Magento, a leading eCommerce platform provider and division of X.commerce, Inc., an eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) company, today announced the release of new UK-specific features for the Software as a Service (SaaS) version of its leading Magento eCommerce platform, Magento Go.
To better meet the needs of small online merchants in the UK, these new and localised features are focused on enabling businesses with the flexibility and power they need to build highly-customised, high-performing online stores/eCommerce sites.
The Magento Go platform gives merchants and developers additional tools to deliver an end to end seamless shopping experience, including order management, customer analytics, and customisable coupons and gift cards. Magento Go delivers a turnkey eCommerce solution that can be customised to meet the needs of any online business. Because there is no hardware, software or coding required, merchants can focus on running and growing their online businesses, their way.
"We're continuing to see an uplift in merchants based in the UK who are facing unique tax laws and shipping regulations," said Roy Rubin, general manager of Magento and chief product and customer officer of X.commerce. "Magento Go is now equipped with additional market-relevant features to help our UK customers more effectively compete in the crowded online space. We're taking the pain out of selling goods and services online by ensuring our customers are armed with the some of the most flexible, eCommerce tools available."
Following its initial launch in February 2011, small businesses in the UK have already set up their online stores with Magento Go. With today's release, UK merchants will be able to take full advantage of new, market-specific features and capabilities including:
• Local Shipping: Keeping the customer in mind, Magento Go allows merchants to enable Royal Mail shipping. Additionally, merchants can now provide customers with a unit price for items and VAT on an entire order.
• Compliance: Magento Go embeds a Cookie Restriction Mode in which visitors are notified that the site requires cookies for full-featured operations in adherence with the new UK cookie law. For businesses and merchants, this featuture makes it easy for your visitors to state their preferences, while ensuring your store remains in compliance with legal requirements.
• Multichannel Selling: Businesses who want to extend their selling power onto eBay can do so seamlessly with Magento Go. The M2E extension makes it easy to manage listings, synchronise stock levels, and import eBay transactions and orders directly into the Go admin panel.
• Robust PayPal Capabilities: The platform is PayPal-enabled and incorporates a best-in-class PayPal flow for UK merchants, which has the PayPal Express Checkout built-in. Merchants adopting PayPal have seen an average sales increase of 11- 18%*.
Pricing and Availability
Magento Go is now available for UK merchants starting at £9.99 per month. Businesses can get more information, start a free 30-day trial, or sign up today on the new UK Magento Go site.