Internet of things and ecommerce has taken over our lives in the past twenty years or so. Buying things online has become part of our daily activities. Have you ever imagined that we would be at a point buying everyday things online like groceries, cosmetics, cooking supplies, yard tools, home improvement items, furnishings, clothing, perfumes and the list goes on. These days, there is almost nothing that you can’t buy online.
There are so many different ecommerce businesses out there that are selling things online and this makes it possible for people to just stay home and with a few clicks, things show up at their door step.
If we switch tables for a minute and look at it from the view point of a business owner that sells things online, it has never been easy to set up a virtual shop and sell goods online. Also, there is this business concept called drop shipping, where all you need is a website and a catalog of products listed on that website. You don’t even need to maintain an inventory of products.
Ecommerce business provides a great way for the customers to connect to their sellers, with so many options these days and so many ecommerce sites, it is even hard for the customers to pick from some of these small stores.
With so much competition in place, it becomes a challenge for the store owners to keep up with it. Display of the product listings in an attractive way along with the good products, inventory, clean check out process are the keys to succeeding in this business.
When the stock inventory for a product is shown as not available then it deters the customers from coming back to the store in the future. Especially when multiple items have ‘not available’ tag displayed. User ratings of the products is the other key piece of the puzzle. Even though this information builds over a period of time, this gives the customers a great sense of confidence to buy it from a store that has good store and product ratings. So all business owners need to strive for getting positive feedback from the customers.
There are suppliers that provide you with services like stocking the products and maintaining the inventory and they even deliver things directly to the customers on your behalf as well. Isn’t that amazing?
Right from placing the order to fulfilling it and creating an invoice are the services these suppliers can provide. Some of the suppliers also provide ecommerce inventory software for you to be able to integrate and maintain stock listings on your business website automatically but right now there are a very few suppliers that actually provide this great software.
So, if you look at the suppliers out there in the market these days that provide these great services, when it comes to the integration of the product inventory it is missing a few pieces. That step has become manual for some businesses.
In my research I have heard stories about people having issues with managing inventory automatically and providing shoppers with updated lists and accurately reflecting the number of products available. Without using a lot of programming if this software is available to the businesses that would be a great help.