At Mirakl, we get asked all the time: “what is the difference between dropship and marketplace?” Because the terms are often used interchangeably, there is an incredible amount of confusion about the important distinctions between dropship and marketplace. This post will clear up that confusion, succinctly outline the differences between the two models, and show how the models work together and why every retailer needs a marketplace (whether utilizing dropshipping or not).
Let’s face it: Amazon Business is crushing it. Whether it be doing over $1 Billion in revenue in its first year of operation, or winning a $5.5 Billion public sector contract, Amazon is setting the standard for B2B procurement in the same way it did for B2C procurement.
Running online promotions can be a powerful way to boost sales. Having a Marketplace where 3rd party sellers can offer promotions to your customers will increase sales even further. Not only are online sales sensitive to pricing, but a Marketplace is unburdened by the constraints of retail. Without worrying about inventory stock, or the pressure of profitability, you can run Marketplace deals, sales, and marketing campaigns that drive real impact - surprisingly significant impat. The first time a Mirakl customer in the fashion space applied promotions on Marketplace products using the strategies outlined below, they realized a 272% growth in month over month sales revenue.
As detailed in a recent MarketWatch article, retailers Macy’s and Kohls are struggle to catch up to what journalist Tonya Garcia calls “the Amazon effect,” as evidenced by their weak holiday sales at the end of 2016. What’s more, both Macy’s and Sears recently announced more store closings in 2017.