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Score 6.2 out of 100
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Score 5.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ChannelAdvisor

Excellent for marketplace sellers with a lot of products - or those with a high turnover of SKUs. Not well suited to the small seller with only a few SKUs to promote. Also probably not suited to someone who only cares about a single marketplace. The real strength of it comes from managing multiple marketplaces through a single system.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Volusion

Volusion is a good company if you're starting out. The problem is that, if you want more complexity out of the program, you're kind of stuck. Also the regular time out errors and slow downs can be very frustrating. Packages that miss overnight deadlines because your system stops working can cost you customers. In today's highly competitive market, that's just something that's hard to put up with. If you have a lower volume of business you might be able to work around these issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

ChannelAdvisor
7.9
Volusion
3.7
Product catalog & listings
ChannelAdvisor
8.2
Volusion
4.3
Product management
ChannelAdvisor
7.3
Volusion
4.3
Bulk product upload
ChannelAdvisor
8.7
Volusion
4.2
Branding
ChannelAdvisor
7.6
Volusion
3.7
Product variations
ChannelAdvisor
7.9
Volusion
4.7
Website integration
ChannelAdvisor
8.9
Volusion
3.3
Visual customization
ChannelAdvisor
8.7
Volusion
5.1
CMS
ChannelAdvisor
5.7
Volusion
2.2
Mobile storefront
ChannelAdvisor
Volusion
1.2

Online Payment System

ChannelAdvisor
10.0
Volusion
4.1
eCommerce security
ChannelAdvisor
10.0
Volusion
4.1

eCommerce Marketing

ChannelAdvisor
7.5
Volusion
2.6
Promotions & discounts
ChannelAdvisor
8.3
Volusion
4.8
Personalized recommendations
ChannelAdvisor
9.2
Volusion
1.8
SEO
ChannelAdvisor
5.0
Volusion
1.2

eCommerce Business Management

ChannelAdvisor
8.9
Volusion
2.9
Multi-site management
ChannelAdvisor
9.2
Volusion
3.0
Order processing
ChannelAdvisor
9.6
Volusion
3.6
Inventory management
ChannelAdvisor
8.3
Volusion
2.2
Shipping
ChannelAdvisor
7.9
Volusion
3.0
Custom functionality
ChannelAdvisor
9.6
Volusion
2.6

Online Shopping Cart

ChannelAdvisor
Volusion
3.6
Abandoned cart recovery
ChannelAdvisor
Volusion
3.6
Checkout user experience
ChannelAdvisor
Volusion
3.7

Pros

ChannelAdvisor

  • Complex, Yet Simple Navigational Interface: ChannelAdvisor is a beast, but navigating through their platform is relatively straightforward. The overall heirarchy is very well put together.
  • One Feed to Rule Them All: With ChannelAdvisor, all we have to do is connect our inventory to their system once. Instead of having to construct and connect dozens of different product feeds to our internal inventory system, we simply connect to ChannelAdvisor and use the same single feed to build out all others' website templates.
  • Product Mapping Made Easy: Mapping product attribute data across a multitude of unique online marketplaces and digital marketing sites can seem like a daunting task. ChannelAdvisor does a great job of simplifying this process, providing easy-to-understand and manage feed templates containing helpful descriptions and categorization.
  • Business Rules and Lookup Lists: I use these all the time when "transforming" our raw inventory data to the specifications of any given feed. They are extremely helpful and super easy to build.
  • Efficient Product Optimization: Instead of having to deal with the time-consuming task of making minute changes to thousands and thousands of skus, ChannelAdvisor allows you to automate these changes in a matter of minutes. It's much more scalable for our business.
Taylor Amon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Volusion

  • Templates are pre-built for a good end user experience. I've gone through the process of building custom sites as well as tweaking both free and paid templates that Volusion's design team provides.
  • Their support team didn't use to be as helpful, but in recent years have answered nearly all questions I've had. Their support section within the database provides detailed walkthrus as well.
  • Order processing is easy once you've been trained on the system. We got to a point where nearly the entire process was automated from initial purchase through shipping.
Ryan Forrest | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ChannelAdvisor

