First there was eBay. It offered us a glimpse into the world of eCommerce without having to create your own website. You could post your merchandise and it would become available for purchase by anyone in the world. All you needed to do was fulfill the orders by packaging and shipping to the buyer. Sounds simple, right?
Along comes Amazon Marketplace
Similar to eBay, Amazon allows you to list your products for sale, except in a non-auction type platform. The company began to take over the marketplace with a little ingenuity. Amazon began offering something different, something that allowed it to dominate the market, taking many sellers away from eBay – distribution.
One of the most difficult things for an eCommerce startup is distribution. Amazon launched its fulfillment service which allowed sellers to mail or drop off their items at fulfillment centers throughout the United States. Amazon would then store them and once a purchase was made, package and sell the item.
3dcart broke into the market as an all-in-one eCommerce solution. Users can create their online store, add products, track shipments, and more. One thing that had been missing is distribution. Now, thanks to the new partnership, it has been able to offer its customers a complete turnkey system.
“Accuracy, speed and reliability are essential components to providing exceptional customer service,” said 3dcart’s COO, Jimmy Rodriguez, in a recent press release. “With Red Stag Fulfillment, 3dcart merchants can grow and expand their business operations with a cutting-edge solution that’s uniquely equipped to make shipping, storage, and returns a pain-free process.”
Red Stag Fulfillment
Red Stag Fulfillment works similar to Amazon fulfillment services. They store, package, and ship your product. They also handle returns which can be a hassle for many online merchants. As a third-party fulfillment center, its main goal is to handle the backend of business and create scalability. Founded in 2013, it has become one of the fastest growing third party fulfillment services in the industry, being awarded the “Best Ecommerce Fulfillment for Heavy Goods” by Fit Small Business in 2016.
3dcart is not the first integration that Red Stag Fulfillment has taken on. In addition to 3dcart and Amazon, the company integrates with more than 50 different platforms, including Shopify, Magento, WooCommerce, Big Commerce, and PayPal.
Founded in 1997, 3dcart has been adding more partnerships to help it compete with the likes of Shopify. In 2016 alone, it added Braintree Seamless Payments, Vantiv, and Bablic. Not to mention its new integration with QuickBooks Online to allow for easier bookkeeping for sellers.
Red Stag Fulfillments hopes to help smaller e-tailers create their own brands without having to use websites such as Amazon or eBay. “Other than fulfillment and distribution, the biggest hurdle for eCommerce business is differentiation,” says Jake Rheude, Director of Business Development for Red Stag Fulfillment. “With so many products being sold through Amazon and other marketplace sellers, it’s becoming harder and harder for eCommerce stores to gain visibility and generate customer loyalty through a unique and engaging consumer experience.”
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