Shopify vs. Blueport for Furniture Ecommerce
Shopify is well known — and for good reason. It has a lot of pros for typical ecommerce, but there are some Shopify cons when it comes to furniture.
At Blueport, we are laser-focused on retail furniture. This specificity ensures we continuously develop the key features proven to engage shoppers in your market and generate online and in-store sales.
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Shopify for Furniture Ecommerce FAQs
Q1. What are the similarities between Shopify and Blueport?
Both are built with the latest cloud technology ensuring ease of operation and powerful, scalable, secure hosting.
Q2. What’s the difference between Shopify and Blueport?
Because it is specifically designed for big-ticket items like furniture, Blueport’s furniture ecommerce platform can be easily implemented by retailers like you.
Our highly experienced implementation team understands the ins and outs of the retail furniture industry and has extensive knowledge to lead the implementation based on what we learn about your unique business.
Q3. Which platform is built for big ticket orders?
On Shopify, the average order is $100. On Blueport, the average order exceeds $1,000. Big ticket items like furniture require features that simply aren’t needed by Shopify users. With Blueport, you’ll have access to the built-in features you need.
For example, the platform seamlessly manages the complex promotions typical for bigger ticket items, allowing you to align your online offers with your in-store campaigns.
During the checkout process in Blueport, your customers will have the ability to purchase upsells such as protection plans and schedule local delivery. They also are able to use the payment method best for them, with choices ranging from traditional credit cards or other digital payments to financing options, split payments, and lease-to-own.
Q4. Which platform incorporates local stores?
Shopify does offer two features that consider the local shopping experience. Local pickup is available, with the downside that the store staff must verify that each item in the order is available and send a notification to the customer. Shopify also has salesperson attribution, but it requires the use of Shopify POS Pro and a manual attribution process.
Blueport was designed specifically for the omnichannel experience that is core to furniture ecommerce. Our ecommerce platform has native localization technology to personalize the in-person shopping experience as well as essential omnichannel features, such as:
- The ability to sync in-store and online shopping so the customer can start shopping in one way and complete their purchase in another
- Salesperson tools and streamlined commission attribution
- Essential customer service features like making online payments for in-store orders.
Q5. Which platform is better for multiple product variants?
Shopify natively allows up to 100 variants with three variant options. If you need more, you’ll have to rely on custom code, a third-party app, or split a single product into multiple ones. For merchants with multi-faceted, complex, or highly configurable lines of products, the variant limit can pose significant issues.
With Blueport, you have unmatched flexibility when it comes to adding product variants. Our native PIM manages all your product attributes and lets you seamlessly manage collection groupings, alternate configurations, variants, and more — all without turning to a third-party app.
Q6. Which platform has better security?
As SaaS platforms, Blueport and Shopify are both PCI-certified to protect against data theft and fraud.
When it comes to building and managing your ecommerce store, retailers using Blueport don’t have to worry about staying up to date and keeping their site secure.
We take care of it for you:
- We manage all patches and updates, firewall rules, cipher standards, penetration testing, protection against DDoS, intrusion detection, and more.
- We have highly qualified QA specialists, IT operators, DevOps engineers, and support experts ensuring your site runs at peak performance at all times.
- We provide uptime and performance monitoring around the clock, and we often correct problems before they impact customers.
Q7. Which platform offers better support?
Shopify has an online help center along with a virtual help center assistant.
At Blueport, our furniture ecommerce and omnichannel experts have your back. We proactively track and analyze retail furniture and ecommerce trends, and will provide insight and practical insight to optimize your shopper experience. Our team of technical and support engineers is available with comprehensive help desk services and manages and monitors all change requests. We even offer 24/7 support for critical issues.
Q8. What is the roadmap for each product?
Shopify’s development roadmap is designed for generic ecommerce products at a low purchase price. The platform is unlikely to add the features you need.
We have one goal in mind at Blueport — to drive online and in-person sales for furniture retailers like you. Our roadmap is laser-focused on enhancing and refining the omnichannel strategy. We release a steady stream of platform refinements and enhancements as often as every two weeks.
Q9. How do I migrate from Shopify to Blueport?
The Blueport implementation team will first establish connectivity with your ERP systems, assess your data sources, and begin building a prototype of your new website based on our best-in-class furniture portal model. Together, we’ll develop your launch feature set and a plan to generate the data needed to power these options.
Next, we’ll build your website, including a custom look and feel, any custom user experiences you may require, and your business rules. By combining our purpose-built platform and furniture experience, most of the implementation effort is reserved for creating a comprehensive, differentiated experience for your shoppers.