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Harness the power of the Web to extend your existing ERP system without duplication or replication of business rules, pricing, or data

LANSA Commerce Edition is a suite of Business-to-Consumer (B2C) and Business-to-Business (B2B) components built upon LANSA's powerful, award-winning productivity tools. Using a framework approach, LANSA Commerce Edition rapidly generates IBM i (System i, iSeries, AS/400) and Windows eBusiness applications which leverage your existing ERP system. The eBusiness applications integrate with existing logic such as pricing and inventory allocation with real-time data access to provide award winning customer self service to your business partners and users.

LANSA B2C and B2B eCommerce solution integrates directly with your ERP system and has powerful B2B and B2C eCommerce features to build eCommerce sites with feature-rich and intuitive Web-based user interfaces.

Easily configurable B2C and B2B eCommerce solution

LANSA Commerce Edition is a component-based solution that allows you to choose the specific functionality you want to deploy within your B2C or B2B Web site today with the ability to enable additional functionality when required in the future. These components provide a core set of standard business rules and definitions that can be reused across multiple Web applications to specifically meet the requirements of your user community. Further, the multi-storefront feature can enable a single implementation of LANSA Commerce Edition to support multiple and distinct looks and feels, storefront branding and domains for B2B and B2C users.

LANSA Commerce Edition was designed to integrate with existing ERP systems, running natively on the same system, or as a stand-alone or a hosted application. Its unique design was engineered to be ERP system agnostic; while at the same-time have direct integration via APIs and native database access. If your needs are specific to BPCS or JD Edwards, choose from:
LANSA Commerce Edition for BPCS and LANSA Commerce Edition for JD Edwards. For a solution that supports Apple and Android mobile devices see LANSA Commerce Edition Mobile.

LANSA Commerce Edition has been successfully installed over the following ERPs:
JD Edwards BPCS Daly.Commerce Friedman and Associates
JBA/GEAC PRISM PRMS Custom RPG/COBOL
LAWSON MAPICS Distribusmart Custom Synon
IMAS Infor ASW LANSA ERP Frameworks

Extended Integration

  • Executive Dashboard – Provides extended capability to review and configure graphical reports based on Web order activity.
  • PDF Generation – Enables a user-defined dynamic PDF catalog generator.
  • Web services or Direct M2M Integration – Allows customers to create orders, retrieve pricing, and/or availability and other information in real-time from your system using machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. Data can be sent via email, FTP, HTTP, or SMTP – and can be sent in various formats including CSV, XML, HTTP name pairs, HTML, etc.
  • Mobile/wireless capability – Enables direct access from mobile clients to back-end systems, allowing for real-time pricing, promotions, order entry shipment tracking and inventory status.

Experience

LANSA has extensive experience working with a diverse audience of users.

B2C sites implementing LANSA Commerce Edition include:


www.artframedirect.com
www.artframedirect.com
www.classic-colors.com
www.classic-colors.com
www.ntepartsdirect.com
www.ntepartsdirect.com/
York Wallcoverings
www.yorkwall.com

Additional sites using LANSA’s B2C and B2B eCommerce solution include:

Additional LANSA Commerce Edition B2B and B2C users
 

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Customization, architecture and security

Customizing your B2C and B2B eCommerce solution is easy

LANSA Commerce Edition generates application components into LANSA’s Business Object Repository using LANSA’s development tools. LANSA is renowned for its short learning curve and rapid development capability, which allows you to easily configure your eBusiness solution to meet the needs of your business today and into the future.

In addition to providing pre-built B2C and B2B components, LANSA’s B2C and B2B eCommerce solution shields you from all the underlying generated languages needed to deploy your eBusiness application – which may include RPG, C++, XSL, HTML, DHTML and XML. Use LANSA’s powerful development tools to configure and maintain your site and you won’t have to spend time learning and coding each of these languages with their lower level complexity. There is simply no faster or more productive way to extend your ERP system to the Web, while ensuring your applications stay current with new technologies.

Inherit best-of-breed design approaches

The functions that are generated with LANSA’s B2C and B2B eCommerce solution leverage our experience in building thousands of eBusiness sites for customers worldwide. By incorporating best-of-breed design from some of the top business Web sites in the world, LANSA lets you inherit these design approaches. Learning to design applications to best address your customers’ Web expectations is a challenge that faces many companies and LANSA Commerce Edition can help you exceed their expectations.

LANSA Commerce Edition – Major Modules
LANSA Commerce Edition – Major Modules

Virtually every commerce application needs an order entry function – whether for products or services – that handles choosing the item to be ordered, displaying the price, entering the quantity, validating the order and a whole host of other tasks involved in an eCommerce transaction. Instead of defining each of these functions for every project, LANSA’s B2C and B2B eCommerce solution provides a proven single Order Entry component that completes all of the necessary steps. For instance, LANSA automatically passes the required parameters to the ERP’s Advanced Pricing module and receives the pricing and break points specific to that user. LANSA also accesses real-time information such as inventory and account history to provide immediate up-to-date information to the user. Whether you’re running your ERP without modifications or it has been heavily customized, LANSA allows easy integration with this data and extends it with B2C and B2B functionality using these pre-built components.

