Have you heard of Shopify Plus but don't really know what it is? Shopify Plus seems interesting to you but you want to know more and know all its little secrets?
So discover 8 things you absolutely need to know about Shopify Plus to make the most of this powerful and innovative e-commerce platform.
And yes, first thing to know, Shopify Plus is not available for everyone just like that. It is not possible to register with an email and open your Shopify Plus store in a few clicks, unlike a “classic” Shopify store.
You will therefore not have a “switch to Shopify Plus” button in your interface.
You will need to file a file with a Shopify partner agency to get your "green light" to Shopify Plus. Of course you can contact us at Pikka to support you in this project.
As part of a migration from Magento to Shopify Plus, for example, this is done naturally, but if you are already at Shopify then it sometimes surprises some customers to have to “justify” their switch to Shopify Plus.
Basically, it's still understandable because Shopify Plus is aimed at merchants making several hundred thousand euros in sales per month. And the solution costs several thousand euros per month. It is therefore necessary to check that these two criteria are tenable for the merchant site wishing to switch to Shopify Plus.
Rest assured, the migration is fast and is done without any interruption or interruption of service for your customers.
Financial performance of Shopify PlusWhat ? How can a solution that can cost more than $2000 /month be the " cheapest " solution?
Of course, there is one word missing in the title: the cheapest e-commerce solution in its category, that is to say for large companies and large e-commerce sites.
Remember, we are talking about sites achieving at least 2 to 5 million euros in turnover per year, which represents only a few percent of the hundreds of thousands of e-commerce sites in operation in France.
And so for this category of site, the technical part can very quickly become a colossal budget: server infrastructure, maintenance, updates, technical teams, technology watch and server redundancy, the expenses are not lacking .
Besides that, Shopify Plus offers a solution that costs 0.25% of revenue.
So even if many merchants do not like variable fees, it must be admitted that when you have an open source e-commerce solution, the technical fees can sometimes be 5 to 10 times higher, or even more in some cases. .
Anyway, faced with a Salesforce Commerce Cloud and/or a Magento enterprise, Shopify Plus often wins hands down on the budget part (TCO or total cost of ownership)
Since you like numbers, here are all the most important numbers on Shopify Plus around the world:
Shopify Plus currently powers over 10,000 merchant sites worldwide and is growing more than 100% year over year. It is therefore one of the trendiest platforms for motorizing your e-commerce site and ensuring the growth of your e-commerce activity.
When you generate large volumes of online sales, you like efficient and reliable solutions. Shopify Plus won't let you down with its unlimited bandwidth and servers. Do you have a TV pass? No worries and no extra costs. Nothing, Nada. Your traffic is multiplied by 10 in a few days? Congratulation ! Your bill will only change if sales are there.
Unlimited bandwidth is good, but servers running all the time are better! Shopify Plus provides 99.98% uptime. This makes an interruption (on average) of your site of one and a half hours per year, 105 minutes to be exact, and this regardless of your traffic.
Are you really doing better now?
All payment providers and e-commerce hosting engineers know this. Hosting web pages, even e-commerce, can be managed quite well.
Managing mass payments and shopping carts is more complicated. With Shopify Plus, you have an infrastructure that can handle 10,000 checkouts per minute. That's more than 166 payments per second.
It is possible to do headless e-commerce with Shopify Plus ! And yes, even if it's a SaaS solution, Shopify Plus offers a headless mode. Obviously, this is not a solution to be taken lightly and doing headless e-commerce has many advantages and disadvantages that you need to understand before launching this type of project.
The cost in particular of a headless solution and any other because it is necessary to have specialized hosting and the use of applications will require the intervention of a technical team.
But a Shopify Plus headless mode also has advantages: being able to make PWAs (progressive web apps), almost unlimited customization, specific workflows and TTL control, for example.
This is obviously to be recommended only for the largest E-commerce projects with high operational constraints or existing systems that need to be kept in operation for various reasons.
But in short, this Shopify Plus headless info being almost unknown in France, it is necessary to spread it a little more.
This information is also valid for Shopify but especially for Shopify Plus. The SaaS side, software as a service, does not detract from the technical openness of Shopify and Shopify Plus.
It is possible to customize a lot of things via API, and today there are 19 Shopify Plus APIs, each with its specific scope of intervention.
It is possible to modify the back office by adding features, the front office with the front end API, the interconnections with existing systems, etc.
It is therefore quite possible to create flows between all the software of your company and your IS (information system) and Shopify Plus.
At Pikka, we regularly create connectors between Shopify Plus and Talend, between Shopify and Sage, between Shopify Plus and SAP.. In short, the possibilities are almost endless to automate all your e-commerce processes and flows.
If you've been working in e-commerce for a while, you know that migrating to a new e-commerce solution can be slow and painful. Except to Shopify Plus. It is possible to migrate sites to Shopify Plus in a matter of weeks.
Please note that this does not mean that all projects only take a few weeks, but if your objective is a rapid migration, then it is possible to do so.
We have already seen in the past Magento or Salesforce projects take months or even a year or two before being operational. These delays are unimaginable with Shopify PLus and Pikka's agile method. This greatly reduces the cost of Shopify Plus projects compared to other solutions.
For each project, we always found that it was the creative and graphic part that could take the most time because it required many meetings and decisions.
Once these decisions are made, the technical part goes like clockwork thanks to the structure of Shopify Plus and our organization in agile mode.
The result is often stunning with large projects being able to quickly switch to Shopify Plus to free themselves from their current constraints.
It may seem unrealistic when you come from open source but with Shopify Plus there is no update to do. No app update, no server update, no theme update or anything else.
You have a store developed by your favorite e-commerce agency and as soon as Shopify delivers new features, you benefit from it.
Of course it is always possible to make functional or graphic changes to move your shop but on the technical side, everything is done without the slightest intervention on your part. Your site is always up to date!
When you know that the vast majority of Magento sites are not up to date and have security flaws, this is a point that will allow you to sleep peacefully at night without worrying about computer attacks and other hackers.
And then hey, it always makes a big saving in technical maintenance costs!
With Shopify Plus, you don't have just one e-commerce “instance” at your disposal, but rather 10 different sites without paying an extra euro.
Your Shopify Plus bill is consolidated with the revenue from these 10 sites into a single package. Of course, it is possible to add sites if necessary.
In short, with Shopify Plus , you benefit from 10 different possible sites, so you can create a site for each brand, for different customers, for different ranges, for different mono products etc…
And for each of these sites, you can of course have five different languages and a B2B version (sale to professionals) at no additional cost.
Imagine that you have a shoe brand, so with a single Shopify plan you can manage 50 different languages within the same interface and the same plan.
Enough to deploy an international brand forever 0.25% of your turnover. It is clearly difficult to be more efficient in terms of cost/performance ratio.
I think you understood that at Pikka we were very enthusiastic about working on Shopify Plus projects. It is a modern, flexible, reliable and powerful e-commerce platform to support the most promising e-merchants in their growth!
And if you haven't had enough information about Shopify Plus, you can always contact our sales team who will be happy to arrange a Shopify Plus demo or walk you through the solution in great detail. So come and join the Shopify Plus adventure by migrating your online store thanks to the talent of our teams.