Alternatives to selling on eBay, other eCommerce and retail channels to consider.
Friday, May 12, 2017Lauren Macdonald
There’s many features that make eBay a top choice for merchants who want an independent online selling platform where they can sell their products, fast.
The advantages to selling on eBay are:
- eBay has brand recognition and built-in trust
- The ability to auction off products makes it the best place to sell rare items or items for which you aren’t sure of the value
- They offer seller and buyer protection
- Many eBay users means the ability to easily get your product in front of a lot of potential buyers
If you like these features but want to sell in more places and are looking for some eBay alternatives, here is a list of some of the most popular eBay competitors:
Partner Profile: oBundle
Monday, May 1, 2017Lauren Macdonald
At eBridge Connections, we’ve helped so many clients integrate BigCommerce with their accounting and ERP systems that we consider ourselves experts in the integration realm when it comes to the BigCommerce platform. However, having smart web development agencies that specialize in BigCommerce allows us to offer our clients access to a company that can help them make the most of their online store. Whether it be designing and developing a BigCommerce store, or improving branding and search engine optimization, our brand new channel partner, oBundle
, can help our clients maximize their profits on their BigCommerce stores.
We recently spoke with Andrew Riggins, Project Manager at oBundle, who provided us some insight on oBundle and what makes their agency stand out. Here’s what he told us:
Selling on Amazon for beginners: A 'cheat sheet' for getting started
Wednesday, April 26, 2017Lauren Macdonald
If you’ve decided to sell your products on Amazon, you’ve made a wise choice. Over 50% of consumers begin their search for a product on Amazon.com
, which means that your products will be on one of the highest-traffic eCommerce websites in the world. But with that, comes a lot (and we mean A LOT) of competition.
The key to being successful on Amazon is ensuring that your products stand out amongst the others, because there will be many, and consumers will only scroll through products for so long looking for the right one to buy.
But, there’s so much more to selling on Amazon than just ranking high in the search results, so we’ve created a short ‘cheat sheet’ for those of you who are new merchants on Amazon (or for existing Amazon merchants that want to get better at selling).
Here’s what you need to know…
What Is The Best B2B eCommerce Platform To Sell On?
Tuesday, April 25, 2017Lindsay Hampson
There is no shortage of options for eCommerce carts or platforms out there – that’s for sure. The problem is there isn’t much written about successfully PICKING a B2B platform for selling.
Spend 7 minutes reading about the platforms options out there, and the experts’ top 10 capabilities or features smart businesses should look for.
Your On-Site, No Bull Guide to NetSuite's SuiteWorld 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017Lindsay Hampson
While the conference site is packed with good info, who has 20 minutes to navigate it in the midst of packing, and checking-in?
Let me help. I’ve listed the ‘nuggets’ you should take in while at SuiteWorld 2017. Take a screen grab of my list and pull it back up when you arrive.
Heading to the Shopify Unite Partner & Developer Conference? Here's what we recommend:
Monday, April 17, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Our team is super excited to be heading to San Francisco for Shopify Unite this week.
After looking over the schedule and exploring the conference’s Unite 2017 App, we can’t wait to hear the keynote sessions from Shopify’s CEO, COO, VP of Product, Director of Apps & Theme Partnerships, and more. We’re also looking forward to attending a few of the breakout sessions and connecting with other Shopify partners at each. Here’s some of the breakout sessions on our radar:
Productivity Hacks, Optimize Your Day and Your Time
Thursday, April 13, 2017Lindsay Hampson
The last decade has been a pleasure. It really has. Technology has really improved human relationships. Friends across oceans seem like friends across cities. Retail has grown up a lot too. Its change can be attributable to the goal of simplifying people’s lives.
Here are some interesting apps that could save your time as a seller.
Accounting integration is there to keep your business running smoothly...
