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Bigcommerce and Alibaba Make it Easy to Find and Sell Products Online

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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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  • I think this statement needs more definition, “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.” It’s not like Alibaba has a track record of safety and quality. If Alibaba has quality procedures that you believe in, perhaps state what those are.

  • Hi Picnic Kingdom,

    You’re right, everyone can currently go to Alibaba to start sourcing right now. There’s no reason to wait.

    This partnership makes it convenient to have access to affordable, unique products and Alibaba’s solutions. It’s a single end-to-end platform for sourcing, selling, shipping and analytics direct from the control panel. We hope it will be even easier for our clients to compete on a global level.

  • Hi Picnic Kingdom,

    You’re right, everyone can currently go to Alibaba.com to start sourcing right now. There’s no reason to wait. The true value of our integration is that it’s a single end-to-end platform for sourcing, selling, shipping and analytics direct from the control panel. This partnership make it even easier to have access to affordable, unique products and Alibaba’s solutions.

  • This is nothing very exciting. Of course Alibaba has been around for a long time and is accessible right now through their website. No need to wait until 2015. Adding a connection via the BC control panel is really of no use, other than for BigCommerce to say it has a relationship with Alibaba. Perhaps those in BigCommerce ownership bought a few shares of Alibaba’s IPO?

  • I’m trying to see how this works for dropship businesses. Since most eCommerce sites only sell things in onesy, twosey amounts, having minimum purchase requirements as indicated in the wholesale checkout section of Alibaba’s site doesn’t seem to solve the hands-off (and no cost), no-inventory dropship model.

    Of course, folks could do what I have done in the past and set up a draw account with a manufacturer over there that requires a minimum purchase dollar amount and, perhaps, get them to dropship a single order at a time (shipping costs can get a little pricey and delivery times can be lengthy, though).

    I’ll be interested to see how BC integrates these things!

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