New! Free white paper and resource kit

New! Free white paper and resource kitLearn how to bring organization and control to your online business

Today, the second day of IRCE, we’re pleased to announce a new white paper and resource kit outlining the Virtual ERP for e-Commerce. The kit includes:

  • White Paper: Survival for Online Sellers
  • Infographic: How does your online business stack up?
  • On-Demand Webinar: Introduction to the Virtual ERP
  • Guide: The Essential e-Commerce Tech Stack
  • Case Studies: Stories of growth and scale from 4 e-Commerce SMB

To download the resource kit, please click hereFree Download: Virtual ERP for #eCommerce resource kit! #BuildaBetterBusiness #Unify Click To Tweet

For the first time ever, industry leaders in storefront technology, accounting, inventory, shipping, and integration are joining forces to simplify operations and streamline data for e-commerce sellers. The result is the Virtual ERP for e-Commerce, a unified network of best-of-breed systems that gives independent sellers the same business intelligence, operational stamina, and competitive edge enjoyed by the massive alpha retailers. The Virtual ERP for e-Commerce offers both security and freedom from which to build a business that is profitable, sustainable, and scalable. Continue reading

22 Awesome Websites with Stunning Free Stock Images

22 Awesome Websites with Stunning Free Stock ImagesWritten by Tucker Schreiber for Shopify

We know your pain. You’re looking for free images for your website. You’ve looked far and wide for gorgeous, free images to use online, but keep running into cheesy pictures of people laughing at their salad. The good news is there are ton of different free and paid images for commercial use available online if you just know where to look.22 Awesome Websites with Stunning #Free #Stock Images Thanks, @Shopify and @TuckerSchreiber!… Click To Tweet

In this post, Shopify has graciously compiled the ultimate list of resources to source free images for your website. Whether you want free stock images for your blog, to download, or for commercial use—you’ll find them here. Take a look, and enjoy!

Dropship your way to financial freedom

Dropship your way to financial freedomOne of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make as an e-commerce business owner is also the one that could make or break your financial freedom.

How you control and distribute the products you sell through your site is a critical choice you have to make during the outset of your business development. In this post, we’re going to find out if the dropshipping method can help you attain financial freedom, or if managing the ebb and flow of supply and demand would be better handled internally.

Managing a profitable e-commerce business is a process that requires strategy, resilience, and a fair bit of trial and error. The day-to-day logistics of your business could change dramatically in the first year, depending on how much you learn and how quickly you learn it. Making changes is scary but necessary—and the more you understand about your options, the fewer changes you’ll need to make.#Dropship your way to financial freedom by guest blogger Patrick Foster from @myecommercetips #Unify Click To Tweet

For some creative e-commerce business owners such as artists, musicians, and carpenters— dropshipping doesn’t come into play. If you make the product you sell in house, you never need to consider wholesalers. However, if you create digital designs for your products but don’t manufacture them, a big decision will be how to cost-effectively manage the manufacture and shipping of your orders. Continue reading

“Should I Sell on Marketplaces?”

Should I Sell on Marketplaces?

Inquiring minds want to know. Finally here’s an honest answer

I’m often asked, “Should I be selling my products on marketplaces?” For some that’s a loaded topic that opens up deeper questions about diluting your brand, potentially losing margin, and opening yourself up to copycats. We could go on for days, but I like a simpler approach.“Should I sell on #marketplaces?” Here’s your answer. @Amazon @eBay @Etsy @Magento Click To Tweet

I say, yes, sell on marketplaces, like Amazon or eBay, and here’s why. Everyone should experiment with this sales model because there’s lots to learn from it, but it shouldn’t be the only strategy. Everyone knows it’s not wise to build a house on land that’s owned by someone else. Also, it’s good to diversify. So, if you’re going to build an e-commerce business and all of your sales are driven by a single marketplace, don’t be surprised if, in a few years, the rules of the game change and you no longer can sell on that channel. Or don’t be caught off guard when the terms change or the fees go up. Be smart. Absolutely, sell on a marketplace or multiple marketplaces, but learn from the experience and from the fierce competition. From there, take the necessary steps to grow your business and grab your own piece of e-commerce property by developing your own online store. Read more about selling smart online. 

–  Parag Mamnani, Founder and CEO

Our 2016 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Our 2016 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

How do I love thee? Let me shop the ways

It’s that time of year again. Your loved one is expecting a special romantic treat and so are you. Turns out neither of you is in the market for a new pair of socks. As experts in online retail, we’ve created a handy gift guide to make this process as painless as possible. If we’ve done our job right, there may even be some pleasure in it for you. For your convenience, we’ve divided our list into three categories: Delectables, Desirables, and Unmentionables. Webgility’s 2016 #ValentinesDay #GiftGuide. How do I love thee? Let me #shop the ways. #Topgifts Click To Tweet

Delectables
Chocolate Apricot Treasures, $25.75, BRFarms.com. If your sweetheart also likes a sweet tart, think outside of the typical chocolate box with dried apricots. This lovely collection includes the top-of-the-line dried Blenheim apricots, royal medallion, completely drenched in delicious milk, white, and dark chocolate from quality purveyor Guittard. Just between us, a little natural fiber never hurt anyone’s mood either. Continue reading