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(This post was last published on June 14th, 2018. We’ve updated it for accuracy and completeness.)
Magento and Shopify are two of the leading eCommerce platforms available for sellers. While Magento has led the market for many years, Shopify is the fastest growing with no signs of adoption slowing down. Both offer compelling solutions for medium-sized to Enterprise online sellers. The question is then, which platform should you use for your eCommerce store?
Whether you’re implementing a new site for the first time or upgrading from Magento 1, there are many factors that play into your decision. This article compares and contrasts Magento versus Shopify Plus to help you decide which platform is the right fit for you.(more…)
(This is a guest post from our friends over at Payability, a finance company that helps marketplace sellers take control of their cash flow issues and finally grow their businesses.)
For many small business owners — and especially eCommerce sellers — access to capital is a major growth hurdle. To effectively grow your eCommerce business, you need to invest, be it in a marketing campaign, new employees, or bulk inventory, for example. While it might work for some eCommerce businesses, going to a bank for financing isn’t always the best option (after all, the process is cumbersome, lengthy, and often a wasted effort due to low approval rates for online businesses).
But you likely already knew this. What you might not know is that there are financing options designed to work with your business, so you can get the cash you need — when you need it. In this guide, we break down popular options like Shopify Capital, Payability’s Instant Advance for Shopify, and more.(more…)
(This is a guest post from our friends over at JetRails, a fully-managed white-glove eCommerce hosting service.)
In February 2020, BuiltWith.com detected well over 60,000 live websites powered by Magento 1.9. It’s apparent that many merchants will continue to operate their Magento 1 stores rather than replatform before this popular eCommerce software reaches its official end of life in June of 2020.
What happens when Magento 1 reaches its end of life? There will be no dramatic change, the store will continue to work. Simply stated, Magento will stop releasing security patches for Magento 1 users. However, there will be some ripple effects that users will experience. For instance, it may become harder to be certified as PCI Compliant since the platform will technically be unsupported by its publisher. There may also be third-party vendors, like payment gateways, that stop supporting the platform.
If you’re still leveraging Magento 1 and don’t expect to migrate to Magento 2 or another platform before security patches stop rolling out, there are things you can do to help protect your website and your business. Here’s a quick checklist to get you started down the right path:(more…)
(This post was last published on May 10, 2017. It has been updated for accuracy and completeness.)
As an online merchant, your band must stand out as you face tough, fast-moving competition. To stay ahead, your business must use the right technology to power optimal customer experiences. This probably lead you to choose leading eCommerce platform Shopify/Shopify Plus in the first place. While your business is built around this platform, it’s not the only platform that can help you grow.
What about your back office operations? How do you ensure you remain efficient as possible as order volumes increase and your fulfillment processes mature? At this point, you should consider using a robust backend system like an ERP alongside your eCommerce platform. This guide walks you through what an ERP system is and how to choose the best Shopify-ERP solution for your business.(more…)
Learn from FlavorCloud Founder/CEO Rathna Sharad on cross-border commerce’s explosive growth and the challenges of the international shipping experience.
Trends like the “The Amazon Effect”, growth in eCommerce, success of direct-to-consumer brands, and lower barrier of entry in the global supply chain space are all leading the explosive growth of cross-border commerce. Online selling through webstores, social media, and marketplaces are making it easier than ever for brands to reach more customers around the globe. It doesn’t matter where a customer is located, they’re searching and finding the products they want. Merchants should be ready to serve them.
The challenge isn’t necessarily reaching customers online, but rather shipping your products overseas, which often doesn’t always go as smoothly for both parties. Merchants have to prepare customs documentation an fees like duties and taxes, all while maintaining favorable shipping costs to your customers. Just like domestic shipping, you must think about selecting carriers, shipping rates, last mile delivery and returns.
To understand more about the complexities of international shipping, we sat down with our friends over at FlavorCloud, experts in cross-border commerce. Check out this Q&A with their Founder/CEO Rathna Sharad to learn more about what cross-border commerce is and how merchants should approach international shipping to ensure the best possible experience for your customers.(more…)