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Shopify is a hosted ecommerce platform with full design control, customer profiles and reporting, blogs, optional iPad-based point-of-sale software, and unlimited phone support.
Many third-party apps are available, including integrations with shipping, marketplace management and marketing software. One-way eBay and Magento inventory import apps are available for free.
|Platforms||Android App, iOS App, Web Based / SaaS|
|Multichannel||Brightpearl, ChannelAdvisor, ChannelUnity, Linnworks, Shopseen, Stitch, Teapplix, TradeGecko, Veeqo|
|Other Marketplaces||Flubit / SKU Cloud, Houzz, sell.com|
|Payment||Apple Pay, Authorize.Net, Braintree, Chase Paymentech, Coinbase, Google Wallet, Ogone, PayPal, sage pay, Skrill Moneybookers, Stripe|
|Price Comparison||Google Shopping|
|Shipping Software||OrderCup, Ordoro, Shippo, ShipRush, ShipStation, ShipWorks, Stamps.com, TrueShip|
|Social Media||Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter|
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|Basic Shopify||$29 per month plus payment processing fees|
|Shopify||$79 per month plus payment processing fees|
|Advanced Shopify||$299 per month plus payment processing fees|
Ecommerce platform Shopify will be an early adopter of Apple Pay's new web-based payments.
Apple Pay will allow consumers to quickly and securely check out via Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac with one touch. Apple Pay was previously only available for in-person purchases.
All Shopify stores, in every country, will be able to accept Apple Pay if they're using Shopify Payments, Stripe, Braintree, FirstData Payeezy, Authorize.Net or CyberSource.
"Currently, online shoppers encounter a lot of friction when trying to purchase items on a mobile device. Apple Pay can help provide consumers with seamless purchase experiences," said Jason Normore, Director of Engineering at Shopify. "Shopify's mission has always been to enable our merchants to offer their customers the best experience, and that's why the announcement of Apple Pay coming to the web is so exciting. Now more than 275,000 small and medium-sized businesses are laying the groundwork for a better shopping experience on iPhone, iPad and Mac."
When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.
Ecommerce platform Shopify has launched a new partner program for Shopify Plus – the version of Shopify for large merchants.
The Shopify Plus Partner Program is for digital marketing and design agencies who work with brands to help them sell through Shopify. The first agencies to join include One Rockwell, R/GA, Redstage, and Something Digital.
"Shopify Plus is quickly becoming an industry leader in commerce for some of the world's largest and most respected brands," said Loren Padelford, General Manager of Shopify Plus. "Over the past 10 years Shopify has created a large ecosystem of digital agencies, app developers and solution providers to support our merchants. Today we're again extending this ecosystem and introducing the Plus Partner Program."
"We're excited to be joining the Shopify Plus Partner program as it allows us to work with some of the world's most innovative brands, advising and influencing their commerce strategies, while building and supporting their digital flagships," said Gustavo Waizbrot, President and Founder, One Rockwell.
Shopify Plus is built on the back of the standard Shopify platform, and allows large merchants to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels. Current Shopify Plus customers include like Tesla, RedBull, P&G, GE, RadioShack, Nestle and Kanye West.
Ecommerce platform Shopify is now connected with on-demand delivery service Postmates.
Shopify merchants can deliver to local customers using Postmates to get deliveries to their door in as little as an hour.
Postmates is available in over 200 cities across the United States. After enabling Postmates, local customers will be able to select it as their delivery method. Then a Postmates courier will come to pick up the order and take it directly to the customer.
Both the merchant and customer can track the order in real-time from pickup to drop off.
Ecommerce platform Shopify has launched a new financing scheme called "Shopify Capital".
Shopify Capital provides cash advances to ecommerce merchants in the United States, to help them accelerate their business growth.
"For many merchants, securing capital is a frustrating and time-consuming process," said Saad Atieque, Product Manager at Shopify. "With Shopify Capital, we're giving entrepreneurs a simple, fast, and convenient way to secure financing to invest in their business. Similar to our payments and shipping solutions, Shopify Capital represents one more way Shopify can help entrepreneurs strengthen their business operations."
During a pilot program, merchants used Shopify Capital cash advances to buy equipment and inventory, launch new products, hire more employees, and add new channels and products.
