The cost of implementing Shopify Plus remains a frequently asked question for every business before they use the platform. The following article from the Meowcart team will specify all the fees businesses must pay before using this platform.
What is Shopify Plus?
Shopify Plus is an e-commerce website platform for enterprise customers and is built with powerful proprietary tools to help businesses grow quickly and efficiently.
Reference: What is Shopify Plus? Enterprise solution for e-commerce business
Many global brands are using Shopify Plus such as Allbirds, Gymshark, Kylie Cosmetics, Redbull, Fashion Nova, and Fenty Beauty,...
In Vietnam, Shopify is used by leading brands such as SONY, Supersports, Crocs, Sulwhasoo, Havaianas, Triumph, Swee Lee, and MyKingdom,...
If your business has the following characteristics:
- Your business has an annual GMV of $1M+
- Your current website platform is unstable and lacks powerful features for you to scale up
- You are planning to grow rapidly and develop rapidly in many different markets
-> Shopify Plus is the solution for you.
Shopify Plus deployment cost
To implement a Shopify Plus project needs to include a lot of different costs that you need to prepare in advance:
- Shopify Plus subscription fee
- Shopify Apps subscription fee
- Shopify Plus construction costs
- Maintenance costs
Shopify Plus subscription fee
According to the announcement, Shopify Plus has a subscription fee of $2000 per month. However, this is only the minimum, you may have to pay a larger fee if you have a larger number of transactions or revenue.
This fee will depend on the specifics of your business - and you can discuss this with a Shopify Plus expert before you get started.
In addition to the subscription fee, you need to pay an additional fee for transactions generated by a 3rd party payment gateway. In case you use Shop Pay, which is Shopify's payment gateway, you do not have to pay transaction fees.
Transaction costs will vary by country but include an additional 0.15% fee per transaction if you are not using Shop Pay.
If you don't use Shop Pay, you'll be charged an additional 0.15% on top of your existing credit card processing fee.
Note: Shop Pay currently only applies to certain countries such as the US, Canada, UK, EU, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. If you want to use Shop Pay, you need to be registered as a legal entity in one of the above countries. Registering a legal entity in Singapore is relatively easy and costs between $3000-$5000.
Shopify Apps subscription fee
Shopify Apps is an app store that allows you to install apps developed by Shopify or a third party, to make it easy for you to add the features you need to keep you running and growing.
Some popular applications are:
- Product Reviews
- Loyalty & Rewards
- Email Marketing
- Live chat
- Product Filter & Search
- Landing Page Builder
Currently, there are more than 6,600 apps for you to choose from on Shopify App Store. Especially among them are special applications only for Shopify Plus customers.
Depending on your needs, you will probably need to pay an average of $500-$1000 monthly for apps installed into the Shopify Plus store.
However, you will earn more than what you have to pay thanks to the benefits of these applications.
Shopify Plus construction costs
To implement the Shopify Plus project, in addition to the monthly subscription and application costs, you may need to hire an experienced agency to implement it for you for a significant cost. These costs include:
- Consultancy costs
- Migration (switching platforms)
- UX/UI Design
- Shopify Plus Development
- Maintenance and upgrade
For some agencies, the cost of consulting is usually free, but some agencies may charge a fee for this consultation.
Reference: 5 Shopify Plus Agency in Vietnam
About more than half of Shopify Plus implementation projects come from converting website platforms from other platforms such as Magento, WooCommerce, and Salesforce to Shopify Plus.
This causes the transfer of data from the old website platform to Shopify Plus including products, orders, customers, images, articles, and SEO Redirect, ...
SEO Redirect needs attention because it will help you keep good results on the Google search page when switching to the Shopify Plus platform.
The cost of this conversion depends on the complexity and size of the data you have.
In case you upgrade to Shopify Plus from the regular Shopify subscription plan, there is no need to go through this migration process.
If you want to own a unique website interface and personality with your brand style, you will need a website design and development team on the Shopify Plus platform.
This process can take 1-3 months depending on the size of the project.
In case you want to save time, you can buy a theme on Shopify Theme Store to customize and use, which can shorten this process to 3-4 weeks.
Shopify Plus Development
This is the process of developing your entire website on the Shopify Plus platform, which results in a complete website with all the features you need:
- Theme Development: building website interface
- Payment: connect payment gateway
- Shipping: connect shipping unit
- Website functionality: develop website features by configuring and installing 3rd party applications
Depending on the complexity, Development for Plus can take 1-3 months.
A business that has reached the level of using Shopify Plus will normally use a lot of 3rd party services related to CRM, ERP, CDP, or 3rd party software.
Normally, with the size of enterprise customers, there will be a need for integration (connection and synchronization) between Shopify Plus and popular ERP platforms such as Microsoft AX, Odoo, SAP Hana, or LS Retail for POS software.
Connecting to these 3rd party software requires experience and the integration process is extremely complicated and expensive.
The picture above is a simple example of the integration model between Shopify Plus with Odoo ERP as well as with e-commerce platforms in Vietnam.
Usually, the integration category is the most complex and difficult part of a Shopify Plus project. In some cases, this connection takes up more than 50% of the workload as well as the value of the project.
Integration-related projects require the participation of many different parties, including:
- Project Manager
- Business Analyst (BA)
- Product Owner (PO)
- Solution Provider (SP)
While the Shopify system is self-maintaining and upgradable, your business may need a team that is available 24/7 to handle any technical glitches or build features for growth. business.
You can hire an in-house developer to perform maintenance and upgrade tasks as needed.
However, given the complexity of Shopify Plus projects, it will be relatively difficult to find an employee who can handle Plus tasks well.
Typically, agencies that specialize in Shopify Plus can provide a maintenance plan that costs around $1500-$3000 per month.
The total cost of Shopify Plus implementation
We hope the cost breakdown below helps you better understand how much you might expect to pay for implementing a Shopify Plus project.
- Plus subscription fee: $2000
- Shopify Apps subscription fee: $500-$1000
- Maintenance & Development Fee: $1500
- Total: $4000
Shopify Plus building costs:
Ranging from $20k - $150k depending on project size.