Now that your Sidewalk web rental site is up and running, you'll want to point Verba Compare to Sidewalk as your rental partner, not Rafter. This will let your students search for course materials by course and section, then rent the materials they need all in one place.
It's an easy switch that takes less than 5 minutes: first we'll show you how to turn Rafter off, then how to turn Sidewalk on, and finally how to tell Verba Compare about your new Sidewalk website.
Adjusting Self-Service Retailers
To make these changes, log in to Verba Compete here.
Hover over the "Compare" button and select Compare Retailer Options.
Scroll down under Self-Service Retailers to find Rafter and Sidewalk.
First, click in the gray box directly to the right of ON. This will toggle the retailer to the OFF position. If this retailer is already in the OFF position you do not need to do anything.
NOTE: This is the default name that you would see in Compete if you have not rebranded this retailer with a custom name, such as Rafter. The retailer you would need to turn off is in the second position within the Self-Service Retailers list.
Next we will need to make sure that Bookstore Solutions has been turned on. If it is currently not enabled, simply click on the gray box to the left of OFF. This will toggle the retailer to the ON position. If this retailer is already in the ON position you do not need to do anything.
NOTE: This is the default name that you would see in Compete if you have not rebranded this retailer with a custom name, such as Sidewalk. The retailer you would need to turn off is in the second position within the Self-Service Retailers list.
Adding your new Sidewalk Website:
You will also need to enter in your Sidewalk Site ID in the corresponding field within the Retailer Settings.
In the Site ID field, type in your Sidewalk rental URL (we sent that URL to you in your August welcome email). It looks like this, except that instead of "cbr" you'll put the BookRenter short name for your store: http://cbr.rental.sidewalkpro.com.
So, for example, if your BookRenter short name is "usd," then you should type http://usd.rental.sidewalkpro.com into the Site ID field.
If you don't remember your BookRenter short name, don't know your Sidewalk URL, or are otherwise frustrated, just send an email to email@example.com. We'll send your Sidewalk URL right back.
If you'd like your students to get a jump on textbook rentals, check the box that says Display Offers as "Preferred Partner"? under Bookstore Solutions. This will shoot the rental offer right to the top of the offers list, and drive more rental transaction commissions to your store.
Always make sure to click on the “Save Changes” button after making any of the above adjustments. Once the changes have been saved, they will be immediately reflected on your Compare site.
That's it! If you have more questions about the Rafter/Sidewalk transition process, check out our FAQ page here.
Trouble? We can help! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll take care of you.