Tuesday, April 11, 2017Lauren Macdonald
One thing we often hear from sellers (even the most organized ones), is that when life throws unexpected curve balls, or just flat out gets busy, keeping up with orders and maintaining happy customers can become a tricky task.
The reality is things come up and sometimes you need the ‘magic answer’ that will offer peace of mind in knowing that your business can carry on without you when ‘life happens’.
The good news is a magic answer actually exists.
Partner Profile: DigitlHaus
Monday, April 10, 2017Lauren Macdonald
is the newest member of the eBridge channel partner family. We’d like to welcome them aboard by sharing a bit of their background information with all of our loyal readers.
Read on to find out what makes this digital agency one to keep an eye out for in the future as they continue to offer their customers the best service at the most affordable price:
Top 5 eCommerce and accounting-related reading resources.
Thursday, April 6, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Back by popular demand! Our last ‘Top 5 reads of the week’ blog was so well-received that we’ve decided to write another edition. We’re always on the lookout for great blogs and articles from thought leaders in the eCommerce, accounting, EDI, and CRM industries. If you come across any ‘must-read’ articles, please share them with us!
Why MS Dynamics GP and eBridge Connections make a good pair...
Monday, April 3, 2017Lauren Macdonald
We love Microsoft Dynamics GP over here at eBridge Connections. In fact, you might even say we go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Perfect Your Shipping & Fulfillment Process Using These Resource
Wednesday, March 22, 2017Lauren Macdonald
At this point, achieving 2-day shipping for your customers is a must. With all of the fulfillment and shipping options and tools available to merchants today, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be offering free, 2-day shipping, and if you’re not already doing so, you’re probably losing potential customers to other sellers who are.
To make it easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of some great resources you can use to improve your order fulfillment and shipping process.
Your next buyer could be in China
Wednesday, March 15, 2017Lindsay Hampson
The time is now for North American brands to sell in Asia
. This blog provides a starting point for your own consideration of a market play outside North America. Tactics to grow your bottom line are limited only by your creativity and curiosity, right?
10 Tactics to Improve Your Online Business Today
Tuesday, March 14, 2017Lauren Macdonald
We sat in on a lot of great sessions this year at Catalyst and wanted to share our newly acquired knowledge with you all.
ChannelAdvisor’s panel offered up these 10 tactics to improve your online business today, and we couldn’t agree with them more!
We're excited about Commerce Cloud by Salesforce and here's why you should be too!
Monday, March 13, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Salesforce has recently taken over Demandware and created Commerce Cloud
, a unified commerce solution that ensures retailers can offer a smooth, personalized shopping experience both in-store and online for their customers.
At eBridge Connections
, we’re excited about the opportunities Commerce Cloud will provide retailers all over the globe.
Partner Profile: Codal
Friday, March 10, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Our channel partner family keeps on growing! Today, we welcome Codal
to our channel partner program and by doing so, will offer our customers access to an established global consulting firm focused on business intelligence, design, development, and compliance testing. In return, we’ll provide Codal customers with integration solutions between their Shopify Plus eCommerce platforms and their accounting/ERP systems.
With more than 7 years of IT business expertise, the Codal team brings a wealth of knowledge to the table with their strong group of skilled and experienced business and technical experts. They deliver high-quality, cost-effective results to maximize their clients’ competitive advantage and productivity. We’re excited to welcome them aboard our partner family!
A first-timers recap of Catalyst 2017, hosted by ChannelAdvisor
Thursday, March 9, 2017Lauren Macdonald
After a fun few days in Nashville, TN, we’re back in Canada (and in the cold weather), but as first-time attendees at Catalyst, we wanted to share our feedback on the conference for those of you who were unable to attend.
Here’s our ‘5-minute’ recap…
Connect NetSuite to Your Magento store: Integrate orders, shipping, inventory, and more
Wednesday, March 1, 2017Lauren Macdonald
As every online merchant knows, the key to a successful eCommerce business is efficiency.
