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E-commerce and shopping cart systems

Don't let the name fool you, shopping cart software is a lot more than just a cart. Good shopping cart software can help your Internet business in other capacities as well, including:

  • Payment Processing

    Many programs offer credit card processing as well as check, COD or other methods of possessing payments.

  • Webpage Design

    Many merchants are not web designers, so some programs will include wizards to help you build your webpage without requiring you to know HTML.

  • Storefront Design

    Store front wizards incorporate templates or other tools to help you set up your storefront.

  • Inventory Control

    Good programs will keep track of your inventory and generate reports.

  • Shipping

    Nearly all software offer a shipping tool that calculates shipping costs for customers based on parameters that you set, some can even link up to common shipping methods like FedEx.

  • Tax Calculation

    Most shopping cart programs can calculate taxes, a valuable tool, especially since many states are considering requiring that merchants collect taxes for online sales.

  • Customer Management

    Many shopping carts programs have features that will let customers view their previous purchases. The program will also recognize the customer when they come back for a return visit.

  • Marketing

    A shopping cart is useless if you don't sell anything. Marketing help can be invaluable, some programs offer information on affiliate programs and help with merchandising. Many are able to create coupons, gift certificates or other incentives. In addition, they provide sales reports and 'hit' or traffic information as well.

  • Security

    Customers will not want to purchase online if they feel the website cannot protect their personal information. Many shopping cart programs will offer protection by encrypting information, processing credit cards through reputable processing services and by allowing customers to move through their program without having to download cookies.



Activo streamlines your customers purchasing experience by leveraging the power of Zen Cart. Zen Cart is a leading open-source e-commerce platform that provides a large number of options, features and support for even the most sophisticated websites.

Zen Cart provides an easy to use process for all your customers to view your products, review any web specials, securely purchase items, and handle shipping. Activo uses Zen Cart to provide your website with the following e-commerce capabilities:

  • Simple and customizable navigation
  • Easily configurable product catalogs
  • Built-in Search Engine Optimization tools
  • Promotions; discount coupons, gift certificates, newsletters and product notifications
  • Secure checkout, billing and order confirmation
  • Single item specials, storewide discounts, group discounts and quantity discounts
  • Support for multiple languages, currencies and tax structures


If you want to maximize your online orders, you need to harness the power of Activo and Zen Cart. See what Activo has already done to increase revenue for these websites.

Zen-Cart Hosting:

Activo now offers ZenCart hosting for the advanced shops out there. If you are looking for a technical team of developers to take over your shopping cart's hosting and make sure that it is hosted on a solid server and be ready for the next wave of hits - we can help.

For details on Zen-Cart hosting, call 888-897-7775 or visit Activo Stores


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Activo’s assistance has been an essential factor in MESA developing a content rich website.  Activo’s services have proven invaluable with design, development, implementation, and support of the system our website is running on.  Without Activo’s assistance and direction our website would not be where it is today.

– Michael Villareal, SJSU MESA, Web Manager