"Shopify Capital allowed us to invest in our own company without having to borrow money from friends or raise funds from investors, possibly giving up some equity," said William Sulinski, founder of Pistol Lake. "Working with Shopify for our financing needs was a no-brainer because we've trusted them with our business for over three years as our commerce platform -- the core of our business -- and they've been the best partner we could have asked for."
Ecommerce platform Shopify is now integrated with Facebook Messenger so store owners can provide customer support and send other ecommerce communications through Facebook.
By integrating with the new Facebook Messenger Platform, Shopify now allows merchants in the US to provide customer support, automatically send order confirmations, shipping updates, push notifications, and more, through Facebook Messenger.
"Messaging apps are enabling us to rekindle the conversations we are used to having in person with retail businesses, and recapture some of the lost intimacy that comes with shopping online," said Brandon Chu, Senior Product Manager at Shopify. "Our decision to integrate with Messenger and build commerce bots, is designed to help merchants develop deeper relationships with their customers, and give them an opportunity to reinforce their brand's personality."
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Shopify has also announced an agreement to acquire privately held company Kit CRM Inc., a virtual marketing assistant that leverages messaging to help businesses market their online stores.
Founded in 2013, Kit helps manage small businesses' marketing tasks so that entrepreneurs can focus on other aspects of their business. Kit allows businesses to run targeted ads on Facebook and Instagram, post updates to their Facebook Page, make recommendations based on store activities, and more, all via text messages. Last month, Kit also introduced an API that allows it to interact with other apps in the Shopify App Store.
Ecommerce platform Shopify is expanding its channel management abilities, by inviting developers to build new integrations for the system.
Sales channels now have their own dedicated menu in the Shopify control panel, providing direct access to the channel management features of Shopify.
The first new developer-created integrations will include cashback site Ebates, interior design marketplace Houzz, and social shopping app Wanelo.
Ecommerce platform Shopify has released a new plug-in enabling a Shopify store to be integrated into WordPress.
The plugin allows Shopify products (with buy buttons) to be added to any sidebar, page or blog post. It also includes a pop-out shopping cart, so customers can purchase multiple products at once.
The Shopify Ecommerce Plugin is free and can be used with any WordPress theme. Shopify has also released three specially-commissioned WordPress themes, free for a limited time.
Ecommerce platform Shopify has published financial results for the last quarter of 2015, as well as for the full year.
Shopify's Q4 sales grew 99% compared to the previous year, to $70.2 million, while Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) grew 109% to $2.8 billion. Shopify has over 243,000 merchants using its platform.
"We are coming off not only a tremendous quarter for Shopify, but also for the hundreds of thousands of merchants that trust the Shopify platform to power their businesses," said Tobi Lütke, founder and CEO of Shopify. "Over the holiday season our merchants collectively sold almost 3 billion dollars worth of products, a huge increase from the year before. We are also seeing our merchants use Shopify to sell on multiple new sales channels like mobile and social. We believe that multichannel, cloud commerce is an industry-wide shift that is still in its infancy."
Total revenue for the full year 2015 was $205.2 million, a 95% increase from 2014. GMV for the year was $7.7 billion, a 105% increase over 2014.
Shopify made a gross profit of $111.1 million in 2015, but a net loss of $18.8 million.
Ecommerce platform Shopify has added a new "Timeline" feature for better communication within teams working for the same store.
Timeline gives users the ability to post comments and notes within Shopify, keeping all team communication within the system including the context of orders, customers and products.
Sole traders can also use Timeline, for example to create notes for their own future reference. Those working in teams can use Twitter-style @ mentions to send colleagues an email notification if a message needs their attention.
Timeline allows a specific order, product or customer to be linked, automatically including further details such as product image, price and stock level within the comment.
The new feature is free on all Shopify plans.
Ecommerce platform Shopify has announced that all its stores now support SSL encryption, at no cost to store owners.
All pages, images and other data on over 200,000 stores powered by Shopify can now be accessed using SSL encryption. To acheive this, Shopify have issued and set up SSL certificates for every store they host, at no additional cost to existing or future Shopify merchants. Store owners will need to activate their SSL certificates in the Shopify control panel then all traffic will be redirected from HTTP to encrypted HTTPS.
HTTPS increases shoppers trust in the store, and is a factor in Google's search results ranking algorithm, says Shopify.
Shopify has always used SSL for the checkout process but other traffic to its websites used unsecured HTTP.
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