That said, it is by no means perfect and can be improved with some inexpensive app installs. These are my top 5 recommendations to improve your users experience, maximise sales and save time on internal tasks.
Dcart ‑ Cart Discount by Syncube
Pricing: $5.99/month. 14-day free trial.
As standard, Shopify offers the ability to create voucher codes which can be entered at the checkout to update the total sale amount.
The user is only presented with the ability to enter a code after the shopping cart which may be confusing for some users.
Dcart is a simple app that adds the voucher code input to the cart page, making it instantly accessible without having to start the checkout process.
Dcart automatically installs along side your cart template and requires almost zero setup.
Alert Me! Restock Alerts by Dibble Development
Pricing: $5/month. 21-day free trial.
Out of stock notifications can be essential for stores that frequently run out of stock of popular items.
Alert Me! adds an email sign up form to any item that is out of stock which will automatically send a customisable email to any signed up user when items come back into stock. This also works for items with different options or sizes, only showing the form on out of stock variations.
Again, a very simple app to install. Run through the installation wizard and choose your style of form and the app will automatically merge with your page template.
Pricing: £25 - £150 per month
Zenstores is an inexpensive way to collate all of your orders from various merchants in one, easy to use platform. These include Shopify, Etsy, eBay and Amazon.
If you sell via Shopify and other platforms, Zenstores is an invaluable time saving tool that makes fulfillment much easier and faster by combining all orders into one place.
Zenstores also connects to popular delivery services such as Royal Mail and courier services to automatically create delivery labels to be printed for each order.
Exporting considerations are also handled with automatically generated CN22 customs forms including the latest Brexit regulations.
Realtime Stock Sync & Bundling by Trunk
Pricing: From $35/month. 14-day free trial. Additional charges may apply.
Following on from Zenstores, managing stock across multiple platforms can be a real challenge if done manually. For example if you sell on Shopify and Etsy, stock levels are not automatically synchronized across these platforms, so manual editing is needed.
If not done correctly, this can lead to overselling and refunds.
This is where Realtime Stock Sync & Bundling by Trunk comes in. For $35/month you can completely automate this process by syncing your product lines together across multiple platforms including Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Faire, , Squarespace, WooCommerce store and more!
If a customer buys a product on your Shopify store, Realtime Stock Sync will automatically update the stock levels on all other connected platforms such as Etsy or eBay.
Abandoned checkout emails by Shopify
Pricing: Included in all Shopify plans
Although automated abandoned cart emails are part of Shopify as standard, this is still an underutilised feature that can lead to significant increases in sales.
Customise your email template and amount of time after checkout abandonment and watch those lost orders roll in.