Electronic commerce, or E-commerce, is trading in products or services using computer networks, such as the Internet. E-commerce draws on technologies such as mobile commerce, electronic funds transfer, supply chain management, Internet marketing, online transaction processing, electronic data interchange (EDI), inventory management systems, and automated data collection systems. Sounds like a lot? It is!
E-commerce businesses online use your website as a virtual storefront with online inventory catalogs. As the website owner/operator, you will be providing the complete shopping experience for your customer starting with product displays through the checkout and payment processing. It is imperative that the website displays are clean and organized and the functionality is quick and accurate. Your customer needs to feel secure from the start or they will not be making a monetary transaction on your site. For this level of integration you need an experienced website and e-commerce partner you can trust. BV Web Designs is that partner!
Great question and the answer is: It depends. Building an e-commerce website takes a major investment, even before you consider your inventory, inventory control, shipping and a zillion other administrative processes. If your just starting out we can scale down the operations to a well developed inventory control system, possibly managed through a Content Management System (CMS), an ordering system through an automated email or texting system that is generated after payment that is handled with a third party payment processor such as PayPal, which accepts all major credit and debit cards. This approach will dramatically reduce your initial time and monetary investments and allow you to "test the waters" so to speak to ensure you have the business you wanted to create.
Once you are ready for a full blown e-commerce operation, so will we! BV Web Designs will be there with you every step of the way to ensure the transition is completed professionally and without "growing pains." We start with your thoughts and desires and work internally with our Marketing, SEO, Design, database and graphics to develop a working model for your storefront. We will present this to you and work out the final designs and then get to work on production! All aspects of the system will be tested and you will be completely satisfied before your e-commerce site goes on-line!
When looking for an e-commerce application for your website, it is important to find a solution that not only looks great to the user, but also provides you with needed reporting and administrative tools. Whether you want to sell to a specific interest, or a national audience, our experts will guide you through the entire development process, from purchasing your domain and SSL if you are just getting going, to implementing an online payment processor.
Call or drop us a note to get started with your on-line storefront.