Shopify today announced a new way for merchants to sell products anywhere while still managing their online and traditional retail stores.
The Ottawa-based commerce platform calls its latest product Shopify Mobile. Free for all users, it's a complete overhaul of the company's iOS app with new features baked in, namely the ability to now turn your smartphone into a cash register.
"This is an important step forward towards creating a commerce platform that enables our merchants to sell their products anywhere, whether it’s online, in-store or on-the-go," says Shopify.
Merchants using Shopify Payments can use a free card reader to accept cash or credit card payments from directly inside the app. Once payment is accepted you can send custom email receipts to your customers and your inventory will be automatically updated across the entire Shopify platform, according to the company. This feature is currently only available to US merchants; however, Shopify says it will expand to Canada "soon."
By the end of 2017, Forrester Research predicts that US mobile users will spend $90 billion via mobile payments, a 48% increase from 2012.
Shopify currently has 80,000 stores using its platform.