|Original author(s)||Sean Schofield|
|Developer(s)||Spree Commerce, Inc.|
4.1 / March 2nd 2020
|Platform||Ruby on Rails|
|Type||Webshop, shopping cart|
|License||New BSD License|
Spree Commerce is an open-source e-commerce solution based on Ruby on Rails with a responsive user interface, optional PWA frontend, REST API, GraphQL, several official extensions and 3rd party integrations available.
Spree Commerce 4.1
The latest Spree Commerce 4.1 comes with a fully responsive and easily customizable frontend built for mobile devices in mind. It was designed from scratch implementing several UX best practices (advanced caching techniques, SEO with structured data, Open Graph social preview, Retina optimized images, Srcset fallback to low-res images, images lazy loading, SVG images and icons).
As a result of several types of optimizations, the new Spree UX scores very highly in Google Lighthouse testing, even on low performance hosting options and with poor mobile internet connections. This potentially leads to more organic search traffic, more conversions, more sales and more value brought by Spree 4.1 to the business owners.
Spree Commerce 4.1 is available after 6 months in development, 6000+ hours spent between 25+ core team members, tested in 3 release candidates by several community testers providing feedback and contributing. As a result of this effort, the Spree community will be able to launch high-performance mobile-first E-Commerce applications within weeks from project kickoff saving hundreds if not thousands of hours on development and QA.
See the Spree 4.1 demo here.
Popular use cases
Popular technical use cases:
- Custom built online store
- Headless E-Commerce
- Multi-store dashboard
- Multi-tenant platform
- React.js frontend app
- PWA frontend app
Popular business use cases:
- Contextual Commerce
- Unified Retail & Online
- International E-Commerce
- Multi-vendor marketplace
- B2B or B2B2C E-Commerce
- Subscription E-Commerce
Popular 3rd party integrations:
- Payment processor
- 3PL integration
- ERP integration
- POS integration
- Analytics dashboard
- Tax calculation service
Official Spree extensions
Extensions are the primary mechanism for customizing a Spree site. They allow Spree developers to share reusable code with one another. Using extensions, features which would otherwise consume quite a lot of effort and time can be easily added to a Spree website without having to built them from scratch. Extensive features like product subscription, asset management, marketing, admin reports, roles and permissions, gift cards & promotions, delivery slots, item returns, social media marketing, one page checkout and many more are easily available on GitHub for various Spree versions.
Spree Commerce multi-vendor marketplace
Spree lets you launch within a few weeks a fully-featured multi-vendor marketplace with an unlimited number of SKUs from as many vendors as you can effectively onboard. This is possible thanks to the multi-vendor marketplace extension. You may see a live demo of a multi-vendor marketplace built with Spree Commerce here.
Many well known and successful brands and startups are using Spree Commerce for their e-commerce businesses. The case studies are featured on the Spree Commerce Website and include: 21Diamonds, Garmentory, Huckberry, Superpedestrian, Mitchells, FCP Euro, Farmdrop, Packhelp, Greetabl, MilanStyle, Felix Gray, Southern Kitchen, Nuherbs, Name of Love.
Spree Commerece history
On July 1, 2011, Spree received $1.5 million in seed funding from AOL and True Ventures. On February 25, 2014 Spree raised an additional $5M in Series A funding led by Thrive Capital. Also participating were Vegas Tech Fund (led by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh), Red Swan (led by Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn) as well as existing investors True Ventures and AOL Ventures.
On September 21, 2015 it was acquired by First Data. After the First Data acquisition, developers from Spark Solutions and VinSol now maintain and develop the Spree Commerce Open Source project. Vinsol also develops Spree extensions.
In 2016 an OpenCommerce Conference was held in New York to showcase newest e-commerce projects running on Spree 3.x version.
- Spree Commerce Community github.com. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
- Spree at Ruby Gems rubygems.com. Retrieved March 03, 2020.
-  Red Badger "Building a Fortnum and Mason eCommerce store in two days"
-  GoDaddy chose Spree for their e-commerce solution for small businesses
-  Everlane builds an honest $100M+ fashion manufacturing business with Spree powered Ecommerce platform
- Spree extensions github.com. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
-  Garmentory luxury fashion marketplace grows 400% on Spree
-  Huckberry redefines Ecommerce for the outdoor adventurers with Spree, storytelling and data-driven marketing
-  Superpedestrian transforms any bike into an electric one with Spree powered Ecommerce
-  Mitchells chose Spree for their luxury fashion Ecommerce store with human touch
-  FCP Euro experienced 50% traffic growth after migrating to Spree
-  Farmdrop launches a Spree marketplace with fresh food
-  Packhelp uses Spree to allow Ecommerce owners to design and order their own custom packaging online
-  Greetabl.com business streamlined by a custom Spree Commerce implementation & fulfillment integration
-  MilanStyle.com got 45% conversion boost for 300k luxury & fashion products after migration to Spree Commerce
-  Spree allows Felix Gray to run a custom Ecommerce platform and process prescriptions for lenses
-  Spree combined with a custom content management system helped Southern Kitchen create a one-stop-shop for food lovers
- Spree Raises $1.5 Million From True Ventures, Aol For Open Source eCommerce Platform techcrunch.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
- Spree Commerce Raises $5M in Series A Funding Spree Commerce blog. Retrieved June 3rd, 2015.
- "With Its Spree Commerce Buy, First Data Aims To Bolster Its Online Tech Foundations". digitaltransactions.net. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
- OpenCommerce Conference 2016 opencommerceconf.org. Retrieved September 19, 2017.