Security

Security is critical as your data and business processes are the lifeblood of your company. Implementations of LANSA’s B2C and B2B eCommerce solution supports a multi-tiered security model, where the browser-based user never directly accesses your production server. The user communicates with a front-end Web server (that may or may not sit in a DMZ), which then passes the request to the production server for processing. When the custom result set is generated, this information is passed back to the Web server for presentation to the user. This specific connection between these servers is terminated and the Web server awaits the next request. Your ERP system and production server are never exposed directly to the Internet. This is a proven model that LANSA has implemented at heavily regulated financial institutions and thousands of companies worldwide.

Credit Card Data
In addition to the multi-tiered security model described above, LANSA adheres to conformance within a PCI DSS compliant environment – using appropriate SSL security to ensure data encryption during transmission, avoiding any local storage of cardholder data and integrating with accredited payment gateways.

Features

LANSA Commerce Edition Features:

Site Management/Administration

  • Administration Site – This is a separate secured site for maintenance of the eCommerce tables and files.
  • Roles-based Permissions – Restrict access roles so that users only access the menu items relevant to their role and store. Marketing and account executives can visit the storefront or administration sites and be granted limited access to only those areas or accounts that fall under their responsibility.
  • Multi-storefront – A single implementation of LANSA Commerce Edition can support multiple and distinct looks and feels, storefront branding and domains for B2B and B2C users.

Content Management

  • Content Management System – Using LANSA Commerce Edition’s content management tools, administration users are able to define dynamic content based on categories, sub- categories, catalog items, promotions and deals, contact us, about us and informational page content.
  • Multilingual Content Support – Web site content can be administered from a central marketing unit or distributed to the marketing arm in different countries to define content in the language and norms of their individual nations.
  • Page Visualization – Use of JQuery UI themes to enable changing the storefront look and feel.

International Support

  • Multilingual Administration – Allows translators to directly update multi-lingual site data, labels and messages for all site languages. Integration with Google Translator allows for dynamic initial translation.
  • Multi-currency – Support for multi-currency is available.

Search Engine Optimization

  • User Friendly URLs – Typical for B2C sites so users can easily return and bookmark.
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization) – Site supports industry standards for Web design (i.e., HREF links, site map, product-defined URLs, etc.) for compliance with Web crawlers.
  • Meta Tags and Sitemaps – Administration interface enables the maintenance of Meta tags across pages and product based pages as well as the ability to create site maps for submission to Google.

Marketing Promotion and Tools

  • Intelligent Emailing – Allows for RFI/RFQ (inbound) via "Contact us" page as well as pushing out email confirmations after order completion. Also allows for newsletter campaigns.
  • Content Management (CM) – The product categories, item descriptions, marketing messaging, email content and static pages are CM driven from an administration site.
  • Wish List Registry – Create a wish list(s) of products and publish it to your friends and family. Allows other users to visit the site, view items in your registry and purchase items – and sends the original user an email.
  • Promotional Page – Product specials and company news can be easily handled via Content Management with date-driven content.
  • Reminder Service/Email a Friend – Sends an email reminder for various events.
  • Promotions and Deals – Global- and source code-driven promotions: "Buy one get one free,” “free shipping," "percent off," or "dollar off," etc.
  • Best Sellers – Shows best sellers based on the order history of the product category as the products are being viewed.
  • Related Items – This allows for the automation of cross- and up-sell capabilities based on order history, or this can be defined using a flexible table-driven approach.
  • Recently Viewed – Keeps a running list of the products that you view for easy return navigation, saving the user from having to search multiple times.
  • Online Survey Engine – Extended feature that enables Q&A-type surveys to be created via the LANSA Commerce Edition admin site, and allows the answers to be mined for reporting purposes.

Checkout

  • SSL Security – Encrypt sensitive payment data.
  • Checkout – Support for B2C as account holder or guest; Purchase Order additional for B2B.
  • Flexible Checkout User Interface – LANSA Commerce Edition supports both intuitive multiple- and single-step checkout user interfaces.
  • Shopping Cart – Shows discount, tax and shipping estimates based on integration.
  • Saved Shopping Cart or Order Templates – The ability to save the current Shopping Cart for use in subsequent visits to the storefront. The same capabilities are extended to B2B users, where order templates can be saved.

Shipment and Tracking

  • Dynamic Freight Calculation – Calculates shipping costs in real-time at Checkout page based on product weight, shipping location and destination using UPS, FedEx, etc.
  • Customer Configured Shipping – Calculations based on flat rate shipping, free shipping, or table-based rate schedules.
  • Shipment Tracking – Capability to integrate with the Order Inquiry template, or as a stand-alone inquiry, allowing table-driven links to be set up using your shipment tracking numbers with “PunchOut” to the carriers of your choice that support Web-based tracking for their customers (i.e., FedEx or UPS).

