There are a few new features in the next preview release of Magento (expected later this week), and we are especially excited about the Order Management functionality in the Magento Backend.
In short, this allows orders to be made from the backend, both for existing customers and for new customers. In future releases the Order Management functionality will be extended to a full-fledged Order Management tool with more advanced functionality, but let's take a look at how the Create Order feature works now.
Order Management Highlights
Currency can be selected per order.
The customers shopping cart is visible in the create order screen. The admin can move items from the shopping cart to the order (and vice versa).
The customers wish list is visible in the create order screen as well. The admin can move items from the wish list to the order (and vice versa).
The items in the customers compare box are visible. The admin can move items from the compare box to the order.
Products can be searched/filtered and added to the order.
Customer can be assigned to a different customer group (if needed).
So is Magento worthy of the hype? In short, yes. This is one awesome looking product. If I were a commercial shopping cart vendor I’d be afraid. Very afraid. This has the freedom and flexibility - not to mention the $0 price tag - of an open source solution, but it also has the polish and sophistication of a commercial solution ...
Magento does have a lot of features and flexibility that put most commercial products to shame. The marketing promotions manager - I was drooling on my keyboard at the flexibility! It seems that no matter what tool I use, the marketing managers always dream up some promotion that can’t be done. Well, I challenge them: come up with a promotion that Magento can’t do! I’m not saying it’s unlimited, but it’s the best I’ve seen.
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