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Customized category creation in the cart and category driven ordering system. Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244671D
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-06

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The article proposes to enable users to be able to have more control on the cart w.r.t. being able to organize the cart according to their custom category definitions as well as selective ordering of items in the cart at one time. Enabling category creation on cart to allow end users to organize the items/products in the cart according to his classification, will give more control to end users on organizing items in the cart. Combining the option of selective ordering system of cart, where end user has an option to order selective categories in the cart, will give the user more control of the cart and he will not have to loose any precious time he spent browsing for items which he does not want to order straight-away.

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Customized category creation in the cart and category driven ordering system .

Introduction :

In the e-commerce ordering system, a cart is a collection of products which could be ordered at the same time. A normal ordering flow includes adding products to cart and proceeding with checkout. With the emerging economies, e-commerce presence continues to expand each year. With the numerous e-commerce websites present now, end user gets a lot of options to choose from with the best selling price. He has the freedom to add products to cart and confirm it at his ease and satisfaction. Hence there might be instances where users would want to order only a few products in the cart, and want to keep the rest in cart (and confirm them only when they are satisfied and sure). Let us look at the use cases.

Use case 1:

Jane is travelling to the US in Jan 2015. She needed to upgrade her wardrobe and hence kept adding apparels to her cart every once in a while. Her cart contained a collection of 25 apparels. She thought she would confirm the order few weeks before she leaves so that everything is new and tidy. She realized Christmas is approaching and she needed a few grocery items and other gifts to be given to her family. When she wanted to place the order for the same she had no other option but to delete all the existing apparels in the cart or add them to wish list for future reference. This took her a while as it included quite a few of them.

Use Case 2 :

John has been planning to climb Everest in April. He has contacted a lot of professionals and kept adding recommended products in his cart for a period of time now on an online shopping website. These products include his trekking jacket and other trekking needed clothing and equipments. His trekking cart is not complete yet and this might take time till end of march. He remembers suddenly that he needs to order a few baking products and apparels for his daughter's birthday in Feb. While doing so, he realizes that he has to remove all the trekking products from the cart as they are not final yet. That is going to be a herculean task for him to do so and remember all the products later.

Problem description:

The problem here was that there were quite a few products in the cart which users didn't want to order right away. However, they did want to order them when they were sure and had done all sorts of validations from their side. They were forced to remove those products from the cart (or move them to wishlist) which they had collected over time. Because of the limitation of the system, they had to make a tough choice between the cart they created overtime and the ad-hoc requirement of ordering few products.

Summary :


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The suggested solution has two parts and is as follows:


Any end user can create a customized category of his own in the cart. If he doesn't give any customized category , the products are grouped under the default system category in the cart. Here syst...