ION Retail is built to make operating a brick & mortar storefront easier; the ecommerce elements are a bonus for stores ready to wade into that pool. As such, all online and forward facing components can be disabled.
As an aside, we do advocate use of the platform at the very least to assist your local community. Online payment and shipping options can be turned off, one or both, meaning you are not in a position of having to fill and honor orders from around the world when you are not prepared to do so. We have found that clients who do make their inventory shoppable for local customers see rapid increases in sell-through by simply allowing local customers to browse and place orders for pickup.

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