Fall is in the air! Time for pumpkin-flavored everything and football madness. It’s the lull between Back-to-School and Holiday, aka the calm before the storm for retailers like you. It’s also time for Shop.org, the National Retail Federation’s digitally-focused arm, to put on their annual Summit and Expo. This year it takes place in Philadelphia starting today and ending Wednesday. For the next 3 days we’ll be in booth 1057 in the Expo hall.
Shop.org’s theme is “Retail to the Power of Digital,” and it couldn’t be more relevant. In recent years eCommerce sales have transformed from being a nice add-on to your sales channels into the driving force behind almost every purchase. These days, ALL retail is digital. Marketing touchpoints begin with online content, your website is the primary source of information about your product catalog, and brick-and-mortar stores are real life extensions of the online shopping experience. More than ever, you need backend systems that provide robust, fast and detailed management of all your order, product and inventory data.
This summer our developers have been hard at work improving the SalesWarp system to support you during the holidays. At Shop.org, we’ll be showing off some of these improvements, including:
- An affordable, pay-as-you-go subscription model, allowing retailers to easily sign up and immediately begin using the application
- A Bigcommerce store connector empowering Bigcommerce retailers to quickly manage products, fulfill orders, and track inventory from within SalesWarp
- Amazon and eBay publishing, including bulk publishing, auto-updated price fields, and eBay category mapping
- Zendesk integration, allowing users to submit support tickets from within SalesWarp
- Improvements in product importing and exporting, reshipping and reordering functions, and customer attributes
We’re especially excited about our new integration with Bigcommerce! Getting started with SalesWarp is easy for Bigcommerce users. We have a step-by-step video guide for connecting your Bigcommerce store, and we make it easy to import and sync your products, customize your emails to Bigcommerce customers, and start processing orders. With SalesWarp, Bigcommerce users can easily manage dropshipped items as well as just-in-time inventory. If you’re at Shop.org, be sure to visit Bigcommerce in booth 937. And stop by booth 1057 to grab a fruit smoothie, enter to win a bright orange FitBit and to start your Free Trial with SalesWarp.
A meeting of the biggest players in online retail is happening in Chicago this week at the Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition. With Internet Retailer anticipating attendance of nearly 10,000 people, IRCE Chicago represents a great opportunity to learn, network with others, discuss upcoming trends and promote your brand. Continue reading
It’s been a busy and exciting year for SalesWarp since last year’s IRCE show in Chicago. With only a week left before IRCE 2015 kicks off, SalesWarp 2.8 is on the verge of being launched! So what have we been working on all this time? Well, for one, we have put a focus on simplifying system set up and configuration for our clients. What does this mean? Less set-up costs and a shorter deployment times. By giving the end-user the tools to easily import, configure, and set up the integrations and data necessary, we have to do less customizations and integrations giving you more control over implementation and costs. These features include import and sync tools, store wizards, verification checks, templates, and drag-and-drop functionality that help the user customize the look and feel of the interface. This means less set-up costs and a quicker time to market. Continue reading
Retailers unanimously agree that system and channel-wide inventory visibility is key to their success and their ability to serve customers adequately. However, comparatively few retailers actually have the solutions in place that grant them this system-wide visibility, and even fewer are actively synchronizing inventory across all of their different channels. This impacts their ability to execute and can result in operational failures, missed sales and angry customers. Continue reading
It seems to me that when many retailers (usually small to medium) start looking for a back-end management system (what I’ll call it for now) to improve their operations, they seem to want to search for an ERP system. Why is that?
An ERP system is typically NOT designed to meet the needs of today’s modern retail and online businesses. Yet, that is what so many retailers search for when they’ve reached the stage of their business where small business solutions and manual processes just aren’t going to cut it anymore.
Whenever someone buys anything nowadays they always check out multiple websites and local retail stores.
Shoppers use every connected device they have to do their research; desktop computers, connected games consoles, smartphones, laptops and tablets. Personalized websites are particularly popular, with 55% of shoppers saying that it is easier to find interesting products on websites that are personalized. 84% of buyers admit to checking for both positive and negative reviews on social media and review sites. Some people will still visit real-world stores to eyeball the items they are thinking of buying and these stores are in no danger of mass closure as long as they use technology to adapt.
The retail environment has changed so drastically in the last couple of years – many customers have come to expect delivery within two to three days, and in some cases the very same day. In the eyes of customers, speed matters.
In order for sellers to meet these lofty expectations, they need to leverage order fulfillment tools that will help them quickly and accurately pick, pack and ship goods. For retailers, these tools allow them to operate more efficiently, processing orders quickly and getting more done per day. For customers, it often translates into improved order turnaround time – when retailers get the package out the door quicker, it also tends to get to shoppers’ doorstep faster as well. This leaves merchants asking the question, “how do I speed up order fulfillment?” Continue reading
Omni Channel Pain Point No. 4
Our pain point for February is one that we hear often from retailers, especially those selling on multiple channels: “I’m juggling inventory to avoid overselling a product.” The term ‘juggling’ is something you want to hear a clown say in reference to the bowling pins he’ll be tossing around at your son’s birthday party. ‘Juggling’ is definitely not something you want to hear from a retailer, specifically not from the person in charge of allocating inventory for a retail organization. Unfortunately, many retailers struggle to maintain cross-channel inventory levels. Continue reading
SalesWarp attended the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show last week in New York. There are big trade shows and then there are BIG TRADE SHOWS. NRF was definitely the latter. With thousands of retail professionals flooding the area around the Javits Center and two full floors devoted to the EXPO hall, NRF was the biggest trade show SalesWarp has attended so far, and a major event for the retail industry as a whole. We came prepared to hand out our signature “OmniChannel Pain Relief” bottles of M&M’s and talk to retailers about speeding up order fulfillment. We had the opportunity to show off SalesWarp’s mobile warehouse features with our interactive warehouse shelf, tablet, and barcode scanner demonstration. Continue reading
When retailers think about omnichannel order fulfillment, the complexities of all the different order, delivery, and return options may come to mind. With retailers molding their business to better serve customers whenever and wherever, it has never been more important that retailers have deployed order management software to facilitate turnaround time and better utilize all available resources. Continue reading