When we were market testing Rapid Deployment, a common theme we found among business owners was a desire to “prepare” for a future e-commerce strategy without rushing into it. Sometimes there are logistical concerns such as credit card acceptance, common carrier shipping or a lack of staff to process smaller orders. Sometimes there are conflicting policies regarding e-commerce with certain manufacturers. And of course, there is always the issue of retail vs. wholesale pricing.
If you are considering a move to full e-commerce down the line, Rapid Deployment offers you the ability to create an e-commerce site with the e-commerce toggled “off” for either the whole catalog or any portion of it. This gives our clients the opportunity to begin serving their customers in a real way, without rushing to full e-commerce. Your new web site can go live quickly but you can take your time building your product catalog over a period of time….perfect for situations where product images, good marketing descriptions, product weights and other data fields may be incomplete in the short term but highly desirable in the long term.
If desired, we can keep a basic shopping cart but re-label it as a quote so “add to cart” becomes “add to quote” and “view cart” becomes “view quote” After the checkout, your salesperson has everything they need to get back to the prospective customer with your best price.
May 23, 2013 Distant Horizon E-Commerce Systems have processed 35,985 orders in the last 12 months totaling $6,730,515.89