Consequently, running a webstore means, you are having multiple areas working in the same time. As a result, it’s a stress to keep things from falling/breaking. Above all, worrying about how much your webstore, technology and marketing efforts is a pain. Thanks to x2x eCommerce and Zapier integration, as it eliminates the issues of running a webstore business.
Likewise, for those who do not know about Zapier, it is a great tool for users who work with webstore business. This solution is deals with larger volumes of transactions across its customers. If you visit www.zapier.com, you will be able to see various integrations readily available for you to start working. There are over 3000 applications which you can pipe data back and forth. Magento, BigCommerce, Shopify, WooCommerce and lot other solutions can be integrated with Zapier easily!
Therefore, we are super excited after the launch of our new eCommerce integration suite powered by NetSuite and Retail Management Hero. If you haven’t read about it yet, check out the link below:
The fact is that Zapier isn’t able to service over thousands of request to its users due to lack of integration with NetSuite. By collaborating with x2x eCommerce and Zapier, this will be a great achievement for both organizations effectively delivering the right solutions to its customers.
The recommended choice – Zapier
This gave us an opportunity to achieve our goals of integrating a wide range of solutions instead of being confined to few solutions that have in-house competencies.
Our team at x2x eCommerce has been working had on creating test scenarios of different versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and MS SQL. We look forward to Zapier’s support on moving forward.
We are looking forward to a great future with Zapier’s support in offering a perfect connector solution to our prospects.
Money is not all to achieve everything! Only money cannot fetch you more money and it has only the path you choose brings you more returns.
Likewise, there are a lot of open source platforms and cheaper solutions available in the market where the above statement proves to be true. Don’t believe us? Check out the Forbes report here!
x2x eCommerce is one of the popular e-commerce software integrators that powers hundreds of webstores today across the world. What helps us to work even more with different webstores is the availability of top-notch ecommerce solutions making it easy to start immediately.
Consequently, The Forrester Research (e-retail forecast) shows that US e-retail businesses will see a growth of 57% in 2018. These facts are enough to prove why webstores are getting popular today. Not just start-ups are getting into the e-commerce business. Various retail and wholesale businesses are moving into e-retail/webstore platform to boost their brand visibility and sales.
So, what are the advantages of using an e-commerce software for your online retail business? Check it out:
#1. No more Shipping Hassles
All you need to do is choose the right supply area (country wise) and the facilitator you need to integrate from various payment management suites. Today, you will be able to manage logistics information, set discounts and tax rules straight from your e-commerce solution using integrated platforms such as x2x eCommerce!
#2. Quick Selling Cycle
You will enjoy maximum returns with lesser investment and efforts. x2x eCommerce justifies this part by integrating it with top-notch webstores (Magento, Shopify, WooCommerce) and ERP solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, Retail Management Hero etc. Several features can be integrated with the help of a mouse click which can easily manage your back office activities in no time. You can focus more on the store front activities instead of admin functions.
#3. Easy site configuration and setup
Top class webstore solution provides support in creating/configuring your webstore right from site designs to payment integration capabilities. E-commerce solution provides can even setup a webstore in hours with their predefined templates (page designs, inventory and categories, payment gateway etc.)
#4. Reliable Customer Service
No webstore can survive without fulfilling the needs of a customer. Customer satisfaction is the key for any business today. The more easier the shopping experience, the better. Integrating customer service solutions like Jira and Zendesk with your webstore will ensure flawless customer service experience. A central repository (CRM) along with your webstore can help in managing new client accounts, order modifications and even retain existing clients.
#5. Payment Integration
Once your webstore is fully equipped with site designs, inventory and security features, the next step is to integrate your payment solution. There are various payment partners available today which can be installed without any hassle. All you need to ensure is that all major debit/credit cards, online banking, e-wallets are available with your payment integration suite.
You do not have to worry about the support services provided by the top-notch e-commerce solution providers. They will always be there at your service by providing documentation help, technical support via phone or chat, video tutorials, one-to-one sessions, webinars or even via community forums. What is the best part? These are all free!
#7. Shopping and Marketing Features
Most of the webstores these days come with in-built SEO features. It helps your webstore to rank higher in search engine results. This will help you in acquiring new customer with less effort. The webstore analytics will help you check out the real-time data and make better decisions.
With x2x eCommerce, you can now easily modify pricing and inventory in no time. Make sure of vouchers and coupon options to encourage your customers to boost your brand without any additional costs. Customer loyalty programs will also encourage more users to visit your webstore too.
E-commerce solutions come with plenty of options that will make lives easier for you to manage your webstore. That is not all! You also need to work on your customer engagement models, deliverables and other USPs, which your customers expect from an online store.
It’s easy to just setup a webstore buy purchasing a domain and integrating an e-commerce platform. However, in order to survive, you need to follow marketing strategies and a chain of related activities in a long run.
That’s why we have created a wonderful tool called x2x eCommerce that lies between your webstore and ERP solution to better manage your financials and inventory. Why hire hundreds of personnel to manage when you have an automated tool to handle?
