Most online retailers are never fully ready for holiday sales. In fact, most sellers just
guess at the season’s projections. It’s no wonder that, although online retail continues to grow at an exponential rate, significant profit margins continue to elude independent sellers. Why? Because without the right tools, selling on multiple channels is a losing game
Imagine an e-commerce ecosystem where all of your stores, marketplaces, software, and business applications actually work together to optimize workflows and profit margins during the potentially game-changing peek holiday sales.
Our new guide explains how automating your e-commerce sales, shipping, inventory, and accounting will prepare you for fair skies through the holidays, new year, and beyond.
New research identifies and solves the major problems limiting the effective use of omnichannel selling
We’ve joined forces with Retail Systems Research (RSR), the only research company run by retailers for retailers, to unveil new research that identifies and solves the major problems limiting independent retailers’ effective use of omnichannel selling. The report, “Three Hidden Costs of Omnichannel that Impact the Independent Retailer,” is available for free download. We’re also looking forward to hosting a free webinar with the author of the report and RSR managing partner Nikki Baird on Thursday, March 2, at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register now.
Baird told us, “One of the biggest obstacles of being a small, independent retailer is that you have all of the challenges of big retailers, but none of the resources they have to tackle these challenges. Omnichannel—the act of serving customers holistically across multiple touch points—is no different. New #retail #research identifies and solves the hidden costs of #omnichannel selling Click To TweetConsumers don’t care if the retailer is big or small. They just want to shop how, when, and where they want, in an interaction with a retailer or brand that is seamless and consistent. In this new research, we identify the top hindrances for independent retailers and offer practical solutions that will empower them to make the most of the omnichannel selling environment.”
This new report tackles key issues facing independent retailers including:
Inaccurate product availability: Small retailers struggle to “see” their inventory. Indeed, RSR found that only 8% of respondents with $250M or less of revenue can see inventory levels across their business, and can promise with confidence that they can sell an item to consumers across multiple selling channels.
Counter-intuitively, trends in e-commerce insist upon diversification, spreading sales resources across both marketplaces and platforms, and employing a variety of specialized apps to run different parts of your business. If you plan to make any money in online retail, you’d better be able to manage multiple channels across geographic regions—in fact, among Webgility’s thousands of multi-channel customers, the average number of stores managed is 4 to 5. To up the complexity ante, those sellers who want to get and stay ahead of the technology curve need to become omnichannel, making sure their products are purchasable from any device or platform.
For those interested in having their e-commerce cake and eating it mindfully too, here are three ways to fine-tune your focus while successfully building a multi-faceted online retail empire.Continue reading →
Four ways to impact your SMB for the better now and for years to come
e-Commerce businesses wear many hats. After opening an online store, they quickly learn they have to become experts in all manner of things—marketing, social media, sales, shipping, and fulfillment. Each of those categories goes deep: Not only does an e-commerce owner have to understand all the different avenues of marketing and the different models of fulfillment, they usually find themselves literally packing boxes and sending them out the door every day. Buried in day-to-day operations (usually in a box of shipping peanuts), how can an online retailer keep an eye on the industry so they can better compete? Since I’m buried in the industry every day, I put together a list of game-changers e-commerce SMBs should apply to their businesses to gain better focus for themselves and for their business in 2016.
Grow strategically Marketing is the most impactful area for e-commerce companies to grow, so it’s certainly one of the more important areas for SMBs, especially as you’re looking at ways to gain access to new customers and revenue streams. #eCommerce #GameChangers for #2016: 4 ways to impact your SMB for the better now and for years Click To TweetFor a small businesses to grow and get visibility, it should be no surprise that an investment on the marketing side is required to get that visibility, but that category is so broad. Here are some areas of the market that are inviting strategic growth in 2016:
Multi-channel: Multi-channel is about selling on different stores, whether it’s selling on your own store, through online shopping cart platforms, or on a marketplace like Amazon, eBay or Etsy. Selling and experimenting in several locations is necessary in today’s online market but it requires the right tools to stay ahead of the business. Many e-tailers don’t realize that it’s possible to sell on several channels and still sync financials and inventory on the back end. And now it’s even easier to list on marketplaces, put your products out there, find an audience, and test and fine-tune your products and margins. You can even use the available tools to understand how your products are performing, try different pricing, and experiment with different catalogs and messaging.
Omnichannel: Businesses are evolving to cover their sales through traditional brick-and-mortar stores, through an online presence in several locations, and also through expanding the availability customers have across those channels on different devices with different interfaces. For this and many other reasons, it’s becoming more important to provide a cohesive experience for the end buyer by going omnichannel.
International: The expansion of international markets means tremendous growth potential right now, partially because it’s becoming increasingly easier for the small business to ship products overseas. A lot of the big carriers have made strides in expanding their international fulfillment networks and greater visibility online. The international audience is looking for products from all over the world, and so expanding your business international markets is another strategic way to grow.