What is Aphix PocketShop?

Aphix PocketShop is a mobile application that is designed to work on your Android or iOS mobile phone. It is a B2B sales app designed to help your customers sell smarter. It is designed with a simple interface that allows your customers access their product catalogue, place orders and manage their accounts in an efficient and timely way. 

It complements WebShop, which is another of Aphix’s suite of eCommerce products. It does not have the same feature set as WebShop since it is designed to complement it; for example, it is currently not possible to filter products by brand in PocketShop.

Once you have set up the Aphix Digital Platform, it is straightforward to roll out a PocketShop with your branding.

Aphix PocketShop operates either online or offline.

Aphix SalesRep is a SaaS product

Aphix SalesRep is a SaaS product. This means that support, regular feature updates and security monitoring are all included so that no customer is left behind on older, insecure software and you can concentrate on your core business function. Or you can opt for some additional professional services to help you with your migration and roll-out.


Why should I use Aphix PocketShop?

Essentially, PocketShop is designed to help your customers sell smarter. This means that your customers can review or place orders wherever or whenever they wish to. Its key features are:

Account management: Prices and products can be managed from your central ERP and updated in PocketShop in real time.

Seamless login: Because customers can use the same login credentials as WebShop, they have automatic access to their order history, transactions, favourites and WebShop shopping cart without making any changes.

Centralised product catalogue: The product catalogue is centrally managed in the Management Interface, meaning that PocketShop uses the same category structure as the one set up for WebShop.

Order management: Customers have options around how to search for and place orders. Within PocketShop, it is possible to search by recently ordered products, by browsing the category tree, by using products marked as Favourites or by using the search facility.

Order processing: Your shopping cart is saved on your smartphone, so you can start an order at one time and finish it some time later. Two payment options are supported:

  • pay by credit using a PO to place an order

  • pay by credit card using a PCI compliant payment gateway. Currently, SagePay is the only payment gateway that is supported.

Branding: PocketShop can be tailored to reflect your company and brand. During set up, you can specify the colour scheme for banners, logos, app icon and app title. Some branding items can be changed in Management Interface, while others (such as the colour scheme) can not be.

What features does a standard PocketShop have?

Click Aphix PocketShop feature sets here for a list of features that are contained in Aphix PocketShop.

What does PocketShop look like?

Aphix PocketShop is an app that you can download from Android play store or iTunes store. It consists of a top bar and a main content body and provides you with a number of menu options that allow you to place orders, view transaction and order history and more while you are on the go.

A detailed description of its screen layout is found here.

Sounds exactly like what I need to Sell Smarter! How can I get my hands on Aphix PocketShop?

Contact support or your implementation consultant to begin your journey to having PocketShop in your Sales toolkit.

I am a retail customer. Can I download and use PocketShop?

Sadly, not at the moment. Currently, Aphix PocketShop supports business-to-business (B2B) operation but not business-to-consumer (B2C). 

How do I distribute PocketShop to my customers using Android Play Store?
  1. Create a developer account on Android Play Store

    • create a Google Play developer account

    • accept the developer agreement

    • pay the registration fee

    • complete your account details

  2. Contact us once you have completed Step 1. We upload Aphix PocketShop to the Android Play Store. Typically we upload it as an early invite-only release so you can review it before it is published to the public store.

  3. We publish Aphix PocketShop to the Android Play Store once you have reviewed and accepted it.

Once it is in the public Android Play Store or Apple Store, your customers can download it as they would any mobile application.

How do I distribute PocketShop to my customers using Apple Store?
  1. Enroll in the Apple Developer Program Store and pay the registration fee.

  2. Contact us once you have completed Step 1. We upload Aphix PocketShop to the Apple store. Typically we upload it to TestFlight so you can review it before it is published to the public store.

  3. We publish Aphix PocketShop to the Apple Store once you have reviewed and accepted it.

Once it is in the public Android Play Store or Apple Store, your customers can download it as they would any mobile application.

How long does it take to deploy PocketShop?

Aphix PocketShop can be deployed in approximately 4-6 weeks provided that:

  • you already have Aphix Digital Platform and WebShop installed

  • you have ordered a standard version of the Aphix PocketShop app

What happens when I open PocketShop after not using it for a while?

When you or your customers open PocketShop after not using it for a while, the PocketShop initiation process begins. The PocketShop initiation process has the following steps:

  1. Verifies if a a local copy of your product, pricing and stock data exists.
    • If it does, the Sync screen is displayed.
    • Otherwise, the Login screen is displayed.
  2. Checks how long it has been since you or your customer has used PocketShop.
    • If it is less than 90 days, then any updates needed to synchronise the local copy of your product, pricing and stock data with that on Aphix Digital Platform are made.
    • Otherwise, the local copy of your product, pricing and stock data is deleted and the Login screen is displayed.
  3. PocketShop is updated in real time should you make any changes to your pricing and stock data in Management Interface while the app is open.

The time it takes to synchronise PocketShop's local and remote product, pricing and stock data is dependent on the amount of data that needs to be downloaded. Less data means a quicker sync time; more data means it will be slightly longer.