Learn About B2C Commerce

Learning Objectives

After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:
  • Explain what Salesforce B2C Commerce is.
  • Describe the features and capabilities of Salesforce B2C Commerce.

Introduction

If you’ve shopped online for clothing, gear, cosmetics, shoes, home decor—or anything—you’ve probably shopped on one of the 2,000-plus websites powered by B2C Commerce. B2C Commerce is what made your shopping experiences at those websites possible. And it offers some mighty capabilities.

B2C Commerce lets retailers create and coordinate shoppers’ online experiences and transactions across digital channels and devices. Web and mobile sites are a huge part of the online experience. With B2C Commerce, you get Storefront Reference Architecture (SFRA), an out-of-the-box framework that combines best practices in site design, merchandising, and technical architecture. SFRA helps you build mobile-first ecommerce websites that are as unique and differentiated as your brand.

But shoppers don’t limit themselves to web and mobile sites. They also interact with brands through email and social media. If retailers integrate by their ecommerce sites with their marketing and service solutions, they can make email and social media interaction more personalized and relevant to shoppers.

Note

Note

In a later unit, we’ll talk about Salesforce B2B Commerce, which is for business to business customers requiring the same easy access to products typically found with B2C.

The Key Categories of B2C Commerce

B2C Commerce is broken down into these categories:

  • Commerce Storefront
  • Merchandising and Marketing
  • Multi Site Management and Localization
  • B2C Commerce Extensions

Let’s take a look at each one.

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B2C Commerce Storefront

B2C Commerce Storefront

The B2C Commerce storefront is essentially an ecommerce site. But it’s so much more than just a website with an online cart. Brands can differentiate, manage, and customize shoppers’ ecommerce experience.

Capabilities include the Commerce Cloud Reference Architecture (SFRA), a robust reference architecture that helps brands build and launch sites quickly and easily using mobile-first best practices. While each site has its own feature-rich storefront, retailers can use the reference architecture to create it. It sits outside the platform API layer and is fully customizable. It's multi-lingual, multi-currency logic let sites operate in different languages and accept different currencies. It provides a modern shopping cart and checkout that feature saved carts, optimized user flows, Apple Pay, and other wallet options to make the checkout process as fast and seamless as possible.

Capabilities also include prebuilt integrations to extend site functionality, and open APIs so that your site can connect to any third-party data or applications like user reviews.

Merchandising and Marketing

Merchandising and Marketing

Merchandising and Marketing capabilities in B2C Commerce draw on the power and insights of AI, giving retailers limitless opportunities for personalized engagement with their customers. These capabilities help brands fuel ecommerce growth with features that empower:

  • Product, pricing, and catalog management, so that marketers and merchandisers can sync products and pricing across categories, catalogs, currencies, and sites
  • Merchandising and promotion management, to quickly launch campaigns and promotions
  • Site search and guided navigation that help online shoppers zero in on the perfect product
  • Faster AI-powered personalization that uses machine learning to deliver personalized offers and product recommendations

Multi Site Management and Localization

Multi Site Management and Localization

Global retail brands need unique, localized sites for each market. B2C Commerce helps them easily create and manage additional, geo-specific sites that encompass different customs, cultures, currencies, and languages. For example, a retailer focusing on the United States, France, and Germany is most likely to have a unique website dedicated to each country. Brands can target their content, offers, and products by language, country, region, state, or city.

Multi Site Management also empowers regional marketing teams with a global reference storefront that lets them build and launch sites quickly with multi-lingual, multi-currency logic. Plus, user interfaces are available in English, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Italian.

B2C Commerce Extensions

B2C Commerce Extensions

B2C Commerce Extensions take brands beyond the website to use digital capabilities across social, mobile, and even in-store channels. These include:

  • APIs to connect with third-party applications
  • In-store endless aisle and “clienteling,” to help in-store shoppers find the item they need, even if it’s not available at that specific store location
  • Social media extensions, to extend commerce into social channels and online communities, such as Instagram and Facebook

Want to see some B2C Commerce sites in action? Check out our Clients Page.

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