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Week of Discounts

Its been a week since we deployed the Shopify discount support and the reactions have been amazing. Its remarkable to finish a feature so many people have been waiting and lobbying for and we couldn’t have been happier with the feedback.

Some stats:

  • over 200 discounts have been created so far
  • Customers already saved about 1000$ using discounts across hundreds of orders
  • There have been 91 posts containing the word discount on our forums in the last while
  • The average discount code is 10.75 characters long

And some quotes:

“Oh yeah! Can’t wait to dig into it!” – Jared Burns
“Fu#$^&! awesome!!! That is all I can to say. Not only coupon codes, but a whole section for Marketing. Brilliant!!” – Dan Wright
“Thanks Tobi and team. We’re confident this is going to help our marketing efforts no end.” – Duncan Barret

“awesome!”, “fantastic!”, “yes yes yes!!”, “YOU ROCK!” ....

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Payment Gateway PaymentExpress Integrated

Shopify has now integrated with the credit card gateway PaymentExpress. PaymentExpress is an exciting gateway because it supports acquiring banks in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

From the PaymentExpress website:

Payment Express® is a Visa and MasterCard certified solution, developed by DPS, which facilitates electronic payments seamlessly from multiple access points i.e. EFTPOS, Billing, IVR, CRM, Vending, MOTO (Mail Order / Telephone Order), Web and Wireless.

DPS, the company behind PaymentExpress, is not new to the business of payment processing, as they have been operating since 1997. They also service a myriad of huge clients including Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, Air Rarotonga, Freedom Air New Zealand, American Express, Bank of New Zealand, Westpac, and many others.

With the addition of PaymentExpress, Shopify customers in Asia and Oceana now have another excellent choice for accepting payments for their products and services.

Special thanks to David Jones who contributed the code for this gateway to ActiveMerchant.

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Payment Gateway Cardstream Integrated

Shopify has now integrated with credit card gateway Cardstream. Currently Cardstream offers payment processing in the UK, but they will soon be expanding their services to include Australia as well.

From Cardstream’s website:

Cardstream’s Global Payment Gateway enables Merchants to process, authorise, settle and manage card transactions 24/7. Card transactions can be processed online, by telephone or via laptop, PDA and mobile devices.

We are happy that we are now able to offer more payment processing options for our Shopify customers in the UK, and there will be more to come.

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We just launched discount code support for Shopify which was the most frequently requested feature. We took the opportunity to introduce a completely new tab to the admin interface called Marketing where we complied a wealth of information which we collected on our forums and while marketing Shopify itself.

Discounts form:

Marketing tab:

Enjoy the free addition and join us to celebrate on the forums!

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OpenID Support

Today we deployed an update which adds extensive OpenID support to Shopify.

OpenID is a fantastic technology which will make life on the web a lot easier for everyone by removing the need to remember different login & password combinations for each site you want to authenticate yourself to.

Since Shopify is all about removing inconveniences we thought its a great fit and decided to make it available to the many thousand Shopify stores we host.

With the recent industry support for OpenID many people already have accounts without even knowing it. For example your AIM account can be used as an OpenID account. Just enter the address :

To get started, head over to the accounts screen in your Shopify admin, edit your user account and click “Use OpenID”. Of course we also offer OpenID for invited staff members and during initial account creation.

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