Your customers shop online for the convenience of it. They want their orders to arrive quickly and accurately. And if you can’t keep up with their expectations, you’ll lose them to websites like Amazon that have a strong reputation for fast order processing and shipping.
The good news? It’s easier than you think to speed things up and process orders faster. All you need to do is connect your Magento store to your NetSuite ERP system. And thanks to eBridge Connections’ universal integrator, it’s never been simpler to connect NetSuite with Magento.
What makes Illinois a front-runner location for eCommerce entrepreneurs?
Monday, February 27, 2017Lauren Macdonald
When it comes to running a successful eCommerce business, Illinois has it all: Proximity to manufacturers and important wholesalers, a central location that makes it relatively easy to ship quickly to consumers across the country, and a Chicago-based digital business incubator called 1871
that provides start-ups the support of mentors and introductions to potential investors.
magazine reports that the recent rise of Chicago-based online players such as Groupon
have helped further contribute to Illinois’ growing eCommerce efforts and have ‘put them on the eCommerce map’.
Nowadays, Chicago’s once-thriving meatpacking district in the west-end has become a technology hot spot, made hotter by Google’s expansion into the area where it is building out more than 250,000 square feet of office space. This is the perfect atmosphere for eCommerce businesses who are looking for a downtown location so as to better appeal to younger tech workers.
The 8 Dos and Don'ts of MS Dynamics AX integration with eCommerce, EDI, and CRM
Monday, February 27, 2017Lauren Macdonald
We’ve collaboratively drawn up our learnt dos and don’ts from the past 23 years. Prepare to move buyer order data directly into your MS Dynamics AX accounting system to support fast service and shipping and – most importantly – create happy customers.
Expert EDI Advice: Everything you need to know about EDI document types, trading partners, integrations, and more.
Thursday, February 23, 2017Lauren Macdonald
At lunch yesterday, a friend asked me, “I’ve got online selling down, but what does it take to sell my products in ‘big-box’ stores?” Apart from knowing that she’d need to have a barcode on each and every item, she wasn’t sure even where to start. In the evolution of any growing business, merchants eventually hear the acronym “EDI.”
If you’re new to the world of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) there can be an overwhelming amount of information to consume. EDI is not the easiest concept to wrap your head around if you haven’t been using it on a day-to-day basis as part of your regular business process.
EDI is a fundamental component of doing business in this day and age, making it an important concept to learn and understand.
Why Michigan is the place to be for growing eCommerce businesses
Thursday, February 16, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Michigan may seem like a bit of an underdog in the United States eCommerce industry when compared to the ‘giants’ like California, New York, Florida, etc. But make no mistake, this State is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing eCommerce hubs in North America.
Walmart's 'ShippingPass' is a thing of the past...
Monday, February 13, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Say “hello” to free 2-day shipping for everyone!
Walmart used to have a subscription offer (comparable to Amazon Prime) which was known as “ShippingPass.”
It allowed ShippingPass members to receive a 2-day shipping perk on roughly 1 million eligible items. It came with a free 30-day free trial and was then available for $49 per year.
But now, in what seems like another effort to compete with Amazon, Walmart has decided to allow all US Walmart.com customers this service with no membership fee required. That’s right, everyone can benefit from Free 2-Day Shopping on eligible orders with no additional costs associated.
Partner Profile: Alta Vista Technology - Consulting FIrm
Friday, February 10, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Allow us to introduce Alta Vista Technology
—a recognized business consulting firm with 200+ years of combined experience. These folks have a passion for helping businesses grow. Their team members take a personal interest in each client, helping to define their needs and turn them into actions.
Specializing in providing ERP, CRM, Business Intelligence, and Collaboration solutions from Intacct and Microsoft Dynamics, Alta Vista Technology takes a unique approach to consulting services.
We recently took a few minutes to chat with Scott Jackson, (President at Alta Vista Technology) in order to learn more about his company and their initiatives. Here’s what we found out: