Jan 7, 2017

The Best E-commerce Platforms for Marketplaces

written by Paul Mydlo
in category Business

 

Choosing the right platform for your marketplace can be a bummer. There’s just so many various systems to choose from.In this article we cover some of the best e-commerce platforms to set up and manage your own marketplace. We hope this will help you to make the right choice and take the next step in launching your e-commerce platform.

 

Sharetribe

 

This system is designed solely for creating multi-vendor marketplaces. It does not suit standard e-commerce websites, so you can be sure that they specialize on this one area. With an initial starter package you can have up to 300 members, and buying the highest package you can maintain up to 100,000 members.

 

Sharetribe claims to support all types of marketplaces. Therefore, your merchants and buyers can be individuals or companies. It lets selling or renting  goods, spaces or services. Without having to know a stitch of code you can run a setup in a few minutes. The payment is rather simple as Sharetribe’s built-in payment system works with both PayPal and all of major credit cards.

 

Symphony Commerce

 

Symphony Commerce is a powerful SaaS (software-as-a-service) platform that can be a good solution for businesses of any size. Among its main features are a web store with native responsive design, comprehensive  inventory and a nationwide multi-warehouse fulfillment.

The platform helps to process orders faster. From the first customer click on purchase button, through closest fulfillment warehouse selection, up to the hands of a happy customer. Symphony Commerce is the perfect option for a small fast-growing company. By delegating the architecture and backend duties that are essential for the website maintenance, you can shift your focus on the business process.

 

Magento with Marketplace

 

Magento is an e-commerce open source platform that can be employed to build a multi-vendor online store.  Due to its scalability it can fit the needs of small or large businesses alike.  However, a regular Magento site can’t be converted into a marketplace without the help of an extension named Marketplace Multi-Vendor Module.

 

Paired with an extention, your pre-existing or newly created website contains the seller profiles for them to login and control their content. One of the interesting features of the extension is that it lets regulate the commissioned for every seller.

 

WordPress with WooCommerce

 

WordPress is one of the most popular and powerful content management systems, which works with the online stores and shopping carts. With a seamless integration of WordPress and WooCommerce –  leading open source e-commerce platform for this CMS – retailers can manage their content and boast their user base alongside.

Being a versatile, mobile-friendly platform, WooCommerce is an appealing choice for seller, whose customers tend to shop using phones and tablets. As WooCommerce works only with WordPress, it is not commonly used by retailers, but its scalability may attract those already using WordPress.

 

Now, we have covered some of the most popular and widely used e-commerce platforms. As you can see they all have its ins and outs, but you’re the only one who can decide what’s best for your business. Whether you will choose the off-the-shelf or custom solutions, we recommend you to think of your business model and budget first.

 

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