• E-Commerce - Never done it - But I want too do something different !
    by /u/martymcfly9888 on January 20, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Hi, I currently run a small commercial cleaning business. It pays the bills, but it really not what I want to do. I have a degree in marketing and feel that cleaning is a waste of --- everything my life. I have always been very interested in eCommerce; and I have an interesting idea of a little niche that I think will work in the candy segment. I figure its specific and simple enough that I'm not all over the place and its inexpensive to purchase inventory. Ive used Godaddy. Im considering SqureSpace. I've never used Shopify. But Godaddy is so limited. The templates are simple and amateurish. I've been googling what the best way forward and most people say word press. I watched a video on how to create a wordpress site, it doesn't look like I have to be too tech savvy.... this is the site and video I was researching: Quite honestly - it looks pretty simple. There just seems to be a lot clutter out there for something that should be relatively easy. Should I be going with a Godaddy ready to use type of builder or building a word press site ? I feel that for one reason or another, its better to put a bit of time into it and build something through wordpress. In addition, I want to learn how to do this. The article also says I need to be tech savy. But the video doesn't make this look like you have to be tech savvy at all.... Am I missing something ? I feel these links are just pushing me to purchase their products. I'm looking for real unbiased advise. Thank-you ! submitted by /u/martymcfly9888 [link] [comments]

  • Online record store... worth a shot?
    by /u/irmuddled on January 20, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I have been trying to brainstorm ideas of things to sell online, and I figured that since there's never enough music/record shops in the real world, then maybe another one for online wouldn't be so bad? I found a few distributors to make this feasible. Right now everything is a hot mess, just some ideas... the name would be Cosmic Purple (for concert lights) and found enough stock pictures to make a rough draft with Shopify. Is this a terrible idea? I am okay with changing anything or trashing everything. submitted by /u/irmuddled [link] [comments]

  • building a custom website / need a user-friendly ecom integration
    by /u/adam_911 on January 20, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Hey guys were building a php custom website with laravel framework and i need to integrate a ecommerce platform into to it but shopify wont work and not sure what other ecom platform has API / open source and really good options for integration into fully custom PHP website any recommendations or what can work for my type of infrastructure ? greatly appreciated in advance submitted by /u/adam_911 [link] [comments]

  • What's the best site to sell art/prints/placemats/tableclothes/etc?
    by /u/jackofhearts23 on January 20, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    my company already has its own site + Instagram but I'm looking to expand into a more profitable platform. submitted by /u/jackofhearts23 [link] [comments]

  • Banner Tutorials
    by /u/8football on January 20, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Hi everyone. Might be the wrong subreddit but I'm really struggling to come up with a formula to create some banners and adverts that really increase my call to action rate. Reason I posted here is I was hoping some people may have experience in dealing with websites and people that can help. Any suggestions would be appreciated. submitted by /u/8football [link] [comments]

  • Televerde's Michelle Cirocco: 'Invest in Disempowered Populations'
    by Vivian Wagner on January 20, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    The prison workforce development program run by Televerde delivers significant economic and cultural value, concludes a study recently conducted at Arizona State University's Seidman Research Institute. Televerde trains and employs incarcerated women, and it offers many of them employment when they leave prison. Televerde CSRO Michelle Cirocco spoke about the study and about the long-term benefits of Televerde's program.

  • 15 Free Learning Resources for Ecommerce Merchants
    by Sig Ueland on January 20, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Looking to explore a new technology or learn from industry experts? Online educational resources can help you develop new skills for your business or career at little or no cost. Here is a list of online educational resources to explore in 2020. The post 15 Free Learning Resources for Ecommerce Merchants appeared first on Practical Ecommerce.

  • Essential Email Marketing Features for Ecommerce in 2020
    by Carolyn Nye on January 20, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    The email marketing needs of ecommerce merchants are increasingly sophisticated due to improvements in technology and the demands of consumers. In the post, I'll address the essential email-marketing features for ecommerce merchants in 2020. The post Essential Email Marketing Features for Ecommerce in 2020 appeared first on Practical Ecommerce.

