Our first ecommerce website design was in 2001.
We developed our own bespoke platform and have integrated shopping baskets with WorldPay, Barclays, HSBC (IRIS) Cardsave (also Worldpay) Google Checkout (now no more), Elavon, Paypal and more.
We have two ecommerce websites that are still running in more or less their original format ten years later.
We don't just plug your website into a branded platform, we actually build them.
We have designed ecommerce websites in the UK and more recently in Holland, a Dutch ecommerce web project in which we integrated our shopping basket with the payment gateway of ABN Amro Bank.
Ecommerce development on platforms:
We can use established platforms if you have a particular preference and for businesses that offer a large number of products we develop on and currently manage two Magento ecommerce sites.
We have also built interfaces (API's) to synchronise and reconcile payments made in shops on EPOS and an ecommerce website.
Most accounts packages have stock control systems and more often than not they will have established API's between online payments and the accounts package.
Sagepay is a branded online payment gateway which uses Worldpay as the merchant to process payments and which integrates with it's own SAGE branded accounts software package.
Sage has accounts packages that integrate with Sagepay thus reconciling purchases, sales and stock.
More recently SagePay was acquired by Elavon – a subsidiary of a U.S. Bank and now trades under the name of Opayo.
Here are just some of the features we have implemented on bespoke ecommerce builds for our clients:
- Stock re-order points
- Price profit margins
- Stock sold on a "from date - "to date
- Automated out of stock messages on the public interface
- Product despatch status: Placed, shipped, Delivered
- Product discounts
- Shopping Basket discounts by total (applied before VAT)
- Discount Vouchers by customers inputting an advertised code i.e featured in a magazine
- Method of Payment
- Payment by: Credit Card, Bank Tansfer, On Account, Web payment via payment gateway
- Payment Status for payments made on account.
- Stock received input
- Supplier Payment Status
- Supplier Payment due date
- Dynamic (instant - on the fly) Cash flow analysis
- Dynamic Profit & Loss (instant - on the fly)
- Staff "sign in and out" and recording of hours, hourly pay rates, and applied bonus payments.
Data is encrypted as a standard security measure.
We work and implement upgrades to ecommerce platform models as new features become available.
SCA - Strong Customer Authentication
Currently eccomerce platforms are working towards implementation of 3D secure payments on a mandatory basis.
3D secure is available for services to use when taking payment now, but will become mandatory within the UK on 14th September for payments received within the UK.
Services that take payments from the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein (otherwise known as the European Economic Area, EEA), must meet SCA regulation by 31 December 2020. Services that only take payments from within the UK need to meet SCA regulation by 14 September 2021.
Services meet SCA regulation by implementing 3D Secure 2 (3DS2) or 3D Secure (3DS) that adds an extra layer of identity confirmation before the user pays so that transactions meet the SCA rules.
3DS2 replaces 3DS. 3DS transactions offer a similar level of protection for users and are compliant with SCA requirements, but 3DS2 reduces friction for users and leads to a smoother paying user experience. 3DS will also be phased out in 2022, though the exact date for this has not been confirmed.