Shopping cart is an electronic commerce tool or software package that allows customers to shop online. It accepts customer payment and shipping information and facilitates the distribution of that information to merchants, payment processors, or others. There are two ways to describe shopping carts:
Ecommerce shopping carts can also be described as licensed or hosted.
The common form of “shopping cart” describes a sort of specialized CMS that (1) stores product data; (2) provides an administration portal for catalog, order, and customer management; (3) renders product data, product categories, and website information for display to site visitors; (4) serves as the hub for on-site merchandising and cross-selling, and (5) passes transactional data to a payment gateway or begins order processing itself.
Generally, if your store is small and you sell just a few products, a simple ordering system will do you just fine. But if you offer many items and the numbers increase constantly, then you will need a store-building system to manage all aspects of your business online – a system that has all the methods and features you need – like keeping tracks of your customers, product databases, uploads, downloads, coupons, discounts, order management and accounting, graphics, statistics and catalog management.
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