ShipFusion provides software for the management of e-commerce shipping & fulfillment. The software is custom built in-house and is designed for users to effectively monitor and manage the state of their order fulfillment. Users have the ability view and manage shipments, including the ability...
Best Ecommerce Platforms
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Ecommerce Platforms Overview
What are Ecommerce Platforms?
Ecommerce software allows merchants to display a product catalogue and conduct transactions online. Most ecommerce transactions are B2C (business to consumer). Some also support more complex B2B (business to business) transactions with contract negotiation features and the like.
There are two general types of ecommerce platform: hosted and self-hosted open source:
Hosted ecommerce solutions, which are cloud-based and billed monthly, tend to be more stable and user-friendly.
Self-hosted ecommerce solutions are more advanced, customizable, and free.
Ecommerce websites, usually referred to as online storefronts, allow shoppers to browse through the merchant's product catalog and purchase products online.
Hosted ecommerce platforms, include a set of pre-made templates and themes for storefront design. The best ecommerce software for your online businesses depends on your use case. There are many different aspects of an online storefront that different ecommerce products may focus on:
Managing larger inventories
Displaying multiple versions (e.g. colors and sizes) of the same item
Managing multiple stores
Representing digital versus physical products
Scalability is also a major consideration when evaluating product catalog options and features.
Online Shopping Cart
An online shopping cart allows website visitors to accumulate a list of products in a virtual "shopping cart" before checkout. In addition to accumulating the list, shopping cart software also calculates the total cost, including shipping and taxes.
Some platforms offer other shopping cart-related features, like abandoned cart tools. These save unfinished orders and/or email customers to remind them that there are still items in their cart. Abandoned cart functionality often costs extra or is available only with higher-tier packages.
Another additional functionality some ecommerce products include is the ability to suggest products for customers to view. This is typically based on individual customer’s shopping behavior along with information about what products other customers have been viewing and buying.
Online Payment System
Some solutions include in-house payment processing. Others integrate to a third party payment gateway. Vendors that offer in-house payment processing often charge a transaction fee. Since payment systems need to handle sensitive customer information, most ecommerce platforms have standard security measures in place.
Ecommerce Platforms Features & Capabilities
Online shopping cart
Online payment system or integration with a payment gateway
Order fulfillment and shipping management
Merchant interface / dashboard
Ecommerce marketing tools
Ecommerce business management
Customer behavior analytics and reporting
Integrations (e.g. CRM, ERP, email marketing, payment gateway, etc)
Monthly subscriptions for hosted products vary widely depending on features and scalability. Monthly charges range from zero to over $1,000 at the very high end.
It’s a good idea to clearly understand requirements and to choose an ecommerce platform based on current and anticipated needs, rather than just focusing on cost. In the long run, picking the right platform will be worth a lot more than saving money at the start.
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Shoplo is an e-commerce platform that is designed to help small businesses sell globally. It is geared toward designers, crafters, and DIY makers. This solution enables users to create their own stores and connect it with other sales channels such as Etsy, eBay, Amazon, and Dawanda. The vendor’s ...
HotWax Commerce Platform is an ecommerce solution with strong commerce ERP functionality (inventory and order management, order fulfillment, accounting, etc.). It is built on open source projects including Apache OFBiz, Apache SOLR, Ionic Framework and Apache Cordova, Apache Cassandra and Apache ...
IBM Watson Commerce Insights provides merchandisers, product managers and marketers with insights into how the business is performing and where to focus and take action. Through a contextual experience, business users are taking action based on online merchandising decisions to win business, ...
Circle.us integrates with multiple selling channels and shipping carriers to streamline the order management, shipping, and fulfillment for online retailers. One Circle.us account to have access to all top carriers & services. The vendor's value proposition is that Circle.us users can manage ...
IBM Store Engagement extends access and control of store operations to store associates through mobile applications that enable omni-channel offerings like "buy online, pickup in store" and "ship from store" as well as managing returns across channels. IBM Store Engagement improves the effic...
IBM Dynamic Pricing is a pricing platform allowing for automated pricing decisions and near real-time repricing based on multiple different factors like competitor price. The product also allows pricing to be coordinated across multiple sales channels.
