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Aelia Receives All-Star Quality Mark from AIBF for the second year in a row

Our beloved Grinzing, located in one of the most beautiful districts of Vienna, has received a massive boost this week with one of the resident businesses achieving international recognition for excellence, confirming its highest standards of service and trust. Diego Zanella, the founder of Aelia, was awarded the coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation for the second year in a row. One might ask why an Austrian business, founded by an Italian entrepreneur, would receive such an important accreditation from a foreign country, and it would be a legitimate question. The answer is simple, yet interesting.

Some background story

Diego Zanella founded Aelia in Ireland, in 2013. From the first day, he founder focused all its efforts in producing high quality solutions, and offering top class service, to owner of e-commerce websites. Thanks to the flexibility offered by modern technologies, the business can operate from anywhere in the world, while still keeping in touch with its thousands of customers. Aelia moved around Ireland a couple of times, then, in mid-2019, Diego Zanella planned a relocation to Austria.

The All-Ireland Business Foundation came into play, just in time

At the beginning of the same year, he had submitted Aelia to the selection for the Business All-Star accreditation. He was supposed to receive answer was supposed within a couple of days, and the selection process take a few weeks. However, due to a technical issue, the submission remained “pending” much longer than it should have. As soon as the All-Ireland Business Foundation Team found it, they reviewed the performance of both Aelia and its founder. The score was high enough to place them amongst the top candidates.  Even though our founder informed the AIBF Team of the imminent relocation abroad, they were more than happy to let our application proceed anyway. Then, in October 2019, Diego Zanella received the first Business All-Star accreditation.

In 2020, the AIBF Team contacted our founder again. Although our Aelia and its founder are no longer resident in Ireland, their result were so high that the Foundation offered to make an exception, and participate to the selection again. Diego Zanella was given the opportunity to become the first “ex-indigenous entrepreneur” to be accredited by the All-Ireland Business Foundation.

Obviously, since we’re writing about it, the result was a success. At the end of October 2020 (yes, we’re a bit slow with news), Aelia’s founder received the accreditation certificate, confirming Diego Zanella as a Thought Leader in e-commerce and WooCommerce solutions.

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Aelia – Certificate of Accreditation 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Gold Medal Ceremony was replaced by an online event. Our founder, Diego Zanella, attended it on the 30th of October, 2020.

The importance of get accredited for the second year

Like in 2019, we are pleased to have reached the high standard required by the the Business All-Star accreditation. We strive to keep high level of performance, trust and customer satisfaction that distinguishes our offer . Furthermore, we are the first to having been invited to participate into the selection, despite the business being now resident in another EU country, and it feels like a special honour. The All-Ireland Business Foundation is so impressed by our results that they would like to keep us in their register of top class companies. 👍

We would like to thank everyone for your continued support. Our customers, who keep trusting, our business partners, with whom we will be working on more incredible projects and, most importantly, our families.

Thanks again for your invaluable help. We wouldn’t be here, if it weren’t for you. 🙏

The Aelia Team

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Fish and Ships now supports our Aelia Currency Switcher

Configure flexible shipping rules with Fish and Ships

Fish and Ships is a table-rate based plugin for WooCommerce that allows to add custom conditions to calculate shipping costs. Rules such as price, weight, dimensions, volume, shipping class and more are available out of the box. The plugin also allows you to trigger special actions if a rule matches, giving you unprecedented flexibility.

In addition to the already rich feature set, the wpcentrics Team added support for our Aelia Currency Switcher directly in the shipping calculation logic. The integration is fully transparent for the user: after processing the applicable rules, Fish and Ships automatically converts shipping to the active currency, using the exchange rates configured in the Currency Switcher.

Configuring Fish and Ships is easy

The wpcentrics Team sent us with a video that highlights the features included in their solution. In just 8 minutes, you will be able to see how easy it is to configure all the rules you need.

Try Fish and Ships free of charge

There is a free version of the shipping plugin available on the WordPress repository: https://wordpress.org/plugins/fish-and-ships/. You can use it to try the powerful features offered by the plugin, configure the rules in the shop’s base currency. The integration with the Aelia Currency Switcher will activate automatically, when needed, converting all the costs in the active currency.

