This is the quickest and easiest solution to set up an online store because no software installation or development costs are required. It’s an “all in one” solution.
These dedicated eCommerce solutions are designed for small to very large online stores and usually have a large range of payment gateway options, point of sale system, complex sales tax and shipping capability. They are designed for world wide sales and usually have multi-lingual capability, country detection and multi-currency sale capability.
There is no ongoing website maintenance or security required because it is fully managed by the provider. You sign up, select a plan, choose a template and start adding store products. Easy to use drag and drop page creation is designed to make it quick and simple.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Electronic Commerce
E-commerce offers consumers the following advantages:
- Convenience. E-commerce can occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Increased selection. Many stores offer a wider array of products online than they carry in their brick-and-mortar counterparts. And many stores that solely exist online may offer consumers exclusive inventory that is unavailable elsewhere.
E-commerce carries the following disadvantages:
- Limited customer service. If you are shopping online for a computer, you cannot simply ask an employee to demonstrate a particular model’s features in person. And although some websites let you chat online with a staff member, this is not a typical practice.
- Lack of instant gratification. When you buy an item online, you must wait for it to be shipped to your home or office. However, retailers like Amazon make the waiting game a little bit less painful by offering same-day delivery as a premium option for select products.
Inability to touch products. Online images do not necessarily convey the whole story about an item, and so e-commerce purchases can be unsatisfying when the products received do not match consumer expectations. Case in point: an item of clothing m