  • Drop shipping - shipping question
    by /u/donkeydeck on January 20, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    I’m selling bracelets with Shopify. Drop shipping them, I have little control over the customer experience in that sense. I’m looking for a solution for a little faster and transparent shipping. I hear about these private distribution services that’ll pick up your product and ship them? Or something along these lines? Anyone have a solution to increase shipping times from AliExpress? submitted by /u/donkeydeck [link] [comments]

  • Website with e-commerce success stories?
    by /u/SumoDash on January 20, 2020 at 9:51 am

    I recall coming across a site with interviews of successful e-commerce brands, but I can’t seem to remember the name. Does anyone know of any similar sites? submitted by /u/SumoDash [link] [comments]

  • Should i narrow Facebook ads?
    by /u/xxparadis3xx on January 19, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    I read somewhere on this sub it's better to let Facebook narrow the audience for you and find the target audience instead of finding it yourself and putting tags. Which way is better? How long would it take for facebook to find the audience? Do I just put US as the target country and leave it as broad? submitted by /u/xxparadis3xx [link] [comments]

  • Testing an idea
    by /u/thejase128 on January 19, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Hi all, How do I test an idea? For example, say if a customer comes to my website and tries to buy the product, I want it to say out of stock and then for the customer to leave there email address when it comes into stock. How do I collect the emails and see if my idea could sell (ie. how many people clicked and tried to buy the item). Cheers submitted by /u/thejase128 [link] [comments]

  • How to Rank in Google’s New Popular Products
    by Jill Kocher Brown on January 19, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Facing declining product searches thanks to marketplaces such as Amazon and Walmart, Google amped up its ecommerce search game last week with a new organic search feature: popular products. The post How to Rank in Google’s New Popular Products appeared first on Practical Ecommerce.

  • Seeking feedback & suggestions for new ecommerce platform
    by /u/Holyfield3000 on January 19, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Hey r/ecommerce, I'm a developer currently attempting to build out an ecommerce platform. I'm choosing to do this because I used the most popular go-to Shopify, but while simple in certain ways, having to dig through a ton of apps for certain simple functionality frustrated me. I'm here to ask you all what features would matter the most and the least to you from your ideal platform. Check out my landing page here, it'll give you a quick summary of what I have so far, but I'm certainly open to you guys feedback and suggestions. I tried messaging one of the moderators to find out if this is against the rules, but they never replied. My apologizes if this actually is an infraction. submitted by /u/Holyfield3000 [link] [comments]

  • Need E-commerce Bundle Help
    by /u/RayBone1269 on January 19, 2020 at 4:43 am

    Hello everyone trying to build an e-commerce sales page that I can bundle products with. I have Thrive Cart, Pabbly Payments (this has a subscription section in it) or I can use WooCommerce. Here is what I’m trying to do: Customer orders my 4 pack of services and they can choose what products out of 8 and then they get a bonus product for a flat price per month. If this does not make sense please let me know. submitted by /u/RayBone1269 [link] [comments]

  • Considering selling my apparel brand and Shopify store.
    by /u/markkinsley on January 18, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Has anyone sold a trademarked brand and its corresponding Shopify store? I'm considering exiting at some point in the future and need advice on how to value the brand, store, five letter URL, etc. My company is We design all our products and use contract manufacturing out of Chicago. I'm also thinking about selling a portion of the company to a group with more resources that could take the company to the next level. I'm open to any advice and feedback. Thanks in advance. submitted by /u/markkinsley [link] [comments]

  • How do you fill shelves of your online store?
    by /u/thetruedangermouse on January 18, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Buyers hesitate to shop from a brick and mortar store that has empty shelves. I strongly believe this is very much applicable to online stores as well. I have invested in 9-10 white label products that I use to sell so far on popular marketplaces, but with the increasing fee's and competition, I decided to move on to my own website. Sadly my product range is a wide contrast and doesn't fall in one single category (example; umbrellas, men's shoes, cushion covers, hair straighteners). It was OK to sell these products on eBay and Amazon so far as there is hardly anyone goes into the storefront to check the seller's overall offerings. Now when this all gone on my own website that I managed to build on WooCommercerce, I am really struggling to fill the store with products. I am not in the position to invest in more white label products, I have created categories to list my existing products but now it's like just one product in a category. I am wondering how exactly others have managed to overcome this situation and what exactly are my options to add more products. I am even OK if there is no or very less sale of these other products as my focus will be still on selling the inventory I have in stock and do ads/marketing only for my own inventory. Adding products using a dropshipping is one option, but I am sceptical as delay in deliveries and product quality might hit my stores credibility as I have no to very less control on these products. And secondly, I have to pay for dropshipping plugins to add the products that I am not even interested in selling. It will be great to learn if anyone here has been in this situation and successfully managed to fill shelves of their online store without owning the products. Many thanks for all the advice and comment/suggestions in advance. submitted by /u/thetruedangermouse [link] [comments]

  • The Million Dollar Hidden Opportunity for E-Commerce SMBs
    by Kim Lorenz on January 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Every successful, long-term business has a common denominator in training as it relates to online sales customer contacts. Notice I said "long-term." A great product or unique marketing effort can fall short when a customer contacts an employee who is ill-equipped to respond. Some 72 percent of online shoppers will return up to 10 percent of their purchases, according to the UPS Pulse study.

