Payment service provider SumUp has teamed up with creative platform Shutterstock to give merchants access to high-quality visuals to boost their online storefronts and increase sales.
SumUp says the partnership is part of its wider mission to build support systems for small businesses that will help them keep trading during challenging times, such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
Integration offers access to Shutterstock’s vast library of more than 350 million images, plus Smart Image Recommendations, helping merchants create engaging online storefronts and boost sales.
Launched in May 2020, SumUp Online Store allows merchants to showcase their products to a global audience, accepting online payments from the biggest possible customer base. According to the company, it has more than 7,000 companies joining the platform every day.
Merchants using the store can now revamp their online storefronts and benefit from quick and easy access to Shutterstock’s library. Access to images is included within SumUp merchants’ existing subscription plans and includes the option to add up to ten photos to their online stores from an embedded image database, filtering images by type and category.
The Shutterstock integration is the latest innovation unveiled by SumUp to help businesses navigate the operating restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, including the introduction of payment links and invoicing options, new online selling functionalities and gift card collaborations with Google, Facebook and Instagram.
Alex von Schirmeister, executive vice president for Europe at SumUp, said: “We’re happy to be able to offer our merchants this new feature of access to millions of images to revamp their online stores. It’s important now more than ever that small businesses have the means to trade in the e-commerce space in order to take on larger competition. This partnership with Shutterstock will do just that, giving them more visibility to grow their customer bases.”
While Alex Reynolds, vice president of platform solutions at Shutterstock, added: “After the events of 2020, countless small businesses were financially impacted and forced to pivot, and we’re thrilled to be able to help them get back on their feet through our collaboration with Sum Up. Integrating high-quality visual content and smart image recommendations into the workflow of SumUp’s merchants will allow small businesses to attract new customers through stunning online storefronts, simultaneously helping to drive online sales.”