We first released our new Cart in the summer of 2020. That release replaced a legacy system that we’d been running on since 2011. It was a major upgrade that users are very much enjoying.
Since then we’ve continued to enhance the experience of the new cart. Here is what we’ve added in the past few months, and a couple of things that are upcoming.
Adding End Customer for Certain Customer Types
For certain user types such as contract manufacturers (and soon distributors), we have added an End Customer field to the Cart. This allows users to pull in the pricing for those users within the Cart rather than later on in the checkout process, adding more clarity and transparency to the online shopping experience.
Increase Width to Full-Screen
You’ll also notice in the screenshot above that we’ve increased the width of the cart to a full width view, with around 5% margins on each side. This provides users more room to work within their cart, and a more pleasant user experience.
Add More Items from Within the Cart
A request from the beginning was the ability to add more items to the cart once the user is already in the cart.
As shown above, we added a quick link to the top of the cart to allow just that. With this tool, users can click that link and it’ll launch a standalone tool that will allow users to enter additional line items to their cart quickly and easily.
More User-Friendly Icons
We also added many more user-friendly icons throughout the cart experience, replacing text in many areas with widely known icons.
This update really helps on mobile as well, where text may be more difficult to read than in desktop environments.
Lastly, we’ve upgraded the back-end of the cart (and much of the rest of Samtec.com) with new architecture, including hosting that runs on solid-state drives, and a few updates to our APIs to make them more efficient.
Coming Soon to the Cart
Our next phase of additions to the cart will continue to increase what users can do with the cart on Samtec.com. Here are a few of the updates you’ll see in 2021.
- Up to 100 Line Items Allowed
- Bulk and Copy/Paste Additions to the Cart
- Allowing Multiple Named Wish Lists
- Distributor Cart Usage
Coming Soon to Samtec.com
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and being a Samtec customer. Here is what we’re currently working on, and a few other updates that are coming soon!
- Continued upgrades to our e-commerce experience throughout the website
- Upgraded online order management features
- Updated capabilities to manage profiles online
- Additional ways to search flex stacking products
- Exploring additional parametric search features
Keep an eye out for these updates and more coming soon!
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