In Zen Cart, the product notification system allows customers to add items in your store to an alert list. When an update is made to a product(i.e., the product info is modified, the price adjusted, or the product is put on sale, etc.), the customer will receive an email notifying them of the changes.
Enabling and disabling the Product Notification System is very easy. To do so, open your zen cart admin, and navigate to Configuration-> Customer Details. Locate the ‘Customer Product Notification Status’ option, and set it to ‘on’ or ‘off’, depending on your preference.
How do customers sign up for these notifications?
If you have enabled the product notification system, then customers will be able to sign up to it while browsing products. After the activation of this feature, a notification sidebox will become visible on product pages which will allow customers to opt into this notification system. Extra checkboxes will also be shown after checkout, along with the products purchased. If customers have an account on your website, and are signed in, then checking the boxes and clicking the submit button will opt them in to the notification newsletter for that product.
It should be noted that zen cart’s product notification system is not automated. It is up to you to make sure that notices go out to the people who have opted into this service. To do this, go to your zen cart Admin area, and navigate to Tools-> Newsletter/Notification Manager.
From here, you will be able to create a newsletter/notice. Before saving, be sure to select ‘product-notification’ as the newsletter type. When sending, you will be asked which products your notice applies to. Choose the proper products, and press send.