Get in touch with our experts today for a quick demo!
All right, we have been talking a lot about Retail Management Hero with Magento and Shopify. As per the requests from our customers, we decided to work on x2x eCommerce with WooCommerce integration with top-notch ERP suites like Microsoft Dynamics GP and Retail Management Hero.
To the WooCommerce users out there, if you are looking for an integration platform that helps you manage Inventory and Invoices within a click of a button, x2x eCommerce is the right choice!
Have you updated the latest 3.5.0? We believe that you are all delighted to experience the latest features running on your webstore. Perhaps, you need to check out the update process again and make sure things are running perfectly.
Thanks to the WordPress environment (80% of the websites are on WordPress), the open source platform has given everyone to create virtually to enhance their websites/webstore. The only con that you can find that it is difficult to predict the future when thousands of new add-ons are created in different environments under different scenarios.
How can you gear up for this latest update? In addition, it is advisable to choose an integration suite to handle your inventory and invoice management without any hassle.
Tests for every release/major release
After the first stages, you will have the automated backups functional and a test environment for testing. You can prepare your production/live environment as your real-time data or customers are not affected by the changes. You will also learn on how you can handle the obstacles that you face during the testing period.
The plan depends on how to see your webstore’s future. Check out the following checklist for a perfect plan:
- Preparing test site and checking out each releases
- The testing environments – is it only the test site or other sites?
- The testing period
- Stakeholders who will be involved in the process
- What sort of requirements requires testing?
Well, you might feel natural and less awkward when it comes to including bug fixes, plugins/extensions setup when not working well together and working on the dev site.
The role of integration suite – x2x eCommerce
x2x eCommerce is a revolutionary solution that combines the power of top notch ERP solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, Retail Management Hero and Enterprise eCommerce for a feature rich, fully optimized, responsive and multi-device friendly web store that can be managed all within your ERP systems.
Features that you can benefit from:
- Powerful eCommerce Platform
- Multi-Level, Easy to Navigate Catalogs
- Live Product Integration
- Multi-Tier Customer Centric Item Pricing
- Webstore <-> ERP Order or Invoice Integration
- Business to Business (B2B) or Business to Consumer (B2C) eCommerce
- Sell 3 times more than lower TCO
- Top notch Business Analytics and Reporting
- Powerful and Personalized eCommerce Marketing
- Product Image Integration (Easy to update product Images in bulk)
- Mobile and multi-device compatible
Well, a webstore has got various processes and components that an eCommerce solution streamlines via easy interface where a regular business user can work on. Hence, future upgrades depends on the flexibility of eCommerce platforms to integrate on other solutions like CMS, ERP, CRM, email marketing solutions, payment gateways, social media tools, accounting solutions etc.
As you are aware, the eCommerce industry is massive! eMarketer predicts eCommerce business to drive in sales worth $4 trillion by the year 2020. Hypermarkets and Supermarkets are losing its popularity these days as users prefer to buy online. For the very first time, 51% of the shoppers prefer online platforms rather than going with traditional shopping means. Certainly, thanks to the growth in eCommerce sector that has boosted the growth in eCommerce solutions as lot of businesses are setting up online stores or collaborating with 3rd party providers to take advantage of their brands online.
Typical features for your E-commerce Software to kick start your business!
For your eCommerce platform to function smoothly, you will need the below components:
Most of the eCommerce solutions offer web services as default for hosting your webstore with all the necessary features to go with it. As a result, it is important to have a good online store which is easily accessible, having a great bandwidth (handling larger web traffic) and faster load time.
This is the key for any eCommerce business. Your online customers are going to view and learn about the products that you have put for sale. Compared to a printed catalog, it is made up of pages, products and information where your customers can browse. It is very important to have a flashy and attractive designs to capture your customers in addition to adding value to your brand and organization.
From our experience with customers, having glitches with your shopping cart is going to be a nightmare. Never ever comprimise on the final checkout area page as this is where customers think twice before making a purchase. Also, If things go wrong here, its more like having a department store with nobody walking in! Different payment options needs to be enabled for smooth payment transactions.
Also, marketing solutions these days are integrated with the shopping carts, so reminder emails can be sent to the customers that has atleast 30% chances of converting a sale from an abandoned sale. It needs to work smoothly and optimally.
As an eCommerce business provider, it is equally important to setup Vendor Dashboard/Interface along with Customer and Administrator Dashboards/Interface. Similarly, please note that the vendor user interface needs to be flexible, robust and definitely, customizable. You don’t have the luxury to keep training your vendors and instead, that time can be saved for something else.
Along with payment processing areas, inventory management is equally important in a webstore. This needs to be updated live as you might expect thousands of customers making transactions in seconds. eCommerce businesses hire a lot of personnel just to manage inventories. However, for smaller businesses, hiring lot of employees is going to be a cost overhead. Solutions such as x2x eCommerce helps you integrate their tools with your top-notch eCommerce platform for automating inventory management areas, that will eventually cut employee overheads.
