Join The 2016 OrderCloud.io Winter Challenge | #BUILDB2B

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November 30th, 2016|Development|

You’re invited to participate in the 2016 OrderCloud.io winter challenge! Join us on a 5-day challenge to learn the ins and outs of the OrderCloud.io data model and how to start building with the OrderCloud.io API. Starting Monday, December 12, we’ll be posting one new challenge every day for the following 5 days. Every challenge [...]

The Headless eCommerce Challenge: B2B So Fast It’s Scary

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October 24th, 2016|Development, Webinars & Events|

Boo! Halloween is exactly 1 week away and we're getting in the spirit by throwing a week-long challenge and inviting ALL of our developer friends. This is one you will not want to miss because the winner is in for a big, spooky, surPRIZE! Introducing... The Headless eCommerce Challenge 👻 Here's how it works: We've [...]

The 4 Building Blocks of the OrderCloud.io Data Model

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October 21st, 2016|Development|

The openness and flexibility of APIs and the platform model have opened vast new horizons of possibility for businesses looking to supplement or replace their existing eCommerce implementations. Platforms are beginning to allow businesses to take their complex ordering processes online for the first time without being prohibitively expensive and/or slow to implement. In my [...]

How To Set Up Transactional Emails Using Mandrill and OrderCloud.io

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October 11th, 2016|Development|

  Today, instant communication is expected in any online shopping or buying experience. You expect to know minutes after you press “Submit” that your order is confirmed and is set to ship. You expect immediate communications when you place an order. If you forget your password, you expect to be able to create a new [...]

Integrating Algolia Into Your eCommerce App

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October 6th, 2016|Development|

Today, 70% of time on the internet is spent finding information (ecommerceandB2B.com). And according to Multichannel Merchant, 60% of business buyers chose enhanced search functionality on the website when asked to cite the top features they would most like from suppliers in the selling process. Having “computers” in our hands and pockets at all times [...]

Avoid Sales Tax Headaches by Encrypting an Avalara API Key into your eCommerce Solution

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September 22nd, 2016|Development|

Sales tax management is a common pain point and challenge for online merchants. It’s time consuming to manage and risky to not fully understand, yet vital to be compliant. Sales tax gets even more confusing and complex when it comes to B2B commerce. Managing tax rules across geographic boundaries, for different types of products, different [...]

How to Explore the OrderCloud.io API Using the Swagger Spec

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September 16th, 2016|Development|

We’re excited to announce that the OrderCloud.io Swagger Spec is now available to the public. Now, you’re able to interact with OrderCloud.io through third-party applications without having to manually enter every route (for example, Postman), as well as easily visualize the complexity of the OrderCloud.io API. Swagger is a JSON-based tool to describe an API. [...]

XP Best Practices: So You Think You Know Your XP, Huh?

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September 14th, 2016|Development|

This is not intended to be an introductory post. It’s less about learning something you don’t know and more about un-learning something you think you know. Let’s start with a pop quiz. What is XP? An operating system recommended by 4 out of 5 OrderCloud.io developers. An arbitrary JSON object that can be attached to [...]

The Rules Engine Has Arrived, and It’ll Do for Behavior What XP Did for Data

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August 18th, 2016|Development|

The Platform Team is excited to announce the release of our shiny new rules engine, with its first application being to power order approval workflows. What's a rules engine? Simply put, it's a system that executes rules. Okay...so what's a rule? In its simplest form, it's an if-then statement that is provided from the outside, [...]

4 Reasons You Should Stop Using PUT For Updates

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August 18th, 2016|Development|

Here’s a question we hear often: To update an existing resource, when should I use PUT and when should I use PATCH? TL;DR Always use PATCH. PATCH has several distinct advantages over PUT when it comes to updating things: PUT requires sending the entire object, hence a larger payload over the network. With PATCH, if [...]

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