More than ever before, brick-and-mortar’s are realizing the importance of expanding beyond their storefront to reach customers online. But how can a business owner start selling online quickly, and still have time to concentrate on their physical store? This is a very real scenario for many retailers right now.
In this blog, we will show you how to expand past your storefront and into the ‘online world’. Already online? Skim through the various sections for tips on expanding even further, including selling on online marketplaces.
Tip #1: Integrate your eCommerce with your store
eCommerce may seem like a ‘no brainer’, but many retailers struggle launching and managing a site. In many cases, the retailer builds a site from the ‘ground up’, with little to no integration to their point of sale. Not only will it take longer to build the site and start selling online, it will be difficult to manage. With an integrated eCommerce site, you can mange your store and web as one- which in turn helps you launch quicker by eliminating double data entry and data errors.
What to look for in an integrated eCommerce platform:
Tip #2: Launch a new site quickly with vendor integrations
When it comes to building an eCommerce site, there’s nothing more valuable than good, clean, organized product data. If your vendor offers digital data feeds; and your eCommerce (or retail software) provider can integrate with it- you’re in luck!
Since all retail solutions differ, I will reference Celerant’s solutions to illustrate the power of vendor integrations… Celerant’s eCommerce platform can pull live data feeds from select vendors to automatically display their available products online, including product descriptions, images, and stock levels to help you start selling online. If the vendor offers drop shipping, orders can be automatically sent to the vendor for fulfillment. This allows retailers to get online and start selling much faster, and offer wider product lines.
The same technology can be used to offer an endless aisle of products in store via Celerant’s in store kiosks.
Tip #3: Offer convenient online fulfillment options
To have a successful online business, you need convenient fulfillment options. In recent months, there has been a major shift to online shopping, and consumers are adapting, and even expecting these new conveniences. A few popular fulfillment options to consider include:
To be competitive, you should also consider same day pickup. In response to the recent demand for curbside pickup, Celerant developed a new Curbside Pickup Application to help retailers manage orders marked as curbside, whether the order was placed online or via phone.
Tip #5: Increase sales with personalized email marketing
Now that you can envision yourself starting to sell online, you will then want to market to all your customers.
Maybe you can already send an email with a 10% coupon to your entire email list. But can you send a thank you email to a customer who just bought a jacket online, asking for an online review on your website? 2 week later, send that same person another email with a 10% coupon if they purchase the matching gloves/hat? I bet that will peak their interest a bit more. Sending automated, personalized emails require a system that can
While your email automation software is marketing to all your customers, so you can concentrate on your next online expansion.
Retail Resources You May Be Interested In…
Learn how all-in-one retail systems revolutionize the way retailers operate by consolidating sales…
Discover all the major factors that can affect the cost of a new point of sale system for your retail…
Learn how much time it can take for retailers to transition to a new point of sale system from their…