Opinion: My Vision For Shipwire - "Change-The-Game"!
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.
Internet giants have created an amazing ecommerce ecosystem for Web retailers to plug into. Yet, at the end of the day, small Web retailers are still spending immense amounts of time struggling with shipping inventory out of small warehouses, storage units and their garages. Solving this problem is the last piece of the Web retail puzzle.
For the past 10 years THE dominant restriction on small business retail growth has been warehousing and order fulfillment. Prior to Shipwire, Web retailers were caught in a business catch 22 – To grow, businesses needed to invest precious capital in warehouse and inventory management. More growth meant more capital with longer payback horizons. More sales meant more time and investment in order fulfillment. In 10 years no service made importing, storage and order shipping as easy as using PayPal, eBay or Google.
In, 2007 we launched Shipwire.com to provides Web retailers with a storage and shipping solution that allows them to completely eliminate the hassle of storage and shipping. We are getting great feedback from our customers. One quote that really embodies my vision, and the reason for shipwire, is from Don at Skyroll, “When I found Shipwire I felt like the last piece of our Internet business had snapped into place.” Please read his and other case studies.
Shipwire is out to “change-the-game” and empower small Web retailers to grow while reducing hassles. (Posted by Damon, CEO)