Shopify is one of the biggest and most well-known ecommerce platforms — and for good reason. The platform is easy to use and streamlines creating an online store. You don’t have to be a tech genius to create a beautiful, intuitive store with Shopify. Sales tax, payment processing, inventory management, and other essential processes can be part of your Shopify platform, or you can choose to integrate separate platforms with your Shopify store.
Do You Need to Add Integrations to Shopify?
Technically, you don’t need to use separate apps or platforms with Shopify. The platform has plenty of tools to get you set up and to help you manage your business. That said, you may want to use a separate integration with your Shopify platform.
The options available from Shopify might not meet your needs or go far enough. For example, on Shopify, sales tax calculations and collection are included in Shopify Tax, but the feature doesn’t remit taxes for you.
If you want to build your Shopify ecommerce tech stack, start with the following.
Shopify Payment Processing
Shopify has its own payment processor, plus the option of choosing from more than 100 other payment gateways.
Why might you choose a separate payment processor? Two reasons: cost and options. Not everyone likes to pay with a credit card online, so it can be worthwhile to allow payment options like PayPal or GooglePay.
Different processors charge different rates to run a payment, so you might prefer to work with one that charges a lower fee.
Fast, accurate shipping means happy, repeat customers. You can ship items independently, or work with a fulfillment service to manage shipping. As your company grows, a fulfillment service starts to make sense.
Shopify’s built-in shipping feature helps you print labels and can connect you to a fulfillment service if that’s the best option for your business.
But, it’s always worthwhile to shop around and look for a separate fulfillment service provider, if needed. Plenty of fulfillment services work with Shopify. Choose the one that has the best cost, service, and accuracy.
Shopify Inventory Management
You can’t sell what you don’t have in stock. Similarly, you can’t sell products no one wants to buy. Inventory management keeps your store stocked with the bestsellers and helps you avoid ordering too many units of the duds.
With Shopify, you can manage inventory through the platform’s apps or a third-party option. When picking an app, consider the price, how well it integrates with your other apps, such as your shipping and payment processing apps, and its user-friendliness.
Shopify Sales Tax Management
You must collect sales tax if you sell through Shopify in the U.S. Shopify sales tax calculates and collects the tax for you on relevant sales. A Shopify sales tax report simplifies the filing process for you.
But, you may want a Shopify sales tax platform that does more. TaxCloud Simple Sales Tax for Shopify automatically moves your orders from Shopify to TaxCloud. From there, the platform produces a sales tax report, files your sales tax return, and remits payments automatically.
With TaxCloud’s Shopify sales tax app, you can feel confident that your business complies with the 11,000 sales tax jurisdictions across the U.S. You also get friendly support and customer service from a group of sales tax experts when needed.
Talk to us today to learn more about integrating sales tax software with your Shopify store.