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Adding inventory or reporting?

I have a fishing club. Our website is on Wix. We take payments through PayPal, currently. We are bleeding money because guys will fish and not pay. Because it’s checked manually and we are overwhelmed. We need something to make sure that doesn’t happen. Like integrating reporting, or inventory, or accounting features. Or a completely different system for handling the money. As always, cost is a concern regarding Payment fees and extra features. Any Ideas?

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Tips for DIY lifestyle photos?

Photographer is unable to deliver on some professional lifestyle photos at the moment so I'm thinking of trying to DIY some of them to help bring some life to the site.

Looking to see if theres any tips on a DIY approach. Maybe this post is better suited to a photography subreddit but figured I'd try.

Currently have all product shots done at a high quality level, but the site feels soul-less without a human element in it

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Potential winners and losers line up as Plaid pushes deeper into payments

So Plaid now calls itself a payments company. It was only a matter of time, really.

Earlier today, the data and connectivity startup announced a new payments partner ecosystem that will extend its existing payments infrastructure and make ACH bank transfers a more attractive alternative to credit card transactions.

But the big winners here are merchants, who now have a low-cost alternative to avoid credit card processing fees that cut into their margins.

Before today, most of Plaid’s payments activity centered around improving customer onboarding and account funding through its payment initiation service. But the launch of the payments ecosystem heralds a much deeper integration with the payment flow of its partners and what could be a fundamental reshaping of how certain transactions are made.

Here's why they're building the ecosystem and who stands to benefit from it.

Building a new payments network

This payments ecosystem is really the culmination of a number of moves the company has made over the years.

First, Plaid enabled data to be connected between fintech apps and financial institutions. It subsequently created an identity product so customers could verify users are who they say they are. Then, it built a tool to check the balance of an account to ensure it has sufficient funds to make a money transfer.

It also added a payments initiation service that leverages the other tools to help customers onboard new users and add funds to their accounts quicker. And finally, it built a tool to assess the risk of bank transfers and minimize ACH returns.

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Which Social Media Post Manager?

I have a newer website I’m trying to gain some followers with. I use FB business suite but then have other accounts like Snap ads, Tik Tok, and Pinterest.

I’m looking for a platform to manage all ads and posts in 1 central location.

I’d also like a platform to run contests and giveaways.

Which one is your favorite to use?

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Ask Nik: How do I optimize my product pages for high conversions?

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I need some help with my first website :) any tips?

The website is midway-apparel.com i’m not sure what i can do to make it all look better right now. Any design tips or tiles to increase conversion would be much appreciated!

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Amazon rolls out in-store pickup for products ordered from local retailers

Amazon is rolling out “Local Selling,” a set of services that allow local and regional retailers to offer both in-store pickup and fast delivery to nearby customers.

With this new option, sellers can offer in-store pickup for products and services to shoppers in specific ZIP codes. In some instances, customers will be able to purchase items from sellers for same-day pickup at the business’s local retail location.

Products that are available for pickup will have a “store pickup” tab on the item page. Once customers place an order, they’ll receive a notification when their item is ready for pickup. When the item is ready, customers will have a five-day pickup window to collect their orders.

Shoppers can also choose local delivery, which will be facilitated by the business itself. Once you select the “arranged delivery” option at checkout, the local retailer will contact you to schedule the exact date and time for the delivery. Some sellers may also offer installation services that you can add on top of your order.

Amazon Local Selling is now available from both national and local retailers, including Mavis Discount Tire, Sears Hometown Store, 4 Wheel Parts, Electronic Express, Best Buy, Appliance Connection, Mattress Warehouse, Beach Camera, Adorama, DataVision, Exclusive Furniture, World Wide Stereo, MODIA, Focus Camera and others. The company says Local Selling will expand later this year and during 2022, as sellers who are interested in joining the program are able to apply to do so starting today.

“Our research shows that many customers will opt for local pickup when given the choice. This new capability is an exciting way to help sellers reach and delight more customers with great products and convenience,” said Jim Adkins, the vice president of recreational and vocational categories at Amazon, in a statement.

It’s worth noting that Amazon previously tested in-store pickup options in 2019 with the launch of “Counter,” a service where Amazon shoppers could arrange to collect packages at retail locations. The service essentially saw the company partner with retailers to arrange pickup counters in their stores for orders placed online.

With this latest launch, Amazon is clearly looking to get orders to customers faster by leveraging its third-party network and their physical stores. It’s a way for Amazon to keep customers on its own marketplace as opposed to retailers’ websites. The launch also comes at a time when curbside pickup options have increased since the start of the pandemic. Companies like Walmart and Target have offered the option for quite some time now, as Amazon is gearing up to further compete with big box stores and retailers with its newest offering. It's also worth noting that Shopify offers merchants on its platform in-store pickup options so this could be an attempt to better compete with that as well.

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Make it Big Podcast: Surveying Consumer Trends with PayPal

Welcome to The Make it Big Podcast, a bi-weekly audio series about all things ecommerce by BigCommerce. One year after…

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Item Pricing : Amazon vs Walmart

Just wanted to understand if there is any policy (from Amazon's end) that restricts sellers from lowering the price of an item on any other market place?

Like I have an item listed on Amazon priced at $150 and the same item is also listed on WMT for the same price.

Say , I drop the price on WMT to $125. Is there a policy from Amazon 's end that checks this shift in prices on other platform and warns me that I should match the price with Walmart or remove my listing?

I have heard someone say that if they drop the prices on other marketplaces, the listings get removed on Amazon. I want to understand if this is true , are there specific product types that it applies to? Any resources capturing this information are welcome too. Thank you.

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Need help with determining how much to pay a manufacturer

I want to start a direct-to-consumer furniture ecommerce brand.

From my research I’ve learned that modern manufacturing is about deciding what your price is and then figuring out what you need to do to meet that price point.Factories will ask what you're willing to pay for it and they'll then try to figure out if they can make that happen or not.

I want to base my price on perceived value and what customers are willing to pay for it. I think that will be 299 euro (this is included with 21% VAT and shipping).

To decide how my I can pay a manufacturer to make the product, I will need to decide how much markup I want to have. I don’t have a good sense on this, therefore I don’t have the right information when it comes to communicating with manufacturers. I don’t want to be taken for a ride obviously.

My question: what is considered normal for this type of product and industry? Should the selling price be 100% markup? 200%? 300%?

The manufacturers are based in my country. The products are made to order.

This way I can figure out how much I can afford to pay a manufacturer. Thanks in advance.

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