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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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Brand Retailers is a social eCommerce platform integrated as a SaaS deployment.
CardinalCommerce is an eCommerce platform with capabilities such as consumer authentication, mobile deployment, and solution design.
GoECart is an all-in-one eCommerce solution with capabilities such as oder management, warehouse fulfillment and management, and in-store point of sale.
Highwire Commerce is a multi-channel eCommerce platform with flexible design and mobile commerce capabilities.
iAPPS eCommerce is an all-in-one eCommerce solution with capabilities such as content management, eMarketing, and data-driven analytics.
Jagged Peak EDGE is an omnichannel enterprise commerce and total eCommerce platform subsuming order management and fulfillment, distribution and channel partner management, and is designed to present a full sales lifecycle solution from shop to ship.
k-eCommerce is an integrative eCommerce solution that can be built in to Microsoft Dynamics, SAP Business One, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.
ModusLink Digital Commerce is an eCommerce solution built around supply chain management, rapid order fulfillment and logistics.
Nucleus Commerce is an eCommerce platform built into Magento with full functionality and integrated extensions.
Nuorder is a business to business eCommerce platform deployed through the cloud and through iOS application, both online and offline.
Sana Commerce is an eCommerce platform that provides an integrated shopping cart software for both Microsoft Dynamics and SAP.
SearchFit is an eCommerce solution available as a multi-store platform with multiple third-party integrations, such as QuickBooks and WordPress.
SellerActive is an eCommerce platform with features such as multichannel management and customized, dynamic pricing.
SimOneEMS is an eCommerce platform with features such as inventory transfers, product importation, and automatic pricing, along with integrations into eBay Marketplace and Amazon Fulfillment.
SmartEtailing is an eCommerce platform deployed online, mobile, and in-store.
Vendio is an eCommerce platform that provides multichannel eCommerce for small businesses through cloud deployment.
WebAssist eCart is an eCommerce platform built as a shopping cart. It is built as a custom shopping cart platform for Adobe Dreamweaver.
ChannelSight is a multichannel eCommerce platform.
Fortune3 is an eCommerce solution focused on website design and hosting.
Merkeleon is an online eCommerce solution built as online auction software.
Trifecta Commerce Orders is an ecommerce solution. The vendor's value proposition is that it is an integrated solution that is designed to bridge the gap between an organization's customer service reps, sales team members and customers.
The Etail Solutions ERP offering is an eCommerce-focused platform that encompasses the business process lifecycle, from purchasing to fulfillment.
Cloudnet360 is an ecommerce solution that is targeted to small business owners and includes an integrated CRM. There is no set fee and customers have access to a dedicated e-business advisor to help make the automation process much more smoother.
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