Mike Fox, a startup e-commerce entrepreneur had big dreams of creating a premium athleticwear brand for men that is both durable and functional. With a background in design and a passion for fashion, he set out to create high-quality products to launch his first collection for Club 05. However, Mike quickly realized the amount of time, money, effort, and overall energy required to source product successfully.
Meet Heyo customer Jeff Jan, owner and president of solostove.com, a company that sells wood-burning camping stoves and accessories. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Solo Stove was already working with a fan base in the tens of thousands. What Jeff wanted to do was increase email capture through a sweepstakes on the Solo Stove Facebook fan page, in order to improve their email marketing reach.
For Marlon Hanks, marketing has always been the way he puts food on the table. Even in those times when, he says, ventures didn’t work out the way he planned, his approach has never wavered… he always puts his customers first.
You know how we’re always advising online retailers to sell what they know best? Well, Eric Nieves is one online merchant who was way ahead of the game when he chose Doba as his start-up’s product sourcing and drop-ship partner.
It doesn’t hurt that Travis Shofner spent a decade as a manager within a big-name convenience store chain. That experience helped hone his skills in merchandising, customer service, and making a profit; all of which came in handy when he decided to embrace a new career in online retail.
Rupesh Sanghavi has been selling online for nearly 10 years, but it’s the last year-and-a- half that really caught our attention. You see, Rupesh is the founder and CEO of an online retailing enterprise that has hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise sourced and drop-shipped from Doba just last year. At last count, this Über Doba-affiliated merchant (active with us since August 2008) has more than 60 employees working for him in three countries, including the U.S. and India.
Our featured retailer this week is Kelan Kline (EpicBuyz on eBay), a young man whose parents told him he needed to get a job when he was 14 years old. He did just that, grabbing up stuff around the house and selling it on eBay. After emptying the household of everything that wasn’t nailed down, Kelan says he needed to find other items to sell and that’s when he developed an interest in working with suppliers and manufacturers who drop ship.
Anyone that’s been keeping an eye on the current happenings of the Facebook commerce arena will tell you that there’s been some major shakeups recently amongst the key players as Ecwid (the largest provider of Facebook stores), absorbed their top competitor, Payvment, as well as Payvment’s customer base. For Doba retailers, it’s a great time to learn how to sell products on Facebook, and how our software integrates with Ecwid to make the process simple.
Doba has long had a mutually beneficial relationship with ProStores, the eBay company that helps small- and medium-sized businesses sell their products and services online. Basically, ProStores provides merchants everything they need to set up, design, and manage a customizable virtual storefront at their own Internet domain, and Doba provides those very same merchants with easy access to the 1.74 million SKUs in our product catalog, all of which can be drop-shipped by our affiliated suppliers to ProStores’ end customer/buyer.
After three decades working for a telecommunications company, Jerry Rodriguez retired in 2007 and, being a young fellow with lots of energy, opened his own restaurant. Jerry will be the first to tell you there was a flaw in his timing and the economy wasn’t cooperating one bit with his plans.