Order acceptance and logistics
You will have to deal with various 3rd party logistics providers to ship your items to different locations ensuring faster delivery. Your eCommerce platform should support these functionalities ensuring smooth handling of logistics and order fulfillment. SMS services used for efficient tracking of shipments for both employees and customers are perfect for a webstore. Having an integrated tool like x2x eCommerce will help you manage your webstore from end to end seamlessly.
x2x eCommerce with Retail Management Hero (RMH)
As a result, x2x eCommerce platform integrated with Retail Management Hero offers amazing features such as:
- One place to manage Retail and eCommerce stores.
- Integrates with Microsoft RMS and Retail Management Hero (RMH).
- Download orders; and upload items, prices, quantities, and catalog.
- Connects with Magento and Shopify.
- Above all, connectivity with Woo Commerce and Amazon will be coming soon.
- Sell on eBay, Jet and other marketplaces.
- Multi-device compatible.
- Warehouse Management System compatible.
- Custom eCommerce app for iPhone/Android
Well, it’s a pain to choose the best eCommerce integration platform for your business. First of all, you can find hundreds of solutions across the globe. However it’s difficult on how to begin with. The first step is to see if you require a hosted/licensed application. Hosted solutions, likewise, offer lower costs with minimal IT needs, less maintenance and you can easily upscale or downscale based on your business needs. In the case of licensed solutions, you will be able to build a custom product dedicated for your marketplace. Also, maintenance costs are higher compared to the counterparts and you might consider keeping a capital investment in advance to take it forward.
As a result, here we are with a Blog Series on how to choose the Best eCommerce Integration for your Marketplace!
Once you have planned on the type of deployment for your marketplace, deep dive into the features. Top notch eCommerce solutions can offer your custom site templates, SEO, integrated shopping carts, product catalogs, email marketing solution, inventory management solution and basic analytical tools. In this century, we are in need for mobile commerce platforms and rewards management, so you can withstand the competition from others. Product suggestions, wishlist, product as a gift services will keep your customers happy for the reason that wanting them to visit your marketplace again and again.
The “top-notch” eCommerce Platforms
There’s plenty of top-notch eCommerce platforms available in the market today. Consequently, Magento has been the leader since 2011 with its great growth and reports. However, with more players in the market, the market share has gone down to 4.48% (Courtesy: www.datanyze.com)
Magento is still a favorite for large organizations due to its flexibility. It also has a Magento has a dedicated team to keep pace with the market releasing latest updates and top ongoing support services.
As mentioned earlier, Magento comes with lot of flexible implementation features. You can go with licensed, hosted or even an open source platform. The features that’s available on Magento are:
- Great search features with flexible navigation elements
- Custom UI designs (landing pages, product catalog and multi-store support)
- Dedicated App Store for marketplace enhancements
- Dedicated SEO engine
- Loaded with Marketing tools like gift cards, rewards programs, promo banners etc.)
- Customer Engagement Features like wish lists, product suggestions, customer assisted shopping experience.
To be exact, over 780,000 merchants use WooCommerce. WooCommerce is an open source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. It is designed for small to large-sized online merchants using WordPress. Launched on September 27, 2011, the plugin quickly became popular for its simplicity to install and customize and free base product. Since Automattic’s acquisition, WooCommerce has kept gaining market share and has now become one of the leading E-commerce platforms on the Internet. The Market Share for WooCommerce recorded is 24.4%.
Shopify is an “all in one” ecommerce platform that allows user to build an online store with a great user experience.
In order to build an online store, users get a 14-day free trial. Since Shopify is based on the subscription business model, the monthly price after the trial period starts from $29 up to $299 for standard shops. Similarly, for enterprise business, users can go with Shopify Plus package. It has over 270,000 merchants as of August 2018.
Data as of August 2018 (Courtesy: Datanyze.com)
Integrating your Marketplace with RMH and Dynamics GP
With top-notch eCommerce Marketplaces as mentioned above, due to the reason that you need to be able to integrate it with your leading ERP suites like Retail Management Hero (RMH) or Microsoft Dynamics GP, the experience is going to be even better! You get a combine value of two products without any hassle!
Why you need to integrate your Marketplace with your ERP? Reason is very obvious! You need to get rid of manual interventions that kills time and error-prone too. In online businesses, order errors are expensive and chances of losing money is higher. Incorrect pricing, inventory levels, shipping address errors, good heavens, can’t even think about such situations as it’s going to be a disaster!
Therefore, how can you integrate some of the ERP-eCommerce processes to make your lives easier?
- Centralized area for syncing item catalog information
- Real-time inventory to all your sales channels
- Standard order to cash procedure across all your sales channels
- Moving your order information under one location for boosting customer satisfaction.
Above all, if you are able to achieve the above levels of integration, you are going to save lots of time and boost customer satisfaction in no time!