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News Roundup: Ecommerce Tools Get New Features and Designs

Online sellers who use ecommerce platforms and listing tools to host their shops and manage inventory received news from several vendors this month about new features – along with an important security alert.

The popular Zen Cart shopping cart issued a new update to counter a security vulnerability affecting its software, while 3dcart added a host of new features; Skubana added inventory-automation features; Fillz launched a new mobile-friendly user interface; and BigCommerce launched a new look and feel, including a new logo, to portray its new brand image.

Skubana Adds Inventory-Automation Features 
Skubana, whose platform helps multi-channel merchants avoid selling out-of-stock items, has added new inventory-automation features.

Skubana is now accepting beta testers for barcoding to help take the human error out of the pick & pack process while also saving time. And it has launched an open API, which allows merchants to pull or push all data to and from Skubana – orders, inventory, purchase orders, and analytics.

Skubana integrates with marketplaces and shopping carts including Amazon, eBay, Rakuten, Sears, NewEgg, Bigcommerce, Magento, and Shopify – and with the open API, customers can connect to various applications that don’t have a native integration with Skubana.

Source: Skubana.com

Zen Cart Shopping Cart Issues Security Patch
Threatpost reports: ” Popular open source shopping cart app Zen Cart is warning its users of dozens of cross-site scripting vulnerabilities found in its software. Affected websites, security experts say, risk exposing customers to malware, theft of cookies data and site defacement.”

Threatpost said Zen Cart released a 1.5.5 update to its software along with a patch for previous versions of Zen Cart, for those customers that wanted to continue using the older platform, and it has more details for those impacted.

Source: Threatpost.com

Fillz Launches New Mobile-Friendly User Interface
Fillz has updated its site so that online sellers who use its software to manage their inventory can do so on the go. Fillz, acquired by Amazon in 2008, supports Amazon, eBay, AbeBooks, Alibris, and Half.com.

The company said: “Online sellers can now use Fillz to manage their business anywhere, at any time, from any internet-enabled mobile device. Whether on their warehouse floor or working on the move, sellers can use a smart phone or tablet to access all the features in Fillz that affect their business, such as managing their marketplaces, their inventory, or their pricing strategy. They can also check in to see what items are selling well, what their stock levels are, and how their marketplaces are performing.”

Source: Fillz.com

BigCommerce Rebranding Includes New Look and Feel 
BigCommerce unveiled new branding with a new logo and a new look and feel. “What started as a company to serve small merchants has transformed into a powerful platform that serves fast-growing brands as well as up-and-coming retailers. We worked hard to create a brand that showcases that for our customers, partners, prospects and team.”

The new design extends to the BigCommerce website, control panel, and educational content.

Source: Bigcommerce.com

3dcart Offers Host of New Features
Ecommerce solution 3dcart is offering seamless payment processing from Braintree, a PayPal company, to make it easier for small and medium-sized retailers. 3dcart’s 17,000 merchants will gain access to an end-to-end payment solution that will allow them to start accepting payments with a single click, without needing to go through traditional approval processes.

It also announced it has released an iPad compatible POS System, a redesigned Control Panel and Dashboard, a new Checkout Experience, REST API, and multi-channel selling, with additional updates to 3dcart’s core platform and infrastructure for optimized response times and performance.

Source: 3dcart.com

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.