Grow your store on Online Marketplace
What is an Online Marketplace?Ecommerce marketplace is basically a website that aggregates product information from multiple sellers, thus enabling users to browse and compare products from the different sellers listed on this marketplace. The marketplace owner strives to attract customers, whereas the online merchants manage their products and sell them directly to the customer.
How Does an Online Marketplace work?
- Products are managed on behalf of the listed merchants by the online marketplace
- Shoppers browse & purchase the products available at this marketplace
- The online marketplace then places the order for the products with the merchant who is in possession of the product
- The merchant processes the purchase order & supplies the item
- The online marketplace charges the listed merchant a percentage of the overall revenue, or in some cases, based on their product category or monthly subscription fee etc.
Online Marketplace Pros & Cons
- Cost of managing the website will not be headed by the retailers.
- Website traffic and advertisement will be handled by the marketplace owner.
- Offers a variety & all-in-one aspect of the marketplace which helps draw in many customers.
- Retailers can gain repeat customers or business by offering satisfactory service & quality products.
- Fees are deducted as a percentage of the sale that goes through, and can vary from site to site, and even category to category
- No control over the look & functionality of the store
Choosing a MarketplaceAs a retailer, you should ideally study the products, and research for a suitable market where you can channelize the sale of your items. It is also important to understand the individual market or marketplace. Each marketplace has its own system, pricing and limitations. So, it is advisable that you opt for more than one marketplace that suits your requirement. Few online marketplace giants like Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, Newegg, Flipkart etc are ruling the ecommerce market currently.
Starting up a MarketplaceIf you are looking to build an online Market Place, and act as a facilitator to the retailers to uplift their sales, then strategizing your product segments, retailers, policies etc in right way with optimum market research is a must. You should also have a strong and reliable solution for the online store. Nowadays, the e-commerce market is growing immensely bringing a stiff competition among the different solution providers. Amidst the different e-commerce solutions, Magento has been quite successful and reliable in creating excellent web store solutions. Its extensive features, flexibility, large community and availability in Enterprise & Free Open source is the main reason it is chosen as the solution for a majority of online stores. Magento easily suffice the needs for e-commerce website as well as online market place proving its versatility in this competition.
Win for AllMarketplace Owner – Drop shipping allowing a zero stock policy Retailers – Full focus on product development and quality services Customers – Gets access to a wide range of products under a single hood, along with the comparison facility. Semaphore Software is a leading eCommerce solution provider which offers customized solutions designed to meet your business needs. Get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org to know more about our solutions and experience
About Prayaga Pattanayak
Prayaga works as a Business Analyst at SilverTouch Technologies . He deals in analyzing website development on various platforms like Magento, Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla etc. He is a B-Tech graduate from Electronics and communication and interested in writing article on latest technology . You can find him at