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e-ProductPlug.com integrates with Walmart.com's marketplace

Announcing e-ProductPlug’s latest integration with Walmart.com’s marketplace, the Number 4 e-commerce site in the United States!

Just a few years ago Walmart.com marketplace was open to less than a dozen authorized third-party online retailers like Wayfair and Tool King. Today Walmart’s initiative is to aggressively expand and grow their marketplace by over 1 million new items per month. And, in mid-2016, Walmart overhauled their back-end system and launched a new and more user-friendly access portal for retailers, Walmart Seller Center.

If you are an approved seller on Walmart’s marketplace, you can have your products listed side-by-side with Walmart products, presenting a massive opportunity for our sellers especially in time for the holiday season! Contact e-ProductPlug right away for more details if you are already approved at Sales@e-ProductPlug.com or 954-800-5282.

Keep in mind that Walmart maintains strict requirements to be a seller on their platform. In addition, Walmart e-commerce retailers are in charge of their own order fulfillment, allowing the partner to indicate fulfillment times and cut-off times for processing during the day in the Seller Center portal. The Walmart Marketplace is a similar business model of Amazon.com, eBay, and Jet.com and will collect the money directly, deduct your commission and pay the retailer bi-weekly.

What about the new Jet.com acquisition?

Walmart has recently acquired the one-year old Jet.com marketplace in a cash and stock deal valued at $3.3 billion. Walmart is the world’s largest retailer by revenue reports online sales that brought in $13.7 billion in sales last year, including sales from approximately 600 third-party approved online retailers. Internet Retailer estimates that Jet has more than 2,400 merchants selling on its site currently. Walmart says Jet will continue to operate as its own distinct brand…at least for now.

Click Here to Learn more and request and invitation to sell on Walmart.com’s marketplace.

Sell on Jet.com with e-ProductPlug

Shoppers are catching on to the savings from shopping on Jet.com thanks to their aggressive marketing campaigns and easy shopping experience. More and more customers have already been trying out and returning to Jet.com for their online purchases as an alternative to Amazon and eBay. Internet merchants, now is the time to expand your online business to a new market and become a seller on Jet.com. Partner with e-ProductPlug for a simple interface and quick setup process to get your products up and ready to sell before you can say “one step ahead”!

Start selling on Jet.com today without having to pay thousands for expensive custom development work and never give a percent of sales away…e-ProductPlug is the alternative you have been waiting for! From listing products including product variants on Jet.com through automatic order acceptance to meet Jet.com’s rigorous fulfillment standards, e-ProductPlug offers the complete purchase lifecycle for Jet.com merchants including optimized product listings, order acceptance, shipment tracking, completed order reporting, and returns management.

For an easy, seamless integration to the web’s newest shopping platform, contact us today to get your products loaded and ready to sell. In fact, all of our Jet.com Beta users had orders on their first day once products were approved! Jet your way ahead of the competition and increase your exposure on Jet.com with e-ProductPlug…what are you waiting for?!

Attention Ecommerce Merchants, are you ready for #CyberMonday?

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Good news…it’s not too late to get products loaded onto your website in time for Holiday shopping!  According to Internet Retailer Magazine, 46% of shoppers plan to do their holiday shopping online.  Don’t miss out on this year’s holiday shopping spree with insufficient product offering or cancelled orders due to incorrect inventory counts.  Within minutes, e-ProductPlug can connect to your supplier’s product data and load products on your website fully customized and automated to get you shopper-ready.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are nearly here, but we can still get your products uploaded in plenty of time.  All you need is your supplier’s inventory data feed (preferably in .csv, .txt, or Excel format) and voila!  Your products will appear, optimized to meet your business requirements, and ready to sell!  And, our expert Onboarding team is available to help get YOUR WEBSTORE ready for the start of this season’s shopping splurge.

Don’t delay, check out e-ProductPlug today with a credit card-free trial to see how we can get your online store ready in time.

Happy Holiday Selling!

e-ProductPlug Now Supporting Shopify Merchants

e-ProductPlug Announces Integration with Shopify

Are you one of Shopify’s merchants? If so we have great news for you!
e-ProductPlug is ready and available to you in the Shopify app store…and you’ll love it!

For years, e-Commerce Merchants have had to struggle by manually inputting and updating their supplier’s product data onto their websites, picking through spreadsheets to find discontinued items and manually add in new products…until now.

Designed as a web-based plug-in for your e-Commerce store, e-ProductPlug is a simple yet powerful product data and inventory management tool that can be found in Shopify’s app store. E-ProductPlug automates and updates your dropship and/or virtual inventory product data in your online store by “plugging-in” directly to your vendor’s product data feeds and pushes the data directly into your site automatically- up to three times a day. So say Goodbye to the tedious task of dealing with spreadsheets, overselling and tracking down inventory, and canceling orders…and say Hello to an average of 10 extra hours a week!

“Shopify is one of the leading shopping cart platforms for online retailers and we are excited to be integrated with them and are ready to help their Merchants gear up for the holiday season,” shares Michelle Beaudet-Smith, CEO and Founder of e-ProductPlug. “We are thrilled to announce a special ‘Variant’ plug that we created just for Shopify merchants with variant product options – perfect for stores selling apparel, jewelry, shoes, handbags and more. This new Variant plug will automate adding the product variants from their product data feed such as size and color. Imagine the time and manual input errors that will be saved! This new plug feature aligns directly with our mission of delivering innovative solutions for our Shopify clients from ‘Newbies’ looking to get off the ground and add new products quickly, to ‘Experienced Merchants’ who want to scale and add more products.”

