- Expandability was key to the growing business
- Large community of plugins and templates
- Handled the payment processing, etc.
- Customizing templates can be difficult
- Some features required third-party tools
- Easy ramp up and very user-friendly interface.
- Easy to track payments, refunds, and customer interactions, including shipping.
- Discounts on shipping rates with preferred vendors.
- Reasonable monthly pricing.
- Improved templates and themes.
- Less expensive premium templates and themes.
- More font and color/branding elements, without the need to purchase outside the platform or add-on expensive add-on applications.
- Expand shipping options, perhaps more integrations,
- Increased quality of drop shipping vendors and on-platform design tools.
- Scales incredibly well. Forget about hardware concerns, load balancing, downtime, etc. and focus on eCommerce. We've seen merchants go from a few thousand dollars per month to having million dollar days, all on Shopify without having to worry about performance or scaling systems.
- Great new features consistently being added, ahead of the curve on almost everything
- Solid API to build on and work with, a few annoying quirks here and there for super complex use cases but overall very well documented and works well
- Most Merchant Success Managers are good and genuinely want to be helpful
- A fantastic user interface, very logical and easy to use
- Tons and tons and tons of out of the box integrations. Easily the best integration marketplace of the e-commerce platforms. There's an app for that.
- Some very enterprise features are missing. Vaulted credit cards only work via the Shopify Pay (different than Shopify Payments) and aren't saved to customer accounts. Probably in part because of this, recurring subscriptions are not possible without using third party apps which is super annoying and those third-party apps hijack the native Shopify checkout so that they can take you to their checkout where they can actually save the cards. Shopify does not seem motivated to change this anytime soon either.
- Some merchants are frustrated that they have to use apps for functionality that they would otherwise consider essential such as wishlists. Shopify would argue that they are best as a platform and would rather empower apps as that results in an even better user experience since there are options for different apps, app developers are more incentivized to go deeper and build better, etc.. In most cases I believe this works well.
- From a web perspective, it's really fast and has great out-of-the-box SEO benefits.
- The user interface is very, very easy to navigate. Very intuitive.
- Reporting is built in, allowing you to build customize-able reports for at-a-glance KPIs.
- Amazing support.
- Some features that are non-negotiates for some businesses are missing, or are only available if you use Shopify Payments. One that comes to mind is saved/vaulted credit cards.
- Many aspects of Shopify Plus, including pre-built reporting features and widgets in the admin interface are very obviously built for small businesses. The larger you get as a business, the more irrelevant many of Shopify Plus features become.
- Shopify Plus does not have a robust POS at all. The POS is not enterprise-level.
Really Shopify excels in its ease of use and its focus on forward looking web technologies (responsive website, linking with analytics software, ability to use on mobile) and it struggles at some of the heavy lifting (content laden website, advanced product options, API is crappy).
- Ease of use - you can basically start using Shopify out of the box with very little training. It's self explanatory and the resources for help are fantastic.
- Support - if you are a Shopify plus merchant you have dedicated account representatives that will really go the extra mile to help or create a fix for you. They do a good job making sure that you are taken care of to the best of their ability and frequently work with engineers for quick fixes to common problems.
- Customization - this is something Shopify is going to sell you on with Plus. You can create your own checkout, you can create custom pages that link in, and you can link in other systems through their app store and also custom coding.
- Partnerships - Shopify DOES link in with some systems great (Shipstation, Uber, CreateSend/MailChimp) and that is a huge positive.
- API - unfortunately, given the amount Shopify talks about the ability to customize, they conveniently leave out the fact that their API is notoriously weak and also undocumented. It makes building custom solutions on top of Shopify cumbersome.
- Advanced Product Options - simple things like adding additional images into products with multiple variants doesn't exist! You have to install Apps to get some of this done. Inventory management is very basic and things like collection organization are light years ahead of other systems but can still use improvements.
- Mixing product and content - Surprisingly, Shopify isn't as strong here as you'd think. Oftentimes, people use entirely separate programs like Squarespace and Wordpress to run their content section of the website. This is fine except they are missing a critical component of linking the content to the product. I think Shopify should focus on this A LOT going forward.
- Very slick and well-designed interface, the easiest cart backend we've ever worked with
- Enterprise-level features at a very affordable price
- A very extensive app store with truly turnkey apps
- Better multi-store management
- More robust promotion and upselling capability (without apps)
- Pricebooks for scheduled pricing
- Scheduled content management
- Customer support - Shopify Plus gives us top tier support, which allows us to jump to the top of the support queue anytime we have a question. Support is available via live chat, email or phone. For more technical questions, we can book a call with our account manager who connects us to the appropriate resource at Shopify.
- Ease of use - It was incredibly easy to stand up an eCommerce business on Shopify Plus. The platform is intuitive to use and allowed us to get up and running quickly.
- Customizations - It has been very easy to customize our shop to the look and feel of our brand. You can either install a theme from the Theme Store or let designers and engineers run wild to create their own.
- Reporting - The native reporting in Shopify is not as in depth as one would hope. They often rely on third party apps to fill any gaps they've missed. For example, it would be nice to be able to input the costs of your products included in the Shopify admin so we can run reports with margins included.
- Business guidance - We haven't received a ton of advice in terms of business suggestions or guidance. It would be great to guide those merchants who are new to eCommerce to help them navigate pitfalls and common problems.
- They have a great support staff who responds quickly to any issues we have.
- The backend is very easy to use for people who do not have a ton of web experience.
- I love how they can update the entire platform with zero downtime.
- There is no way to track revenue per coupon code in a nice graph layout like the "Reports" section does for sales.
- Seamless integration into third party vendors.
- Free sShipping on a product specific level.
Review: "Our mix of virtual and physical product eCommerce store has been elevated by Shopify Plus!"
- 1-on-1 attention. Our account representative answers all of our questions very quickly.
- Multipass. We didn't want people to recreate accounts, just use the Munzee accounts that they currently have.
- Giving us information as it's announced e.g. "This new feature may help your account in x, y, z ... "
- Weekly Reviews. If this week was x amount less than last week, work with the client on why.
- Recommend new products based on best selling products.
- Wish I knew the roadmap of unannounced features. That way when it's announced, I already have a plan.
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About Shopify Plus
Shopify Plus is an ecommerce solution that enables business to sell online and off across social channels like Facebook and Pinterest and through marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. The vendor says this solution is engineered for scalability and reliability.
The vendor’s value proposition is that Shopify Plus is driving disruption in the traditional enterprise landscape by giving customers the power and capabilities they need to grow and succeed without the headaches, costs, and lengthy timelines of traditional enterprise options. Shopify Plus customers include Proctor & Gamble, General Electric, Budweiser, Red Bull and many more.
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|Free Version||Paid Version|
|Video Tutorials / Webinar|
|Dedicated Account Management|
|Dedicated Launch Management|
|Priority 24/7 Support|
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|Supported Countries:||Canada, USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Europe|