I keep hearing the question, “Who is Shopify Handshake for?”, so I’m here with a post to help answer that question!
ONLINE WHOLESALE PLATFORMS
Buying wholesale online has become so much easier since the Pandemic hit. Many retail store owners continue to travel to markets, like AmericasMart or Dallas or Las Vegas Mart to buy. Personally, this continues to be the preferred way to buy for my own store, but the convenience of buying online has been worth exploring, it has some perks and it’s becoming very popular.
Listeners of the Savvy Shopkeeper Retail Podcast and community members in the Shopkeeper’s Academy are a mix of Makers with online shops, E-commerce store owners AND brick and mortar business owners. Retail has evolved so much over the years, right?
So it only makes sense that I share information about Faire, Tundra and the online wholesale marketplace industry overall.
Well, Shopify has officially joined the online wholesale marketplace space with Handshake.
Shopify says Handshake:
- “Gives retailers access to tens of thousands of products from handpicked suppliers
- Brings new business to brands that sell wholesale
- Connects retailers and suppliers to create lasting, scalable relationships
Handshake does this all from within the Shopify ecosystem. So if you’re already using Shopify, your inventory, billing, and orders will all be in the same places you’re used to.“
HOW CAN SOMEONE SELL ON HANDSHAKE?
In order to sell on Handshake, you have to be an existing Shopify merchant. This means your website and online store must already be on Shopify and if so, you can apply to be a merchant on Handshake. Currently there are no fees or commission to sell on Handshake! So if you’re already selling retail on Shopify, now you can sell wholesale on Handshake too and manage it all in one place. Click HERE to apply to sell on Handshake.
HOW CAN SOMEONE BUY ON HANDSHAKE?
If you’re a brick and mortar store owner, you can simply apply to buy on the platform. Of course you’ll need to prove you’re a retailer, by providing your tax ID number and other validating information but the application process is easy. I did it myself. Click HERE to apply to buy on Handshake.
I’m excited to share that I’ve partnered with Shopify and the Handshake platform for a giveaway! From May 11, 2021 to June 8, 2021, you can earn multiple entries for a chance to win one of three retailer prize packs!
Huge Retailer Prize Pack
The retailer prize pack contains products and services that will take you and your business to the next level.
- One-on-one coaching from the Savvy Shopkeeper
- Money to spend on Shopify hardware
- Vouchers for professional product photography
- Access to the Shopkeeper’s Academy learning platform
We’ve all experienced many changes since the pandemic started and we often have to pivot as retailers. The pandemic brought this style of buying and selling front and center because it’s virtual and convenient. Are you embracing this new side of retail? Are you currently buying or selling through online wholesale marketplaces? I’d love to know!