E commerce online retail Management


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Online shopping, also known as online retailing is a form of electronic commerce that allows consumers to buy products and services from the comfort of your home with the help of the internet. The online shopping portal retail refers to the website that allows consumers access to purchase these goods and services. Since its inception, this form of e-commerce has become a craze around the world and more and more consumers are getting addicted to the idea of shopping online rather than take the trouble to go to a store to go shopping. Due to the large increase in demand, these online portals require excellent web systems to ensure that they are always readily accessible and face little or no downtime.
The importance of web development companies use e-commerce for online shopping portals
The main reason to choose a suitable web development company, specialized for ecommerce portal is that these companies provide website owners with excellent designs for their websites that are not only attractive to the eye, but also provide easy access for the user. These companies also undertake regular maintenance of these sites to ensure that all faults are addressed immediately and that the portal faces very little downtime. Moreover, in the business of fierce competition from online sales, it is very important to have effective and engaging websites that provide quality services, as these websites are the only major difference between online portals for other.

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E commerce online retail Management

  1. 1. E-COMMERCE ONLINE STORE Starting an online store has advantages over having a physical storefront: there's no rent to pay, and you can reach millions of customers from the comfort of your own home. To have a shot at success, however, it's a good idea to put as much thought into starting an online store as you would any other business. You'll need a great product, a user-friendly website, and a solid marketing plan.
  2. 2. DEVELOPING YOUR PRODUCT AND BUSINESS PLAN Decide what you want to Sell : If you want to start an online store, you probably already have an idea for a great product to sell. Keep in mind that certain things are conducive to selling well online, while other items may be more difficult to sell when they can't be viewed in person. In any case, you should believe passionately in the value of your product - otherwise, it will be hard to connect with customers. Here are some questions to consider.
  3. 3. Is it a physical product that needs to be shipped, or is it a digital product that can be sent through the Internet? Are you going to have an inventory (more than one) of each product, or will they be one-of-a-kind (e.g. artwork, vintage items)? Are you going to want to sell a wide variety of products, or do you plan to specialize, like selling just t-shirts or books? Are you creating the product yourself? If so, make sure you'll be able to keep up with demand. Form a relationship with a reliable supplier. If you don't plant to make the product yourself, you'll need a good manufacturer. Research different companies to find the one that works for your business idea. Decide how your product will be shipped. Create a plan to ship the product from your home efficiently, or work out a storage and shipping plan with a warehouse. You could also look into drop-shipping if the product is being manufactured by a third party.
  4. 4. FIND A NICHE Knowing what product you want to sell is only part of creating a successful online store. You'll need to figure out what differentiates your services from all the other similar services people can choose, both in person or online. Why should a customer buy your hand-knit sweaters when they have 100 other online shops to choose from? Size up the competition. Don't just jump into selling a certain product line until you've looked at the websites you'll be competing with. Consider the main online marketplaces you plan to advertise your products; and check out the competition within those portals.
  5. 5. Offer something truly original. If you're selling handmade crafts or works of art, the originality of your work may itself be the draw that sets your product apart. Try to strike a balance between something that is highly original and also has general appeal. Offer expertise. Perhaps the quality that sets your company apart from the rest will be your expertise on the type of product you are selling. Maybe you're a former baseball pro selling a line of baseball gloves, for example. Make your passion and expert knowledge part of the package. Offer a user-friendly purchasing process. Even if your product is very similar to other things for sale online, you can set your store apart by making the shopping experience fun and easy. Make sure your website is easy to navigate and fun to share. Be responsive and provide great customer service where others don't.
  6. 6. TEST THE ITEMS ON A SMALL SCALE In the real world, it'd be wise to try selling your products through other, low-commitment avenues (consignment, flea markets, craft shows, etc.) before taking the plunge and starting an entire store. The same is true for selling online. Try selling your items individually on eBay, Craigslist, Half.com and the like. Here's what you'll want to look for: Who is buying your product? Offer a discount coupon or free gift if they answer a brief survey. Find out where else they shop online. How much are they willing to pay? Experiment with different prices. How is customer satisfaction? This is a good time to test how well you can get your product to the customer. Are you using good packaging? Is the shipping method reliable? Are they happy with their product? Did you describe it well?
  7. 7. MAKE A BUSINESS PLAN Before you start the process of opening your online store, take the time to draw up a detailed business plan, whether or not you're planning on getting outside funding from investors. It will help you plan the steps you'll need to take to make your business successful. Figure out your cost of operation and map out a marketing strategy. You'll want to take these factors into account: Production costs, whether you're creating your product yourself or contracting with a manufacturer. Shipping costs. Taxes. Employee wages, if applicable. Fees for reserving your domain name and web hosting service
