25 of the Best Apps to Boost E-commerce Productivity

  • Technology
  • April 16, 2019
  • by Krissie Leyland
  • 11 minute read

Running an online store is full on. You will likely be juggling a variety of tasks in order to strengthen your brand to reach its full potential. We understand how important it is that you are efficient and manage your time maximum productivity to complete tasks on schedule.

Running an online store is full on. You will likely be juggling a variety of tasks in order to strengthen your brand to reach its full potential. We understand how important it is that you are efficient and manage your time maximum productivity to complete tasks on schedule.

When operations aren’t running smoothly, it can slow down your entire team and hinder the progress of your e-commerce business, losing out on sales as a result.

Luckily, Shopify and Shopify Plus offers a range of apps designed to make running your store easier.

Because we know how much you value your time, we’ve chosen 25 of our favourite apps for Shopify and Shopify Plus, all built towards streamlining back-end operations and systems. Check them out below:

1. Order printer

What they do Order Printer is developed by Shopify. This tool prints invoices, labels, receipts, packing slips, and more in bulk. Quickly print custom packing slips, invoices, labels, or receipts for all your orders. Print documents in bulk or one at a time depending on your needs.

Why they’re good Order Printer is free and easy to set up. It allows you to extend your branding in your packaging to visually please your shoppers. This tool allows you to make customizations in HTML and Liquid.

Price FREE forever

2. Zapier

What they do: Zapier provides e-commerce merchants with a simple drag-and-drop interface. Zapier does this so that E-commerce Managers can integrate their Shopify store with dozens of other web services such as HipChat, SalesForce, Hubspot, Slack and more.

Why they’re good It is simple to set up and you don't have to get involved with any complicated APIs or writing any code.

Price FREE forever Starter: £20/month Professional: $50 Professional Plus: $125

3. Shipstation

What they do ShipStation’s goal is straightforward: to simplify the shipping process for online merchants. They combine different features into their app, such as order processing, production of shipping labels, and customer communication in an easy to use, web-based interface. The app integrates directly with major carriers and online platforms. Because it is a web-based solution, there is no software to install, and it is compatible with both PC and Mac.

Why they’re good ShipStation can be fully integrated with more than 75 selling channels and 200 partners.

Price 30-day free trial Starter Plan: $9/month Bronze Plan: $29/month Gold Plan: $69/month Enterprise Plan: $159/month

4. Shogun

What they do Shogun allows you to customize your Shopify pages using a drag and drop, visual interface that is simple and easy to use.

Why they’re good No coding experience is necessary to use all of their features, which will cover your whole Shopify store.

Price Free 10-day trial Starter: $19/Month Essential: $39/Month Pro: $79/Month

5. Avalara Ava tax

What they do Meeting compliance rules for transactional tax is a costly, time-consuming, and mundane business. Avalara makes it easy with pre-built solutions, so you can focus on the more exciting parts of your business.

Why they’re good Over 500 pre-built connectors into a range of ERP, accounting and e-commerce solutions make it easy to use.

Price Pricing starts at $50

6. Return Magic

What they do Return magic automates your return and refund process by “automatically” generating labels, refunds and emails. You can customize Return Magic so that everything it generates for you to integrate seamlessly with your brand.

Why they’re good Their powerful policies mean you can create rules from set conditions that exactly fit your needs.

Price Free 30-day trial Prices start at $10/Month Price per return decreases the more you use the app

7. Shopify Flow

What they do Shopify Flow is a tool that uses automation to simplify a range of tasks, saving you valuable time. It even has a visual builder so you can easily create a workflow for your business that is easy to manage, all in the same place.

Why they’re good It works with many other Shopify apps, and integrates with Slack, email, and HTTP requests.

Price Free (Only available on Shopify Plus plans. For more information on Plus follow this link)

8. Launchpad

What they do Launchpad is a scheduling app that lets you organize the customer-driven aspects of your business like sales, content changes, product releases and events.

Why they’re good Launchpad has built-in analytics, helping you to monitor customer behaviour and track your performance.

Price Free (Only available on Shopify Plus plans. For more information on Plus follow this link)

9. Viral Loops

What they do Planning and executing a viral campaign takes time and money. With Viral Loops, you can implement your campaigns, referral programmes, and giveaways in just a few minutes, all on a single platform.

Why they’re good The app comes with detailed analytics tools that help you track your performance.

Price Start-Up: $34/month Growing: $69/month Power: $208/month

10. Bulk Account Invite

What they do With Bulk Account, you can send invites to all your uninvited customers in just two clicks. You can also customize their template so the invites match your brand.

Why they’re good Bulk Account recently added a brand new feature that can automatically invite new customers and activate their accounts on your behalf.

Price From $1 (20 emails) to $50 (10,000 emails)

11. Beanstalk

What they do This is one your developers will love. Beanstalk helps you manage your code while you create and develop themes. The tool acts as a central development hub where your team of developers can write, test, and launch themes on your Shopify store. You can even roll out themes to many stores at once.

Why they’re good Beanstalk keeps a logged history of your changes and files in a Git repository, making it easier for teams to work together and stop bugs in their tracks.

Price Free 14-day trial Bronze: $15/month Silver: $25/month Gold: $50/month Platinum: $100/month Diamond: $200/month

12. Customer Fields

What they do When you want to understand your customers, you need the best tools to learn about them. With Customer Fields, you can create custom registration forms that will find out whatever you need to know. Customer Fields then uses this information to help you create customer profiles, while organising your customer data in an easily-accessible format.

Why they’re good The app can be easily integrated with other tools like a CRM, so you can make sense of your data in any way you need to.

Price Basic: $10/month Pro: $20/month Advanced: $60/month

13. Hulkapps Metafields Manager

What they do Ever need to add another data field anywhere in your store? This app is designed to do just that. Hulkapps metafield manager gives you the power to create and configure an unlimited number of custom fields in your code.

Why they’re good Monitoring all that information can be confusing, but Hulkapps has a powerful filtering system, as well as bulk importing, exporting, and syncing capabilities. This makes it easy to keep track of your data.

Price Basic Plan: Free Pro Plan: $4.99/month

14. Klaviyo

What they do Klaviyo make smart email marketing easy. Integrating with plenty of apps to automate the process, and use real-time metrics to drive your marketing decisions.

Why they’re good The in-built ability to find and target audience segments based on a range of behavioural and demographic data is a great addition.

Price Free for up to 250 contacts, rising incrementally to $1000 for 80,000 contacts and beyond.

15. Google Shopping Feed

What they do Google Shopping Feed is just that: A shopping feed of your inventory, right on your Shopify store. When you link your Shopify store with the Google Merchant Center, all your products are synced automatically. The app even keeps track of product updates for you, pushing them to the Merchant Center without you lifting a finger.

Why they’re good The app can keep track of every variant of a product, such as colour. It also allows you to use SEO titles and descriptions.

Price 1-5 products: Free 6 - 50 products: $2.99/month 51 - 500 products: $4.99/month 501 - 1000 products: $8.99/month

16. Bold Subscription App

What they do Bold becomes the backbone to your subscription program- customers subscribe to receive a particular product on a monthly basis and this might be tricky to manage manually when you’ve got thousands of subscribers- the Bold subscription app takes this off your hands.

Why they’re good Bold Subscription app integrates seamlessly with Shopify Plus to take the guesswork out of your subscription programs on auto-pilot. Rather than you and your team doing the manual hard work to set-up and run subscriptions, there’s a Bold app for that.

Price 60-day free trial Essentials: $29.99/month Advanced: $199/month Professional: $399/month

17. Power Tools Suite

What they do It can be frustrating to find all the tools you need to manage your online store. It’s why you’re reading this. To help you out, Power Tools Suite offers 10 apps in a single bundle containing the following powerful features:

  • Filter Menu
  • Pricing Policy
  • Trending Products
  • Smarter Collections
  • Sort Selector
  • Auto Collections
  • Sold Out Products
  • Smart Delete
  • Sort Orders
  • Random Sort Order
  • Bulk Edit Tags

Why they’re good It’s great for people who are fed up of shopping around for solutions. It doesn’t require any coding, either.

Price $15.99/month

18. Transporter

What they do Transporter is a suite of migration tools for moving to Shopify Plus from another platform. The app converts and imports data in a few simple steps.

Why they’re good Transporter runs 10x faster than standard APIs.

Price Free

19. Playwright

What they do Playwright is an easy way to reap the benefits of Shopify scripts without needing to understand a single line of code. Playwright is built exclusively for Shopify Plus to manage discounts, promotions and pricing more easily.

Why they’re good A super simple interface and less time consuming compared to traditional scripts.

Price Free 7-day trial $79/month

20. Fraud Filter

What they do Fraud Filter adds a layer of security to your operations by creating custom filters that flag up suspicious shopper activity.

Why they’re good You have full ability to set rules, choosing which conditions will automatically trigger a block and which will alert you personally.

Price Free

21. Crush Pics

What they do Large image files can slow down your website, putting off shoppers who don’t want to wait to buy from you. Not only does Crush Pics compress your images, it also optimizes them for SEO with an intuitive renaming wizard.

Why they’re good Crush Pics works automatically across your Shopify Store, compressing images automatically without a drop in quality.

Price Free Micro: $4.99/month Pro: $9.99/month Advanced: $19.99/month

22. Bulk Discounts

What they do Coupon code abuse (overuse) can lose your business a lot of money. Bulk Discounts puts a stop to that by generating unique codes that can only be used once. The process is automated, saving time and effort, and it can create an unlimited number of codes.

Why they’re good When codes are created, Bulk Discounts adds a filter to stop undesirable words appearing by accident. Also, by prohibiting confusing characters, shoppers are far less likely to input the wrong code, reducing support requests.

Price Free

23. Locksmith

What they do Selling country-specific products? Or do you want to try out exclusive offers? Locksmith gives you full control over which products can be seen by which customers.

Why they’re good An incredibly simple and easy set up makes this a great tool for people looking for more control over their product reach.

Price Basic Shopify: $9/month Shopify: $29/month Advanced Shopify: $99/month Shopify Plus: $199/month

24. Amazon Channel

What they do We don’t need to tell you that Amazon has a huge audience. Amazon Channel allows you to connect your Shopify store with a store on Amazon, while giving you the power to manage your Amazon sales from within Shopify itself.

Why they’re good Keeping your main selling channels in one place means less administration.

Price $39.99/month plus additional selling fees

25. Excelify

What they do Bulk imports: manage your Shopify store data by importing and exporting Excel files in bulk. For example- import data feed from drop shippers and suppliers, replicate your whole store data to many other stores for development or testing purposes, migrate store data from your current e-commerce platform to Shopify.

Why they’re good Takes the manual tasks out of importing e-commerce data- products, catalogues, customer data and more. meta fields: saving you and your e-commerce team hours of time and money.

Price Free demo Basic: $20/month Big: $50/month Enterprise: $200/month

Conclusion

That’s our top 25 of the best Shopify apps, tools & integrations to make your Shopify store’s back-end operations run as smoothly as possible!

If you're thinking of moving to Shopify Plus, get in touch and one of our experts will help discuss your options.


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