8 Sep 2020, 09:38 — 5 min read
A catalogue website is like a traditional printed catalogue where buyers can view a company’s entire product line online. Catalogue websites do not have live shopping features. Typically, manufacturers, importers and wholesalers are the types of businesses that use catalogue websites.
A catalogue website allows you to showcase your products online with the option of hiding or to reveal the price of the item. You can choose to display the features, specs, images, and even downloadable forms if needed. Once the buyers are interested in the products, they would use a contact form to express their interest. Customers can fill out a form on the website and the order is processed offline. A catalogue website does not allow you to sell directly to the customer as it does not have a payment gateway and logistics features that eCommerce websites have.
To turn browsing visitors into paying customers, you can quickly transform your catalogue website into a transacting eCommerce website.
GlobalLinker’s eCommerce platform (Linker.store) can help transform your catalogue website into an eStore easily.
You may choose your existing domain name for your eCommerce store. Alternatively, when you select GlobalLinker’s eCommerce platform, the ‘Linker.store’ domain extension is given to you free to start with. You also choose to purchase a domain on GlobalLinker’s eCommerce platform at a pre-negotiated discounted price. In case you are purchasing a domain name then you will have to buy an SSL certificate, which can also be purchased from GlobalLinker at a discounted price by entering the Code: CJCSSLR389
You can next add products. In the case of a large volume of products, it is recommended to click on ‘Import products’, download sample import format (excel sheet) and bulk upload your products and corresponding images. This excel sheet includes all the product details. Once your products are uploaded, you can customise your homepage and add banners and featured products as per your online store’s theme.
The next important step is to enable payment gateway. A payment gateway enables you to sell your products on your website. GlobalLinker has integrated with leading payment gateway providers to facilitate smooth transactions on your online store. You have to fill up a simple sign up form from your e-store’s seller panel to initiate the registration process; you will be required to complete the registration and KYC process with a payment gateway provider. Each service provider has its registration and terms of service that you need to comply with.
The final step is to activate logistics. Vamaship is the automated logistics partner on GlobalLinker’s eCommerce platform, which you can use. By enabling Vamaship, you can process shipping requirements for your orders right from the orders page. Both you and your customers can track the orders with ease. Vamaship is an optional third-party service and it is chargeable as per usage.
You are now ready to start selling online!
Follow these simple steps to convert your catalogue website into a transacting eCommerce store.
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Posted byJayant Arora
Helping manufacturers & exporters to grow their businesses through digitization and by making doing business simpler, enjoyable and more profitable.
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