Today we are commencing a 3 part series on Shopping Carts Platforms. We will outline key features that are important when choosing a system and how you can set up a new online shopping cart for your business. First time e-commerce businesses often struggle to get this right, so watch this 3 part series to get your head around what is best for you.
Third party email domain name hosting i.e. Google Apps
Automated shipping, quoting, labeling and manifesting with a multi-carrier shipping system.
Neto have eBay integration to get products to marketplace.
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GET FACT UP #26 TRANSCRIPT
- G'day Australia. I'm Chris Hogan, Founder and CEO of MeMedia. Let's Get Fact Up!
Today, we're going to be commencing a three part series on selecting a shopping cart for your business. We're going to cut this across three separate episodes and in part three we'll write out a comparison for all of the shopping cart software. The three shopping cart platforms we're going to cover are Neto, Shopify and Bigcommerce. So let's get started!
I think it's important to note that all of these platforms can host your custom domain. For example, myshop.com You won't be able to host your emails on these platforms so they all advise you to go to a third party resource for that. Such as Google Apps. We've got a link to Google Apps here in this blog. Google Apps can host your domain name emails for as little as $5.00 per user, per month. If you need help with setting Google Apps up, either click the link in our blog or give MeMedia a call.
Now on to Neto. Neto's relatively new in the e-commerce market. However, they've seen exceptional growth in the last 12 months. This huge growth is possibly due to its feature rich platform and also that it's Australian owned and operated out of Brisbane. Choosing a platform is most commonly made on pricing and features. So let's get the pricing out of the way first up. On Neto, all plans have access to choose from online store, point of sale register and the eBay marketplace. Product limit is a clear indicator of which plan you'll be best suited on as well as staff use limit, outlet warehouse limit and data transfer. By how busy your website is can determine how much data you might need.
One of the most important things we have to consider at this stage is transaction fees. As Neto currently has a 2% transaction fee, over and above any other bank charges for their base level plan. It's important to note that all of these cloud cart solutions all charge some kind of transactional fees. So it's not uncommon to Neto as well. So let's take a quick look at some of the other features which are going to be important for you as an Australian retailer. One of their biggest selling points is that they have Australian shipping provider plugins. Neto allows you to automate your shipping, quoting, labeling and manifesting with a multi-carrier shipping system. Neto works with eParcel, AAE, StarTrack, TNT, Toll, I Pick, Direct Freight, Allied Express, Fastway, Couriers Please, and more. So you should be really happy that you have an awesome choice of shipping providers. There's a heap more listed on their website. We've included the link in the blog.
Next, let's look at the accounting systems which are supported by Neto. Keeping your Chief Financial Officer happy by integrating your accounting system with your shopping cart solution is super important these days. So let's have a look at several of the options available to you when you plugin Neto. Neto integrates with several of the most popular Australian accounting platforms. Note that MYOB, SAASU and Xero are native to Neto and therefore do not incur an extra monthly cost. However, integrations provided by OneSaas do. Once again, this is not uncommon. But it should be noted that the third party integrations add at least another $29 Australian to your monthly subscription costs.
Now let's look at getting your products out into the marketplace. Getting your products out into the marketplace is hugely important. Neto have eBay integration to solve this. eBay integration is pretty important to online shopping carts these days. So it's an important plugin that you will have to consider when choosing a cloud cart solution. Neto makes listing on eBay pretty simple. It also make the order fulfillment and shipping simple to handle as well. There's plenty of other features and plugins available for Neto. We've included a link to the features page in this blog.
One interesting point which has been raised with meMedia recently, is that Neto may not have enough design templates to accommodate your particular styling. But rest assured, you can have a third party agency like meMedia custom design a template for you and integrate it into their system. So while I know that's definitely a request for your business, I just want you to feel rest assured that you can ask for help. You're not expected to tackle these new systems on your own.
We hope to see your shopping cart up soon. But you might like to wait and see what we have to say when we round out these three reviews in a few weeks.
Thanks for listening Australia. We'll see you next week when we review Shopify.