Nate Lind is the founder of multiple eCommerce businesses to which he’s driven $100 million in sales. Mainly in the men’s and women’s beauty space.
Today we’re going to be exploring a very important part of the eCommerce customer service mix – the delivery. It’s essential to get your delivery strategy right if you want to get the order in the first place (returns and delivery pricing and speed remain the top reasons customers abandon that order), AND to get the repeat order by giving a great experience.
It’s also a profitability battle ground, with customer expectations of faster speed and lower cost only going higher.
Joining me to discuss the topic of delivery is Ian Kerr, host of The Postal Hub Podcast, and all round global delivery expert.
Brian O’Donnell is the Managing Director at Map Marketing. They launched over 40 years ago, and have sold over 1 million personalised map jigsaws! For every gift eCommerce business I’ve worked for Map Marketing products have been a season after season best seller. As well as selling via resellers in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia, they also have four of their own niche eCommerce businesses – all of which moved to Shopify in 2017. To survive for 40 years requires knowing when to adapt to your environment, and when to push the boundaries.
Faye Clifton is the sales and marketing manager at the multi-award winning Green and Blue, a company of designers, creators and innovators who create products to help wildlife. Selling to consumers and trade. They launched in 2005 and as well as growing online sales, they are selling to over 80 stores worldwide including some awesome organisations such as the National Trust, Design Museum and the Tate.
Today we’re getting deep into Pinterest with leading expert Kathryn Moorhouse. Back in 2015 Kathryn founded children’s clothing brand Zoey & Logan, whilst marketing and growing the business her love affair with Pinterest began. And in mid-2016 she switched from eCommerce business owner to follow her desire to help other entrepreneurs grow their businesses with Pinterest.
I know a lot of you out there are running your own boutique bricks and clicks business – selling out of your own physical store, and also online via your own site and also marketplaces. Taking on the roles of buyer, visual merchandiser, shop assistant, marketer and everything else.
Today we have a guest just like you on to share her wisdom…
Kirsty Patrick is the owner of Home byKirsty, a boutique bricks and clicks business in Cardiff, focused on homeware by leading British and Welsh design makers with a clean contemporary aesthetic. Kirsty launched with the physical store in 2014, and added the website in early 2015.
Steve Simonson is a 29 year retail veteran! Who’s now on a mission to share his knowledge to help others succeed. Steve has founded, bought, built and sold multiple companies – including iFloor.com which became one of the largest direct sellers of flooring in the world. With those businesses he’s been publicaly recognized multiple times including 3 years on the Inc. 500 list, and multiple listings on the Internet Retailer Top 500.
If you’re a regular listener you’ll know I have a fascination with subscription eCommerce, and we’re going to be diving deep into this model today.
Stefan Pretty is a Scottish-born, US-based entrepreneur. He has launched and run a number of businesses, and since 2014 his focus has been on building Subbly, an eCommerce management platform for subscription businesses.
Rob Kessler is the Inventor and co-founder of Million Dollar Collar. Where he creates fashion accessories for men which provide a classy polished appearance. After 3 years of R&D they launched in Jan 2016 and now have shipped 135k units to 90 different countries, which is about 13,000 customers all via the website and Amazon.
Occasionally I have a guest back on the show to update us on how things are going – today we have a repeat guest.
Christine Nicholson of Divine Legs (Tights subscription business) was my guest back in episode 103. Back then the business was 9 months old, and Christine took us through how she’d launched and achieved 100 orders in the first 100 days.
In November 2017 Divine Legs reached 15 months old, and despite continuing to grow Christine made the decision to shut it down.
Never an easy choice to make.
Not least because despite 100s of eCommerce business owners making the same decision every day – we don’t hear as much about it, as we do about the starting or the growing. So I’m super-pleased to have Christine on today to take us through why, and how she made the decision to exit, and her choice of exit, and how she went about closing it down.