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Getting Started

Get started with Apptus eSales Lifestyle by following a few easy steps. First, contact lifestyle.inquiries@apptus.com to get credentials to the Apptus Cloud environment. Using the credentials, a live demo can be viewed and custom data can be loaded.

Cloud credentials

The credentials for the Apptus Cloud environment consist of three parts:

  • webApiId - A public cluster Id pointing to the retailers eSales service. The API cluster Id is used for the site integration.
  • Api-Key - A private key. The private key is used when importing data and notifying orders to the eSales service.
  • Apptus eSales Apps invitation mail - Used to access the web based apps for reporting and merchandising.

Following is an example of what the webApiId and Api-Key can look like, and this will be used as such through out this page. For the actual integration, the keys received from Apptus must be used.

webApiId: w1A2B3C45
Api-Key (private): pkA123456789AB1BDA3E968F69A97B5508BF5B123456778912FFC99

Live demo

Once credentials has been received, a live demo of eSales Lifestyle with sample data can be viewed. Copy the URL below into a web browser and replace the webApiID with the one received and press Enter. The live demo uses UK as market.

<!--Change webApiID-->
http://fashion-demo.apptus.cloud/?demo.customization={"market":"UK","webApiId":"w1A2B3C45"}

Load custom data

The eSales Lifestyle service is preloaded with sample data. To view the demo with custom product data, a data file can be created according to the eSales Lifestyle data format specification. The product data is normally generated based on data available in a retailers' systems. The market value for the custom data must be UK when using the live demo.

Load the data into the eSales service using the standard HTTP POST protocol. If no errors are present in the import, the new product data will be visible on the live demo site.

The following example loads product data into eSales using the received credentials and the custom product data saved to the file my_data.xml.

curl -i -X POST -T \
-H "Content-Type: application/xml" \
-H "Api-Key: pkA123456789AB1BDA3E968F69A97B5508BF5B123456778912FFC99" \
"https://w1A2B3C45.api.esales.apptus.cloud/api/v1/import/lifestyle-data" < /my_data.xml

With the custom data loaded, the type of results that can be expected with eSales Lifestyle can be experienced to some extent.

The search results mainly rely on three parts: the quality of the data in the product feed, the quality of the cutout images specified in the product feed, and the user behaviour on the site.

At this stage eSales Lifestyle will not be able to showcase the effect of the behavioural data, but search, including colour search, can be tried out without it.

Colour search processing time

The colour search image processing usually takes about 5 minutes for 1 000 products. If the product data file is very large, it might take a little while before the colour search is working optimally.

Customisation

Some customisations can be performed for the live demo, including modification of some of the texts displayed in the responses. This can be done in the Experience app.


Last update: September 8, 2021
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