We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve incorporated New Zealand Post’s domestic shipping calculator into the Spiffy Stores ecommerce software. It’s currently available to all NZ-based Spiffy Stores for calculating postage costs to your customers within New Zealand.
To activate it, just go to the “Shipping & handling” page in your Toolbox and click on the “add a shipping agent” button to go to the “Shipping Agent Rate Calculators” page.
From here, you can add, delete and edit the shipping agent and the services that you want to support in your store. All our New Zealand customers will see a new entry on this page from today for the new NZ Post calculator. All you need to do is click on the “Activate” button, confirm the services that you want to support and you’re done.
Now, whenever you add a weight-based shipping rate and you switch to using a Shipping Agent rate calculator, you will now have the option of using the New Zealand Post calculator.
If your online store is in New Zealand, the best way you can currently provide postage prices for shipping your products worldwide is to use prepaid ParcelPost bags for shipping to Australia or shipping worldwide… but we’ve just been informed by NZ Post that their shipping API will be extended to incorporate international shipping in early to mid July. Not long now!
More information about our New Zealand shipping calculator can be found in our knowledge base.
With the recent expansion of Spiffy Stores into New Zealand, we’re actively looking out for new ways to add support for our New Zealand store owners… so we’re pleased to announce the addition of a new payment gateway from Flo2Cash today.
We’re obviously used to writing code to interact with a wide variety of credit card payment gateways around the world, but we have to admit that adding the support for the Flo2Cash Web2Pay web service had to be one of the fastest turnaround times that we’ve ever experienced. The whole process from start to end took just over 24 hours, and included some very helpful support from the Flo2Cash people!
In coming weeks, we’re expecting to be adding some other features specfically for New Zealand, so watch out.
Of course, this new gateway is in addition to our NZ support for PayPal Website Payments Standard, PayPal Express, and the ability to accept credit card payments manually using your own credit card processing facilities.
If any of our New Zealand customers have any feature requests that are specific to New Zealand e-commerce stores, please let us know!
Google have just announced that they are launching both the Google Merchant Center and Google Shopping in Australia!
If you’d like to use Google Shopping to reach more customers, just log in to your Spiffy Store Toolbox and head over to the “Marketing >> Product data feeds” section. You can then set up a new feed for the Google Merchant Centre by following the instructions in that section.
When you’ve done that, the next step is to log in to the Google Merchant Centre, create a new feed , and choose Australia from the drop-down menu. If you’re new to the Google Merchant Centre, we recommend reading the “Getting Started” articles in the Google Merchant Help Center.
Store owners that choose to advertise their product catalogue can also do so using AdWords’ product extensions as well. Product extensions use the product information submitted by the retailer and automatically display the extra information within ads, where relevant. To learn more about product extensions, visit the AdWords Help Center.
Spiffy Stores has just joined the flock!
We’re pleased to announce the addition of a new, easy to use image editor to your store toolbox. The Feather editor from Aviary.com loads into your browser and allows you to perform a wide range of editing tasks, all without leaving your Spiffy Stores Toolbox.
It couldn’t be simpler. Just click on the edit link that you’ll now see on your uploaded product images. If you want to edit an image file that has been uploaded into the uploaded files section, or an image that is part of a theme, then click on the file icon for the image, and then click on the new edit link that appears above the image preview.
Once you’ve invoked the editor, it will start to load into your browser. After a few seconds you’ll see your image in the Feather toolbox. From there you can perform actions such as image resizing, cropping, colouring an other effects. You can annotate your image with text or additional graphics. In short, you can really make your product images look extra spiffy!
Actually, it’s really “Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets”.
For all the theme designers out there, we’ve just made your life a little bit easier. We all know that sometimes CSS stylesheets can get complicated, so anything that can help you manage that complexity is a welcome bonus.
As you may already know, when you enable the Theme Editor by creating a ‘theme.settings‘ file, you can parse your CSS files by making sure they have a suffix of ‘.css.liquid‘.
Now, as part of the CSS processing that gets initiated to deal with the Liquid tags, we’ve added a pass through the SCSS processor, which is part of the SASS CSS extensions. You can read more about these CSS extensions at http://sass-lang.com
By using the CSS extensions, you can simplify your stylesheets by using variables, conditional logic, mixins and templates, nested attributes and a whole lot more. Even better, at the end of the processing you get a compressed CSS file so you can ensure that your site loads as fast as possible. Even if you don’t use any of the CSS extensions, you still get a compressed stylesheet, so that’s got to be something to smile about!
You can read more about the Spiffy Stores Theme Customizations in our Knowledge Base.