What’s new in Magento Commerce 2.4? An overview of the latest release by Adobe

Sam Woods
Sam WoodsConsultant, Maginus
31 Jul 2020

 

On 28th July 2020, Adobe released the latest version of Magento – Magento 2.4. This release comes with a long list of new features, bug fixes and security enhancements. In fact, the release includes almost 100 fixes to core code, 30 security enhancements and hundreds of contributions from the Magento community.

In this post, we’ve picked out the 3 key features available to users of Magento Commerce 2.4. If you want to learn more about the full release, the official release notes can be found at https://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.4/release-notes/release-notes-2-4-0-commerce.html

 

1. In-Store Pickup

In-store pick up allows customers to purchase products online but rather than have delivery of the product, allow the customer to pick up the product from a store.

This is an important and timely feature for those with both online and bricks-and-mortar stores, by bringing significant value back to the stores in a time where business has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

When a customer is ready to check out online, the ‘Pick in store’ option can be selected which displays a list of stores nearby to the postcode entered by the customer. The store is selected, and the customer can check out as normal:

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Photo credit: Adobe

When an order is ready for pick up, store owners can click a button in the Magento panel to send an email to the customer to inform them that the order is ready for collection.

In previous versions of Magento, a merchant could only offer in-store pick up through a 3rd party module.

 

2. Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is now required for all users logging into the Magento back end admin.

The way it works is when accessing the Magento admin panel, the user will be provided with a code to input or scan on a 2nd device such as a mobile phone, to complete the initial 2FA setup. Once complete, this phone (in addition to the standard login procedure) will then be prompted for the user to grant access to the Magento admin panel once a user tries to log in.

This additional authentication step helps to protect the Magento store against malicious or unauthorised access, in addition to the existing security methods already in place.

 

3. B2B – Order Approval Workflows

Last but by certainly no means least, an excellent new feature introduced for B2B retailers, known as the order approval workflow feature.

Order approvals are common practice amongst B2B retailers, and act as a mechanism whereby a supervisor can approve a purchase from an employee if the order matches certain criteria. This aims to control what employees are purchasing with company credit.

 

A high-level overview of this process is below:

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The criteria a user can set in the approval interface are:

  • Order value – Approval required if the order value exceeds a certain amount
  • Products – Approval required if a certain number of products are purchased
  • Delivery costs – Approval required if the delivery cost exceeds a certain amount

 

The ability to assign approval permissions to a user is managed through user Roles in Magento. It is important to note a supervisor has the ability to reject purchase orders as well as approve them, in addition to having the ability to leave comments so that supervisors and employees can be kept informed throughout the approval process. An example of the approval user interface is below:

 

Magento_Purchase_Orders.png

Photo credit: Adobe

 

Should I upgrade my store to Magento 2.4?

The answer to this question ultimately depends on the version you are currently running at the moment.

Adobe officially ended support for Magento 1 on 30th June, 2020 and therefore if you are on any version of Magento 1, the answer is most likely yes.

If you are on an earlier version of Magento 2, you are officially supported by Adobe but you will not be receiving the latest features, bug fixes and security enhancements the latest version has to offer. This can put you at a disadvantage in the increasingly competitive eCommerce market. So even though the upgrade may not be as urgent, it would still be recommended.

Here at Maginus we’re Enterprise Ecommerce Experts, and have extensive experience in upgrading and re-platforming our customers onto the latest version of Magento Commerce. Feel free to contact us and we will be in touch.