Since its establishment, Shopify has been committed to making commerce better for everyone, striving to make it effortless for brands to start, operate, and expand their businesses. In pursuit of this mission, Shopify has built an ecosystem that empowers companies to grow their apps, technologies, and businesses alongside the platform. However, there exists a particular area where Shopify has restricted the creation of new apps: the checkout process, as it forms a core part of their business.
On the other hand, Global-E offers a suite of intelligent e-commerce technologies that equip brands with cross-border tools and solutions, enabling them to go global. Global-E's solutions encompass localization, as well as the intricate elements of cross-border selling, such as adhering to local regulations, managing taxes, duties, and facilitating international shipping. Notably, Global-E provides a distinct checkout experience for its customers, which stands in contrast to the limitations imposed by Shopify on alternative checkout solutions.
To provide some context, Shopify Markets was announced in August 2021, and in early 2023, Shopify launched its new checkout system while reinforcing its policies to further restrict the development of alternative checkouts for the platform. During this period, Global-E integrated its solution with Shopify to use Shopify's checkout and emerged as a crucial partner, offering the Shopify Markets Pro solution to Shopify's customers.
After comparing Shopify Markets vs Markets Pro and Shopify Markets Pro vs Global-E in previous pieces, we will now explore the key differences between Shopify Markets and Global-E. What sets them apart? Can they coexist within a Shopify store? Let's dive in and discover the answers!