Ecommerce is big business even for small businesses. The advantages are real and easy to attain. There’s less start up cost for a new business on the web. The ramp up time is shorter too to get your products online and selling. Inventory can be stored off-site and shipped from the manufacturer. As an online business owner, you don’t have to deal with many of the hassles of traditional brick-and-mortar companies such as hiring employees and maintaining high overhead costs. Best of all, consumers are able to access your products and shop online 24/7 giving your business an advantage over those who only offer traditional business hours.
From a consumer perspective shopping online is convenient. It allows for researching products online, and helps them determine who has the right product or “best” deal and is a less time consuming way of making purchases. In researching, consumers can determine if a local business carries the desired product and then shop locally – bolstering that area’s economy. Who wants to deal with Black Friday crowds when you can shop online in the convenience of your own home.
November 2011 Black Friday statistics showed that online sales and ecommerce were up 24% ($816MM) over Black Friday 2010 ($614MM). Cyber Monday was even more record breaking with expected sales to reach over $1.2 billion. Total ecommerce sales in 2010 totaled over $25 billion – the numbers are astounding and are expected to increase over the next 10 years.
Within the past decade, the number of online shoppers has increased dramatically. According to Forrester Research, the number of people between the ages of 31 and 44 who shop online is a staggering 68%. That statistic is still high when the demographic changes. 60% of people between the ages of 55 and 65 use online retail for research and shopping options.
If you’re looking to start selling products online then we’ve got an ecommerce solution for you. With a new web design or on an existing website, we can help you incorporate a shopping cart that allows customers to browse and hold potential purchases in a virtual shopping cart until they’re ready for checkout. By giving them an array of payment and shipping options you offer a win-win online shopping experience 24/7.
Solutions for small businesses
Our ecommerce partner, Big Commerce offers five different payment options, no contracts, no charge transaction fees and a 15-day trial period so you can see if they’re the right fit for your business. You can cancel at anytime without an effect to your bottom line – your profits stay your profits. View our e-commerce portfolio to see what we can do for you!
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