Productiwise is a cloud-based e-Commerce enterprise solution developed by Mobius, providing an automated product data management solution for marketplaces, retailers, B2B sellers, and distributors, click and mortar sellers and other e-Commerce players. It offers integration of seller data feeds, ...
Cloud Commerce Pro is a cloud-based multi-channel eCommerce management system. The vendor aims to not only provide software but to also understand their client’s processes and needs to provide a bespoke service, tailored to achieving their goals and growth potential. The vendor also provides on...
Welcome is live chat software for eCommerce brands. It enables users to chat with shoppers on their eCommerce site in order to answer questions and provide additional product information, with the ultimate goals of increasing conversion and purchase size, and decreasing returns.
Jazva is an all-in-one solution that is designed to streamline and unify operations in omnichannel retail, so retailers can optimize every function of their business and stay ahead of the game. The vendor aims to help retailers move away from spreadsheets and juggling multiple systems. According...
Scipio ERP is an open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) and eCommerce system. Compared to its direct competitors, the software can be seen as a very modern, yet inexpensive alternative. Scipio ERP comes bundled with rich business applications and is best suited for mid- to large size comp...
CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is an e-commerce marketplace software platform. It allows you to open an online marketplace, where you are the admin, and all the others—invited sellers. Each seller has his or her own micro-store with a customisable storefront, categories, filters, and search. The vendor say...
OroCommerce is an open-source eCommerce platform built from the ground up for B2B companies in manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, and retail. OroCommerce is built for both mid- and large-sized B2B companies selling online. According to the vendor, this solution supports any business-to-busin...
CS-Cart Enterprise is a cloud-based e-commerce solution built on Salesforce's Heroku infrastructure and offering rich functionality out-of-the-box. Close-to-realtime data synchronization between Salesforce Sales Cloud and CS-Cart Enterprise makes data on products, prices, orders and customers equ...
Dokan offers a front-end multi-vendor marketplace on WordPress, powered by WooCommerce. According to the vendor, the product enables you to build your own Amazon, Shopify, eBay, Magento-like marketplace in just 30 minutes. FEATURESMarketplace with Independent StoresFrontend Dashboard For Each S...
Yo!Rent is an online rental marketplace software utilizing the renting marketplace as a business model. Expert developers have meticulously designed it to help entrepreneurs explore all possible money making prospects in the renting business model. When you choose Yo!Rent, you get additional adva...
Clavis Insight, an Ascential brand, offers 6Ps eCommerce Intelligence, an ecommerce sales data and intelligence platform that supports entities offering products online with competitor comparisons and analytics to optimize product stocking, pricing, presentation, and deals & offers.
One Click Retail, an Ascential brand, offers their Amazon ecommerce analytics suite supporting page and product SEO efforts, competitive comparison, tracking traffic, conversions and sales, and other listing optimization statistics.
Scalend Commerce Insights is a SaaS tool that allows you to analyze your ecommerce data. It brings together traffic data (from tools like Google Analytics), payment data (from payment gateways like PayPal or Stripe), and sales data (from ecommerce platforms like Magento and Shopify) to generate a...
Affirm, headquartered in San Francisco, offers their dynamic payment system for ecommerce, supporting payments broken out into installments to accommodate shopper preference.
Swedish company Klarna offers Klarna Checkout, a compliant and personalized ecommerce shopping cart solution.
According to the vendor, Prospect CRM is the solution for Distributors, Wholesalers and Manufacturers who need to sell B2B products and inventory.Prospect 365 is the most integrated Cloud-based CRM and B2B Trade Portal platform for businesses with accounting solutions including Exchequer, Sage, P...
Liferay Commerce is a digital commerce platform that promises to equip B2B sellers with a fully-integrated suite of digital engagement tools. The vendor promises the following key benefits: Erase B2B Complexity: Manage commerce sites faster with configurable rules for tiered pricing, organizatio...
Growcer is an online grocery store builder designed to help you create, maintain, and manage your own online grocery supermarket so you can cater to people who don’t have the time to shop at a brick and mortar grocery store. The company says it offers a feature rich eCommerce platform to help you...