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Moving from QuickBooks Commerce (TradeGecko) - how Shopify B2B can be your alternative

Rhys Laval, Technical Director

April 12, 2022
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Moving from QuickBooks Commerce (TradeGecko) - how Shopify B2B can be your alternative

Last year Intuit announced that they would be retiring their Quickbooks Commerce solution ( known as TradeGecko) and the official ‘sunset date’ of June 10th, 2022 is fast approaching.

For merchants using TradeGecko, this has meant reevaluating their options for both managing their back-office operations (e.g. stock control, order management, etc), as well as how to deliver a best-of-breed online ordering experience for their B2B customers.

It has also presented an opportunity to consolidate the platforms and technologies merchants are using. Whereas previously, a merchant may have been using a separate eCommerce platform for their retail (B2C) operation to their B2B, perhaps now they are more seriously considering finding a unified solution to manage both. And of course, those already using Shopify for their retail stores have now more seriously considered Shopify to manage their B2B.

So can Shopify be considered as a serious B2B alternative to TradeGecko? It most certainly can!

The benefits of Shopify as a B2C solution needs little introduction; as a globally leading eCommerce solution, Shopify now powers some of the largest and fast growing brands. With the right approach and the right technical solution, it can easily be adapted to deliver a world-class B2B experience too.

Robert Welch and SparkLayer

Reviewing the feature-set

To learn how Shopify can be adapted for B2B in parallel with SparkLayer, we've summarised just some of the key ways below. You can learn more in our full Shopify guide.

B2B Features

What B2B merchants need

Shopify + SparkLayer

When combined together

Storefront design & flexibility

Full customisation of layout and ability to combine with B2C Shopify store

Customer-specific pricing

Built-in support for complex price lists, including customer-specific discounts

Tiered quantity pricing

Handling for price-breaks (e.g. buy 3, save 10%) on parent and variant level.

Pack sizing and unit quantities

Configuration of product pack sizes, minimum and maximum order quantities

Quick re-ordering

Ability for customers to track orders, re-order quickly from previously placed orders

Shopping lists

Ability for customers to create custom shopping lists to quickly populate orders

Sales agent ordering

Allow sales agents to login and place orders on behalf of specific B2B customers

B2B Payment Methods

Flexible payment methods such as Payment on Invoice or Account, by Credit, or Payment by Card

Integration with backend systems

API access to build custom integrations with ERPs, CRMS, PIMs

What else to consider

Alongside the online ordering experience TradeGecko offered, key to their system was the ability for merchants to manage stock, ordering, and back-office activities associated with running their B2B operation. Shopify’s native functionality allows for advanced stock management and order fulfillment out-of-the-box, and for merchants looking for more sophisticated ways to manage this, there are plenty of solutions that seamlessly integrate. From ERPs, Warehouse Management Solutions, through to Order Management Solutions, it really depends on the merchant’s requirements as to the right fit.

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If you’re looking for serious alternatives to TradeGecko, the combination of Shopify and SparkLayer can bring a complete B2C and/or B2B experience for your customers. Please feel free to get in touch and we'd be happy to discuss in more detail!

Rhys Laval

Rhys Laval

Co-Founder & CTO, SparkLayer

Rhys possesses extensive experience in eCommerce and SaaS-based products, including leading fast and agile teams implementing high-level software architecture. He holds a BSc Hons in Computer Science from the University of West of England. Outside of work, Rhys enjoys outdoor activities such as climbing, urban exploration, hiking, and traveling, in addition to taking care of his feline companion at home!
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