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5 Challenges Wombat Solves for Growing Stores

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Alexander Diegel

Top 5 Challenges When Growing a Store— And How Wombat Can Help

Jon Carpenter, Spree Commerce Director of Client Services, recently hosted the most recent in our series of Wombat Webinars. Jon provided an in-depth look into the top challenges facing growing storefronts, and how Wombat can solve these issues. The webinar was truly a must-attend for store owners seeking ecommerce growth.

Jon gave fantastic insight into the common pitfalls facing ecommerce businesses, including:

• Order fulfillment
• New and changing vendors
• Multiple platform compatibility
• Omnichannel sales
• Customer service

The full recap, including the recording, can be found on wombat.co.

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Second Spree Meetup With Red Badger a Huge Success

Posted on September 09, 2014 by Alexander Diegel

Second Spree Meetup With Red Badger Huge Success

After a great debut meetup, Spree Commerce and Red Badger quickly begain planning the sequel. “The London Spree Commerce User Group-Part II” meetup was held last week in London, and if you missed it you can watch the recording. As predicted, the event went off without a hitch and included around 40 attendees enjoying pizza, beer, collaboration and all things Spree. The night featured three keynote speakers, each bringing his own flavor to the event.

First up was Red Badger developer Joe Stanton with his presentation, “Functional Frontends with Spree Commerce.” Joe went into detail on some of the interesting aspects that Red Badger, who spezializes in modern, responsive UI, has been using frontends for with Spree Commerce. Specifically, Joe discussed why using a platform like Spree is so vital to developers’ innovation, and proves to be a more efficient form of technology. The end result is a better site with a better user experience.

Next up was Spree’s own developer Wes Ketchum, who discussed why he loves to use Dashing when building a dashboard for the Spree Commerce platform. Like Spree, Dashing is an open source tool, so it makes for a lot of compatibility and complementary interfaces. The simlar philosophies between the two gives you a great framework to build off of, with lots of developer plugins, such as Github, Travis CI and Pingdom. Dashboards in general work really well with ecommerce development, and Dashing makes creating them for Spree that much easier.

Wrapping up the night was Red Badger’s Technical Architect Paul Skarseth with his presentation, “3D Integration with Spree.” 3D is an extra layer of security used for online debit and credit card transactions. Authentication is based off a three-domain model —-Acquirer, Issuer, and Interoperability—- that gives the integration its name. What this means for store owners is that if a transaction bounces or proves to be fraudulent, they don’t have to take the hit, and Paul goes into great detail on how to use and implement 3D Secure.

A special thanks goes out to Red Badger for hosting the meetup, and to the the night’s key speakers! We look forward to more events like this, so be sure to check back in with us!

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5 Challenges Wombat Solves for Growing Stores

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Alexander Diegel

5 Challenges For a Growing Store- And How Wombat Can Help

Reserve your spot in our popular Webinar Series: “5 Challenges for a Growing Store-And How Wombat Can Help.” Jon Carpenter, Director of Client Services at Spree Commerce, will talk you through these challenges, and solutions, on Wednesday, September 10th at 2:00PM EDT.

As head of client services, Jon has walked side-by-side with many growing ecommerce stores. He’ll cover common challenges faced by up-and-coming ecommerce businesses, including:

• Order fulfillment
• New and changing vendors
• Multiple platform compatibility
• Omnichannel sales
• Customer service

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Guides Moved to Core Repository

Posted on September 05, 2014 by Jeff Dutil

Spree Commerce Guides Moved to Core Repository

After the last SpreeConf in New York City, many of us thought we could do better with our documentation.

Historically, the guides have lived in their own code repository. There were a couple reasons for that, such as, providing commit access to more developers and reducing the noise on the main project. Over time, we’ve found fewer contributors interested in commit access than expected, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep the guides up to date with the fast-moving changes to Spree Core.

In an effort to reverse this trend we’ve decided it was time to try something new. We have merged the Spree Guides repository into the Spree Core repository.

We hope that by bringing the documentation into the same code repository that we can hold ourselves to a higher standard. We also hope to encourage new contributors to the Spree project by making documentation a higher priority than it has been in the past. You no longer need to be a programmer to help contribute directly to Spree. This does mean, however, that some contributions being made will require additional work, as documenting your changes appropriately will become a requirement for acceptance.

We’re really excited for the upcoming changes in Spree 2.4.X. Soon, we will begin updating the documentation to better reflect our Changelog/Release Notes, and will be bringing our documentation up to date for the new release. For anyone living on, or upgrading to Spree Edge, that’s interested in helping us make the upgrade process as seamless as possible for everyone, please feel free to help us update our documentation, and submit a Pull Request to Spree Core.

Thanks Everyone!

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