The advances that have happened in the eCommerce space are extreme.  Back "in the day," we were talking about how channels were starting to blur as shoppers were using online, in-store and mobile interchangeably to make informed purchase decisions.

My favorite story told at roadshow stops I had previously attended. was a true tale about a woman who was sitting cross-leg on the floor in a department store in front of an endless aisle kiosk, looking at an order on her tablet, while she talked to a customer service representative on her mobile. The point being how all these touch points needed to provide her with a consistent experience.

Fast forward to the present and the stories now just seem so much simpler as customers expect this consistency as a given. The customer’s experience would be so much more difficult if it was not for the technology innovations to support “conversational commerce” developed in last few years:


Image optimization is an important aspect of ensuring good performance on your site. Often, images are uploaded without optimization in mind, which can cause large traffic loads to heavily impact performance and load times. An edge cache can be used to prevent the round trip call to the server, mitigating some of the impacts, but that may not adjust and optimize the actual size of the image being delivered. There are several tool out there that will optimize images by reducing the overall file size of those images. In my case, I decided to go with Dianoga, an automatic image optimizer that executes the first time an image is requested. It's a great choice, but unfortunately does not work for Azure App Services. This was an easy enough thing to resolve. Read on to find out how.


Los Angeles, California, January 14, 2019XCentium, a full service digital consultancy, today announced it has partnered with Avalara (NYSE:AVLR), a leading provider of tax compliance automation software for businesses of all sizes, to offer AvaTax to its customers. This partnership enables Sitecore Commerce™ customers to efficiently achieve tax compliance through XCentium's partnership with Avalara.


 

When using the coveo search box and setting it up in the presentation settings on a sitecore item, you will need to specify the target search result item using the field "search page item" (as shown below), so that the results are rendered on that page. But what if in a multi-site scenario, suppose there are 20+ sites and the "search page item" is actually the child item of each of the site's home item?


Sitecore 9 Forms is a powerful upgrade from WFFM. It provides a simple interface that allows the user to easily create forms on demand, and collect information from their visitors. For longer forms, the creation process can be a bit tedious and repetitive. This prompted me to leverage Sitecore PowerShell to create a script that will parse a JSON file and generate a form. Now the repetitive stuff can be managed via copy/paste. All of the scripts and an installation package can be found over at GitHub: Sitecore - Json To Forms. Continue reading to learn more about the thought process that brought these scripts to life.

 


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