Presents flying out a tiny shopping cart and flying towards a laptop screen

The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to hustle for that sweet, sweet Christmas coin. The biggest player and perennial cash cow in seasonal sales, Santa, uses the oldest and most sophisticated eCommerce system on the planet: elves. Some even say that the e in eCommerce stands for “elf.” Unfortunately, the only chance you have of hiring one of these pointy-eared living, breathing inventory management/HR/ecommerce systems is at a local mall or community center rather than in your warehouse.

But there’s good news! Despite not having access to elves or (possibly) reindeer, there’s still lots of great eCommerce apps out there to make sure you capitalize on that Christmas capital.

BigCommerce

Built with small businesses in mind, BigCommerce is perfect for companies that might not have big enterprise cash to spend on their online store. It’s also designed with a very easy-to-use interface so that people with limited tech experience can pick it up with not much difficulty. And of course, it integrates (through its API) with email marketing, accounting and other types of software you’d likely use in the day-to-day operations of your store.

Shopify

The choice of companies and organizations such as CrossFit, Amnesty International, and Forbes, Shopify is one of the industry’s top eCommerce options. The solution provides just about everything you need to get your company started: it can take care of payment options, scales from small to large businesses, and can help you setup your website. Additionally, it also has unlimited bandwidth and products as well as lovely touches such as gift cards and a full blogging platform.

3dCart

If you’re a freelancer or small business, 3dCart is definitely worth a look. If you’re new to the eCommerce game, you can easily build and get your store online. However, if you already have a store up and running, you can import it over to 3dCart. It’s also got a special emphasis on gifts by offering a gift registry and gift certificates. The main audience for this is small business owners and freelancers. To make things easier, it also has QuickBooks and Paypal integration.

NetSuite SuiteCommerce

NetSuite SuiteCommerce is a robust eCommerce platform that is more suited to mid to large size businesses. In that spirit, the solution lets you manage multiple stores on one platform and has custom pricing, terms, and credit limits. Another perk is that being part of the greater NetSuite ecosystem means that it will integrate with the company’s other products.

Infusionsoft

Infusionsoft provides lots of freedom and options as an ecommerce solution: you have several ways to customize your store, you can sell physical products as well as services or subscriptions, and the software handles the fulfilment and delivery process. Aside from an eCommerce solution, Infusionsoft also works as a CRM and marketing tool. The data from all three of these features works in concert together to provide some great analytics to reach your customers (e.g. automated follow-up targeted campaigns after purchase).

Those aren’t the only options to help you during the holiday season, there’s plenty of other unique snowflakes out there, so make sure to check out the other eCommerce apps available for your business.