Processing orders

Orders are created when a customer adds one or more products to a shopping cart and then completes the checkout process. The order then appears in the order list, as described in the introduction, and the order is ready to be processed.

Typically, an order is processed by moving through steps in an order flow – with each step corresponding to a particular order state, for example:

  • Received
  • Processed
  • Shipped
  • Completed

The exact nature of the order flow, of course, will depend on the internal workflows of the customer using the solution. While Dynamicweb ships with a default order flow you are well advised to create a custom order flow tailored to the needs of the customer, e.g. send out notification emails to customers or staff when an order changes from one state to another.

To move an order from one order state to another:

  • Open the order details
  • Use the State dropdown to select the new order state (Figure 1.1)
  • Save

You can also change the order state for multiple orders from the order list.

Figure 1.1 Changing order states

When you move an order from one state to another it typically means some action has been taken. What those actions are depends on the customer and on the industry – but some of the most common actions are:

  • Printing orders
  • Creating shipping documents
  • Adding track & trace information to the order
  • Capturing payment
  • Refunds & Cancellations

Read more about these actions below.

Orders can be printed from both the order list and the order details view – to do so press Print in the ribbon bar in either view (Figure 2.1).

Figure 2.1 Printing an order

This opens the print view, where you can select/create a print template, see a preview of the order using the selected template, and print the order.

If your shipping provider supports it, you can click the Create shipping documents button (Figure 3.1) to create shipping documents for an order.

Figure 3.1 If your shipping provider supports it, you can use this button to create shipping documents for offline use

This is currently supported for the following shipping providers:

For GLS, a .csv file will be created in the folder specified in the shipping provider settings (default is the /Files folder) – you must then manually import this to the GLS Interline 7.0 service. Read about GLS Interline here and here.

For Post Danmark, the provider sends  orderdata to the PacSoftt webservice, and also saves the data to DB:EcomOrders >> OrderShippingDocumentData.

In recent years, track & trace on all orders has become increasingly important – all B2C and many B2B customers expect a tracking link to be sent to them as soon as the order has been processed.

In Dynamicweb, this is done in the following manner:

  • A Track & Trace scheme is created for each shipping provider with tracking
  • Tracking codes are retrieved or generated – the process varies from carrier to carrier
  • On the order, click Track & Trace in the toolbar and fill in the relevant parameters (Figure 4.1)
  • Save

This adds a track & trace url to the order and makes it available to be rendered in order state notification emails.

Figure 4.1 Track & Trace

Capturing payment is the process of authorizing and accepting funds from your customer for a particular order.

If an order has been made through a payment gateway which supports payment capture in Dynamicweb, it will occur in the order list with the capture state column showing not captured (Figure 5.1).

Figure 5.1 The capture state column shows the current capture state of an order

To capture one or more of these orders:

  • Select them from the order list or opend the order details
  • Click the capture orders button in the toolbar (Figure 5.2)
Figure 5.2 Select one or more orders and click the capture orders button to start capturing payment

This opens the capture order window (Figure 5.3). Press Capture to capture payment – you will see a timestamp and a result of your capture payment action.

Figure 5.3 The capture order window

Some payment providers support split capture – this allows you to capture partial amounts as the order is being fulfilled in stages. The combined amount can, of course, never exceep the total order price.

To finalize an order with split capture, you can either capture the full amount – this captures the part of the total order amount not paid so far – or manually select final capture. Using final capture lets you finalize an order after capturing only part of the initial total, e.g. in cases where part of an order cannot be delivered.

Split capture is currently only supported by DIBS and Quickpay

After an order has been captured the capture state will change. Depending on your solution setup, the following capture states can be encountered:

  • Not captured/Not supported:
    If the provider is setup to only authorize the payment, all incoming orders are set to Not captured in the order list when successfully completed. A few providers don’t support capture from external services like Dynamicweb. They are listed with Not supported and you need to capture the payment from the administration at the provider website.
  • Captured
    When you have captured an order manually the state is changed to Captured in the order list. Some payment providers (mainly the US providers) have the option to setup if the payment should only be authorized or both authorize and capture. If authorization and capture is used, the amount is sent for authorization, and if approved, is automatically captured. Then all incoming orders are set to Captured in the order list when successfully completed.
  • Split captured
    Split capture allows you to capture partial payments on a running basis, until the full transaction amount has been captured. This is useful (and, in some countries, required by law) if you ship items separately, or some items are in backorder.

An order which cannot be fulfilled must be either deletedcancelled, or refunded depending on where in the process the order is:

Operation

Available for

Effect

Cancel

All uncaptured orders

Cancels any Authorizations for the order, cancels taxes, and returns products to stock

Delete

Not completed orders, Cancelled orders

Marks order as deleted and removes it from the order list

Refund

Orders paid with a payment provider supporting refunds

Refunds payment fully or partially, as supported by the payment provider

To delete, cancel, or refund an order:

  • Open the order details
  • Press the appropriate ribbon bar button (Figure 7.1).
Figure 7.1 Canceling or Refunding an order

For refunds, you will be asked to specify the refund details (Figure 7.2), e.g. the type of refund, the amount refunded, etc. 

Figure 7.2 Refunding an order

The exact options are dependent on the payment gateway. You can also see a list of previous refund operations on the order.

Order which are created from a shopping cart app - but not imported orders - have a log of system events and communications with the selected payment & shipping gateway.

To access this log press Log in the ribbon bar (Figure 8.1).

Figure 8.1 An order log