Opening more than one order cycle

It is possible to have more than one order cycle open at the same time. This has the effect of creating two (or more) shopfronts within your OFN shop, which the customer can choose between. This feature is helpful when you want to have different ‘conditions’ in the two shopfronts such as different products (wholesale or retail), different enterprise fees (such a non-member mark-ups) or different order cycle opening and closing dates (for different deliver runs).

If you have two order cycles open, when the customer arrives at your shopfront, they will be prompted to select which order cycle they want to order in. An example is shown below, where the two order cycles have different delivery dates. Remember it is the ‘Ready for’ field in the order cycle set up which determines an order cycle’s name (seen as ‘Thursday delivery’ in this case).

When the customer selects an order cycle, the shopfront will load with the specific products, fees and opening and closing dates of that order cycle.

Often, having two separate order cycles is not necessary, because different fees and delivery days can be applied in the shipping methods and shipping fees. However, it can be useful in some circumstance.

You can’t specify which shipping methods are available in an order cycle, so all order cycles will have all of your shipping methods available.

Ordering your order cycles

You can choose whether you want your order cycles to be listed in the dropdown menu by closing date (closing soonest first) or by opening date (opened earliest first). This is setup in your enterprise settings, under ‘shop preferences’.