Intuit joins hand with Shopify & Bigcommerce to simplify online retail


Financial services and accounting software giant Intuit is looking to increase its e-commerce presence amongst small merchants. The company announced that it has integrated QuickBooks Online with the e-commerce platforms of Shopify and Bigcommerce. In similar fashion to previous Intuit partner integrations, the connections to Shopify and Bigcommerce focus on automating expense tracking and bookkeeping, while at the same time creating a data-driven picture of business performance.

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Partnership with Shopify:
The first of the partnerships Intuit announced on March 12th is with Shopify – a commerce platform. The new contract between the companies will permit the merchants to combine the potential of QuickBooks into Shopify’s commerce offerings when it comes to automating the sales process.

“Delivering a seamless integration between QuickBooks Online and Shopify makes it easy for businesses to automatically reconcile sales data,” Avi Golan, vice president and general manager of the Intuit Developer Group, said in a company news release. “This is the latest example of how we’ve turned QuickBooks Online into the world’s leading small business cloud platform, delivering an ecosystem of integrated tools and services. We want to empower business owners to spend less time balancing the books and more time focused on what they love about running their business.”

Partnership with Bigcommerce:
The other partnership announced by Intuit on the same day was with Bigcommerce, which is aimed at bringing an easier accounting and bookkeeping solution for businesses that sell online.

“Bigcommerce is focused on bringing e-commerce to every retail business owner, and we’re always looking for partners who share our vision, easily integrate with our open platform, and bring best-in-class expertise to our merchants” Melanie Kalemba, senior vice president of sales and strategic business development at Bigcommerce, said in a company news release. “The retail industry functions online, in physical stores and everywhere in between. Together with Intuit, we’re working to connect those channels to make business more efficient.”

The advantages of integrating both these services with Intuit’s offerings are expected to include: seamless data updates (no more manual data reconciliation), improved sales transactions accuracy, and the ability to provide QuickBook online users an up-to-date view of its business performance. All of these features combined are expected to bring about a more seamless experience for the merchant’s back-end of the business.

“Merchants taking advantage of this integration will save time once spent on accounting, and will be able to keep their focus on running their business,” Golan said.