Shopify Commerce Components: Building Enterprise-Grade E-Commerce Sites

Shopify, having established itself as one of the most popular e-commerce platforms available, provides businesses worldwide with a user-friendly interface and a wide array of features. However, for enterprise-level retailers with complex requirements, the standard Shopify offering may not be sufficient. That’s where Shopify Commerce Components come in: With Commerce Components businesses can easily leverage...

Last updated: 8 May 2023 - 5 mins read

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Shopify Commerce Components, showing the various individual components one can use to build an online store.


Shopify, having established itself as one of the most popular e-commerce platforms available, provides businesses worldwide with a user-friendly interface and a wide array of features. However, for enterprise-level retailers with complex requirements, the standard Shopify offering may not be sufficient.

That’s where Shopify Commerce Components come in: With Commerce Components businesses can easily leverage Shopify’s vast infrastructure while customising their online stores to meet their unique needs.

In this article, we will explore what Shopify Commerce Components are, their core features, when Commerce Components are a good idea and how they compare to Shopify Plus.

What are Shopify Commerce Components?

Commerce Components by Shopify are a set of modular tools designed for enterprise-level retailers with complex requirements. Commerce Components give businesses the opportunity to choose only the components they actually need, making it easy to integrate them into their existing technology, and offering the building of a custom eCommerce solution with Shopify. The core components include features from all key areas of customer experiences including cart, checkout, data, and shipping.

Commerce Components allow enterprise-level retailers to integrate components that connect with Shopify seamlessly and access Shopify’s global infrastructure. There are over 30 modular components to choose from, providing a wide range of flexibility and scale.

What Components Are Included With Shopify Commerce Components?

Commerce Components include six categories of components:

1. Storefront Components

Storefront components include the Headless API, Headless SDK, Low-code Storefronts and Headless Hostings with Shopify Oxygen & Storefront Search. These components provide businesses with the ability to create a customised storefront that is optimised for any device.

2. Cart and Checkout Components

Cart and checkout components include the Cart, Checkout Platform, Payments Platform, Tax Platform, and Fraud Protection. These components don’t only provide a seamless checkout experience for customers, but also insure businesses against potential losses, providing them with easy management of payments, taxes, and fraud protection.

3. Core Commerce Components

Core Commerce components include the Product Catalogue, Custom Data Models, Cross-border Selling, Subscriptions, Customer Data, Discounts, Functions Extensibility, and B2B. These components provide businesses with the ability to manage and customise their product offerings, manage customer data, and provide a more personalised shopping experience.

4. Data and Compliance Components

Data and Compliance components include Data Analysis, Marketing Insights, Card Data and Vaulting, Security, and Compliance. These components provide businesses with the ability to analyse customer data, optimise marketing campaigns, and ensure compliance with industry standards.

5. Shipping and Logistics Components

Shipping and Logistics components include Fulfilment, Order Management, Inventory, Returns, and Shipping Labels API. These components provide businesses with the ability to manage their inventory, fulfil orders, and manage returns, all from a single dashboard.

6. Omnichannel Components

Omnichannel components include Point of Sale (POS), Social Commerce, and Chat & Support. These components provide businesses with the ability to connect with customers through various channels and provide a more personalised shopping experience.

Who are Commerce Components for?

Commerce Components are not for everyone but instead for high-performing large-scale businesses with large teams that typically generate from $500 million to multiple billions of dollars in gross merchandise value. Commerce components allow Shopify Users to compete against platforms that offer an entirely custom integration approach and offer unrivalled innovation capabilities. Headless stores are not intended for smaller brands or brands that will work well on Shopify’s other solutions – in fact, headless stores can frequently present complex challenges and therefore require significant investment.

Who is Using Shopify Commerce Components?

Several well-known brands, including Mattel, JB Hifi, Glossier, Coty, Steve Madden, Spanx, and Staples, are using Shopify Commerce Components. As more brands choose Shopify to define their legacy tech stacks and replace their stores with a Shopify-powered solution, we can expect this list to continue growing.

What’s the difference between Shopify Plus & Commerce Components?

Shopify Plus is a platform designed to help large businesses scale their operations and handle high volumes of traffic. It includes features such as multi-currency support, wholesale channels, and dedicated support. On the other hand, Shopify Commerce Components are a set of modular tools designed specifically for enterprise brands, providing flexibility, scale, and agility for businesses with complex or individual requirements.

While both platforms are tailored to large businesses, Commerce Components put a significantly heavier focus on customisation and flexibility.

In Conclusion

Shopify Commerce Components are a modular set of tools designed for the unique requirements of enterprise brands. They allow businesses to integrate with existing technology and cherry pick only Shopify tools they actually require, in order to provide the right combination of flexibility, scale, and agility for any endeavour. With over 30 modular components, Commerce Components are designed for high-performing large-scale businesses with both unique and complex requirements. 

If your business falls within the targeted demographic of Shopify Commerce Components, it is worth considering leveraging Commerce Components, in order to foundationally optimise your business operations.

We at Flatline Agency are here to help you take your business to the next step, including custom development, design, and marketing. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.


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