It might be easier to start with what is NOT a faceted search. The original way to create catalogs was with parent / child pairs. But that isn’t always useful. Not to mention the fact that setting up the catalog is a long, and manual process. With the modern structure, we can use SOLR to do the indexing for you based off of JD Edwards Category Codes in minutes.
Rigid, Inflexible, Non-Intelligent
Old 1990’s Drill Down Style
Manual, Time Consuming Entry & Maintenance
Hierarchy Logic NOT from JDE
Location = Parents, Children
Intelligent, Dynamic & Intuitive
ALL Modern Storefronts Use Category Filtering
Totally Automated Through Solr “Indexing”
Logic from JDE ERP SRP Cat Codes
Location = Sets it Belongs To
Many online shoppers are used to a “facet” experience based off of B2C sites like Amazon. Facets are generally found on the left hand side, and help a user drill down to the items they are looking for. You can compound multiple facets for more specific searches. Categories can change based off of the type of item. For example, televisions could have brand, size, and type (4K, 3D, etc.) as facets, whereas washers would have options like front vs top load. The numbers next to each category indicates how many items fit under that category.
Sort For Exactly What You Want
Finding an exact item has never been easier. Today’s shoppers are used to an Amazon experience. Options for sizes, colors, brands, or products types are clearly displayed for customers to drill down to the specific item they want. Filters are stackable to get more precise searches. The easier it is for customers to order, the less likely there will be cart abandonment.
The search bar also has an “auto-predict” feature, which will show product name, number, and descriptions. You can even program common misspellings through the Administration.
Gartner cites that 80-85% of users utilize either your Search Box or your Product Catalog for finding your items to add to the shopping cart. That’s why leading companies require an e-commerce platform based on Faceted Search.
Quick to Implement, Easy to Update
SOLR automatically uploads your catalog with the facets and images. A catalog with 130,000 items only takes 30 minutes to upload. This is less manual work for your sales team in the initial stages of your ecommerce project.
Later, if you offer new items or take others off the shelf, it’s straightforward to update as we create an intelligent SQL import routine (item master, marketing images / documents / videos, CAD drawings, Excel’s, Databases, etc.) into EASYCommerce that runs nightly or more frequently if you want. Thus JDE item changes like obsolete / substitute would automatically update.
It’s so simple, we’re able to create personalized demos with your product catalog with only a few days’ notice.
Enterprise Faceted Search is the Heart of Any Tier-1 E-Commerce Site
The top names in e-commerce all use a faceted search engine.
Oracle Commerce’s Enterprise Faceted Search is Endeca which is integrated with ATG. Oracle Commerce is a great solution and powering companies like Kohl’s, but the downside is it’s expensive to implement – you need a 7 digit budget.
K-Rise is the only company to fully integrated SOLR to JDE Item Master SRP category codes & the Customer Master category code for personalized catalogs. By using trusted open source software, you get the benefits of faceted search, without the high price tag.