Features & Development RoadmapGet up to speed with past, present, and future Liftoff releases
- Integration with PromoStandards catalogs
- Advanced error logs and audit trail reporting
- Advanced REST API request filtering
- Artwork regeneration tools
- Improved integration error handling
- Global vendor management
- Bulk image uploads
- CRM and account management
- Advanced inventory management
- Order management workflow
- Enhanced XML integration management
- Record driven image gallery for Pageflex
- Revamped order notifications screens
- White-labeled administrative dashboard
- Budget order blocking capabilities
- Improved Pageflex template management
- End user file uploads
- Bring your own carrier account (BYOC)
- Product bundles and kitting
- Multi-vendor workflows
7/24/2018 5:11 PM
Image gallery control
In this release, we’ve made managing image galleries easier than ever before. Any Pageflex template you create for use on the Liftoff platform can make use of this new feature. Leveraging Liftoff’s powerful Records technology, you can create a library of images and map those to any Pageflex template. For a complete tutorial on using this exciting new feature, please see the YouTube link below:
More granular control over order integration actions
We’ve added additional controls within your order management dashboard that allow you more flexibility when managing orders with various integration touchpoints. For example, let’s say you have an order that generated an XML purchase order that was delivered successfully to your platform, but perhaps your vendor’s XML endpoint was down during the transmission. You may now see each distinct transaction and who it was sent to along with the exact message, regardless of pass or fail. Additionally, we’ve given you control over resending transactions to each endpoint separately. Previously, any re-submitted XML transactions were automatically dispersed to all parties.
Revamped order email notification interface
As a companion to the modifications we’ve made to your integration dashboard, we’ve also modified your email notification management tools. By visiting the Orders > Details > Notifications area, you will now see each individual email that was sent from your platform and may now resend it to any individual you indicate, not just the user who first received the email. This will allow you to review the details of all previously-sent emails and give you more refined control over who receives re-submitted confirmations.
6/27/2018 3:04 PM
Improved Pageflex Template Management
In response to our channel partners’ and product distributors’ growing use of variable templates, we’ve modified the template management toolset to better accommodate your needs. In line with improved sharing of assets among designers, we’ve added the ability for authorized users to download existing templates. Until now, users could only upload new templates or replace existing templates. This new function allows a team of designers a more managed approach to building templates against the platform. In addition to this, we’ve resolved several issues regarding locked fonts when replacing existing templates. The Pageflex process was holding on to various resources, causing the uploading process to fail intermittently for some users.
For more information about managing your templates, please see our interactive documentation located here:
New Rules for Budget Allocation
Many of you have expressed that you would like an option to disable ordering of products married to budget allocation when a budget has been fully depleted. The ability to assign products specifically to budgets has existed for some time now, which allowed users to provide alternate payment when budgets have been exhausted. This new enhancement allows you to completely halt the checkout process if budget requirements aren’t met.
White-labeled Administrative Dashboard
We’re pleased to announce that you may now request a specific logo be positioned on the login screen and the top navigational banner of your Liftoff administrative dashboard! If you would like more information about customizing your dashboard to reflect your company or your customer’s branding, please contact your account manager for additional details. Please note that a fee may apply for establishing this customization.
6/6/2018 9:42 AM
Quite possibly one of the most significant releases to date, this enhancement allows you to establish a chain of vendors responsible for the fulfillment of orders. This feature is incredibly useful for creating fulfillment workflows where a product touches multiple vendors during the order cycle. For example, you have a polo shirt that will need custom embroidery as part of the fulfillment process. You can easily accomplish this by applying multiple vendors (as many as you like) and specifying how the vendor chain should process the order, ultimately arriving at your client’s doorstep.
Intelligent routing is used to determine what fulfillment location to use if more than one location exists for a given vendor. Most typically, the location most advantageous for shipping purposes is selected. For more information on this powerful new feature, please consult with your account manager.
Bring Your Own Carrier Account (BYOC)
Liftoff uses EasyPost, one of the most renowned shipment rating aggregators around, to generate shipping rates. Up until now, all rates used on stores were based on UPS, FedEx, and USPS published rates. With BYOC, you now have the option of creating your own EasyPost account and extending your own discounted rates to your clients, should you choose to do so. For the time being, BYOC limits you to UPS, FedEx and USPS service rating.
Getting started is simple:
- Visit EasyPost.com and click “Sign Up”.
- You’ll be prompted for information relative to each of your carriers.
- Once you’ve completed setup, Easypost will provide an API Key you can use to map your EasyPost account to Liftoff.
- Once you have your API Key, go to your Liftoff dashboard, select Shop Settings > Shipping, and click the “Settings” tab.
- Place your API Key in the API Key field. After you hit save, Liftoff will verify your API key.
5/14/2018 9:37 AM
Home Page Layouts
A more native approach to creating specialized home pages for your sites has been added to the content management dashboard for your site. All available themes now have the ability to have a home page added, without custom development.
End User File Uploads
Users can now upload their own artwork without the requirement to create a web-to-print template. Any item, regardless of type, can now accept a customizable upload file. You have the ability to determine the type of file the user can upload through extension filtering. These files, just like digital delivery files or web-to-print output files, can be delivered to your vendor for fulfillment.
