Specialist e-commerce software company, Shopcreator have re-designed their free online shop creation product – ‘Transact’ to help small start up business’s who may be concerned about starting a new retail business in the current volatile market.

Shopcreator was one of the first e-commerce software providers in the UK, and have been operating for over ten years with an extensive and varied client base throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. Their existing client base ranges from leading high street retailers such as BHS, The Science Museum and Neal’s Yard Dairy to new business’s and small start up retailers who are looking to expand their client base, and ultimately sustain and grow sales in what has become a challenging economic environment for many retailers.

Shopcreator recognizes a gap in the market for an affordable and professional e-commerce tool to help small businesses grow and become profitable online enterprises . As a result Transact has been assessed and re-designed according to customer and market requirements. Transact is different from other e-commerce platforms on the market because it is a free business development tool utilising a revenue based pricing model, allowing retailer’s to ‘pay as they sell’ greatly reducing financial risk.

Alex Coghlan, Product Director of Shopcreator explains the thinking behind Transact’s re-design strategy:-

“Transact’s revenue based fee structure provides new and small business’s with the ability to setup and run an online store without the initial capital expenditure usually associated with creating and administering an e-commerce shop.”

Shopcreator’s free Transact platform is built on a ‘five-step’ setup process to ensure quick and easy installation for retailers with limited IT capabilities. The five steps include choosing layout and design; adding products; adding content, setting up payment and entering shipping prices for relevant dispatch areas. The process has been designed in such a way that a small retailer could be trading online in less than half an hour.

Transact uses PayPal as their sole payment service provider as it’s one of the most widely used payment methods with over 15 million UK accounts and over 153 million worldwide. Customers don’t require a PayPal account to perform a transaction and it allows for all major credit cards, debit cards and bank transfer payments to be made quickly and most importantly - securely.

New Transact users will benefit from features such as product search, newsletter sign up, un-limited information pages, a choice of search engine friendly templates. Transact is backed up with a comprehensive support package including free UK based telephone support and access to an interactive forum and blog.

Many Transact customers who initially began business as a small online retailer have seen such a fast return on investment and success with the platform that they have since upgraded to Shopcreator’s more advanced platform – ‘Retailer’ to maximize profits and sustain continued growth.

Shopcreator has a flexible offering of packages with their ‘Transact’ and ‘Retailer’ platforms targeted at small to medium sized retailers. For further information on Transact or any other platforms and services offered by Shopcreator please visit www.shopcreator.com

About Shopcreator:
Selfserve acquired Shopcreator in November, 2007. Since 1998, Shopcreator have been delivering award winning e-commerce software to the retail and mail order sectors, spanning clients that range from those who are new to ecommerce, to the UK’s leading high street retailers. Selfserve is a limited company and is headquartered in Leeds, UK.

If you require further information regarding the above news release or would like images, please contact Alex Stephens at Shopcreator.

Alex Stephens
Marketing Executive
Shopcreator Ltd
Tel: 0113 201 8136
Fax: 0113 201 8182
Email: alex.stephens@shopcreator.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 9th December 2008