• Collin Konetzke

SuiteCommerce Advanced vs. Shopify Plus




If your company is considering launching your first e-commerce store or redesigning your current website, you may be overwhelmed by the available platform options. In this article, we will compare two of the leading e-commerce platforms on the market: SuiteCommerce Advanced and Shopify Plus. While each of these services offers a tiered feature approach (reflected in a tiered pricing structure), this comparison will highlight the pros and cons of each provider’s most advanced offering.



WEBSITE THEMES


Beginning the design of your web store from a base theme will save time and money. In the simplest version of your website launch, you will be able to simply choose a theme, input your products and content, and launch your site.

  • SuiteCommerce Advanced: 6 free themes with paid options available from 3rd party developers

  • Shopify Plus: 9 free themes with many more paid options available





EASE OF CUSTOMIZATION


To make the look, feel, and functionality of your website truly unique, it is likely that you will want to make changes to whichever base theme you choose to start from. These customizations can be as simple as changing colors and fonts, or as complex as building an entirely new checkout process.


  • SuiteCommerce Advanced: built using standard HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

  • Shopify Plus: requires additional knowledge of Liquid, a template language created by Shopify.




ERP INTEGRATION


Having a pretty storefront is only one part of the equation of building a successful e-commerce website. When you need to track inventory, sales, order fulfillment, and customer relationships, the use of an ERP platform will become necessary.


  • SuiteCommerce Advanced: seamlessly integrates with NetSuite (a leading ERP) to manage all backend operations.

  • Shopify Plus: requires additional integration with a 3rd party ERP platform, incurring additional costs and potential snags.


WEB STORE FUNCTIONALITY


Once your web store has been initially built and customized, many important questions about how your products will display and be managed will naturally arise.


  • SuiteCommerce Advanced: allows much deeper control over how your products display. Allows the promotion of featured products, best sellers, etc. by integrating data from NetSuite. Manages larger product SKU batches and product variants.

  • Shopify Plus: intuitively displays products on your live site in a standardized way. Quicker and easier to set up a web store with limited SKUs.





B2B FEATURES


If your company operates in the B2B space, your e-commerce platform will need to manage many unique challenges.


  • SuiteCommerce Advanced: provides deeper control over B2B functions like tracking of sales through additional channels outside of your web store. Other native tools include estimates and quotes, stock visibility for users

  • Shopify Plus: offers a Wholesale Channel, but with limited native functionality



COST


While the pricing structures of SuiteCommerce Advanced and Shopify Plus vary based on the size and specific needs of your business, this pricing breakdown from the Tavano Team provides a summary of what you can expect from each:



KEY TAKEAWAYS


While both SuiteCommerce Advanced and Shopify Plus provide powerful e-commerce solutions, they excel in solving different kinds of problems. A thorough assessment of your company's needs will shed light on which platform might be right for you. When you are ready to move forward with implementing an e-commerce solution, we encourage you to get in touch with one of our development partners to unlock the full potential and value for your company.



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