June 17th, 2021 | 2 MIN READ

New Release: B2B Account Management

Written by author_profile_images Deepak Azad

Deepak is Director of Engineering at Elastic Path. 

The recent release of Account Management for Elastic Path Commerce Cloud empowers B2B brands with the core functionality needed to support the account structures that their businesses require to perform at scale and the B2B shopping experiences that their buyers expect.

Account Management

This release provides the following capabilities

  • Ability to create, view, and edit accounts (Seller Admin)
  • Ability to add, view, and edit users to the accounts (Seller Admin)
  • Ability to create orders and view order history for their account (B2B Buyers)

These capabilities enable B2B brands to support B2B shopping experiences where buyers are transacting on behalf of their organization. Consider a B2B faucet manufacturer (Seller) and big-box retailer (Buyer). The seller can create an account for a big-box retailer and add multiple account members e.g., John and Jane to that account. After John and Jane create orders for their account, they can view account order history which will include orders from both John and Jane.

Beta API

The APIs in this release are labelled Beta. These APIs provide early access into the Account Management functionality and enable Elastic Path customers to provide feedback earlier in the development process, before the APIs are finalized. Customer feedback is important to us, as it helps us better understand functional requirements and address problems early.

What's Next? 

We plan to add features incrementally and release frequently. Soon you can expect dashboard support for managing accounts. Today account members can login using OpenID Connect, soon they will be able to login using username and password. These are just a couple of examples of what’s next. As new features are released, they will be added to Elastic Path Commerce Cloud changelog.

Get Started 

With Account Management capabilities brands and B2B buyers can more effectively manage their B2B transactions. Use the postman collection to try these new Account Management APIs. Additional details on this new feature can be found in the documentation.

 

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