The Shopify platform first became available back in 2004, which happens to be the same year Wordpress first released its first version content management system. Recently Shopify went pubic and had its debut on the New York Stock exchange trading at $28, which at the time was more than 60% higher than its offering price with its IPO raising to more than $131 million.

As of writing this post Shopify has had 218 billion buyers, across 175 different countries just in the last 12 months. This showed us the importance of mobile approach and development with 81% of its traffic in that year being on mobile devices such as mobile phones and tablets.

In 2018 Shopify reached their goal of 1 Billion orders via their platform, a lot of those coming from the 7,000 businesses that use their Shopify Plus platform. As of right now, users / customers have spent over $100,000,000 in the Shopify App Store.

StackUp Digital are amongst the select few in the North East who develop Shopify websites from the ground up aiming their stores at a mobile and performance first approach. As Shopify Developers based in the UK we are able to bring together a great community using our in house talent and experience to share information and thoughts at local events and within other businesses in the area.

So, what are the key benefits of using Shopify and how can they really help your business thrive?

  • Extremely easy to get a store from Zero to having a full dashboard and site ready for sales
  • Extremely easy to build custom templates (if you know how, and we do)
  • Upfront costs of being able to get selling are very reasonable compared to other platforms
  • All payments methods right out of the box including Apple, Google Pay and all Major Credit Cards. Small transactional fee's and no up front costs
  • Security and availability is taken care of by the fantastic team at Shopify. With use of their high speed servers and CDN this is covered in your $25 dollar fee if you where to take out a free plan.
  • Easy to access data and information about your store, customers and sales with Shopify reports

If you're a bigger company with a larger turnover and are possibly looking to migrate to a better solution then there is always the Shopify plus option which brings;

  • 99.99% Uptime
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Transactions
  • High Speed Servers
  • Up to 10,000 checkouts per minute
  • Level 1 PCI DSS compliant

Right now is a key time to get an e-commerce solution in place. As we write this post the StackUp Digital team are all at home due to COVID-19 and are managing well, however we cannot imagine what it's like for retailers and businesses who do not have some form of website or e-commerce solution in place. It is absolutely business critical.

With Global retail e-commerce sales reaching $4.2 trillion by the end of 2020 why would you not make a start in getting your store online? All global retail transactions in 2020 is thought to reach a staggering 14% being made online and in just 30 years from now in 2040 it is thought 95% of all consumer purchases will be made on the web.

With the rapid rise of AR, VR, AI and Drone technology retail on the high street will become a thing of the past. Shopping right from your living room is the future and it is so important, if you're looking to start a business to understand emerging technology and this is where we can help in supporting your business.

Please do give us a call or email. If you would like to get started or would just like some advice on setting up your e-commerce website. Getting in touch is really easy, simply use our contact page here or give us a call on +44 (0) 1642 262777 , we'd love to chat.

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