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Demand Chain starter store (Commerce Plaza) overview

There are two B2B indirect business models: demand chain and supply chain. The Commerce Plaza sample is part of the demand chain.

The demand chain business model sample includes the Commerce Plaza site, the catalog asset store, the reseller asset store, and the distributor proxy stores. Commerce Plaza allows resellers to purchase products directly from their distributors by transferring their shopping carts to the distributor site. In the process of purchasing, this site also allows resellers to request prices and availability quotations from distributors on any products of interest. Features include:

Commerce Plaza also provides self-provisioning tools for resellers:

Reseller stores can be created by the resellers using the Store Creation Wizard. The resulting reseller stores can be based on consumer direct or advanced B2B direct stores. Reseller stores based on consumer direct will get all the consumer direct features while reseller stores based on advanced B2B direct will get all the advanced B2B direct features.

Commerce Plaza provides all the pages and features necessary for a functioning demand chain online store. Commerce Plaza is packaged with WebSphere Commerce as a store archive (as the composite: DemandChain.sar). Publishing a store archive to a WebSphere Commerce Server allows you to create a running store.

In WebSphere Commerce, Enterprise, starter store archive files are also used to package and deliver organization structures, predefined user roles, and access control policies necessary to create the environment for the store or site, as well as collections of store assets that create a catalog or a storefront. In order to create a running store, publish one of the composite store archives. You can also publish a sequence of component store archives to publish a running store. Stores are published from the Administration Console; only Site Administrators can publish a store archive by selecting Site, and from the Store Archives menu, selecting Publish. The Store Archives page then displays listing the store archives available for publish. By default, the page showing composite store archives displays.

Since store creation in WebSphere Commerce is based upon selecting a store archive and modifying it, Commerce Plaza is designed to act as the basis for the store. It is based on a typical shopping flow. The starter store pages can be customized. All Commerce Plaza starter store pages are JavaServer Pages pages. These pages include HTML, Java, and JavaScript. The JSP files can be cached.

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