The much anticipated Magento 2.3.0 launched in November delivering valuable new functionality and improvements for developers and merchants alike, including Multi-Source Inventory (MSI), PWA Studio and Page Builder.
We were thrilled to be part of the process, working with Magento on the development and providing four fixes to the 2.3.0 release. Here’s our high-level digest of the latest features:
Multi Stock Inventory (MSI)
MSI allows merchants to manage stock across multiple locations from their Magento 2 admin panel. Available in both the Open Source and Commerce editions, MSI has been developed in conjunction with the Magento Community. The new feature includes:
- Connect multiple inventory sources to your eCommerce store
- Assign and manage products to multiple fulfilment centres
- Track inventory by source for simple stock management
- Control inventory in real-time using source selection algorithms to streamline order fulfilment
- Integrate with third-party ERP platforms
- Trackable stock reservation system
The impact: accurate quantity counts and high performing checkouts that improve conversion rates.
With consumers switching to their smartphones for on-the-go shopping experiences, PWA (Progressive Web Applications) Studio enables merchants to deliver ‘app like’ experiences to their customers that are fast, engaging, reliable and can be used offline.
PWA Studio uses a collection of tools and libraries including:
- pwa-buildpack: the main build and development tools for a Magento PWA
- peregrine: a collection of UI components for a Magento PWA
- Venia storefront: proof of concept Magento 2 storefront built using PWA Studio tools
The impact: build complex Progressive Web Applications on top of Magento 2 stores to boost conversion rates and increase customer satisfaction.
Available to Magento 2 Commerce customers and as a paid add-on to Magento Open Source customers, Page Builder quickly creates pages within Magento admin via a simple drag and drop content management system. Taking over from the standard WYSIWYG editor contained in previous versions of Magento, Page Builder allows developers to split pages down into separate columns, easily add product widgets and see a visual representation of what the page will look like from a user standpoint.
The impact: non-technical users can simply build and preview new site pages quickly and efficiently with enriched content and engaging layouts.
Other features include Declarative schema improvements, GraphQL API Implementation and PHP 7.2 Support, along with the deprecation of MySQL Search (in favour of ElasticSearch). Amazon Payment Integration within the core, Two Factor Authentication, and Google Recaptcha are also now available out of the box. Magento 2.3.0 includes hundreds of core bug fixes, minor improvements and 30 security improvements.