How to send product details to SagePay from Zencart store and safeguard against abandoned carts
Some times I come across issues which are very frustrating for me as well as for the client. It happened like this that a client had decided to spend £1000 via Google Adwords in order to promote his website and try and get some orders. As the website was related to wooden furniture it became all the more important as this was an expensive product line and there are not many buyers especially when the recession is in full swing.
The campaign bore fruit in a just a few days and the client received an order worth £600. Unfortunately, even though the customer paid online via SagePay, the order was not registered on the website and the client made his frustration well known. As the website was in Zencart the order does not get saved into the orders table till the customer pays for the products. In this case, the customer did not return from Sage Pay so the order was not visible in the admin panel. As the order details such as product information were not sent to Sage Pay the client had no way of knowing what the customer ordered and the client had to contact the customer to obtain the product details. You can understand how that would have felt for the client as well as what the customer would have thought of the website.
The default Sage Pay (formerly Protx) payment module does not provide the option to send the product details to Sage Pay even though this option is very much there. So, I went about writing a payment module which would allow the system to send the product details to Sage Pay so that the details are logged there as well. In case the customer did not return from Sage Pay after making the payment the client would still have the option of viewing the product details on Sage Pay.
I also installed the Zencart Abandoned Cart Module which would display the products in the admin panel if a customer did not proceed to purchase the order from the website.
What I (and probably you) learned from the above event is that you can never be safe and you must do all you can to prevent any sort of mishap which would affect the credibility of the website.
If you would like to download the Zencart payment module for Sage Pay form which allows you to send product details to Sage Pay then you can download it from here