Limit the total amount of discounts applied

Sometimes you’re in need of some business rules when applying promotions. You can do this by overriding the calculation of the discounts, but that could be a lot of work.

For a simple rule, like “the total amount of discounts can’t be more than half of the order total” you could use a different approach.

You can run the promotion engine without actually applying the promotions. This is ‘hidden’ in the promotion engine settings. It will give you all the info as if they were applied.

So in my case the steps were:

  • Run the promotion engine without applying the discounts and only  for fulfilled promotions.
  • Check the amount that is saved, compare it with the total amount in the cart.
  • If less than half, apply the discounts, else don’t. The discounts already applied will stay applied.

public IEnumerable<RewardDescription> ApplyDiscounts(ICart cart)
IOrderForm orderForm = cart.GetFirstForm();

if (orderForm == null)
return new List<RewardDescription>();

decimal total = orderForm.Shipments.Sum(shipment => shipment.LineItems.Sum(item => item.PlacedPrice * item.Quantity));

if (total <= 0)
return new List<RewardDescription>();

IPromotionEngine promotionEngine = ServiceLocator.Current.GetInstance<IPromotionEngine>();

IEnumerable<RewardDescription> rewards = promotionEngine.Run(
new PromotionEngineSettings()
ApplyReward = false,
RequestedStatuses = RequestFulfillmentStatus.Fulfilled

decimal totalDiscount = rewards.Sum(rewardDescription => rewardDescription.SavedAmount);

return totalDiscount <= (total / 2) ? cart.ApplyDiscounts(promotionEngine, new PromotionEngineSettings()) : new List<RewardDescription>();

So if you replace your call to cart.ApplyDiscounts with a call to the above method, you have a quick business rule without having to adjust calculators, promotion processors, etc.


The code is also available in a Gist

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