Reviews

Zoovy: Multiple Stores. One Database.

Zoovy offers multiple sales channels all feeding off one product database.

I’m always on the lookout for cool new features that shopping cart solutions offer. I found one really cool one today. Check this out:

Zoovy's Multiple Sales Channel Feature

If you’re a niche merchant that sell your items via multiple channels, this solution is worth a look. You can sell your products on eBay, multiple online storefronts, Amazon, Yahoo Shopping and Pricegrabber. Pretty cool.

Cruising Zoovy's site, I didn’t find any pricing information or many details about their solution. Is it a hosted solution? What’s the pricing structure? It’s a classic ambiguous web technology site. You know, great looking site but it doesn’t provide information on what the company does or the products they offer. Maybe this is by design to get potential customers to call their 800 number? If so, it worked. That’s what I’m doing right now…

Zen Cart Review

Zen Cart Review

Zen Cart is an open source PHP based on osCommerce. It can be tied into a MySQL database and offers modular expansion if you desire to build upon the base features. I took a look at Zen Cart version 1.3.7 and must say, this is an impressive ecommerce solution. Anyone looking for a full featured Do-It-Yourself ecommerce solution should at least download Zen Cart and see what it has to offer.

Out of the box you get everything needed to setup an online store and get it off the ground, including a sample store. Without too much tweaking you can have a pretty professional looking store. If you want to kick it up a notch, the solution is based on css templates. This allows for easy editing or you can just purchases a canned template from a third party. The design possibilities are endless.

Hosted Cart Customer Forums

A number of the top e-commerce hosted shopping cart solutions have customer forums where you can pop in and checkout what’s going on with the solution. These are invaluable tools when researching a move or opening to new store. By digging through these forums you can gauge the cart's customer service abilities, customer sentiment and even ask pre-sales questions. There’s nothing like getting honest feedback about a cart before opening a store.

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