Shipwire’s goal is to let retail businesses focus on growth by removing the hassle of shipping and storage. It is time that cash-strapped Web retail businesses had a global network of warehouses that can be plugged into their Web sites with no up-front fees, no long-term contracts, and straight-forward storage and shipping pricing.
The small business Web retail revolution has been evolving for 10 years.
- 1996 eBay® created a marketplace and spawned an industry of home eBay sellers.
- 2000 Yahoo!® Stores gave businesses an easy-to-use online store.
- 2002 PayPal®, experiencing record growth by solving the online payment problem, is acquired by eBay.
- 2003 Google Adwords® makes finding new customers easy and cost effective.
- 2005 Chinese trade barriers are loosened making it easy for importers to source manufacturing and bring product into the Los Angeles Port.
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Shipwire gives struggling drop shippers an easy path to business growth.
“Drop Shipping” is when a web retailer populates an online store full of another companies products. When the order is placed through the drop shipper’s website, the order is routed to the company with inventory which handles shipping and fulfillment. Drop Shippers are a “middle wo/man” who make very small amounts of margin and often times have to handle the customer support when there are shipping problems.
If you are a struggling drop shipper, here is an easy way to gain significantly more margin and leverage the online store you have struggled to develop, and drive traffic to, and still not experience the frustrations of inventory storage and shipping.
A trend that we”re monitoring at Shipwire is the growing pattern of international customers buying from U.S. merchants and the frustrations merchants have fulfilling this demand. If you go to the eBay forums you”ll see all sorts of seller frustration for fulfilling orders to Canada and Europe.