Shopify B2B ecommerce platform has grown into one of the best ecommerce platforms in the world, however, there are certain limitations you should know about. Read and find out!
Shopify B2B ecommerce plan is an efficient solution for small, midsize, and large companies with straightforward product offerings. In some cases, the service falls short when your business requires more detailed customization, expensive catalogs, deeper capabilities, and other functionalities. Even though Shopify B2B has grown into one of the largest ecommerce platforms in the world, there are a few limitations you should know about. Here are 3 features you won’t get with Shopify Plus:
- Native Search Filtering: We’ve noticed a lack of native filtering, as well as, search options when designing the catalog. You can’t do a search limited to a specific category of a product. Also, the misspellings aren’t auto-corrected. The platform has limited product specifications, making it challenging to set up different fields for different types of products. Even though there are third-party applications that can solve some of these problems, they aren’t built into Shopify’s B2B platform.
- Inventory & Logistics: Shopify is a SaaS solution meaning it is not a full-service ecommerce service provider. In order for you to operate the other parts of the business, you will have to synchronize inventory, shipments, and fulfillment with one or more separate companies. For example, if your transport and storage operations don’t really connect with Shopify’s API, you will have to get a web developer to integrate them. As you expand your business to new regions and areas, the costs of in-house storage can grow. Shopify doesn’t provide customers with these services.
- International Support: If you are interested in expanding globally, it is crucial to know the rules and regulations of various countries. Shopify doesn’t offer native tools that can help you with advanced tax regulations, navigate custom clearance, and other legal complications related to running an international online store. So, if you are looking to sell across other continents, with different compliance requirements and languages, it would be a real challenge to do so with the Shopify platform.
It is important for you to know these limitations and determine whether Shopify is the right platform for your B2B business. If you are okay with these limitations and you that they aren’t going to affect your store, go ahead, and implement Shopify.
— On Demand Solutions (@ODS_UK) June 26, 2018