Create your Online Store; Shopify lands in India

A popular e-commerce platform which allows its users to create their own online stores, has announced its entry to Indian e-commerce market with the help of their partners SingTel. The name’s Shopify, as the name denotes, it allows individuals, small and medium sized merchants to create and run their online stores.

The users [merchants to be precise] need not to know the technical know-how of operation/maintenance of a website as Shopify will provide tools to operate their websites and to accept secure credit card payments for goods and services. At present, Shopify operates more than 50000 online stores in over 100 countries with an annual sales of 1.5 billion dollars.

Users can customize their “store”s, keep track of orders and manage customer data online. The features provided are hosting, templates, a web dashboard to manage products and orders, a secure shopping cart, SEO tools, customer service support, mobile optimized stores, and an iOS app which offers merchants the convenience of managing their business.

Users can also run referral programs, email marketing campaigns and free advertising credits on Facebook and Google.

The users registered with Shopify India can choose to accept payments over Paypal, DirecPay and PayU. PayU accepts Visa/ MasterCard Credit Card and debit cards from more than 50 banks.

Shopify’s Chief Platform Officer Harley Finkelstein said , “We’re really excited to announce this partnership with SingTel, We built Shopify to allow anyone with a product or a service to easily create beautiful and highly scalable online stores, at an affordable price. SingTel is the ideal partner for us, as we’re both focused on helping small businesses succeed in today’s global economy. Together, we can help millions of small businesses and individuals build profitable online shops.”. plans start at Rs. 750 per month, for which users can sell a maximum of 25 products, will get 1 GB file storage and are charged 2 percent transaction fee. Basic plan starts at Rs. 1550 per month, through which the users can sell maximum of 100 products.

In the professional package of Rs. 3150, users can sell upto 2500 products, will get 5 GB storage and are charged 1 percent transaction fee. The Professional package of Rs. 9560 allows users to sell unlimited products and it comes with unlimited storage and zero transaction fee.

Shopify now offers a 14-day free trial, for the customer experience.

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