You may have recently noticed that a new “+ Add Product Bundle” button appears in the product management dashboard. This feature allows you to establish a bundle of products together under a single user-facing product set, but still take advantage of the unique fulfillment required for each item. Bundles can be comprised of any product available on Liftoff, including web-to-print template items. To set up a bundle, simply click the “+ Add Product Bundle” button, select the products you wish to add, and supply pricing for it. The vendor fulfillment rules for each product will be used for fulfillment purposes.
The user experience is very intuitive. When the user selects a bundle, they’ll be guided through the product setup features that may be available for each item. Once completed, the item will appear in the user’s cart. The user may edit the bundle configuration at any time, allowing for a very flexible and mistake-free workflow.
Publish / Unpublish Product Codes
The ability to change the published status of individual SKUs has always been available to our user base. We're now offering the ability to toggle this state off and on at the product code level, making the overall management of this a much simpler task.
4/9/2018 2:29 PM
SAML Based Single Sign-on (SSO)
SSO provides the capability for external systems to self-authenticate users and pass them directly into Liftoff, bypassing Liftoff’s own sign-in system. This feature is extremely useful when dealing with corporate clients that employ an enterprise authentication scheme like Active Directory. Users can sign in using a standard method without the redundancy of logging in to multiple systems. For additional information about SSO and how to establish this on your sites, please contact your account manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional fees may apply.
Product Upcharges: Setup Fees
Many of you have expressed the need to apply additional upcharges to your products, especially the introduction of a setup fee. In addition to establishing price breaks for your products, you can incorporate a setup fee as part of the pricing structure for an item. This is useful for products that may have a one-time fee associated with them, such as die creation, embroidery, or plate creation. We’ve provided the ability to track the difference between the cost to your user and your associated costs for monitoring margin relative to these fees.
New Registrant Notifications
A new field is available under Site Settings > Email that allows for instant email notification when a new user registers on one of your sites.
New Event Rule
This new rule, titled “Order at checkout”, allows you to place special messaging on the checkout screen for your users. Like other rules, you have the ability to make this messaging conditional using criteria you specify.
3/26/2018 8:30 AM
You can customize what email notifications you receive when a new user signs up on your site. This feature can be controlled using your site's adminsitrative controls.
New Order Event Rules Added
A new type of rule has been added to your site's rules engine. You can now specify messaging and additional control over what happens at checkout. This new rules feature allows to you to define criteria and prompt a user with a message and potentially block checkout until the criteria has been satisfied.
Integration Audit Trail
For sites using integration for vendors or internal ERP, we've added the ability to view your site's posted XML message. If the post fails, you can review an error log detailing how the receiving party's system has responded.
Product Level Access Roles
Previously, you were only able to control product access through category roles. This feature has been extended to the product level. The Users->User Roles section has been updated to allow more granular control over specific access to categories and products.
3/5/2018 8:30 AM
New Expanded API
Liftoff's powerful API has been ammened with new features and functions. We've recently added the ability to manage users, products, shipping, orders and tracking to our REST API. For full details visit our documentation located here: https://docs.liftoff.shop
2/15/2018 8:30 AM
Bulk Data Uploads and Exports
The ability to upload data in bulk fashsion has been added to Liftoff. You may now also export your data in Excel format using our Batch Jobs tools located in the admin. This feature currently applies to product data, categories, users, and budgets. This feature has to be requested from your account manager before you can start using it.
Default Billing and Shipping Addresses
User profiles can now be mapped to separate biling and shipping addresses vs. just one address for the user. This new feature can be seen by logging in to your dashboard and managing your user accounts.
New Theme "Haute"
This sleek new theme has been added to Liftoff as one of your available site design templates.
1/30/2018 8:43 AM
Improved Checkout Workflow
As our platform has grown, so has the need for enhancing the way our users need their customers to pay for goods and materials. Until now, our checkout process was fairly monolithic and practically immovable. Many of you needed items customized or certain fields hidden which required custom development to accomplish. Our new checkout workflow resolves many of those issues and provides a more intuitive and user friendly checkout process.
This short, 30 second video demonstrates how this new checkout works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ncjg6OUV5A
Upgrade to Pageflex 188.8.131.524.26
This latest upgrade to Pageflex ensures that we’re serving up the most advanced and robust web to print imaging services possible. All of your existing templates will continue to work with this new version of Pageflex and will not require an upgrade of any kind for them to work. Additionally, if your still using an older version of Pageflex Studio, those templates will continue to work with your Liftoff site. We do recommend upgrading your copy of Studio when possible to ensure that you’re taking full advantage of all of the great new features available to you in this latest release.
12/20/2017 8:42 AM
Custom Order Numbers
This release introduces the ability for you to create and assign your own order numbering sequence. You can now customize your order number by establishing your own unique custom order numbering seed at the site level. Additionally, you can add prefixes and suffixes to these numbers that also include incremental variable values such as date and time.
You can find this new feature by logging in to your site admin dashboard and clicking “Shop Settings” and then “Order Numbers”. To use this feature, you only need to click “Enable custom order numbers for this website’s submitted orders”. Doing this will display a form that allows to you to customize your order number sequence. For additional information and instruction, please visit http://community.liftoff.shop
Automatic XML Site Map Generation
Your site now includes a sitemap that is automatically updated in real time. There’s nothing you need to do to set this up. Your site map can be found by navigating to your site’s URL, suffixed with “/sitemap”. Example: http://mias.liftoff.shop/sitemap