# Customers

# Overview

We use Customers in GetCandy to store the customer details, rather than Users. We do this for a few reasons. One, so that we leave your User models well alone and two, because it provides flexibilty.

# Customers

GetCandy\Models\Customer
Field Description
id
title Mr, Mrs, Miss, etc
first_name
last_name
company_name nullable
vat_no nullable
meta JSON
created_at
updated_at

# Creating a customer

GetCandy\Models\Customer::create([
    'title' => 'Mr.',
    'first_name' => 'Tony',
    'last_name' => 'Stark',
    'company_name' => 'Stark Enterprises',
    'vat_no' => null,
    'meta' => [
        'account_no' => 'TNYSTRK1234'
    ],
])

# Relationships

  • Customer Groups customer_customer_group
  • Users - customer_user

# Users

Customers will typically be associated with a user, so they can place orders. But it is also possible to have multiple users associated with a customer. This can be useful on B2B e-commerce where a customer may have multiple buyers.

# Attaching users to a customer

$customer = \GetCandy\Models\Customer::create([/* ... */]);

$customer->users()->attach($user);

$customer->users()->sync([1,2,3]);

# Attaching a customer to a customer group

$customer = \GetCandy\Models\Customer::create([/* ... */]);

$customer->customerGroups()->attach($customerGroup);

$customer->customerGroups()->sync([4,5,6]);

# Customer Groups

Default retail

Customer groups allow you to group your customers into logical segments which enables you to define different criteria on models based on what customer belongs to that group.

These criteria include things like:

# Pricing

Specify different pricing per customer group, for example you may have certain prices for customers that are in the trade customer group.

# Product Availability

You can turn product visibilty off depending on the customer group, this would mean only certain products would show depending on the group they belong to. This will also include scheduling availability so you can release products earlier or later to different groups.


You must have at least one customer group in your store and when you install GetCandy you will be given a default one to get you started named retail.

# Creating a customer group

$customerGroup = GetCandy\Models\CustomerGroup::create([
    'name' => 'Retail',
    'handle' => 'retail', // Must be unique
    'default' => false,
]);

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You can only have one default at a time, if you create a customer group and pass default to true, then the existing default will be set to false.

# Scheduling availability

If you would like to add customer group availability to your own models, you can use the HasCustomerGroups trait.


// ...
use GetCandy\Base\Traits\HasCustomerGroups;

class MyModel extends Model
{
    use HasCustomerGroups;
}

You will need to define the relationship for customer groups so that GetCandy knows how to handle it.

public function customerGroup()
{
    return $this->hasMany(\GetCandy\Models\CustomerGroup::class)->withTimestamps()->withPivot([/* .. */]);
}

You will then have access to the following methods:

# Scheduling customer groups

// Will schedule for this product to be enabled in 14 days for this customer group.
$myModel->scheduleCustomerGroup(
    $customerGroup,
    $startDate,
    $endData,
    $pivotData
);

// Schedule the product to be enabled straight away
$myModel->scheduleCustomerGroup($customerGroup);

// The schedule method will accept and array or collection of customer groups.
$myModel->scheduleCustomerGroup(CustomerGroup::get());

# Unscheduling customer groups

If you do not want a model to be enabled for a customer group, you can unschedule it. This will keep any previous start and end dates but will toggle the enabled column.

$myModel->unscheduleCustomerGroup($customerGroup, $pivotData);

# Parameters

Field Description Type Default
customerGroup A collection of CustomerGroup models or id's. mixed
startDate The date the customer group will be active from. DateTime
endDate The date the customer group will be active until. DateTime
pivotData Any additional pivot data you may have on your link table. (not including scheduling defaults) array

Pivot Data

By default the following values are used for $pivotData

  • enabled - Whether the customer group is enabled, defaults to true when scheduling and false when unscheduling.

You can override any of these yourself as they are merged behind the scenes.

# Retrieving the relationship

The HasCustomerGroup trait adds a customerGroup scope to the model. This lets you query based on availability for a specific or multiple customer groups.

The scope will accept either a single ID or instance of CustomerGroup and will accept accept an array.

$results = MyModel::customerGroup(1, $startDate, $endDate)->paginate();

$results = MyModel::customerGroup([
    $groupA,
    $groupB,
])->paginate(50);

The start and end dates should be DateTime objects with will query for the existance of a customer group association with the start and end dates between those given. These are optional and the following happens in certain situations:

Pass neither startDate or endDate

Will query for customer groups which are enabled and the startDate is after now()

Pass only startDate

Will query for customer groups which are enabled, the start date is after the given date and the end date is either null or before now()

Pass both startDate and endDate

Will query for customer groups which are enabled, the start date is after the given date and the end date is before the given date.

Pass endDate without startDate

Will query for customer groups which are enabled, the start date is after the now() and the end date is before the given date.

If you omit the second parameter the scope will take the current date and time.

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A model will only be returned if the enabled column is positive, regardless of whether the start and end dates match.