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A couple of weeks ago, we shared our thoughts around the importance of Alibaba’s IPO for the future of ecommerce. Because the Chinese startup makes sourcing products more accessible to small businesses, it evens the playing field so that anyone can find and purchase unique wholesale merchandise. Today we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Alibaba.com to allow you to easily tap into the largest sourcing ecosystem on the planet.
What does it mean for your business? For starters, beginning in 2015 you’ll have direct access from your control panel to a global market of trusted manufacturers offering unique products. You’ll also have access to other Alibaba services to help ensure a seamless and safe experience throughout the sourcing and logistics cycle.
Here’s what’s coming down the pike in 2015:
Convenient access to new and hard-to-find inventory
Whether you’re a new online store or just trying to expand your catalog, finding the right products for your store is one of the top challenges ecommerce entrepreneurs face every day. In fact, industry research shows that 84% of online sellers find that establishing a dropship supplier or wholesaler relationship is the biggest roadblock to starting an online business. With the integration of Wholesale Checkout, Alibaba.com’s wholesale marketplace with products at low prices and low minimum order quantities, finding new and niche products that match your store’s vision is easier than ever.
Shortened and simplified sourcing cycle
Sometimes as a store owner, you see a cool product that you have to have in your store, but you don’t know where to find it. With Bigcommerce’s integration of Alibaba, you can source products directly from manufacturers around the world. This includes searching for suppliers, issuing a query, and receiving quotes within 48 hours with the AliSourcePro service.
Safe and secure way to connect with trusted suppliers from around the world
It can be a little scary buying from manufacturers halfway around the world. To help ease any pre-purchase anxiety, Alibaba independently verifies all manufacturers. And to ensure your purchase is safe and meets your expectations, you’ll have access to Alibaba.com buyer services such as Escrow, a payment protection program, and third-party inspectors for quality control.
We’re excited to help make it even easier to dream big and sell more. We can’t wait to roll these features out in 2015. Before it hits your Bigcommerce control panel, check out Alibaba’s Buyers’ Guide to see how Alibaba.com works and familiarize yourself with their offerings.
Get your burning questions answered about Buying from Alibaba: shipping, taxes, security and more.
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