  • Lack of customization, documentation, tutorials, support for the premium webstore
  • Lack of innovation. My client was told that the basic web store was being replace by the premium web store so they needed to upgrade. In my opinion the basic web store was actually much more flexible and robust than the premium web store. Now (it has been less than 2 years) they are making my client switch from the premium web store to "Shopify" and they are charging more money for this. My client was charged to upgrade each time and the process to upgrade was expensive, time consuming, and very convoluted. ChannelAdvisor needs to invest in their technology and migrate data for ChannelAdvisor changes technology. But the experience as an end user is very frustrating since the way of doing things keep changing and not always for the better result for the customer.
  • Channel Advisor needs better support. Help Desk, knowledge base, etc. there are a lot of things you can do with ChannelAdvisor but it is my experience that nothing is very straight forward and there are many different potential problems you will run into and ChannelAdvisor points the finger at "Google" or "Amazon" or "Ebay" instead of helping solve a problem from end to end.
  • It is quite expensive for what it does. I would not have advised my customer to use their product but they were so entrenched that they had no other choice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Volusion

  • API calls use the previous call as a reference, even if you weren't the one we made the previous call. Can lead to data gaps, so you often have to set a manual date range to look back to make sure you aren't missing any data.
  • Not as customizable as most ecommerce platforms
  • Not as many integration options as most platforms
Michael Huey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ChannelAdvisor

ChannelAdvisor 7.0
Based on 3 answers
Without ChannelAdvisor, our business wouldn't be where it is today so the idea of NOT renewing is out of the question. By not renewing we would have to hire more employees and have more of a workload for existing employees. By keeping costs low and employees effecient we have been able to grow exponentially.
MATTHEW MITCHELL | TrustRadius Reviewer

Volusion

Volusion 1.0
Based on 12 answers
When you spend so much time with a product like this and not only have you witnessed its growth, but you almost feel like you are next those that make the decisions of building features a certain way, you can't help but want to stay and be a part of their continued growth. It's simply a great product. Can it improve? By all means! But it will only improve because of users and avid resellers like me.
Jose Miguel Vera | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ChannelAdvisor

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Volusion

Volusion 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I know what to do to add a new product, promotion or do an analysis of sales.
Patrice Romzick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ChannelAdvisor

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Volusion

Volusion 1.0
Based on 2 answers
You have to wait on hold for at least 45 minutes every call—the tech support person never knows the answer right away so they put you on 10 minute holds only to come back and say they're still looking for answers. The chat function could take days to get a response. Our "Dedicated Account Manager" never checks in or answers, nor are they ever in the office when we call. It's like they try to be as unavailable as possible until you forget why you even called in the first place. Insane.
Haley Owens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

ChannelAdvisor

ChannelAdvisor 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Better control of scope between the resources on both sides involved would allow for better change management.
Brent Boutwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Volusion

Volusion 10.0
Based on 2 answers
It is best to use the built-in features and recommended services for the most turn-key experience (ie. Skipjack for payment processing so that it can all be done from the Volusion backend).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ChannelAdvisor

Our brand is growing online at a rapid clip, and we wanted a platform that would scale accordingly. The feature that really sold us was the automatic workflows. If we want a certain type of product that's going to a customer in a certain state to ship a certain way, we could make that happen automatically without any human touch! Wow!
Blake Baron | TrustRadius Reviewer

Volusion

While k-eCommerce was very glamorous to us because it integrates with our main workflow, it just didn't have some of the marketing features that are so integral to the way we do business online. The set-up costs were also way too high. Volusion is so affordable and feature heavy, it makes it very difficult for any shopping cart provider to compete. You can find others who are competitively priced and have similar features, but they simply aren't as robust (at least for the way we use it)
Shayna Bane | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ChannelAdvisor

  • This is an expensive tool that takes time to implement properly. You have to be ready to absorb costs and in downtime not selling.
  • Once set up well, it has some advantages that help with sale increases and fewer headaches.
  • We now use the same amount of people but have absorbed about 25% more business coming in.
Kim Hoogenboom | TrustRadius Reviewer

Volusion

  • Honestly, when you're in the dashboard, the UX is simply horrendous. I mean, everything that should be 1-2 clicks away is 4-6 clicks away, and each pages takes at least four seconds to load. You just find yourself wasting a lot of time waiting for things to load. This should be more simple.
Paul Francis Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

ChannelAdvisor

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

ChannelAdvisor Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Volusion

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Volusion Editions & Modules

Edition
Personal$291
Pro$791
Startup$1791
Business$2991
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ChannelAdvisor
5.2
Volusion
1.5

Likelihood to Renew

ChannelAdvisor
7.0
Volusion
1.0

Usability

ChannelAdvisor
Volusion
10.0

Support Rating

ChannelAdvisor
Volusion
1.0

Implementation Rating

ChannelAdvisor
8.0
Volusion
10.0

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