Roadmap
Our roadmap is designed to give you an idea of what's coming in the next quarter.
You can also see our latest releases in our What's New section.

Q3 2022

🎉NEW FEATURES

🟢 Support for B2B-Shipping
If you're running SparkLayer on a combined B2C & B2B store, you'll be able to more easily set up B2B-only specific shipping methods that only apply to signed in B2B customers. This means you can run different shipping rules based on who the customer-type is. Learn more about how this works.
🟢 Custom fields during checkout
If you need to capture additional information from a customer when they checkout, such as a delivery date or a special shipping note, our custom fields feature will bring an easy way to manage this. Via SparkLayer, you'll be able to set up different field types (e.g. date entry, text input, select menu) which will then show to customers within the SparkLayer Quick order interface. This will also remove the need to create custom workarounds via the Shopify checkout.
🟢 Customer Sub-Accounts : Buyers / Purchasers
We'll be introducing the concept of customer sub-accounts to SparkLayer, allowing customers to create additional sub-accounts so other contacts at the company can login, create draft orders for review, and place orders for the company. For example, you may have multiple contacts who belong to the same B2B company, but only some can create drafts, whereas others can place orders and authorise them. Note: this is a roll-over roadmap item from Q2, 2022
🟢 EDI & Drop-Shipping Support
If you're fulfilling orders on behalf of B2B drop-shippers, it will be possible to import such orders into SparkLayer either manually or via the SparkLayer API. Once imported, these orders can then synchronise with Shopify and connect with your order processing flow into your backend system. Note: this is a roll-over roadmap item from Q2, 2022
🟢 Performance Improvements & Bulk Pricing API Endpoints
Under the hood, we are planning improvements to ensure reliability and performance of the Shopify updates to SparkLayer. As part of performance updates, additional new API endpoints will be added for uploading pricing in bulk.

🛠️IMPROVEMENTS

  • We'll be improving the Price List area within SparkLayer, giving new tools to edit and delete price lists, get better visibility of the price lists you've uploaded, automate pricing rules from Shopify, as well as the ability to export active price lists for more rapid changes.
  • If you make changes to an order after it's placed, SparkLayer will automatically display live order edits, ensuring order history is fully accurate for customers. This is particularly useful if order edits are made via an ERP system and data needs to be re-synced.

Q2 2022

🎉NEW FEATURES

🟢 Sales Agent Enhancements
Sales Agent Ordering lets you easily place orders on behalf of customers right from within your Shopify store. As part of this feature, we'll be making the following improvements:
  • On a per Sales Agent basis, configure which customers accounts they can place orders for
  • Display the customer address in the Quick Search view
  • Display the most recent logins when first signing in as a Sales Agent

🛠️IMPROVEMENTS

  • We'll be improving the order synchronisation between Shopify and SparkLayer, allowing order edits to automatically display within the My Account interface when a customer views an order.
  • Within the SparkLayer Dashboard, you'll be able to more easily delete and edit price lists and customer groups.
  • If you're using tiered pricing, it will be possible to show available discounts on the product card view as well as on the product detail page.
  • For backend systems that allow order invoices to be generated, we'll be adding support to allow these to show within the My Account interface for customers to download.

Q1 2022

🎉NEW FEATURES

🟢 Sales Agent Ordering
Sales Agent Ordering will allow you to place orders on behalf of your customers straight from your storefront. This is ideal for merchants looking to place phone orders or manually submit orders for a specific B2B customer.
Example of how the SparkLayer Quick Order will look with Sales Agents
Within SparkLayer, you'll be able to configure special 'Sales Agent' accounts that, once logged in, can then:
  • Search for an individual B2B customer, add items to their order, and then submit this as a Draft order to then be processed
  • View and save shopping lists against the customer
  • Take over pending orders and complete them on behalf of a customer
Further enhancements will likely include the ability to specify which customers a sales agent can sign-in on behalf off.
🟢 Credit Accounts and Credit Limits
For merchants requiring credit control for their B2B customers, it will be possible to synchronise this with SparkLayer and bring credit management to your Shopify store.
Example of how credit messaging will display in the SparkLayer Quick Order
Credit functionality will include:
  • The ability to display messaging to customers of their available credit, right from the SparkLayer My Account area
  • Optionally blocking the checkout process if they exceed their credit limit
🟢 Custom Frontend Components
We'll be releasing documentation on how to create a fully customised layout for the Product Purchasing Interface, allowing merchants to build fully bespoke implementations of the product page widgets. This is ideal for merchants who have more complex product types or want a fully customised brand experience for their B2B customers.

🛠️IMPROVEMENTS

  • Order notes in the order summary will be able to be set as mandatory, allowing you to always collect notes (such as a PO number)
  • The tiered pricing interface will support multi-dimension products allowing you to more easily show quantity price breaks for products that come in different variants (e.g. colour, size, material)
  • The Cart Interface will have improved handling for products that have many variants (e.g. products that come in 30 colours), making it easier for customers to add and edit quantities.
  • For stores that have been designed to use dark backgrounds (e.g. white on black), it will be possible to enable dark mode for the frontend widgets making it easier to view.
  • If you're displaying the live stock count on the product detail page, you'll be able to display special messaging when stock counts exceed a specific threshold, e.g. In stock: 50+
  • For merchants using Unleashed, we'll be adding multi-currency support

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​Please note, items listed on the roadmap are be subject to change and SparkLayer reserves the right to adjust timings and associated functionality.
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