer representatives alike.

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B2B eCommerce – Challenge #8 – Multiple Payment Options

This is part of a series. See here for the initial post and a list of all the articles in the series – Better B2B eCommerce solutions are coming

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In the B2B world it is not uncommon for customers to have customer credit or an authorized purchase amount. You need to offer multiple payment options to allow customers to checkout in the best manner for them. This is especially helpful for customers that are making significantly sized purchases. For these large purchases your customer may not want to use a credit card.

In these cases you can associate customer credit with a customers account in the ERP and that credit will allow them to make a transaction on the eCommerce site without processing a credit card.

After they add items to their cart and proceed through checkout they will have the option to either “Pay by Credit Card” or “Pay with Customer Credit”.

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