WebSphere Commerce Enterprise

Up and running with the advanced B2B direct starter store

This topic provides step-by-step instructions to publish and configure the advanced B2B direct starter store. The advanced B2B direct starter store supports direct selling to other businesses. This store highlights the tasks that a buyer can perform at a seller's e-commerce site. Some of the features included in this starter store are:

  • Logon page (shopping that is restricted to registered customers)
  • Buyer registration and approvals
  • Buyer organization registration and approvals
  • Guest catalog browsing
  • Guest shopping (configurable)
  • Multiple account shopping
  • Entitlement-based catalog browsing
  • Contract-based purchasing
  • Contract-based pricing
  • Contract-based available shipping addresses
  • Contract-based available shipping providers and charge types
  • Contract-based payment methods
  • Backorders
  • Current order
  • Saved orders
  • Future orders
  • Expedite orders
  • Order history or order status
  • Order approvals
  • Scheduled orders
  • Quick order
  • Requisition lists
  • Express checkout flow
  • Support for large shopping carts using multiple pages
  • Multiple payments per order
  • Partial or complete releases
  • Available-to-promise inventory
  • RFQ requests
  • Shipping charge carrier number
  • Single or multiple shipping methods
  • Single or multiple shipping addresses
  • Weight-based shipping
  • Shipping charges
  • Shipping instructions
  • Taxes
  • Account-based marketing campaigns
  • e-Marketing Spots
  • Promotions
  • Product search capability (simple and advanced search)
  • Categories
  • Products, items, bundles, or kits
  • Defining attributes
  • Tiered pricing display
  • Merchandising associations
  • Portlet-like Configurable Store Display elements
  • Customer care
  • Attribute Dictionary
  • New e-Marketing engine

The following diagram shows the steps that are required to set up your store:

Up and running with the B2B store diagram

Depending on how the advanced B2B store is deployed, you may have to perform the steps that are shown in the diagram on one or more machines.

You use several tools to publish and set up your store, all these tools can be accessed from a browser. When you use these tools, the changes that you make are immediately reflected on your site.

Administration Console
Control your site or store by completing administrative operations and configuration task through the Administration Console. If you are a Site Administrator, you select the store and language with which you want to work when you log on to the Administration Console. The tasks that you are authorized to perform display on the Administration Console home page through various menus. These tasks are based on the user group names (roles) and authority levels.
WebSphere Commerce Accelerator
Maintain online stores and catalogs by completing various store operations with the WebSphere Commerce Accelerator. You can manage the look and feel of your store, create and maintain orders, and track store activities. If you are authorized to work with multiple stores, when you log on to the WebSphere Commerce Accelerator, you select the store and language you want to work. If you are authorized to work with a single store, the store name is preselected during logon. Additionally, if the store supports more than one language, you can select the language with which you want to work.
Organization Administration Console
Set up users at your site with the Organization Administration Console. This tool is used both to set up administrators and to register customers to the site.

The advanced B2B starter store provides all the pages and features necessary for a functioning B2B direct online store. It is packaged with WebSphere Commerce as a store archive.

Since store creation in WebSphere Commerce is based on selecting a starter store archive and modifying it, the advanced B2B starter store is designed to act as the basis for your store. It is based on a typical shopping flow. The starter store pages can be customized. All advanced B2B starter store pages are JavaServer Page pages. These pages include HTML, Java, and JavaScript. The JSP pages can be cached.