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Top E-Commerce Shopping Carts – 2010

E-Commerce is growing. Does your shopping cart meet your needs?  E-Commerce reduces costs, increases profits and can be infinitely more targeted. The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced in May the estimate of U.S. retail e-commerce sales for the first quarter of 2010, adjusted for seasonal variation, but not for price changes, was $38.7 billion, an increase of 1.5 percent (±1.2%) from the fourth quarter of 2009. See chart below.

Choosing the right shopping cart can make the difference between success and failure.

Some things to consider when choosing your ecommerce shopping cart

  • Coupon handling – make sure the coupon options fit your needs.
  • Discount handling– can it do tiered discounting, situational discounting, bundling?
  • Shipping from multiple locations –especially if you have more than one warehouse or drop ship
  • How it handles Customer Reviews – Reviews are critical for success
  • Feeds for Google and other shopping engines

Many companies get caught in with the inability to meet market pricing needs and models due to the inflexibility of thier shopping carts. This is where coupon and discount handling become critical. Make sure the platform you choose fits your needs. The best way to see what you’ll need is to check your competitors discounting and coupong efforts. These are but a few of the items you’ll need to look at closely when deciding on a shopping cartE-Commerce platform.

Top 50 Shopping Cart list

Website magazine just published their top 50 e-commerce shopping cart list. The list is put together by the amount of traffic a site gets in combination with other factors. Notably MagentoCommerce, a open source platform has made significant gains in the past several months. It is a free/service model, meaning you get the software free but if you want service you pay based upon a plan. I’ve used this platform before and you can certainly run it without a service agreement but larger companies will want one.

Here is Websites magazines top 10

  1. www.anetsuite.com
  2. www.prostores.com
  3. www.1shoppingcart.com
  4. www.magentocommerce.com
  5. www.zen-cart.com
  6. www.oscommerce.com
  7. www.bigcommerce.com
  8. www.nexterna.com
  9. www.shopsite.com

Here is a chart of ecommerce growth since 2000

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