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Dropshipping 101: How to Start an Ecommerce Business (Even If You Don't Have a Product)

Dropshipping 101: How to Start an Ecommerce Business (Even If You Don't Have a Product)

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So, you've been thinking about starting an online store for a while now. It's a great idea. The barrier to entry has never been lower and with the technology available, you can easily build a beautiful ecommerce website.

But you're still a bit hesitant. Sure, you can create a sleek website, but what about the money you'll have to invest in product? At the end of the day, it's still your hard earned cash.

But what if it doesn't have to be? What if someone offered to pay your up front inventory costs on thousands of items? What if they even offered to manage all your shipping and fulfillment operations, so you could focus on other areas of the business? 

Now, this may sound a bit far fetched. But it wouldn't if you knew about drop shipping.

In this video, I'm going to explain exactly how drop shipping works, show you how to find drop shippers for your products, and give solutions to some common problems associated with drop shipping.

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Should You Offer Free Shipping? A Simple Test to Decide.

From a consumer’s perspective, there’s something inherently appealing about the term free shipping. The mere thought of getting something for free is often enough to put a smile on most people’s face. Unfortunately, what’s good for the consumer isn’t always best for the merchant.

The effectiveness of free shipping as a sales incentive is often supported by statistics: ComScore, a leading digital market intelligence agency, found that 72% of online customers prefer free shipping. Impressive, right? Well, not so fast. Although free shipping is preferred by consumers, in some cases it’s ultimately ill-advised.

We teamed up with our friends at ShivarWeb and put together a genius little tool that will help determine the costs of free shipping on your profit margins.

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ShivarWeb has also put together an awesome blog post entitled The Profitable Guide to Free Online Shipping for Ecommerce Stores that outlines everything you need to know about free shipping vs. paid shipping.

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Shopify & Mixergy eCommerce Spotlight: Vend-A-Snack

Shopify & Mixergy eCommerce Spotlight: Vend-A-Snack

Here's a new and innovative way to get your daily fix of M&M's, Skittles, and chewing gum! Shopify store Vend-A-Snack is an online vending machine that's shipping treats right to your door. 

Shopify & Mixergy eCommerce Spotlight: Vend-A-Snack

The concept is really easy: Choose any 24 items from a huge selection of chips, crackers, chocolate bars, gum, nuts and even breakfast foods. Every box is always $24 and US shipping is always free. 

Harley Finkelstein, our Chief Platform Officer, was on Mixergy with Andrew Warner giving a Masters Class in boosting eCommerce sales.  Harley used 12 different Shopify stores as examples and you can watch an excerpt on Vend-A-Snack below: 

Watch the entire 50 minute Mixergy Webinar where Harley and Andrew discuss clever ideas from 12 of the best online stores on the web. 

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How Can I Offer Competitive Shipping Rates as a Small Shop?

How Can I Offer Competitive Shipping Rates as a Small Shop?

How to compete on shipping as a small shop

It's Monday, and you know what that means. It's time for Ask Shopify, a series where ecommerce experts tackle real questions from store owners who are trying to launch, build, and scale their stores. We’re here to help with every aspect of your store, from marketing to HR to accounting.

And today, we're especially here to help you with your shipping and fulfillment.

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How can a small niche business compete with the likes of Amazon when it comes to shipping? Every year our shipping rates increase, but it seems like the big guys get deeper shipping discounts. Is there a co-op for independent retailers where together our numbers would qualify for competitive rates? Do you have any other suggestions for how we could cut down our shipping costs?

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The Beginner's Guide to Ecommerce Shipping and Fulfillment

The Beginner's Guide to Ecommerce Shipping and Fulfillment

Beginner's guide to shipping and fulfillment

You put a lot of effort into making sure your customers have a great experience. You approve the images, you tweak your store, and you write the emails, all with the goal of leaving your customers happy.

But when it comes to shipping, it can feel like you’re handing your brand over to a stranger. Here's how to fix that, from square one all the way through to successfully (and profitably) delivered package.

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Google Launches an E-Commerce Certification Program Called "Trusted Stores"

Google Launches an E-Commerce Certification Program Called "Trusted Stores"

Google Launches an E-Commerce Certification Program Called "Trusted Stores"Today Google announced it's starting a new ecommerce certification program called "Trusted Stores." Once it's up and running, stores that go through an approval process with Google will be allowed to display a "Google Trusted Store" badge. The badge is intended to give consumers a boost of confidence and comes with a $1,000 consumer purchase protection guarantee. 

When a consumer hovers their curser over the badge, a live report card of sorts will pop up. Grades like A+, A, B, will be awarded for quality of service features like reliable shipping and customer service. 

Right now it's in the super-early stages (limited beta), but all Shopify online stores can apply to participate. Google isn't able to accept every application and you need a great history of customer service and reliable shipping to even be considered.

You can learn more by watching Google's overview video:  

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Shipping & Fulfillment 101: A Step-By-Step Guide for Getting Your Products to Your Customers

Shipping & Fulfillment 101: A Step-By-Step Guide for Getting Your Products to Your Customers

Shipping is a lot more than getting your product from point A to point B. Your shipping strategy is an integral part of your overall business profitability and brand.

We know this can be a challenging step for all ecommerce entrepreneurs, and that’s why we’re happy to be introducing this comprehensive guide.

In this guide, we’ll take you through all aspects of shipping and fulfillment.

From deciding on how to charge your customers, to packaging and branding options, to choosing the best carrier for your business, deciding on options like insurance and tracking, as well as outsourcing and fulfillment options – we’ve covered everything.

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