Conclusion

We are happy to add Fish and Ships to the ever expanding list of plugins that include native support for our Aelia Currency Switcher. With this new shipping plugin, configuring flexible, multi-currency shipping rules will be easier than ever. If you have any questions, or feedback, please feel free to contact the wp centrics Team. They will be happy to hear from you, and ready to assist you with any query you might have.

Thanks again for reading, and see you soon with more exciting news!

The Aelia Team

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Advanced Coupons, by Rymera Web, now supports our Aelia Currency Switcher

Multi-currency offers with Advanced Coupons and Aelia Currency Switcher

Our friend Josh Kohlbach, from the Rymera Web Team, informed us that they released a new version of their Advanced Coupons plugin. This update introduces full compatibility with our multi-currency solution, the Aelia Currency Switcher for WooCommerce.

The challenge with multi-currency coupons

Many of the plugins that handle coupons, or special offers, work with the assumption that the shop will always have one currency. Due to that, they treat all prices as absolute values, and can apply discounts incorrectly in a multi-currency environment. For example:

  • A coupon for 10 USD could reduce the price by an amount of “10”, whether the product price is 100 USD, 90 EUR or 80 GBP. The resulting price would then become 90 USD (correct), 80 EUR (incorrect) and 70 GBP (incorrect).
  • An offer like “buy one, get one for 50 USD” could be interpreted by the coupon plugin as “buy one, get one for 50 USD/EUR/GBP“. The discount in USD would be correct, whereas the others would be wrong.
  • An offer like “free shipping when you spend 50 USD or more” could be interpreted by the coupon plugin as “free shipping when you spend 50 USD/EUR/GBP or more“. That would offer free shipping with the correct order amount in USD, and a higher order amount in EUR and GBP.

In the above scenarios, the error stems from the fact that the amounts entered in USD are taken as absolute values, even when the currency changes. Instead, they should be converted to their EUR and GBP counterparts.

The solution

The Advanced Coupons plugin can solve this issue, thanks to its new, native integration with our Aelia Currency Switcher. As soon as you enable it, the plugin will automatically detect our multi-currency solution and perform the conversion of your discounts, automatically. This is transparent and doesn’t require any configuration.

Is really it that easy? As you can see in the video you find below, it’s indeed easy!

What’s the advantages in using the Advanced Coupons plugin?

The Advanced Coupons plugin includes powerful features that allow you to increase your sales. Among the key features:

  • Add products with a coupon. The customer enters a coupon code, and a product is added to the cart automatically.
  • “Buy one, get one free (or discounted)” offers. Allow customers to buy multiple products, at a reduced price.
  • Shipping discounts. Offer a cheaper, or even free, shipping option when a minimum order total is reached.
  • Loyalty programs. This is a very powerful feature, that few other plugins can offer in a multi-currency environment. It allows your customers to accrue points and spend them later on your shop, while calculating the correct amount of points for each currency. For example, if you offer 1 point for every 1 USD spent, a customer who spends 150 EUR will get approximately 167 points (150 EUR to USD = ~167.45 USD = 167 points).

Multi-currency special offers at your fingertips

If you wish to run special offers on your multi-currency site, in conjunction with our Aelia Currency Switcher, the Advanced Coupons plugin is your solution. Install, enable, and you’re ready to go. On top of that, both solutions are backed by a top notch customer service, ready to assist you with any question you might have. You can also find the announcement of the integration on the official site of the coupons plugin: Multi Currency Aware Coupons With Currency Switcher for WooCommerce.

If you have any questions about the Advanced Coupons plugin and its multi-currency integration, please feel free to contact the Advanced Coupons Team. They will get back to you in no time. 👍

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

The Aelia Team

Business All-Star Accredited

We received the Business All-Star Accreditation. That’s awesome!

Over the past few weeks, our founder has been working with the All Ireland Business Foundation to achieve the prestigious Business All-Star Accreditation. The examination panel informed us that our efforts has been successful, and we have reached our goal. The accreditation is a great achievement, and a demonstration that we, at Aelia, offer to our clients high quality products and a top class customer service.

