4 Ways to Reduce eCommerce Business Costs

Most people who go into the eCommerce business do so because they know how profitable it can be. The future of shopping is online and it’s projected that eCommerce will account for more than $6.5 trillion in sales by 2023, which is 22% of global retail sales.

But when you take a step back, you realize that no matter how profitable your business might be, the costs can be more than you ever imagined. To get your business back on track and ensure it brings in more money than it loses, you need to know how to reduce eCommerce business costs.

Inventory Management

Everyone who has a retail business knows how much of a pain excess inventory can be. Poor inventory management frequently leads to excessive inventory, which means a huge cost.

This is why it’s extremely important to find ways to manage excessive inventory in an efficient way that won’t lead to high costs. Here are a few tips on how you can do that.

Make sure to manage your expectations. eCommerce businesses can’t predict what’s going to happen in the future and can rarely anticipate a crisis. Be aware that something bad may happen at any time and have a plan on what you’re going to do with your inventory if it does.

Create an unforgettable shopping experience. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused people to shop online more than ever before. This means a lot of brands are competing for attention. To make sure you stand out and sell out your inventory, create experience customers will never forget.

Use tools. Managing your inventory the old-fashioned way doesn’t leave you with a lot of free time to focus on other important aspects of your business. This is why you should look for alternatives – whether that’s specialized inventory management software. Even better, you could take advantage of a program like Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) and send your products to Amazon’s fulfillment centers. They’ll handle both storage and fulfillment.

Hire Web Design Professionals

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It doesn’t matter if you sell amazing products; if you don’t have a professional-looking website that caters to your customers, you won’t have a lot of sales.

And while you can build your website yourself, a better choice would be to hire web design professionals. While this may seem counterproductive as you will have to spend more money, the ROI will be worth it.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should hire web design professionals.

They will help you reach your goals. A professional agency will consider all of the goals you’re trying to reach and know exactly what needs to be done so you can reach them. And they will do this with a lot of creativity. So, your site will be aesthetically pleasing as well.

They will help you with branding. Incorporating branding into an eCommerce website requires a lot more than just incorporating your logo. The agency you hire will make sure your branding is built into every message you send on your site. This will do wonders for brand recognition.

They will provide you with analytics. Web design professionals collect important analytics. Plus, they will present them to you so you know how you can improve your business further.

But before you hire an agency, you need to make sure you’re working with actual professionals. Ask them to send you a business proposal sample to see how they’re planning to approach the project and what they can do to help your business.

Reduce Product Returns as Much as Possible

One of the biggest costs in the world of online sales is product returns. In 2021 alone, retailers lost $218 billion due to eCommerce returns. If you want to be successful, you need to keep the products with your customers and not have them go back and forth from them to you.

When a product is returned to a store, you’re losing a lot more than just the money you made from the sale. You need to account for the cost of shipping and labor that was used to package the product and bring it to and from the storage space.

There are a lot of reasons why a customer might return a product, so it’s important to educate yourself on the different ways you can increase product sales and decrease returns.

Provide Amazing Customer Service

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Just a single bad review of your online store can cost you thousands of dollars. Customers might have bought multiple products from you if it wasn’t for that one review. 

That is why you need to focus on making customers as happy as possible. And that is why your customer service needs to be amazing.

Train your customer service representatives to be helpful, empathetic, and patient with customers. This goes for any issue they have, regardless of how big or small it is.

Additionally, don’t forget to provide multiple channels customers can use to contact you. Some consumers prefer phone calls, some like to use email, while others prefer live chat. And finally, make sure you offer 24/7 service.

Final Thoughts

Running an eCommerce business can be a very profitable venture, but only if you know how to keep costs low. Having a lot of money coming into your store doesn’t mean anything unless you pay attention to how much money is staying. So make sure to reduce those business costs with the tips you read about here starting today.