  • Amazon partners with thousands of mom-and-pop stores in India
    by Manish Singh on January 18, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Neighborhood stores dot tens of thousands of cities, towns and villages in India. They have survived — and thrived, despite — retail giants’ billions of investment in the country. Now, Amazon is beginning to embrace them. Amazon said on Saturday it has partnered with thousands of neighborhood stores — locally known as kirana stores —

  • Requesting Alternatives to Printful (with bonus Printful horror story)
    by /u/audientix on January 18, 2020 at 3:38 am

    I'm a little green in ecommerce but I've been using Printful via Etsy and eBay to test the waters. I've made 5 sales on Etsy and 2 on eBay with no marketing/all SEO and organic traffic. The idea was to start slow, test the waters, get a feel for the process, then start gradually building a marketing campaign and social media presence (neither of which I have yet). It had been going great, until today. I had a customer on Etsy order an all-over print hoodie. Like a $63 sale, which I was hyped about, especially since it's only my 5th order and my average sale being like $30 or so. I go to check on a different order today to find the hoodie had been delayed due to a shortage in the polyester required for sublimation. Great. Message the support chat like hey, when are you expecting that to be back in stock? February. So I message the buyer, apologize, say there's been a delay due to fabric shortage (probably ordering from China right before Lunar New Year which is why they won't have it back until February) and I can either extend or refund the order. Obviously they ask for a refund. Bye-bye, $63. The fact that they didn't notify me of the delay kills me. They said "There'll be a note on your dashboard" (there wasn't). And even then, something that substantial when I've already accepted payment for an order should warrant an email or text notification (I received neither). Printful Support automatically put the order on hold, again without notifying me. The lack of communication is unacceptable. The length of the delay is unacceptable. The lack of planning is unacceptable (you'd think they'd know they were getting low on fabric and order more BEFORE the giant two week holiday; all my other vendor friends have done that for their businesses). So with a loss this substantial, once is enough. A lapse in reliability like this can't happen again. So does anyone have suggestions for alternatives? I know about Printify but have heard mixed reviews (plus they don't even make the products, they're just a middleman. Which I don't mind, as long as the price is good and the end product looks good). What other alternatives are there? I do a blend of t-shirts and all-over print apparel (mainly hoodies, skirts, shirts and leggings, but would like to branch into shoes and backpacks eventually too). submitted by /u/audientix [link] [comments]

  • Alibaba - supplier or vendor reliability and quality verification. How did you do it?
    by /u/SlowTwitcher on January 17, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    For those who have used alibaba to find suppliers, what has been your process? How did you go about verifying supplier reliability and quality? I'm currently vetting different manufacturers on alibaba and would like to get product samples.. One is asking me to pay him through PayPal instead of the alibaba platform for the samples. Is this normal? submitted by /u/SlowTwitcher [link] [comments]

  • Product Photography: The Ultimate DIY Guide
    by Paula Jakubik on January 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Your product photography is one of the most important elements of your ecommerce business. This ultimate product photo DIY guide will help you get them right every time. The post Product Photography: The Ultimate DIY Guide appeared first on A Better Lemonade Stand.

  • Remember the Environment of Mobile Shoppers
    by David Shreni on January 17, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    It's vital for retailers to understand the broader setting of mobile sessions. A visitor's physical environment impacts how she engages with your site and whether she returns. The post Remember the Environment of Mobile Shoppers appeared first on Practical Ecommerce.

  • Customize Shopify Product Pages with Metafields
    by Armando Roggio on January 17, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    The standard description field on a Shopify product detail page is a monolithic block of content. Adding different sections to this block is possible, but the process is not ideal. The post Customize Shopify Product Pages with Metafields appeared first on Practical Ecommerce.

  • News Cart for Jan 17 + Crafting a Perfect Weekly Routine
    by Andrew Youderian on January 17, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Hey there! I’ve got a great round-up this week:  Google plans to kill cookies by 2022, Amazon makes a surprising move toward de-emphasizing their own private label products, Amazon and FedEx improve their relationship and Google purchased who?!? And if that’s not exciting enough…… Check out this fascinating video about the next chapter in human [...] The post News Cart for Jan 17 + Crafting a Perfect Weekly Routine appeared first on eCommerceFuel.