Salesforce’s 22.4 release notes were recently released, and we are thrilled to highlight what you can anticipate from them. You may prepare for the upcoming Salesforce release by reading this blog. As you may be aware, we are only a few weeks away from the official release for Salesforce global users. But first, it’s important to understand what Salesforce has included in the release for its customers. Salesforce Commerce Cloud 22.4 release – Here’s what to expect.

OCAPI

General Improvements: The Open Commerce API (OCAPI) allows you to access resources using HTTP requests and HTTP responses. Each resource is identified by a unique URL that contains the API version. Data is delivered via request or header parameters or as a JSON document with a predetermined structure within the request body. OCAPI is divided into three APIs: Shop API, Data API, and Meta API, and performs specialized duties such as agent shopping, creating/reading/updating/deleting access to system resources, and retrieving a formal description.

With this Salesforce Commerce Cloud 22.4 update, the following changes have happened:

  • Search and sort by creation and last modified date: Now, more data APIs allow you to utilize the create and last-modified dates.
  • This change will make it a lot easier to acquire delta information!
  • The following DATA APIs have been extended:
    • Order Search
    • Product Search
    • Customer Search
    • Custom Object Search
    • Catalog Search
  • Guest Flag: It is now easier to detect an order made by a guest checkout or a registered customer.

Business Manager

Product Management

If you use Variation Groups, this feature will make the storefront search a little more flexible. A new Feature Switch will enable the option to merge all Variation Groups in the lister pages (category & search). Once enabled, merchandizers will see extra options in the business manager.

Category Attributes on a Catalog

A screenshot of the Variation Group mode configuration on a catalog.

But once you enable this option, how does it translate in the storefront? Let’s have a look!

Image depicting 3 variation groups of pants, being display seperate
Storefront – Before 
Storefront – After

Is it necessary for everyone to turn the switch on? No, this depends on your situation and how you want to present your products to the customer. But this option gives us more flexibility, which is never a bad thing!

Note: If you set the type to “merged” on the top level but “individual” on a sub-category, it will not work. The products do not display correctly anymore.

A screenshot of a broken product lister page, showing all attributes as "null" instead of product data.
Broken category page

Prorated Discounts

From now on, when you configure a “percentage discount promotion” on multiple items, this will be prorated automatically across all eligible items. Before, you had to select the “Prorate Discount” option on the promotion.

Source Code Groups

Not much has changed here. A new limit is imposed on the ID field to 28 ASCII characters.

Before this change, you could enter an ID that was longer, but it would be truncated after saving.

Closing Thoughts

New and major feature enhancements are a repeat feature of SFCC. It keeps on happening almost on a month-on-month basis. To never miss an update again, stay tuned to the right place. Only when you know all the features, you can decide the ones which are most relevant for your business.

Reference:

https://documentation.b2c.commercecloud.salesforce.com/DOC3/topic/com.demandware.dochelp/ReleaseNotes/22_4/rn_b2c_rn_22_4_release.html

Abishek Balakumar