I have been building an abandoned cart e-mail, which is almost working. I have been struggling with the transaction e-mails and blocks.

I have a table that will be populated with prospects whom abandon their basket which after 7 days will be contacted. A cron will run every day and send the e-mails.

Observer and E-mail Template

The observer I have:

 * Aggregate abandoned carts and e-mail them.
 * @param Varien_Event_Observer $observer
 * @return void
public function emailAbandonedCartCustomers($observer)
    $collection = Mage::getResourceModel('cartabandonment/email_queue_collection')
        ->addFieldToFilter('status', Example_CartAbandonment_Model_Email_Queue::STATUS_PEND);

    foreach ($collection as $customerQuote) {
        $quote = Mage::getModel('sales/quote')->loadByIdWithoutStore(

        $data = new Varien_Object();
            'quote' => $quote->getData(),
            //'items' => $quote->getItemsCollection(),
            'items' => $quote->getItemsCollection()->toArray(),


        $emailTemplate = Mage::getModel('core/email_template');

        $emailTemplate->setDesignConfig(array('area' => 'frontend'))
                array('data' => $data)

        die('Testing Process');

        if ( ! $emailTemplate->getSentSuccess()) {
            Mage::throwException($this->_getHelper()->__('E-mail was not sent.'));

The transaction e-mail has been loaded and configured in the admin console:

Hi {{var quote.customer_firstname}},

You have not completed your purchase, would you like to checkout now?

{{block type='core/template' template='email/example/abandoned_items.phtml' products=$items}}

The contents of email/example/abandoned_items.phtml are:

<? print_r($products) ?>

1 Answer 1


I solved this using Mage::register and Mage::registry.

$quote = Mage::getModel('sales/quote')->loadByIdWithoutStore(

$data = new Varien_Object();
    'quote' => $quote->getData(),

Mage::register('abandoned_cart', $quote);

$emailTemplate = Mage::getModel('core/email_template');

Inside the E-mail template you would need to collect this object:

$_quote = Mage::registry('abandoned_cart');
$_collection = $_quote->getItemsCollection()->toArray();

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