Tag: shopify

How to create Shopify private app

Basically, Shopify private apps live here: https://myshopify.com/admin/apps/private

To create an app, you’d go to https://myshopify.com/admin/apps/private/new, get it a name (use something descriptive like Automatic Customer Tag by 99rabbits), supply it with our email stas@99rabbits.com and hit ‘Save app’.

Then you’ll be presented with apps’ API credentials. You need to copy all of them and hand over to us.

Should look like this:



Shared Secret

URL Format

Example URL

NB! You’ll be able to disable the app and completely turn off our API access whenever you like.

Shopify & Brightpearl Product Generator Template

We’ve created 7000+ products at our Shopify store since moving to this ecommerce platform. This is a lot of manual work to do! So in the process, we’ve developed a Google Spreadsheet template I’d like to share with you. It uses some quite advanced formulas (like ArrayFormula and Regexreplace) and requires some time to get it. However, we managed to teach our not so nerdy content manager to use it, which means you probably can do it too 😉

I’ve built a simplified public copy of our template, which can be found here. Feel free to copy and modify it to your needs. If you don’t use Brightpearl ERP, feel free to delete sheets ‘5’ and ‘5.1’ (cause they may slow down your doc a bit).

Next, I’m going to explain how to use the template.

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Brightpearl issues and how to fix them

I decided to list known Brightpearl issues and ways to fix or avoid them. Some of them require you only to install a Chrome extension or sign into your Google account, while to implement others you may need to involve someone familiar with the API concepts and in possession of basic programming skills. Fortunately, we now offer Brightpearl automation services and can help you with that.

Brightpearl is a SAAS ERP built for multichannel ecommerce. It includes inventory management, sales and purchase orders tracking and accounting. The suite significantly improved our business processes after we’ve implemented it in July 2014 at our online lingerie store.

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Shopify to Brightpearl order download issue

Our client’s Shopify store connects to Brightpearl ERP with it’s internal app. It syncs inventory and Shopify orders and can download products created in Shopify. Occasionally, orders aren’t downloaded to Brightpearl. This situation is very rare but quite annoying. Unfortunately, BP doesn’t have built-in notifications for this case. So we’ve created it.

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Brightpearl Automation

I’ve been using Brightpearl ERP since the mid-2014 at my online store Alisa.ua. It’s a great SAAS ERP for e-commerce that literally changed everything about how we do things and significantly improved our processes.

However, there’re still a lot of stuff in Brightpearl we’d like to improve or completely automate. For example, we wanted to integrate it with our local package carrier Nova Poshta. Also, we had a depressing experience with BP’s native sms gateway Clickatell. BP team have told me that they don’t have plans to add other gateways. So I started looking for solutions… And I found one.

We now use Corezoid to build Brightpearl automation workflows. It’s a service that lets you create your own applications connecting various apps via API. You do it by creating visual process scheme so you don’t have to write code (maybe you’ll have to copy/paste a few lines of JavaScript). Naturally, it’s a cloud platform, plus it’s cheap, runs on Amazon servers and allows non-programmers to quickly make necessary adjustments on the go.

Here’s what we’ve implemented with Corezoid so far (updated 05/19/16):

  1. New order check and customer notification for a Shopify store; Including copying order notes from Shopify cart, which aren’t being transferred to BP since some time ago.
  2. Created basic Brightpearl and Novaposhta carrier integration.
  3. Product List + Inventory summary + Price list export to a CSV file for our 40k+ SKU product database.
  4. Custom automatic product download from Shopify.
  5. Custom order packing and shipping interface with barcode scanner support.
  6. Real-time shipping date calculation for our Shopify store (based on warehouse availability).
  7. Inventory sync patch for warehouses that don’t have BP’s native product allocation enabled (long story which deserves a post of its own).
  8. Replaced Clickatell for shipped order sms notification with Unisender;
  9. Order due date check. Notify our staff if an order in progress doesn’t have a due date.
  10. Order status update as a text message to a customer.
  11. Conditions based automatic order status change. ‘Waiting for a customer’ → ‘Call the customer’.
  12. Automatic client notification if the order is waiting for payment more than two business days.
  13. Created other various order status based automations.

BTW, we choose Unisender as a text message service, but you quickly can connect Twilio to Brightpearl.

Brightpearl automation services

We now offer Brightpearl automation services for ecommerce business owners. If you’re interested in one of the patches I described here or some custom development, please drop me a line at stas@99rabbits.com. You’ll be amazed how these automation flows can streamline your operations and how cost-effective they are.

My Shopify Review — Why you should stop comparing and start selling ASAP

Thinking about opening your own online store? Just googled for ‘Shopify reviews?’ Or Bigcommerce pros and cons? Or maybe WooCommerce is a platform you favor? Choices are plenty. And this may overwhelm. In this post, I’ll tell you why you should stop comparing and freaking start selling now! But first a short story in which I tell how I made all the wrong choices that nearly ruined my business.
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Shopify Hacks

I decided to make up a list of Shopify hacks or rather tips that don’t involve coding or other hardcore techie stuff. I’ll try to collect these hacks and update this post whenever I find new ones. Please share yours in the comments and I’ll test them and add to the post.

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Free responsive html email templates for Shopify notifications

This one will be short. If you want to customize you default Shopify notifications (and you’d better do that) and create beautiful responsive html emails, you should definitely check out Klaviyo. They’ve created a few ready Shopify email templates, which could be used for free. There’s even no need to install any app.

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