Table of Contents
- What information does the Sales by Payment Method report show
- What questions can be answered when viewing the Sales by Payment Method Report
- Similar reports to Sales by Payment Method report
- Key columns in the Sales by Payment Method report
- Variations of Sales by Payment Method report
What information does the Sales by Payment Method report show
The last and final step of any successful shopping journey is paying for ordered items. Research conducted in 2009 showed that almost half of shoppers prefer to forego a purchase if they can’t use their favorite payment system.
Since paying for an order is one of the most critical stages, the store owner should be informed of the payment gateways customers prefer to use. Promote the gateways that bring the most revenue and investigate those least popular gateways.
Getting insights on the usage of payment gateways in your store can be done with the help of a corresponding summary. This report opens a view on product sales split by the payment method used during the sale. It is a common report used by store managers and salesman for achieving versatility in the methods customers may use to pay for purchases.
The executive manager can view information with output by date range. In addition, they can select the time period manually. Typically the document is formed as a table with each row corresponding to one payment method. The report columns are used to display various sales statistics on this gateway.
Depending on the store's reporting app, it can be possible to transform the report output form from the data table into a graphic chart.
What questions can be answered when viewing the Sales by Payment Method report
Using this summary, the store manager can, in one place, track all information related to the tools used by shoppers to transfer money for their orders. This data can be used to answer such questions as:
- what is the most profitable payment method in your store within the specified time period
- how often does the popularity of payment gateways change
- what payment method do customers choose for purchases with discounts
- how to see payment gateway popularity by country or city
- what is the customer’s lifetime value for each payment method
- what product types are mainly purchased with the specific payment method
- what payment gateways are preferred by recurring and new customers in your store
- what are the total sales for each payment gateway within the specific time period
The list of answers you may get with this summary can be extended by using additional data columns and data filters.
Similar reports to Sales by Payment Method
Get a more clear view of the financial performance of your store by looking at the sales statistics from another viewpoint. The reporting tool allows doing so conveniently by generating similar reports. A Shopify store owner may use several other sales reports alongside the sales by payment method.
In conjunction with a Product Sales Report, a store manager can often use such reports as:
- by product vendor
- by POS location
- by discount
- by traffic referrer
- by billing location
- by checkout currency
- by customer group
For example, using a summary on sales by POS location can provide insights into what geographical location is the most profitable for your store. Research what payment methods are most widely used in that region and provide customers with them. View if your decision was successful with the sales by payment method report.
Additionally, the store manager may build the sales reports by customer name, product tag, day of the week, UTM campaign, and a dozen other similar reports on sales. The exact list of available reports depends on the utilized reporting app.
Key columns in the Sales by Payment Method report
The default configuration of this summary varies depending on the reporting tool a Shopify store uses. The basic setup of the Advanced Reports app includes such columns as:
- SALES Gateway
- Number of Orders
- ORDERS Gross Sales
- ORDERS Discounts
- REFUNDS Returns
- ORDERS Net Sales
- ORDERS Shipping
- ORDERS Tax
- ORDERS Total Sales
You are totally free to exclude any of the existing columns from the report or add several additional ones. Simply choose available columns from the list.
Here is how some of the key columns in the default report are calculated:
- REFUNDS Returns. It is calculated through Refunds Total Gross Amount and Order Adjustments Total Amount data columns.
- ORDERS Net Sales. It displays what is left after the discounts and refunds are extracted out of gross sales.
- ORDERS Shipping. Allows tracking the sums on order shipping.
- ORDERS Tax. Depicts the sum of taxes excluding the taxes on the refunded items.
- ORDERS Total Sales. It is the final default column of the report, which sums net sales, shipping, and tax.
[REFUNDS Returns] = [REFUNDS Total Gross Amount] – [ORDER ADJUSTMENTS Total Amount]
[ORDERS Net Sales] = [ORDERS Gross Sales] – [ORDERS Discounts] – [REFUNDS Returns]
[ORDERS Shipping] = [ORDERS Shipping amount] – [ORDER ADJUSTMENTS Total Shipping Amount]
[ORDERS Tax] = [ORDERS Taxes] – [REFUND ITEMS Total Tax Amount]
[ORDERS Total Sales] = [ORDERS Net Sales] + [ORDERS Shipping] + [ORDERS Tax]
Variations of Sales by Product Report and what questions they answer
Using filters and sorting options, you can get answers to many specific questions regarding sales. Here are some examples of the report variations.
How to see gateway popularity by country
You can easily know what gateways are most commonly used in a certain geographical region. Simply use the location filter when generating a sales by payment method summary.
Navigate to the Locations filter to filter out sales by city or province. Use the filter in the Sales section to filter out data by country.
How to make ABC analysis
The so-called ABC report gives you a different perspective on the payment methods by dividing all gateways into three grades:
- A - generates 80% of revenue
- B - generates 15% of revenue
- C - generates 5% of revenue
From a financial standpoint, it makes more sense to concentrate on A-gateways to get the most profits. Filter by the data in the Total Gross Profit column to see what payment methods fall into the A, B, C range for your store.
Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)
Cost of goods sold (COGS) term stands for the direct cost of making sales. It includes expenses required for making the sale, for example, personnel salary. Use the Orders COGS to get this data column.
First and last purchase date
The data in the Last Ordered table of your store's database keeps track of the dates of the first and last order of products purchased through a particular gateway.
What payment gateway is used mostly for each day of the week
You can easily see the trends on payment infrastructure usage with the sales by day of week info. Add a SALES Date of week column in order to display such data.
Add a TRANSACTIONS Source Name to see the name of the transaction’s origin and add a TRANSACTIONS Status to see if the transaction was completed successfully.