Getting started: Hong Kong eCommerce and Shipping 101
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Congratulations, you’ve decided to enter the world of eCommerce. According to Statista, there will be just over 2 billion digital buyers in 2020, globally and you are looking to capitalize this growing shopping trend. Here’s a quick guide to starting your eCommerce empire.
Choosing the Technology Partners
We are in a technological renaissance with new digital selling tools popping up seemingly each day. It is important to pick good technology partners that are affordable, easy to use, and scalable.
Select an eCommerce platform
The first thing you are going to want to figure out is your eCommerce platform. There are many out there, but for small businesses we would recommend the following:
Start with these three eCommerce platforms as they are inexpensive and easy to use. These tools are made with small businesses in mind and do not require large amounts of coding as some of their enterprise counterparts would.
Choose a Shipping/ Fulfillment Partner
Almost as important as having the store is how to get your products to the end consumer. This is where it is important to have a shipping & fulfilment partner. Companies like Easyship offer automation for shipping and fulfilment to take away stress. Being a high volume shipping platform, Easyship has also maintained strong relationships with various 3PL warehouses around the world so that you can house and fulfil your product with ease. Here is a helpful guide on warehousing and fulfillment.
International Shipping Rates
Almost as important as having the store is how to get your products to the end consumer. This is where it is important to have a shipping & fulfillment partner. Companies like Easyship offer automation for shipping and fulfillment to take away stress. Being a high volume shipping platform, Easyship has also maintained strong relationships with various 3PL warehouses around the world so that you can house and fulfil your product with ease. Here is a helpful guide on warehousing and fulfillment.
How to Deal with Returns
With the creation of online shopping, the popularity of returns have grown. Now that consumers buy online more, they are more comfortable with trying out the items purchased after they arrive rather than going to a store to test it. It is important that eCommerce brands have a competitive and thought out returns policy. Easyship can help generate a shipping policy as well as create prepaid shipping labels for the customer to use. Even better, the shipping labels will only be charged if they are used so you save on shipping costs when a customer is happy with their product.
How to Handle the Holiday and Peak Seasons
Holiday and peak seasons can be the make or break point for a small business. Be sure to prepare yourself for the marketing and planning that has to be done to be successful.
Reduce Your Shipping Costs Today
Fortunately, there are solutions out there to lower your shipping costs!
Easyship, a Sleek partner, offers the perfect solution to reducing your shipping costs. As the leading all-in-one shipping platform, we offer 250+ shipping solutions at pre-negotiated rates with discounts of up to 70 percent from major global couriers such as DHL, USPS and many others.
Sign up for Easyship today to take advantage of our discounted rates from our trusted courier partners around the world!
This guest post is brought to you by our friends at Easyship, the world’s leading cloud-based shipping technology platform that helps eCommerce merchants ship their products globally.
Find out more on their website!