Once a year Shopify creators and partners get together at the annual Unite conference to network, learn more about how to utilise the platform and listen to all the exciting things Shopify has in store for the year ahead. This year came with lots of exciting announcements and we’ve listed a few of our favourites below.
One of the biggest announcements to come from Unite this year is regarding selling in Multi currency. We’ve always been told it won’t be possible unless you’re a Shopify+ partner which for a lot of our clients who are start-ups and smaller business just isn’t feasible. Oh that’s changed, we soon learnt from the key note that as of this year, selling in multi-currency will be available across the whole platform and will be included in every pricing plan!
There will be native support for video and 3D model assets which means that your product pages will be able to come alive and provide your customers with an unforgettable experience that will leave your brand in their minds. There will be smoother shipping integrations to provide a seamless checkout experience and you’ll even be able to provide per product shipping rates and include extensive information about each.
You’ll also all be aware and familiar with sections on the Shopify themes. These are currently on the homepage of all themes and inside pages of certain themes allowing you to create a different feel, add additional information or up-sell on those pages and your homepage. The great news is that you’ll soon be able to use sections throughout the whole of your chosen theme on every page. This means you’ll be able to have beautifully designed and customised page layouts throughout your website, including the blog!
Some other very exciting announcements included the ability for Checkout app extensions! Extensions will be a great addition and something we always get asked about but currently isn’t something that’s possible. You’ll soon be able to up-sell and offer discounts right before payment to score those last-minute sales and increase your turnover!
Shopify POS is including loyalty and promotions through the app so you can make that in store experience even more appealing and seamless and your customers can carry their loyalty points across to in-store. Shopify have also created their own fulfilment network in the USA to enable a fast delivery of products to customers so you can focus on selling.
We’ll be keeping you up to date via our newsletter and blog when these features start to get rolled out across the platform but the dates currently are to be confirmed. If you want to know more about any of the features mention above, please do get in touch and we’ll be happy to chat it through.