Payment

  • Credit Card Ordering – Allows integration with your credit card authorization and settlement routines, or LANSA Commerce Edition can supply a generic one.
  • Integration Available for Multiple Payment Gateways – Authorize.net, Paypal, Moneris, etc.
  • Purchase Order – B2B payment option.
  • Invoice Payment – Extended capability to allow for the payment of invoices from the Invoice page using a credit card. The payment is authorized and settled immediately with LANSA Commerce Edition storing the transaction in a log file and updating the ERP system on a nightly basis.
  • Support for Saved Credit Card/Tokenization – For offline payments or delayed settlement upon shipping.

Order Management

  • Order Checkout & Confirmation – Allows review/completion of order and calculation of total order cost. Direct integration with your back-end system.
  • Print-friendly Orders/Invoices – All order confirmation or invoices can be presented to the end user as a standard Web page or as printer-friendly representations.
  • Email Order Confirmation and Invoices – All orders placed on the site are communicated to the clients via email.
  • Pending Orders – Allows review and activation of all pending orders with the ability to drill down and view details of each order. This can also be used as a quoting system.
  • Saved Orders – Allows customers to save multiple repeatable order templates to open, modify and extend at a future time (like order templates or standing orders).
  • B2B Buyer Approval – Extended capability to allow for a B2B customer to shop on the site, but not actually place the order. When the order is submitted, an email is sent to a designated buyer’s approval-user at the B2B customer’s location.
  • Quote Management – Extended capability to create quotes and store them on the Web site. This was designed for sales people and dealers who need to create quotes and make them accessible via the Web to their customers.
  • Custom Products – Extended capability to customize custom products based on integration with ERP configuration engines.

Customer Service/Contact Management

  • B2C and B2B Registration – New password generation, user profile maintenance, forget passwords, etc. are all included.
  • Profile Management – Provides the ability for users to create accounts and maintain sub-accounts via the use of “super” user functionality.
  • Order Tracking from Account – Enables users to view and monitor previous orders.
  • Contact Us Form

Customer Accounts

  • Order Status Inquiry – Reads your order data directly, giving your customers real-time access to their order status details. This can show all orders placed by the customer (fax, catalog, phone, EDI, etc.), not just orders placed on the Web.
  • Account Inquiry – This is a three level drill down that allows a customer to view their account summary information, Open Item details (A/R), as well as recreate a specific invoice online, if needed. This feature is valuable in reconciling payment issues.
  • Address Book – Consumers can maintain a personal list of names and addresses of people (relatives, employees, etc.) for whom they often purchase products.
  • Default Shipping and Billing Addresses – The ability to define default shipping and billing addresses for online accounts.
  • B2B Account Selection Option – The ability to select Ship To accounts for B2B users prior to placing orders. This can influence price and shipping charges.

Catalog Management

  • Product Catalog – Links to product specs & images, inventory levels and pricing. Allows shopping cart style order entry. Cross- and up-sell capability.
  • Personal Catalog – Allows your customer to save time with commonly viewed/ordered items. This is similar to favorites or order guide functionality.
  • X-ref Catalog – Allows your customer to nominate a product nomenclature that they are familiar with and cross reference to the site’s product numbering scheme.
  • Import/Upload Orders – This feature allows you to import a spreadsheet into the Quick Order Entry file to save time on entry. The upload functionality reads the user’s PC and allows the user to select a spreadsheet and upload the contents (item number and quantity) to the site. Allows for the upload of CSV, TSV, or Excel flat file types.
  • Product Categorization – The ability to configure and define multi-layered product categorization as well as grouping items based on different product types/brands or logical groupings.
  • Quick Order Entry – Heads down entry of item and quantity. Allows entry of both manufacturer’s item number and customer cross reference item number.

Product Detail Browsing

  • Customer Specific Real-time Pricing – Pricing based on direct integration to backend.
  • Stock Availability – Configurable to show exact number, minimum number threshold, or Yes/No availability.
  • Related Products – Ability to define companion items, cross - and up-sell relationships.
  • Add to Personal Catalog – Allows your customer to create a personal list.
  • Add to Wishlist – Allows users to add products to personal wish lists.
  • Share via Social Networking – Integrated to share with social media sites such as Digg, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • Product Display – Capabilities to tune how product detail and list pages should display, including product comparison and product list view preferences.
  • Extendible Attributes – Product content including descriptions, pricing, or inventory is sourced directly from back-end systems. In many cases this information needs to be supplemented with rich content such as extended description, images, warranty, specifications etc. LANSA Commerce Edition enables the management of product-specific rich content via extendible attributes.

Catalog Browsing

  • User Navigation – Can be customized to support various layers of navigation to search and browse products.
  • Expandable Product Categorization Menus – Layered navigation for filtering of products in categories and search results.
  • Category Landing Pages – Create uniquely designed category landing pages.
  • Recently Viewed Products
  • Product Listing – Allows users to toggle between grid or list format.
  • Breadcrumbs – Enables ease of navigation between different levels.

Analytics and Reporting

  • Website Usage – Capability to extend reporting based on customer order activity.
  • Google Analytics Integration – Google tracks user navigation and provides robust reporting on user activity to the site. This allows you to make decisions based on how users are accessing your site for more productive implementations.

LANSA Commerce Edition runs on IBM PureSystems