Shopping Carts

An Online Shopping Cart is a software application used in e-commerce to assist people making purchases online. The software allows online shopping customers to accumulate a list of items for purchase, review their list, and complete a transition or checkout. Upon checkout, the software typically calculates a total for the order, including shipping and handling charges and taxes, as applicable.

Why Does Your Company Need It?

Shopping cart software typically consists of two components:

Storefront: the area of the web store that is accessed by visitors to the online shop. Category, product, and other pages (e.g., search, best sellers, etc.) are dynamically generated by the software based on the information saved in the store database. The look of the storefront can normally be changed by the store owner so that it merges with the rest of the website (i.e., with the pages not controlled by the shopping cart software in use on the store).

Administration: the area of the web store that is accessed by the merchant to manage the online shop. The range of store management features changes depending on the sophistication of the shopping cart software chosen by the merchant, but in general, a store manager is able to add and edit products, categories, discounts, shipping, payment settings, etc. Order management features are also included in many shopping cart programs. The administration area can be:

  • Web based (accessed through a web browser)
  • Desktop based (a desktop application that runs on the user’s computer and then transfers changes to the storefront component).

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