Update: Instead of replying to this blog post with feature requests, you can now post them in the Interspire Ideas Lab, as well as vote on other features and have your say.
As we wind up building features for the upcoming release of Interspire Shopping Cart 4.0, I thought I’d take a few minutes to give you a quick overview of some of the new features you can expect with this release. Our aim with version 4.0 is to include new features which we feel will make it even easier to map our shopping cart with your business processes across an even wider range of industries.
We’ve also focused heavily on including support for as many different payment/checkout providers as we can.
Let’s start with the new payment providers integrated into version 4.0:
- Amazon Flexible Payments
- Amazon.com SimplePay
- Cardservice International
- ChronoPay API
- ChronoPay Hosted Page
- HSBC Secure ePayments
- Innovate Gateway
- MyVirtual merchant
- Payment Express Pay
- Payment Express Post
- PayPal Payflow Links
- PayPal Website payments pro
- Plug N Play
- Protx VPS direct
- Quantum Gateway
- SecurePay Australia (formerly CamTech)
- USA ePay
Version 4.0 will be a major upgrade and will be provided free to all existing Interspire Shopping Cart customers. We have managed to include an astounding number of new (and highly requested) featres in the 4.0 release, as shown below:
- Line item shipping (option for different shipping addresses for each item in the cart)
- Ability to tag products with keywords and view the tag cloud on the front end
- Gift wrapping and the ability to choose if individual products support it
- The ability to mark individual items in an order as shipped one at a time
- Product variations can now handle dozens of combnations and have been rewritten to be faster
- Ability to upload an image or type text into a box when adding a product to your cart (for custom t-shirts, etc)
- Ability to add/edit customers in the control panel
- Bulk/quantity discounts on a per-product level
- RoyalMail shipping integration
New Store Templates
Version 4.0 will include a minimum of 5 (we’re aiming for 10) new store templates, all created by our design team. Some screenshots of store templates which have already been built and tested are shown below:
The “Luggage” store template
The “Office” store template
The “Software” store template
To coincide with the version 4.0 launch, we will also be releasing a multi-vendor edition of Interspire Shopping Cart. The multi-vendor edition allows one store to sell products from multiple vendors, and each vendor can manage their own products, inventory, process their own orders, etc.
The multi-vendor edition includes a granular vendor-level permissions system, per-vendor reporting and accounting features, powerful per-vendor shipping zone setup and customization, vendor profiles and more. We will be posting more information regarding the multi-vendor edition as we get closer to the 4.0 release in October. If you have any questions until then please contact Vadim Geller, our enterprise sales manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
As you can see, version 4.0 is going to be one of our biggest releases yet, and it will cap off what has been a great year for Interspire Shopping Cart. In only 14 months we’ve built, released and continue to refine ecommerce software that blows competing shopping carts out of the water in terms of speed, features and ease-of-use – and that’s not my personal opinion. That comes from the mouths of industry veterans, tech reporters and bloggers who keep posting great reviews both online and offline, and also from the dozens of unsolicited customer testimonials we receive every day.
We’re hoping to launch version 4.0 in October, however because it is such a big release, the date will of course depend on when we finish our testing and when we feel the 4.0 release is up to the usual quality of any new release we make available.
If you have any questions about 4.0 please feel free to leave them below and either myself or someone else will be happy to help.