Buy box module

This topic covers buy box modules and describes how to add them to site pages in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Commerce.

The term buy box typically refers to the area of a product details page (PDP) that is "above the fold," and that hosts all the most important information that is required to make a product purchase. (An area that is "above the fold" is visible when the page is first loaded, so that users don't have to scroll down to see it.)

A buy box module is special container that is used to host all the modules that are shown in the buy box area of a product details page.

The URL of a product details page includes the product ID. All the information that is required to render a buy box module is derived from this product ID. If a product ID isn't provided, the buy box module won't be rendered correctly on a page. Therefore, a buy box module can be used only on pages that have product context. To use it on a page that doesn't have product context (for example, a home page or a marketing page), you must do additional customizations.

The following image shows an example of a buy box module on a product details page.

Example of a buy box module.

Buy box module properties and slots

On a product details page, a buy box is divided into two regions: a media region on the left and a content region on the right. By default, the ratio of the width of the media region column to the width of the content region column is 2:1. On mobile devices, the two regions are stacked so that one region appears below the other region. Themes can be used to customize the column widths and stacking rank.

A buy box module renders the title, description, price, and ratings of a product. It also lets customers select product variants that have different product attributes, such as size, style, and color. When a product variant is selected, other properties in the buy box (for example, the product description and images) are updated to reflect the variant information.

A quantity selector is provided, so that customers can specify the quantity of items to purchase. The maximum quantity that can be purchased can be defined in the site settings.

From the buy box, customers can also perform actions such as adding a product to the cart, adding a product to their wishlist, and selecting a pickup location. These actions can be performed on a product or a product variant. To add a product to a wishlist, the customer must be signed in.

Themes can be used to remove or change the order of buy box product properties and action controls.

Module properties

  • Heading tag – This property defines the heading tag for the product title. If the buy box is at the top of the page, this property should be set to h1 to meet accessibility standards.

  • Enable "shop similar looks" recommendations - This property allows the buy box to show links to products that look similar to the currently viewed item. This feature is available in Commerce release 10.0.13 and later.

Modules that can be used in a buy box module

  • Media gallery – This module is used to showcase images of a product on a product details page. For more information about this module, see Media gallery module.
  • Store selector – This module shows a list of nearby stores where an item is available for pickup. It lets users enter a location to find stores that are nearby. For more information about this module, see Store selector module.
  • Social share - This module can be added to the buy box to allow users to share product information on social media. For more information, see Social share module.

Buy box module settings

The following buy box module settings can be configured at Site Settings > Extensions:

  • Cart line quantity limit – This property is used to specify the maximum number of each item that can be added to the cart. For example, a retailer might decide that only 10 of each product can be sold in a single transaction.
  • Inventory – For information about how to apply inventory settings, see Apply inventory settings.
  • Add product to cart – For information about how to apply Add product to cart settings, see Add product to cart settings.

Buy box module definition extensions in the Adventure Works theme

The buy box module that the Adventure Works theme provides has a module definition extension that supports implementation of a product specifications module within an accordion module in a PDP buy box. To showcase product specification attributes in a PDP buy box, add a product specification module to the accordion module slot in the buy box slot.

Important

The Adventure Works theme is available as of the Dynamics 365 Commerce version 10.0.20 release.

Commerce Scale Unit interaction

The buy box module retrieves product information by using Commerce Scale Unit application programming interfaces (APIs). The product ID from the product details page is used to retrieve all information.

Add a buy box module to a page

To add a buy box module to a new page and set the required properties, follow these steps.

  1. Go to Fragments, and select New to create a new fragment.
  2. In the New fragment dialog box, select the Buy box module.
  3. Under Fragment name, enter the name Buy box fragment, and then select OK.
  4. In the Media Gallery slot of the buy box module, select the ellipsis (...), and then select Add Module.
  5. In the Add Module dialog box, select the Media gallery module, and then select OK.
  6. In the Store selector slot of the buy box module, select the ellipsis (...), and then select Add Module.
  7. In the Add Module dialog box, select the Store selector module, and then select OK.
  8. Select Save, select Finish editing to check in the fragment, and then select Publish to publish it.
  9. Go to Templates, and select New to create a new template.
  10. In the New Template dialog box, under Template name, enter PDP template, and then select OK.
  11. In the Body slot, select the ellipsis (...), and then select Add Module.
  12. In the Add Module dialog box, select the Default Page module, and then select OK.
  13. In the Main slot of the default page, select the ellipsis (...), and then select Add fragment.
  14. In the Select fragment dialog box, select the Buy box fragment fragment that you created earlier, and then select OK.
  15. Select Save, select Finish editing to check in the template, and then select Publish to publish it.
  16. Go to Pages, and select New to create a new page.
  17. In the Choose a template dialog box, select the PDP template template. Under Page name, enter PDP page, and then select OK.
  18. In the Main slot of the new page, select the ellipsis (...), and then select Add fragment.
  19. In the Select fragment dialog box, select the Buy box fragment fragment that you created earlier, and then select OK.
  20. Save and preview the page. Add the ?productid=<product id> query string parameter to the URL of the preview page. In that way, the product context is used to load and render the preview page.
  21. Select Save, select Finish editing to check in the page, and then select Publish to publish it. A buy box should appear on the product details page.

Additional resources

Module library overview

Store selector module

Media gallery module

Container module

Cart module

Checkout module

Order confirmation module

Header module

Footer module

Social share module

Add product to cart settings

Calculate inventory availability for retail channels

SDK and module library updates