Brandon Gracey of Handshake recently ran through the importance of B2B eCommerce in a webinar episode. He highlighted various points ranging from statistics to implementation.
What Is It?
A fairly simple yet robust method, B2B eCommerce is an online commerce transaction between two businesses. And in this webinar, Gracey highlighted that transaction between wholesaler and retailers. Another important item he highlighted was that current projections show 56% of B2B buyers will complete their purchases online in the coming years instead of through field sales.
5 Reasons You Need It
A surefire way to encourage usage of B2B eCommerce is to have the user see the value of it first hand and then see how easy it is to use. It’s a total user experience that needs to be cultivated within the given platform of that individual wholesaler.
Direct v Marketplace
B2B eCommerce provides a unique experience outside the realm of traditional ordering processes. The direct connection highlights your product only, while keeping a hub that is all about you and free from distractions. The marketplace, however, allows the user to compare and contrast different products.
In conclusion, Gracey highlighted the vital role of sales reps within the B2B eCommerce methodology. He said their role has turned into a more strategic mentality and less of a transactional one. The tried and true quote is ever more present with B2B eCommerce — “people buy from people.” By empowering these reps with the tools and sufficient training, all parties in the wholesaling and retailing sides will benefit from B2B eCommerce.
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