Key benefits of Magento 2.2.4
The new version comes with two new core payment methods - Amazon Pay and Klarna. Both are available to UK merchants.
Amazon is worth considering as a payment method for increased confidence and convenience. It also offers potentially higher conversion rates thanks to the familiarity of the Amazon brand and the convenience for customers using their existing Amazon account.
See https://pay.amazon.com/uk/merchant for details.
Klarna can be seen as an alternative to your existing payment gateway, but it also offers payment instalments and "buy now, pay later" options. If you were to offer payment over time, key benefits to you as the merchant could be higher average order values, and higher conversion rates. The checkout experience is on-site rather than redirecting to a third party, so the process is smoother for the customer.
See https://www.klarna.com/uk/ for details.
What are the other new Magento 2.2.4 features?
As well as the above there are a significant number of bug fixes and enhancements, as well as performance improvements to the simple product page.
We also need to be aware of Magento Shipping - it's in 2.2.2 upwards and allows integrated rate-shopping, setting up shipping options, automation from the admin, and connecting to carrier accounts.
What carriers are available by region?
Magento Shipping’s out-of-the-box connections currently support leading carriers in the US, UK and Australia. Carriers currently supported include:
- USPS (US)
- UPS (US, UK, AU)
- FedEx (US, UK)
- DHL Express (US, UK, AU)
- Hermes (UK)
- Yodel (UK)
- UK Mail (UK)
- DPD (UK)
- Australia Post (AU)
Note that this is a subscription service and for pricing you have to talk to Magento.