E-ProductPlug is a product content and inventory management tool for online retail website owners that can sync their supplier’s inventory and product data and automatically to add in new products, update existing product content, and pinpoint discontinued items. No more working with spreadsheets, hiring expensive developers, or spending hours manually inputting data. All of that can be resolved with our app- for less than $2 a day! The advanced features in e-ProductPlug make it much more valuable to e-commerce merchants than just simply transferring data such as a powerful mapping engine, filtering tool, and field optimization rules to tweak the data and make the products ready to sell. Check us out in Shopify’s app store and begin a 10-day (credit-card free) trial today!

Best Practice Data Fields for eCommerce Files

An important goal for your e-Commerce website should be to AUTOMATE as much as possible…DON’T GET CAUGHT IN SPREADSHEET HELL! When sourcing out Suppliers to work with, it’s important to vet them out to ensure a smooth  partnership. Take the time to ask them these questions regarding their product catalog:

  • Do you provide a data feed with your latest products to include at least the required and Spreadsheet-Hell1(hopefully) recommended data fields?  Download our Best Practice Data Fields to learn more.
  • Is the file in a flat file format like .csv, .txt, or even in Excel? If not, what format is it provided in and how it is retrieved (i.e. login and download from a website or placed on an FTP)?
  • How often is the file updated…especially the inventory?

In addition, you’ll need to find out their process for accepting and confirming orders, shipping, and returns. Reduce the manual labor from your daily workload so you can focus on growing your business and you’ll have less chance for errors as a side effect. Focus on finding Dropship Suppliers that can provide their product data and inventory in a well-formed data feed so that managing your store and integrating with other eCommerce technology, like e-ProductPlug, can be seamless and easy.

If you want the experts at e-ProductPlug to review your Supplier’s datafeed first to ensure that it is compatible…contact us anytime at Sales@e-ProductPlug.com or 954-800-5282.

Top 10 Tips To Running a Successful Online Business

New to the world of online retail? Two words: Endurance and Commitment

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If you are trying to build an online business to make more than just “beer money”, it’s going to take endurance and commitment to lead to success. Even those with successful brick and mortar backgrounds find online retailing a challenge, especially when it comes to learning all the different technology it takes to make it happen.

Here’s a high-level view of our
Top 10 Tips for Internet Retail Newbies:

  1. To Niche or Not to Niche.  Many ecommerce merchants choose to offer product niches within a general industry, known as specialty sites, because it can help get more relevant search results and achieve higher organic placement long term.  Do your research and crunch numbers both ways to determine whether you choose the niche site route or a single, larger site.
  2. Relentless Product Sourcing.  Selecting the right merchandise providers can be a fun, but tedious part of starting an online business. Before you start, you’ll need a registered business name and tax ID. Real wholesale suppliers need proof you are a legitimate retailer before they can give you access to their actual wholesale pricing structure and set up an account. Also, decide you’re your business structure will be:  buying inventory in bulk, dropshipping, or a combination of both. Once you have access to their product information, be sure to negotiate for the best possible discounts, and check the product margins to eliminate those not worth selling.
  3. Pick the right shopping cart platform for your needs.  Be sure to research all the different options available in shopping cart platform providers and decide what best fits your business model, time and budget. Keep in mind that a bad decision will cost you in the long-run. Merchants who have made the switch will tell you that changing e-Commerce cart platforms can be akin to getting divorced…expensive and drawn out. Here are some independent comparison sites to help you choose:
    http://www.thinkecommerce.net
    http://www.ecommerce-platforms.com
  4. Designer vs. Template Website.  There are many, many choices when it comes to design…the first one is to decide whether to use a customizable template or hire a designer – generally that depends on your budget. Be sure to put some time and money into a professional logo as this is one of the unspoken triggers that can cause shoppers to not trust a site. Select a color scheme, plan out your website header and footer (template look for the majority of pages), then work on a product page template. Break everything into small, bite-sized pieces so you don’t get overwhelmed. If you need design resources, just contact us…we have talent waiting for you.
  5. Stick With the Basics of Merchandising.  Group like products and be sure to categorize in a hierarchy that can be drilled down to the more detailed sub-category. If unsure how to approach this, check on Amazon or Google to see how they structure their shopping marketplaces. Most carts let you place a product in more than one category.
  6. Photos are Everything.  When was the last time you bought something without seeing it first? Be sure your vendors are making it easy for you to retrieve images for your site. Generally speaking, an image is best on a white background, without watermarks or logos, and sized with at least 300 x 300 pixels. If you need images retrieved or resized, contact us.
  7. What Else Will You Need?  Plan out the other architecture you may not even realize yet that you will need such as e-ProductPlug for automation of product data retrieval, order management software to handle the order flow and shipping, accounting software and more.
  8. Open for Business…Time to Tell Everyone!  Marketing doesn’t just happen. You may have created the most amazing website on the interweb, but without proper marketing…no one will ever know! A good place to start is by listing your products on comparison shopping engines and marketplaces…contact us for more information.
  9. Customer Service – a Lost Art.  Generating repeat customers is the goal, but having referral customers is a bonus…both of which reduce your cost of acquiring a customer or your marketing costs. Only a good customer shopping experience from beginning to end will accomplish this!
  10. One Last Point…Ask Lots of Questions!  Utilize your shopping cart provider’s online chat or support ticket system. Check your cart’s forum for people who have been there, done that and you’ll quickly learn that it usually takes at least 18 months to start reaping the rewards. There aren’t many overnight success stories out there in eCommerce…endurance is the key.

Though there are a lot of details involved in getting started with your webstore, don’t let it overwhelm you. Stay focused on the tasks needed to get your site up, running and making money. Try not to let the fear of learning new technologies make you cower in the corner. Be prepared for the long-term commitment it is going to take. Come back often to read our stuff, like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter, and most importantly, continue to learn how to create that great company you have always dreamed of.

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