  8. 8. REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS According to your state's laws. When you're ready to make things official, you'll need to come up with a business name and fill out the necessary legal and tax paperwork to register your business. BUILDING AN ONLINE STORE: Choose a name that's short, catchy, and easy to remember. It should also be unique, since the most obvious names are already taken. Look up a domain registration company and try different names until you find one that satisfies you and isn't already in use. If the name your heart is set on is already taken, get creative. Spell numbers out, add a small extra word or try hyphenation. The domain registration service will provide suggestions for close alternatives if the name you want is taken.
  9. 9. CHOOSE A WEB HOSTING SERVICE It's worth finding a good service for your website, since the site is the backbone of your online store. If it's finicky, sales will certainly suffer. Free web hosting services are available, but since you're selling products online, you'll need to pay for a service that offers the options you need. You'll need enough space for growth if your business does well. Choose a hosting service that allows for customization if you're planning on doing your own programming.
  10. 10. DESIGN YOUR WEBSITE Either design the website on your own or hire a web designer to create it for you. The emphasis should be on showcasing your product and making it as easy as possible for customers to make a purchase. Don't fall into the trap of making the website too flashy - the more straightforward, the better when it comes to online shopping. Include a way to gather email addresses, so you can send advertisements and special offers. The customer should have to make no more than two clicks to check out with a product. Choose just a few colors and fonts to use.
  11. 11. SET UP A MERCHANT ACCOUNT You'll need to set up an account with a bank financial institution so that your customers can pay with credit cards. Going with a bank can be pricey, so many small online storeowners go with PayPal as a less expensive option. Using All Inclusive E-Commerce Services If you don't have the inclination to set up your own website from scratch, there are plenty of services that offer a platform for an online store you can set up in just a few hours, for a very low cost. This way you will not have to learn how to code or hire a web designer, and you'll have all the tools you need to start selling your product right away.
  12. 12. CONTINUED All-inclusive services usually take a small cut from each sale you make. The services have benefits, but there are also limitations, since you have to operate within their systems. Get familiar with the different services before choosing one. If you don't find one that suits the business model you have in mind, reconsider starting a new online store on your own.
  13. 13. GENERAL E-COMMERCE SERVICES Companies like Flying Car and Yahoo! Stores will allow you to set up professional-looking online storefronts when you ship your own inventory. Hosted e-commerce solutions go further to provide storefront design, secure payment, hosting, mailing lists, selling statistics, customers support. This is a good choice for those who don't want to do their own programming. Check out the following companies: Flying Car Yahoo! Stores Miscake Stores Volusion Shopify
  14. 14. THE PROFITS Affiliate store services such as Amazon eStores or Zilo allow you to resell products carried by Buy.com and other merchants by writing reviews of products and focusing on a theme that makes consumers' lives easier. Amazon eStores and Zilo stores allow you to get in the game fast, but do not allow you to carry your own physical inventory.
  15. 15. TIPS FOR GENERAL SALES Tips is an online marketplace where you can post one item or create an entire catalog for free. You upload some photos, describe the items and price them to sell. It's free to post goods for months without having to update the listing. When the item sells and is $35 or less, it's a 5% fee. If the item is $35 or more, the fee is 3%. On top of putting goods up for sale you can embed videos, blog about your products and services and connect to your twitter account directly from the site for free.
  16. 16. TRY CAFE PRESS IF YOU'RE SELLING CUSTOMIZED ITEMS Cafepress is a service worth considering if you're selling mostly t-shirts, and other stuff you can "stamp" with your unique designs, such as mugs, stickers, and buttons. Customers browse your store, order their stuff, and Cafepress processes the order and the items for you. You can start a basic shop for free, and pay a monthly subscription for more features.
  17. 17. SELL CRAFTS ON ETSY Etsy is a popular choice for people who make what they sell. There's a 20 cent charge for every item listed, and Etsy keeps 3.5% of your sale price if the item is sold. You get paid directly and are responsible for shipping the item. You're charged fees (depending on what sold) on a monthly basis.
  18. 18. ATTRACTING AND RETAINING CUSTOMERS Promote Your Store on Social Media Social media platforms are an important way for businesses, especially online businesses, to market themselves. Start an account and encourage people to "like" and "share" your store's page to spread the word. Offer incentives for customers to promote your store. You could offer a discount or a free giveaway for those who participate. Be sure to keep the accounts up to date with information on new products and deals
  19. 19. START A BLOG Pairing your products with expert knowledge is a great way to attract more people to your site. If your product is fashion-related, start a style blog that features some of your products from time to time. Find a way to participate in online conversations related to the product you are selling. Some all-inclusive services offer a blog feature as part of your "storefront.“ Feature other companies' products on your blog, and ask them to feature yours in return. This is a common practice among small online vendors.
  20. 20. EMAIL CUSTOMERS ABOUT PROMOTIONS/OFFERS Use an email program like Mail Chimp to organize your customers' email addresses and send out well-formatted email blasts informing customers about special deals. Don't abuse this method of getting in touch with customers, though - they may end up unsubscribing if you send too many emails.
  21. 21. TIPS Watch out for any service that involves selling products you don't have. These are often called "drop shipping" service and while some are legitimate, many are scams. Even those that are authentic have a low chance of success because you're selling stuff that someone else is probably already selling. You'll need extraordinary marketing skills to make it work in which case, why not apply it to your own products?
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