We are pleased to announce that we have become a Shopify Plus Partner, one of just a handful of companies that have achieved this ranking. With this partnership in place, we can now offer Shopify solutions alongside our Magento options, creating more options as we work with you to choose the best possible platform for your specific needs. Of course we’re excited about this situation. The bigger question is why this opportunity matters to you. We’re here to offer an answer.
“Pixafy is devoted to offering our customers the best end-to-end online commerce solutions for their specific needs,” said Aleza Shapiro, Senior Marketing Manager for Pixafy. “The Shopify Plus platform offers apps and management tools that empower organizations to be successful with commerce, letting them focus time and resources on growing their business without having to worry about the infrastructure behind it.”
What is Shopify Plus?
The Shopify Plus platform is a popular enterprise level solution built upon Shopify, a leading commerce platform used by more than 275,000 merchants worldwide. Key attributes of Shopify Plus include:
- A fully hosted cloud platform that allows websites, apps and other online marketplaces to remain available to customers on a 24/7 basis.
- A content delivery network that provides robust connectivity and data delivery for customers. This ensures that sites built on the Shopify Plus platform experience rapid load times and don’t run into performance problems that disrupt the customer experience.
- A robust management and support system running in the background that allows for updates and similar changes without disrupting availability.
- A scalable infrastructure model that ensures your site can handle everything from flash sales and special promotions to seasonal sales spikes and major events like Black Friday.
- A backend capable of supporting shopping on multiple channels, allowing customers to engage in web, mobile, social and in-store commerce.
- A commitment to responsive design to ensure customer websites work seamlessly on any device type.
These are the core capabilities that underpin the Shopify Plus platform, but there are a few other features that deserve more attention.
People shop in diverse ways – the Shopify platform can support those varied models.
Exclusive Shopify Plus features
A few standout features of the Shopify Plus technology are:
Customizable checkout and subscriptions: An ecommerce or social commerce experience should reflect your brand through every interaction the customer has with you. Having a shopper hop into a generic checkout after spending time on a website that you have carefully designed to reflect your brand is jarring and could have an adverse impact on the sale. Customizable checkout and subscription systems ensure that your brand remains evident in everything customers do on your site, providing a powerful end-to-end experience.
Globalization: Shopify Plus offers customers the freedom to create clones of their online stores and then easily localize those websites to a new international market. Two of these clones can be made for free, making it much easier to globalize your brand and reach a wide range of customers. This functionality includes language editor tools that make translation and similar functions much easier to handle, simplifying the transition to a foreign marketplace.
Avalara tax automation: Dealing with taxes is an incredibly time-consuming and complex process for retailers, but automating processes surrounding taxes is possible. This includes providing insight into regulatory requirements that impact your retail locations. This allows for automated tax calculations for purchases, ensuring you maintain compliance and don’t run into situations where you accidentally charge customers an incorrect amount for a purchase.
What this means for B2C organizations
Shopify’s hosted cloud commerce platform is particularly adept at handling a high volume of transactions and ensuring quality site performance. This also includes providing high levels of availability. Shopify offers:
- 99.99 percent uptime.
- The ability to handle 8,000 orders per minute.
- Capacity for 1.5 million hits per minute.
All of this adds up to performance that is right in line with the B2C industry’s needs. Shopify’s social and mobile commerce excellence also comes into play here, as the platform is designed for flexibility over a wide range of devices and shopping channels, giving B2C organizations the flexibility needed to reach a diverse array of customers. Shopify also provides a great deal of content alongside the platform, making it easier to fine-tune your web strategies and maximize the value of your site.
Adding it all up
This a huge set of features and capabilities, but what it boils down to is a technically advanced ecommerce platform that is flexible and scalable enough to meet the needs of modern businesses. This is particularly notable in the rapid time-to-market for sites built on the Shopify Plus solution. Most enterprise platforms can take almost a year to get up and running, while Shopify Plus only requires a couple of months, depending on your configuration. These features have led to rapid adoption, something that underlines the benefits that come with the platform.
Shopify Plus is a feature rich enterprise level platform built for the future of commerce, not just the needs of today, and we help our customers get the most out of their commerce experience built around what Shopify has to offer.
We work to partner with the leaders in ecommerce so our clients get end-to-end services for any of their online, web or social commerce needs. This partnership gives our clients another option when building their platforms, empowering them to ensure they have the most robust feature set possible for their day-to-day needs. Building an online commerce experience doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and the variety of platforms we can offer ensures that you end up with a solution that is well-aligned with both your requirements, and those of your customers.
If all of this has piqued your interest in Shopify Plus, contact us to find out how the solution may work to meet your needs.