With the Holiday season just over the horizon and Black Friday peeking at you from behind the curtains, now might seem like the exact wrong time to try to implement an ecommerce option for your customers. However, setting up an ecommerce option for QuickBooks has never been easier for manufacturing and wholesale businesses.
The holiday season is here, and as a supplier, you’re probably already deep in the weeds as your customers start stocking up in preparation for the biggest shopping days of the year. You need to be prepared so that you can get your books as far into the black as possible before the end of the fiscal year.
Any business experiences slow times, and that’s true all the way up the supply chain. One of the essentials for supplying restaurants, for keeping them coming back for more, is taking advantage of their slow season. Use it to help them improve their technology and get their employees trained and ready for their busy season.
In the wholesale world, trying to set your business apart can sometimes feel like you’re a single voice yelling in a crowd. There are tons of other clothing wholesalers out there, and competing with them is tough. Do you compete on price? Or style? Through offering sustainably sourced products? Fair trade certified items?
Whether you have a physical warehouse for supplying your customers, or you’re an entirely digital drop-shipping distributor, you’ll run into the same problems business owners have had for hundreds of years. Management, inventory, keeping customers coming in the doors or visiting your website.
When clothing distributors are looking for wholesalers and manufacturers to partner with, they’re generally looking for someone who has a clear record of success, someone who has partnered with plenty of retailers and who can reliably, and continually, fulfill new orders and keep product flowing out the door.
Boutique clothing wholesalers have a variety of options when setting up their B2B wholesale business — after all, if there’s anything in modern society that comes with an almost infinite number of choices and options, it’s clothing.
Though I can give you a list of inventory management best practices, the reality is, not all of these practices are going to be the best for your business.
Many established B2B businesses are stuck in a rut. They’ve offered the same things, the same ways, for years – sometimes decades – and they don’t see why they should change.
B2B ecommerce is no longer “cutting edge” or “the latest craze.” For manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and importers who haven’t made the jump to digital yet, I only have one thing to say: