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Which Ecommerce Platform Would 007 Choose?

The whole world is enjoying the last part of Craig’s Bond series. What if instead of tracking down a kidnapped MI6 scientist, ex-007 would be asked to complete another task — to choose the best ecommerce platform for his store?

No time to code

It was a mind-blowing 2020 when the world faced a new treatment: pajamas replaced evening outfits and toilet paper turned into a first need luxury item. This made the greatest brands of the world combine their strengths to find the solution and prevent the elegance catastrophe.

They suddenly called to mind one Luxury Hero, with a suit fitting like a glove, and Aston Martin shining like a diamond. Guess who? You're right, it's Bond. James Bond.

Being retired to Jamaica, he was about to start his own business. He gladly accepted the challenge but didn't have much time to spend on ecommerce store development. Besides, he didn't even know where to start. The only thing James knew — he had to get the new online store up and running quickly and without bugs. So...

How to choose the best ecommerce platform?

Okay, Mr. Bond, we're here to help. Let's consider several popular solutions to choose from for your luxury store. These are: Shopify, Shopify Plus, Adobe Commerce / Magento, and SFCC platforms.

1/ Shopify

Created by a group of snowboarding lovers, Shopify is now one of the best ecommerce platforms for small businesses with over 1,000,000 businesses among its users. Between 2016 and 2019, the company generated $319bn in revenue and almost doubled its stock market in a few months of 2020, gaining nearly 11% of the total ecommerce market share.

What James would love

Apart from the shared love for snowboarding, 007 would appreciate:

  • Its simplicity and setup easiness - from web hosting all the way to frontend design;
  • Hundreds of “Plug-and-Play” integrations - from analytics to inventory management and pricing apps;
  • In-house payment platform Shop Pay, enabling selling on Facebook and Instagram;
  • All of which enable its users to build a turn-key ecommerce website with the necessary functionality to successfully run and control any online business.

What James wouldn’t love

Among the cons, that James may consider, are:

  • Product variants are limited to three attributes (size, color, and material);
  • Free features are limited, and paid integrations are necessary to provide the store with certain essential functionalities;
  • Template design customization is also paid;
  • 0.5-2% in external gateway fees (not Shopify Payments);
  • Shopify is global in reach, but the biggest audience of customers is located in North America*;*
  • Low Scalability. That's why it's usually chosen by SMEs.

Price: $29-$299 per month‍

Best for: small to mid-sized level business‍

Used by: Kirrin Finch, Meso Goods, Brooklyn Museum

2/ Shopify Plus

If Mr. Bond thinks that Shopify isn’t enough for his plans, he should consider Shopify Plus with more built-in functionalities and benefits.

What James would love

Shopify Plus is like an ”all-inclusive” resort in the world of ecommerce:

  • No retainer fees for consultants, system integrators, and developers;
  • User-friendly account management;
  • Fast way to re-platform;
  • Unbounded bandwidth;
  • Quick time-to-market.
  • Ability to automate the majority of the processes with an extension called Shopify Flow. Tasks automation rocks, especially in case he is suddenly called for a secret mission one more time (who knows).

What James wouldn’t love

  • It may sadden Mr. Bond that Shopify Plus’s monthly subscription fee will match the price of his favorite bottle of Martini.
  • Despite the “all-inclusive” status, some of the plugins and extensions are still paid.

Price: starting at $2,000 / month‍

Best for: mid-sized to large businesses‍

Used by: Lindt, MVMT, Heinz, Nescafe, Kylie Cosmetics, Victoria Beckham

3/ Salesforce Commerce Cloud

Given Mr. Bond's global recognition, he might need a more powerful solution to maintain a huge volume of transactions.

Demandware was founded in 2004 and acquired by Salesforce in 2016. The company was subsequently renamed Salesforce Commerce Cloud. If James Bond has no time to waste on designing and building his store, he should hire a professional Salesforce developer.

Salesforce unites marketing, sales, commerce, service, and IT teams from anywhere with Customer 360 — one integrated CRM platform that powers its entire suite of connected apps. It’s definitely the most flexible and scalable SaaS choice for large sellers.

What James would love

With Salesforce Commerce Cloud:

  • Users can sell across digital and physical channels;
  • He gets access to its integrated AI system, providing brands with insights to their customers’ behavior and helping find ways for further growth.
  • He benefits from a mobile-first approach. Everything from reporting to inventory management is made effortless and easier with mobile. The platform is super stable - millions of transactions are processed smoothly.

What James wouldn’t love

  • It's very hard to find professionals, capable of building a Salesforce web store;
  • The expert community is relatively small, so sometimes sellers may face difficulties with customer support.
  • Not to mention, the more he sells, the more he pays.

Price: for small businesses $25-$1,250 per month; for large businesses $200,000+ per year.‍

Best for: B2B ecommerce and brands with no web experience‍

Used by: Adidas, Schneider Electric, T-Mobile, Toyota, L’Oréal Americas

4/ Adobe Commerce / Magento

Adobe Commerce or Magento is an open-source solution that brings together digital commerce, order management, and predictive intelligence into a unified commerce platform, enabling shopping experiences across a wide array of industries.

More than 250,000 online stores have been created on this platform. The platform code has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times, and $224 billion worth of goods have been sold through Magento-based systems during last year.

What James would love

  • A large community of partners and developers that offer support;
  • Highly customizable and flexible solution;
  • Possibility to pick your own hosting and choose the most suitable server;
  • Powerful marketing, SEO, and catalog-management tools;
  • Tons of available free and paid plug-ins;
  • Mobile friendliness.

What James wouldn’t love

  • If he decides to re-platform, it will be one of the worst days of his life.
  • Ok, it’s a joke! But the Magento migration issue still remains the main con. And just like with SFCC, much of the common success depends on highly skilled Magento ecommerce developers.‍

Price: the Open Source version of Magento is free, Magento Commerce/Cloud costs start from $24,000 annually ‍

Best for: enterprise-level ecommerce

Used by: Nike, HP Inc., The North Face, Ford, Helly Hansen.

Get the most to choose the best ecommerce platform

A variety of platforms presents an array of opportunities — each fitting your specific needs.

So, to choose wisely, James has to think through his business goals and calculate available resources. We do hope he succeeds with whatever choice he makes.

For more detailed analysis — James is more than welcome to download the Ultimate Guide, which compares the technical capabilities of Magento, Shopify, and SFCC platforms.

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Daria Maksimenko

A patient waiter of the last Craig’s Bond series and content writer at Grinteq, digital ecommerce agency.