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Our founder, Diego Zanella, will attend the Gold Medal Ceremony on the 25th of October, 2019, at Croke Park, in Dublin, Ireland.

What this means for Aelia

It’s always great to see efforts recognised and rewarded. It’s also very exciting to know that we reached the standard required by the All-Ireland Business Foundation. The Business All-Star accreditation distinguishes progressive Irish businesses that meet a high level of verified performance, trust and customer centricity. Our efforts will now allow us to join unique group of excelling businesses.

Why we are so excited

The achievement will be celebrated at Croke Park, but reaching certainly wasn’t a “walk in the park“. 😃

We feel that this result is a tangible demonstration to our commitment in offering top quality products and services to our customers, as well as our collaborators.

We would like to thank all of you, customers, supporters, partners and suppliers, for having been with us during the past six years. Your continued support is what allowed us to be successful. We will strive to stay at the top of our class, and keeping offer you the great service you have come to expect from us.

The Aelia Team

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Smart Offers now supports our Aelia Currency Switcher

Increase your conversions with Smart Offers and Aelia Currency Switcher

We are happy to announce the start of a new collaboration, this time with the StoreApps Team. This collaboration brings you another great solution, the Smart Offers plugin. Smart Offers makes it easy to manage up-sells, cross-sells and “buy one, get one free offers”, and now it also includes native support for our popular multi-currency solution, the Aelia Currency Switcher.

Thanks to this new integration, visitors will see up-sells, cross-sells and special offers in their currency of choice. This will improve the user experience, and can help increasing conversions.

Getting started

The Smart Offers plugin integration with the Currency Switcher works out of the box. When you install the two plugins together, Smart Offers will automatically take care of showing your special offers in the correct currency. No configuration is required, it just works!

Advantages of using Smart Offers with Aelia Currency Switcher

Targeting rules, filters and more

Smart Offers includes features like targeting of offers based on user role, past purchases or cart value. All such features integrate automatically with the functions offered by the Aelia Currency Switcher, such as automatic geolocation and price conversions. All special offers will be appear consistently with customer’s location and selected currency.

Revenue reports in the selected currency

Smart Offers will automatically show you, in its Orders dashboard, the revenue earned from running the offer in each of the currencies selected by your visitors. This will help preparing statistics on which offers are more successful, and in which currency. With that information, you will be able to prepare accurately targeted offers and increase your conversion.

Conclusion

Using the Aelia Currency Switcher and the Smart Offers plugin together can greatly help increasing the effectiveness of your up-sells and cross-sells offers. The two plugin together will enable you to prepare offers targeted to specific markets, and attract more sales.

If you are using the two solutions together, we will be happy to hear your feedback, so that we can continue improving our products. Should you have any questions about using Smart Offers with our Currency Switcher, please feel free to contact the StoreApps support team. They will be ready to assist you with the installation of their powerful “special offers” solution.

That’s all, for now. I hope you enjoyed this great news, and we wish you a fantastic weekend!

The Aelia Team

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The StorePep Shipping Solution now supports our Aelia Currency Switcher

Using StorePep with Aelia Currency Switcher

We have partnered with the StorePep Team, to bring you yet one more great solution for your WooCommerce shop. The StorePep Shipping solution now includes native support for our WooCommerce Currency Switcher. With this solution, you can now ship globally using popular shipping carriers like FedEx, UPS, DHL and more. StorePep will charge the correct fees, in the currency used by your customers to complete the checkout.

Getting started

StorePep, along with Aelia Currency Switcher delivers a seamless shopping experience for your customers. You can combine configure StorePep by simply following these easy steps:

  1. Install and configure the Aelia Currency Switcher. Our installation guide can help you configuring the plugin: Aelia Currency Switcher – Getting Started.
  2. Install and configure StorePep, by following a few, simple steps: Integrate Your WooCommerce Online Store with StorePep.
  3. Verify that StorePep is working, by checking that the correct shipping rates appear at checkout.

You’re ready to go! StorePep will now calculate shipping costs, and the the Aelia Currency Switcher will convert them to the active currency.

Should you have any questions about using StorePep with our Currency Switcher, please contact the StorePep Support Team. They will be happy to help you configuring their shipping solution.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

The Aelia Team