eCommerce Shopping Cart Features

Shopping carts can be used on eCommerce sites for both the sales part of the site and to allow users to purchase merchandise in an online store.

The store owner of an online store has complete control over the items purchased to the prices for each item, as well as any taxes and shipping.  Shopping carts are a must-have for eCommerce websites as they are critical to the purchasing process. The shopping cart features you choose for your shopping cart depend on the types of products or services you offer. You may want a shopping cart that allows customers to purchase a single product without signing up for an account. Or you may want a shopping cart that allows customers to sign up for an account and purchase multiple products over time. It’s important to select a shopping cart that suits your business needs.

The shopping cart is the most important part of an e-commerce site. It is where a customer can add products to their cart and checkout.

The shopping cart should be easy to find, easy to use, and have a simple checkout process from the website. After choosing the products, the customers should be directed from a checkout page to the integrated online payment gateway to complete the payment. The features that are included in a shopping cart depend on the type of store you are running. For example, if you sell physical products, you would need to include features such as shipping options and taxes. If you sell digital products, then these features may not be necessary for your store.

eCommerce Shopping Cart Features

General eCommerce website features

* Capable of using (https) Encryption (128-bit)
* Shoppers can manage their User Accounts (registration required)
* Customers enter their own Shipping Addresses.
* Order History: Shopper can view all their previous Orders (and Order Details)
* Order Confirmation Mail is sent to Shopper and Store Owner
* Multiple Currencies (you can allow Customers to change the Currency and buy using an alternative Currency)

Product Catalog Features:

* Powerful Web-Administration Interface (Javascript-powered)
* Manages an unlimited Number of Products and Categories
* Can be used as a E-commerce store or just as an Online-Catalog or turn off Price Display
* Product Ratings & Testimonials, moderated or auto-published
* Feature specific Products by setting them “on special”
* Product Availability: show how fast a Customer can expect delivery
* Handles downloadable Products (virtual Goods)
* “Product is back in Stock”-Notification for subscribed Customers

Administration Features

* Multiple Images and Files per Product
* Product attributes (like Size or Color) can be added to Product
* Product types for Classification (like “Car”, or “Music Album”)
* Shopper Groups for Customers (allows different Price Levels and Payment Options),
* Multiple Prices per Product (Quantity-based and/or Shopper Group-based Prices)
* Flexible Price Display (number & currency formatting; including or excluding tax)
* On-the-Fly Price Conversion between different Currencies using Live Rates from the ECB or other bank
* Stock Level Control for Products and Item
* Order Management with Order History, Customer Notification and Order Edit Functionality
* Basic Reporting Feature: sold Items, monthly/yearly Revenue

Payment Gateway’s

* Capable of live Credit Card Processing
* Payment Gateways to accept PayPal or for Credit Cards & EFT online payments.

Extend your Shop with other Payment Modules using free Payment Module API!

E-commerce Shipping Modules:

* Flexible Shipping Carriers and Rates Configuration
* Live-Shipping Rates using Shipping Modules (e.g. UPS, USPS, FedEx; custom API).
* Extend your E-commerce store with a custom Shipping API!

Self Managed Shopping Cart:

* You're in full control of your store, from product listings and inventory to marketing. You can do it all with just a few clicks of the mouse.
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