Composable Commerce Vs. Composed Commerce

Composable Commerce Vs. Composed Commerce
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In the rapidly evolving eCommerce landscape, you must understand the different approaches available to you for developing and maintaining your eCommerce platform. Two essential concepts in this regard are Composable Commerce and Composed Commerce.

Here is a guide explaining the difference.

Composable Commerce:


A flexible and modular approach to eCommerce platform development and maintenance. The freedom to choose the exact components you need to support your processes.

Key Characteristics:

  • Breaking down the eCommerce platform into smaller, independent components.
  • Quickly assemble, test, and integrate components.
  • Emphasis on component independence and agility.


  • Increased flexibility and scalability in the eCommerce ecosystem.
  • Faster innovation and testing of new ideas.
  • Improved maintenance and development efficiency.


  • Implementing or building a Composable Commerce ecosystem from scratch may be daunting if you don't have a technically mature team or a skilled partner.
  • Users may find the fact that they need to access various interfaces in a Composable Commerce setup confusing. This is most common if your team is small.

Composed Commerce:


  • The process of combining multiple Composable Commerce components to form a complete eCommerce solution, a pre-packaged Composable Commerce ecosystem.

Key Characteristics:

  • Integration of components such as an order and cart engine, payment gateways, product management, and fulfillment systems. Commonly with a unified user interface.
  • Emphasis on creating a unified and seamless eCommerce experience for customers and in-house teams.


  • A unified user experience.
  • Improved customer engagement and conversion rates compared to monolithic platforms.


  • You may still be limited by the development pace of your partner, comparable to using a monolithic eCommerce platform, but the speed of development should be significantly higher.
  • Some components in the pre-packaged solution may not be what you actually want.

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Composable Commerce focuses on component independence and agility, while Composed Commerce focuses on creating a unified user experience using Composable components.

Key Elements:

Composable Commerce breaks down the eCommerce platform into smaller components, while Composed Commerce integrates commerce-related features and services.


Composable Commerce offers increased flexibility and scalability, improved maintenance and development efficiency, and faster innovation and testing, while Composed Commerce also provides a unified user experience.

In conclusion, both Composable and Composed Commerce offer unique benefits for eCommerce businesses. By understanding the differences between the two approaches, and your needs, companies can choose the approach that best fits their specific needs and goals.

Are there any similarities?

Composable and Composed Commerce builds on the same principle: Modularized best-of-breed components made using the latest technology, integrated via APIs. Each option is equal in terms of how technologically advanced it is. In reality, Composed Commerce is just a packaged Composable Commerce ecosystem.

What should I choose?

You know your business, and only you know what you really need. So the difference between Composable and Composed comes down to what you value most:

  • If you value maximized flexibility and independence - the freedom to innovate and iterate at your own pace - choose Composable Commerce.
  • If you value a unified user experience with pre-packaged best-of-breed components - choose Composed Commerce.

You can also follow our Composable Commerce Checklist for things to consider.

Petter Johansson
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