What is Headless E-Commerce

Given that consumers continue to make online purchases through multiple devices and the importance of the user experience when shopping online, the need for brands to offer the same exact experiences across various touchpoints has become the driving force behind headless e-commerce adoption.

Headless e-commerce is a growing trend that decouples the back end and the front end of an e-commerce platform. While the back end processes and fulfills orders, customers browsing an online shop interact with the presentation layer of the front end, known as the content management system (CMS).

Many brands are turning to headless e-commerce because of its flexibility to make changes when needed, whereas the traditional monolithic approach doesn’t. For example, brands can quickly apply and test out different CMS interfaces personalized to each individual customer without having to redeploy their entire system.

The back end is always going to be the same — i.e., brands will still need to process orders and payments, and know what consumers are going to buy in order to fulfill the product.

However, headless e-commerce allows brands to leverage the backbone of their e-commerce engine to provide a more personalized online shopping experience, like retrieving a repeat customer’s information (e.g., their shipping address, loyalty points, payment methods, and redeemable points).

Benefits of Headless E-Commerce

Whether you’re a startup setting up an online shop for the first time or a large enterprise starting to sell direct-to-consumer (D-to-C), there are a number of benefits of adopting headless e-commerce.

One of the primary benefits is the flexibility it provides when creating a personalized customer experience. For example, if a brand wants to launch a new promotion that requires modifications to the presentation layer, headless allows front-end developers to quickly make adjustments without disrupting the entire system.

The headless approach also allows brands transitioning to D-to-C sales for the first time to seamlessly add new e-commerce functionalities and capabilities to their websites without having to start from scratch. Continue reading

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