Breaking into U.S. eCommerce in 2021: Inventory Management and Integration

The eCommerce industry is booming, and suppliers are trying to get their products in front of as many potential customers as possible. If you’re a supplier (manufacturer, vendor, distributor), that most likely means that you are selling on multiple sales channels, whether it be in traditional brick-and-mortar stores and/or on multiple online retail platforms. The more platforms, the more sales – and the more management challenges: inventory, order management, product uploads, etc.  Integration From our experience, one of the largest hassles that come with managing your sales on multiple retail platforms is the need for manual input on each unique…

Breaking into U.S. eCommerce in 2021: Where Should You Sell Your Products?

Which retailer is right for your products? Well, that can be a tricky question. From Amazon to the most niche boutique shops, there are options out there for you. At Cenports/AndMakers, we specialize in furniture, outdoor products, and pets, and we look for a combination of audience size, reputation, and retail expertise to choose our retail partners. Here are some of our favorites: Wayfair Wayfair is the largest online furniture retailer in the United States, with over 31 million customers to date. They use a wholesale cost model, charge no fees to sell on their platform, and handle shipping and…

2021 eCommerce: How to Break into the U.S. Market

Just a little over a year ago, brick-and-mortar stores dominated retail in the United States. According to Digital Commerce 360, in 2019, more than 80% of shopping was done in-store, with eCommerce accounting for only 16% of purchases.  Today, thanks to advances in technology and a sea change in shopping behavior brought on by COVID-19, e-tailers have enjoyed a massive shift in online purchases. Now, everything you could ever want is a few taps away from being at your front door. Retailers and businesses alike have found great success in embracing the pandemic-accelerated shift towards an online marketplace, growing eCommerce…

Logistics Solutions for eCommerce: The 3 Most Important Words

If you’re an eCommerce company researching logistics solutions, you’re halfway to putting more time and resources back into the hands of the folks who can grow your catalog sales. Now you have to find the right partner. … When I talk to manufacturers and retailers in the market for a logistics partner, I hear about the challenges they’ve had: tons of returns, issues solving shipping problems, customer dissatisfaction, and a LOT of time spent on order management. And I can tell you that overcoming those challenges with your 3PL (third-party logistics) partner comes down to three words: … Let me…

5 Answers You Need to Hear from an eCommerce Fulfillment Partner

Finding the right fulfillment partner is one of the most critical elements of building a successful eCommerce business, and it’s not an easy task; tons of fulfillment companies will guarantee fast turnaround times and low storage fees. That said, there are some key differentiators in the landscape that distinguish true partners from the rest of the field.  Here are the five questions you should ask – and the answers you should hear – to help you find the right fulfillment partner. Question 1: What are your storage fees? Answer you should hear: A good fulfillment partner will focus less on…