This week we’re reading about a variety of topics related to retail. Check out articles about how to leverage reviews for product recommendations, whether retail is ready for real-time processing, and measuring in-store merchandising.
(This post was originally published on April 28th, 2015. We’ve updated it for accuracy and completeness.)
Free shipping is the incentive online shoppers want most.
Customers expect affordable, fast, and flexible delivery options when they order online. They expect you to deliver their orders by the promised date.
And, if you’re ordering from Amazon, you know that the “Fulfilled by Amazon” logo means they will meet your expectations. Amazon’s advanced fulfillment system is one of their biggest differentiators and sets the bar high for merchants. It’s part of the foundation of their company. They have the resources and technology available to provide customers with free and, even within the hour, shipping.
If you’re a smaller merchant, order fulfillment can be a painful process–it can be tough to meet the expectations set by Amazon. Many merchants rely on a 3rd party fulfillment provider to help manage online orders and save them money.
Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a popular 3rd party fulfillment service, but it’s not for everyone. This post helps you compare some of the top FBA alternatives for merchants.
More businesses are turning to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps and systems to run their operations like Office 365, Salesforce, Box, and Google Apps. Retailers can also benefit from using SaaS eCommerce platforms to better manage their own processes.
Using a SaaS eCommerce platform instead of open source or on-premise software can seem overwhelming for any size business. It feels like an even more daunting decision if you’re planning on switching platforms. And since SaaS platforms are relatively new to the market, there are still a lot of questions about them and how they compare to legacy software.
So, in this article, we’ll cover what a modern SaaS eCommerce platform is and its advantages and disadvantages for merchants. By the end, hopefully you’ll understand if using a SaaS eCommerce platform is the right choice for your business. (more…)
This week we’re reading a variety of news from the retail industry. Check out articles about UPS delays after Cyber Monday, how Amazon is upending private branding, and how SMBs should sell on Amazon. (more…)
(This post was originally published on July 28th, 2015. We’ve updated it for accuracy and completeness.)
Should you sell on Shopify or Etsy? When comparing the two, it’s less about which platform to use and more about which method of selling makes the most sense for you.
Shopify is a webstore. Etsy is a marketplace. It’s kind of like comparing apples to oranges. Yes, they’re both eCommerce sales channels, but they are two fundamentally different ways to sell online.
In terms of which one is a better for you, there may not be a right or wrong answer. You must decide which one aligns better with your business goals and resources. In some cases, you might want to even sell on both platforms!
Nonetheless, we’ll compare Shopify vs Etsy in this article to help you make the best decision for your business.