Shopify Commerce Components
is modular components tech stack that enterprise-level businesses can use or integrate with your existing third-party ecommerce stores. The tech stack includes pre-written and tested code that can be used in a custom headless storefront & hosting provider - you do not need to use Shopify to power the front end of the store at all. The core components include features from all key areas of customer experiences including cart, checkout, data & shipping. Enterprise retailers can now integrate components that connect with Shopify seamlessly and access Shopify's global infrastructure.
Shopify Commerce Components offers more than 30 pre-built and device tested features that can be integrated into a new or existing headless ecommerce store. These features are built to offer the power of Shopify in a headless setup allowing enterprise retailers to remain in control of their tech stack.
Shopify Commerce Components can be grouped into 6 key areas which we will dive into more detail below.
Enterprise retailers can build their own entirely custom storefronts using a development framework and hosting provider of their choice. The storefront can then connect to Shopify's infrastructure using Shopify's Headless APIs or SDK. Shopify offers its own opinionated react framework called Hydrogen which can be used to build the headless front end of the store - additionally, brands can host Hydrogen stores on Shopify's hosting solution called Oxygen with 99.99% network uptime. Finally, Shopify can offer an AI-driven search model. Finally, brands can still use Shopify's own hosted frontend solution with page builder functionality written in liquid and using online store 2.0
Cart & Checkout
Commerce components include the ability to build a cart that leverages Shopify's API and cart app extensions, whilst also leveraging Shopify's seamless checkout. Retailers can still leverage their payment providers or leverage Shopify Payments / Payment partners. Other components and features include a tax platform and fraud protection.
The fundamentals of a functioning ecommerce store are of course included with Shopify's Commerce Components including the ability to sync a product catalogue, custom data, cross-border selling, subscriptions, customer data management, discounts, custom backend functionality and B2B
Shopify prides it's offering inaccurate customer data offering data analysis, marketing insights, card data processing and security & compliance. Shopify allows a brand to manage privacy and security with granular permissions, security controls, and SOC 2 compliance.
Shipping & Logistics
Commerce Components allows retailers to offer end-to-end logistics including inventory tracking tools, inbounding, order management, returns and a Shipping Label API. Shopify also allows retailers to use their tech if they prefer as they'll own the custom software of their company.
Lastly Shopify has always referred to itself as a businesses backend dashboard and commerce components is no difference. Brands can manage other selling channels such as POS, social commerce and chat/support selling.
Shopify Commerce Components offers solutions to all of the key areas that a brand will need to run an enterprise-level business. The most important consideration is that commerce components is what is says in the name - components and brands can choose how to build their custom tech stack to meet the needs of their business.Learn more about the specific components included within Shopify Commerce Components.
Shopify Commerce Components is a tech stack of pre-tested code built for enterprise-level retailers with complex requirements. Shopify's component infrastructure is not for everyone but instead for high-performing large-scale businesses with large teams that typically generate from $500 million to multiple billions of dollars in gross merchandize value. Shopify has historically been seen as creating ecommerce solutions for smaller brands however that is simply not the case with a fast-growing enterprise merchant-base on Shopify Plus but also now with headless infrastructure. Commerce components allow Shopify to compete against platforms that offer an entirely custom integration approach and offer unrivalled innovation capabilities. Headless stores are not for smaller brands or brands that will work well on Shopify's other solutions - headless can present complex challenges and requires significant investment.
Shopify Commerce Components is not an upgrade option but instead a tech stack of code that can be used as an ecommerce foundation to builing a headless ecommerce store. Although it can be used to construct entirely new ecommerce stores, it can also be added to existing ecommerce builds to replace legacy technology. Shopify Commerce is not a plan or service but instead a collection of technology that can be integrated into existing or new headless stores.