Written by Starshipit
Running an online store requires a bit of planning. Most importantly, it requires a website.
Magento is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in the world, with over 250,000 online stores using it. 2020 has proven to be a big year for Magento, with one version of the platform no longer being supported.
In June 2020, Magento 1 stopped being supported. This original version was built back in 2009, using the old technology of the times. In 2015, Magento 2 was released which supports all recent eCommerce and online business innovations. While websites that use Magento 1 will still work, their technology is no longer supported or maintained so Magento has been encouraging businesses to switch to the newest version.
While Shopify is widely regarded as the world’s leading DIY website builder, Magento is the biggest player when it comes to complex website platforms. Magento is packed with great features that are more suitable for advanced developers. For even greater functionality, the Magento Marketplace (https://marketplace.magento.com/) features a massive 5000+ apps and add-ons, some that you pay for and some that are free.
Magento Open Source is free; you can choose to pay for additional functionality and add-ons though. Magento doesn’t include hosting though so you’ll have to go through a third-party provider.Things to think about when setting up an online store
Starshipit integrates with Magento to automate the fulfilment of orders. Starshipit is the leading provider of integrated and automated fulfilment solutions for online businesses of every age and stage. Integrating with a large range of couriers and eCommerce platforms, Starshipit streamlines every step of your fulfilment process, reduces handling time, minimises human error, and improves customer experience.
The integration between Magento and Starshipit is simple. A customer places an order on your Magento website. Their order is automatically imported into Starshipit (via your inventory or warehouse management system if you also run one of those). Once in Starshipit, your orders are automatically allocated to couriers. When they’re dispatched in Starshipit, information is then written back to Magento, and notifications can be triggered to keep your customers informed and drive them to your branded tracking page.
The key benefit of integrating Magento with Starshipit is that as your orders come through your online store, they’re automatically allocated to certain couriers based on rules you’ve set up. It’s fast and easy to print shipping labels and generate customs documentation, and you can engage with your customers at every step of the delivery journey.
If you use both Magento and Starshipit, you can also display live rates at checkout. This is useful if you have multiple shipping methods and want to give your customers choice and total transparency around delivery speed and cost.
For online retailers who use Magento, it’s easy to streamline and improve the efficiency of your fulfilment by integrating with Starshipit. Sign up for a free 30-day trial today and take control of your fulfilment.