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Availability Groups

Availability Groups allow you to control what categories and products your customers see in your store, based on their membership in a group. For example, you could use Availability Groups to offer different products or packaging to retail and wholesale customers.

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The general process is:

  1. Create an Availability Group.
  2. Add customers, categories, and products to the group.

When customers in that group visit your on-line store and sign in, they will see the categories and products that you selected.

  • You can add the same customers, categories and products to multiple groups.
  • If a category or product is not assigned to a group, it is visible to everyone: all groups and all customers who are not signed in. Once you assign a category or product to a group, it is only visible to customers who sign in and are a member of that group. You can assign a product or category to as many groups as you want.

Examples

Create a store category called "Bulk Produce" and two Availability Groups: "Retail", and "Wholesale". We'll add one customer to each group, but no categories or products yet. When a customer reaches your store they will be either:

  • Not signed in.
  • Signed in, and a member of the Retail group.
  • Signed in, and a member of the Wholesale group. (Technically the customer could be a member of both the Retail and Wholesale groups, but for this example, we'll assume that they are in one or the other.)

Example 1

If the category "Bulk Produce" is not assigned to any Availability Group it will be visible to everyone: members of any group, and customers who visit your store and are not signed in.

Example 2

Now we'll add the Bulk Produce category to the Wholesale Availability Group.

  • The Bulk Produce category is visible to customers who sign in and are a member of the Wholesale group.
  • Customers who do not sign in or are not part of the Wholesale Group cannot see the Bulk Produce category.

Example 3

Add the Bulk Produce category to both the Wholesale Availability Group and the Retail Availability Group.

  • The Bulk Produce category is now visible to customers who sign in and are a member of either group.
  • Customers who do not sign in or are not part of either group cannot see the Bulk Produce category.

To Use Availability Groups

  1. Create a new Availability Group.
  2. 1.1. Go to Menu> Customers > Availability Groups tab.

    1.2. In the Availability Groups screen, click Add Group Add.

    1.3. Enter a name for the new group, such as "Wholesale"

    Wholesale

    1.4. Click Save Save.

After you create an Availability Group you can select it and add:

  • Categories
  • Products
  • Customers
  • Business Accounts
  • Shipping Methods
  • Payment Methods

Sample Availability Group

Sample Availability Group

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