ShopKeep & BigCommerce: Together At Last
Last month ShopKeep (see our review) made a big announcement; this popular iPad POS system now offers an integration with BigCommerce (see our review)! We’re dancing for joy over here at Merchant Maverick at the news; we’ve even considered sending the happy couple a new toaster.
Why are we so excited? Well, for a few reasons. ShopKeep has long been one of our favorite POS systems, earning a perfect 5-star review. ShopKeep provides excellent customer support and outstanding ease of use, all for a reasonable monthly rate. We’ve always loved that ShopKeep provides all the features that many SMBs need, but until now, we’ve also been disappointed by the utter lack of eCommerce integrations.
This partnership changes that. ShopKeep users will now be able to list and sell their products online. What’s more, they can easily (and automatically) manage inventory across the two channels without a hitch.
So How Does It All Work?
ShopKeep and BigCommerce have worked together to develop a seamless integration. When you subscribe to both services, you will be able to connect the platforms with just a few clicks.
Then, every product you add to your ShopKeep account will appear in your BigCommerce admin automatically. If you sell an item online or in your brick-and-mortar store, your stock information will update in both your POS system and in your online store. You’ll never accidentally sell a product you don’t have on hand.
(You should know that add-a-product synchronization only works in one direction. Products you add to BigCommerce will not automatically appear in ShopKeep.)
Part of the reason we’re so excited about this integration is that it combines two of our favorite services, and it does it well. BigCommerce is known for its excellent and varied integrations. The platform already integrates seamlessly with a few other big name vendors, including ShipperHQ, Avalara’s AvaTax, and Square POS. We trust that the ShopKeep integration will work well, without any hiccups.
BigCommerce is also one of our preferred eCommerce vendors, earning an excellent four stars in our review. As a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, BigCommerce provides users with web hosting, site security, an easy-to-use admin panel, and 24/7 technical support for a monthly rate.
Pricing for BigCommerce depends on your annual sales revenue. Plans range from $29.95/month for those selling under $50K/year to $249.95/month+ for those who bring in over $400K/year. While many SaaS solutions offer different features at different price points, BigCommerce’s feature set remains largely unchanged no matter your pricing level. With the exception of a handful of advanced features, all customers have access to the same features.
One of BigCommerce’s best features is its elegant web theme offerings. You can choose from 20+ modern, fully responsive web designs. Fortunately, those designs are also easy to edit with available WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors, HTML/CSS editors, and a visual theme editor. Even without any technical ability, you can still change the look and feel of your site.
Stepping into Multichannel
Integrating ShopKeep and BigCommerce turns your store into a multichannel business. You’ll be able to sell seamlessly online and in person, which will allow you to better meet the expectations of modern shoppers.
And, you’ll even have the potential for further growth. BigCommerce’s Channel Manager provides you with built-in integrations with many popular marketplaces. You can list your products on Amazon and eBay and manage it all from your BigCommerce admin panel. Selling on a marketplace in addition to your online store has been shown to boost sales revenue. It’s great that BigCommerce sellers have this option.
A step into multichannel is a step in the right direction, and ShopKeep’s integration with BigCommerce makes that first step a whole lot easier.