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It’s predicted that the business to business (B2B) ecommerce market will be more than twice the size of retail (B2C) ecommerce in 2020.

For businesses that want to take advantage of this opportunity, there are some powerful ecommerce options available.

Here we take a look at some of the key factors that will help you to choose the best option for your business. We are comparing Cloudfy as a Cloud-based B2B solution that’s ready to deploy ‘out of the box’ with other market leaders.

Magento

Magento 2.3.3 is the latest edition of the world’s favourite ecommerce platform, available as a subscription-based service or as an open source product. It is now offering new features to improve its B2B functionality. These enhancements include improvements to security, the developer toolkit and website reporting tools. 

The advanced account management tools will be attractive to many B2B companies, giving buyers more scope to request and manage their company accounts. Site managers will also like the improved features to help organise customer information, including import and export for customer lists and sales representative allocation. 

Account roles and buyer permissions can now be managed without additional extensions. Quote management and customer negotiation capabilities are also included along with streamlined purchasing, credit and shipping processes.

Shopify

This is a scalable, subscription-based option that is popular thanks to its ability to handle traffic spikes and large product volumes. 

It’s user-friendly, so businesses don’t have to rely on experienced web developers, and there’s extensive online support and documentation. Tools are available to support integration of ecommerce features and there’s a large developer community. 

However, Shopify doesn’t offer options to customise the checkout process or payment gateway and content customisation is too limited for some users.

Shopify payment plans are based on a monthly fee, plus a transaction fee and a percentage of the transaction value.

BigCommerce

Like Magento, BigCommerce, is available as a subscription-based service or as standalone software, without any setup or transaction fees. The plans include unlimited storage space, bandwidth, and products. However, if you pass your plan’s annual sales limit, you will need to upgrade.

With an intuitive dashboard and customisable software, businesses can create a tailored site quite quickly. BigCommerce makes it easy to sell across multiple channels including Amazon, Facebook, and eBay. However, if you want to use recurring billing, you’ll need to look to the app store because this feature isn’t included. The choice of themes is limited, so creating an impactful and effectively branded site is likely to need additional support. 

Cloudfy – ready to deploy

Cloudfy is a software as a service (SaaS) B2B ecommerce solution available on a subscription plan.

It has been created from the outset for the B2B market, so all of the features you would expect are available straight out of the box. It has an intuitive dashboard that makes it easy for non-specialist users to create an effectively branded and impactful site. With the Cloudfy team available to provide additional support, help is only a phone call away.

It also offers integration with major business systems to create complete end-to-end solutions for buyers, allowing businesses to take advantage of automation and improved efficiency. For specialised customisations it also has a powerful application programming interface (API).

We would like to show you how Cloudfy could meet your needs, so please get in touch to book a free demonstration.