There are several aspects of ecommerce that remain consistent, even if they have different methods of accomplishing the goal. First would be the utilization of a website that is created in a way that displays and describes products to an audience, and the utilization of a method of payment in order to transfer the money from the customer to the merchant. This system is referred to as a “shopping cart,” and can take on many forms. Over the years, the development of shopping cart systems that can be plugged into a website for easy configuration have been developed, some of the most popular being woocommerce for wordpress systems and “all in one” setups like Big Commerce or Shopify which will actually combine the website and shopping cart for easy deployment. The shopping cart systems use payment processors that will charge for their services, which is how companies like Shopify make money. By combining template websites and their own shopping cart systems, they act as the payment processor for our store and earn money every time a transaction is made. Those who do not want to use the templatized websites of systems like Shopify can use the pre-built shopping carts like woocommerce as a plugin for their website if it is built with certain code structures like wordpress, but ultimately the systems themselves work the same way.
Another aspect of the ecommerce system that remains universal across the board is the idea of ecommerce fulfillment. This is ultimately a manual process where the order information is transmitted to somewhere, and then that order information is physically processed by people in order for the customer to receive the order. Generally, this is accomplished through a warehouse system where inventory is kept, and when an order is placed on a website that info is forwarded to the warehouse. The workers in that warehouse pick the order from the available inventory and pack it into boxes, where it is then scheduled for transport to the customer using a variety of methods including FEDEX, UPS or USPS. In some cases the merchant may use their own shipping trucks, but mostly the delivery process is outsourced to a company that specializes in it. This is one of the evolving areas of the fulfillment process, where most merchants in the past ran their won warehouse then outsourced the shipping itself because it would save money and hassle to do so. Modern ecommerce owners are realizing that it is actually better to outsource the entire ecommerce fulfillment process to specialists like Ship My Orders. By outsourcing the process in it’s entirety, you no longer need to manage any employees or worry about warehouses. Instead, you simply send your inventory to us where we store it in our warehouses. We connect to your shopping cart and receive the orders that are placed, using our employees to process the orders. Because we also work with other customers to do the same things, you will almost always pay less in the long run to outsource the whole process than to try to manage it yourself. It is time to go completely virtual, and time to call us.