Blog: company store

HTML5 Banners and Animations

As many of you know, Adobe’s Flash technology is on its way out, at least for the kind of animations and banners that most companies feature on their homepages. Flash animations do not work with Apple’s mobile devices, which now constitute a large chunk of the web browsing public. In general, Flash animations do not work well with any “touch” device because of technical limitations. In order to keep our clients at the forefront of web and mobile technology, eBlox is pleased to offer two new services:

  • Flash conversion: If you have any Flash-based content on your home page, eBlox will rebuild it in HTML5, which works in all modern browsers and touch devices. HTML5 is the standard that most web sites and devices are moving toward, so conversion of your animations, including their interactive features and buttons, is a wise move for forward-thinking company store managers.
HTML5 Banner sample graphics

HTML5 banners have interaction and animation, and work on all modern browsers.

  • HTML5 Animation: eBlox will create original HTML5 animations and presentations for your homepage or other site areas (we’ve got a couple of good examples in this project and this one). HTML5 banners work on almost all mobile and touch devices, such as iPads and other tablets, and have the same type of animation, interactivity and “gee-whiz” factor as Flash animations. If you’d like a quote on HTML5 animations or banners for your company store (or any site you manage), please contact us for a quote.

New storeBlox CS Feature: Shipping Validation Module

Many of our customers have company stores that allow both business and personal purchases – a dozen golf shirts for a trade show team and a ball cap to take home to the kids, as an example. With storeBlox CS, you can now control what payment methods are available based on the type of purchase a user is making.

Purchase Type screen shot from storeBlox CS

Purchase type is set up with a custom field in storeBlox CS

Those golf shirts? Purchase orders or departmental budgets are fine. The ball cap? That one should probably go on a personal credit card. By specifying which payment types are acceptable for each purchase type with our new Shipping Validation Module, you can control which payment methods are available for each type of purchase.

Creating a custom field in storeBlox CS screenshot

Creating a custom field is easy in storeBlox CS

Even better, because the module uses a custom field to define purchase types, there’s virtually no limit to the types of transactions you can create and control. Common usage might be “personal” vs. “business”, but you could also restrict payment methods to certain business units, etc.

Look for more great features this spring and, as always, let us know how we’re doing and what you’d like to see!

New storeBlox CS Feature: Global Approvers

Let’s say you want to require approvals for certain payment methods in your company store – for instance, when a buyer wants to use a purchase order instead of a credit card – but the user account isn’t already in place. Previously, the only way you could enforce approvals on payment methods was to set up the buyers and assign approvers to them.

Global Approver Feature for storeBlox CS

Global Approvers can approve any user for specific payment methods

No more. Now with storeBlox CS, you can make any payment method require approval for any user at all – no need to set up user accounts and approvers. If you need specific users and assigned approvers – say, Jenny in Sales needs all her purchases against a marketing budget approved – you’ll still want to use the standard method. But if you just want to make sure that anyone who comes to the store and wants to use a purhcase order goes through an approval process, then this new feature is for you!