To help you decide, here’s a list of the features ShopMaster offers for starting an online business:
Professional Sales-Focused Storefront
The look and feel of your shop is important in terms of branding your products, so we have made sure you will have a very high quality and consumer-friendly shop-front.
- Select from our growing library of professional, sales focused eCommerce themes.
- Your own domain name (e.g. www.soapshop.co.za) that can stand alone or be linked to your existing website.
- Up to 50 email accounts (Google Apps).
- Unlimited pages, categories and subcategories.
- List your products professionally by categorising them and uploading names, SKU codes, descriptions, images, pricing, cross-sells, up-sells, discounts and so much more.
- You get ‘tried & tested’ features such as product checkout, thumbnail and large image views and email linking options.
- You get immediate free access to all program updates offering improved functionality, new features and feature enhancements.
Easy To Use Dashboard
Manage your shop with a user-friendly system! If you can operate Microsoft Word, you can operate your shop and keep it updated and efficient.
- You can do Bulk uploads!
- You can change pictures, prices and info at any time and from any place!
- You can add an unlimited amount of products!
- You get the ability to generate a Sales Analysis report, Best Seller report, Sales by Customer report and Traffic report.
- You can generate a Best Seller report.
Superior Payment Set-Up
Manage your charge calculation and billing system with a ‘tried and tested’ system - after all, it’s the money we’re all interested in! ShopMaster is fully integrated with all of South Africa’s major banking institutions.
- You can accept real time credit cards.
- You can accept Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT).
- You can accept cheques, phone orders, direct deposits and postal orders.
- You receive an active merchant account facility allowing you to accept credit cards, whether or not you already have one. You don’t have to worry as we will take care of this for you!
Flexible Shipping System
Get the purchased stock delivered in a way that is beneficial to you and to your valued client.
- You will have an Add Handling Charge facility.
- You will have Price/Weight/Dimension cost calculation facilities.
- You can utilise a ‘free shipping’ option.
- You get full drop-shipping facilities as an option, which allows you to process an order that is delivered by another manufacturer or supplier.
Running an online shop means you could be selling to customers in the farthest corners of the world. We’ve designed your shop-front to make it easy for you to sell to an international market.
- You get capacity to calculate and bill international shipping.
- You get your products automatically displayed, billed and sold in one of 160 major currencies.
- You get ‘activated’ data-feeds to South Africa's top four price comparison engines including Jump, Price Check, My Kinda Prices and Hotprice.
- This ensures that your products will be displayed to hundreds of thousands of global viewers a month.
- Enjoy one free month as a ShopMaster customer within this ‘pay-per-click’ environment!
- You receive free Google Analytics Integration, which informs you about which countries visitors are coming from, what pages they are viewing, for how long and much more.
- You get a design and layout that is understood and accepted in the international market.
It may be an online store, but we know that security is still important - so we have done our ‘checks’ and offer you full protection.
- You can manage better through restricted data floor access.
- You can choose to use a free, shared security certificate, or you can purchase your own security certificate for only $150.00 USD a year (prices are subject to change on request
- Either way, the ShopDirect technical support team will gladly set-up your security for you, allowing you to sell online easily and with confidence.
- You will be able to offer your customers secure online shopping through certified encryption.
- You can setup new and existing users with login IDs and passwords and specify which sections they can access while in the back-end administration area.
- You will be able to do full, fraud screening before shipping with a built-in fraud-checker.
- You receive a 99.8% guaranteed up-time with multiple power source back-ups on standby.
We want you to succeed and the best way you can do this is to keep learning about online retailing. For instance, you need to keep up-to-date on how to market your storefront in a competing market, how markets change and how to advance your store for better efficiency and increased sales.
- You will have access to an online knowledge data-base of video and text information related to your shop-front.
- This data is regularly updated and includes a topic guide, FAQ’s, glossary and tutorials.
- You will get ‘online-marketing’ advice about setting up affiliate projects and networks, SEO campaigns and shopping comparison engines.
- This will give you the knowledge you need to market your online shop effectively.
- You will receive unlimited, free technical support via telephone - as required.