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Startup Story #11: Devaraj Southworth on how Thirstie is empowering the Cocktail Culture with On-Demand Technology

Guest User 6th April 2015

Throughout the journey of Startup Stories, I have often discussed how a plethora of on-demand startups are making their way into our daily lives. CB Insights recently published an article, ‘Unbundling Craigslist – $8.87 Billion Raised to Date by Startups’, in which they discussed the growing trend of veThirstie logorticalization of mobile/web on demand marketplaces. As multiple startups with similar services are squeezing their way into a single market, they are highly recommended to offer something extra and out-of-the-box. One such startup that is providing not just a marketplace but also extra goodies is Thirstie.

This on-demand wine and spirits delivery company is working towards connecting Liquor Retailers and Customers via web and mobile based application. Not only this, this on demand startup also offers cocktail recipes, wine tasting notes and other cool things to keep its customers updated with the latest cocktail culture.

In conversation with Devaraj Southworth, Founder and CEO of Thirstie.

 

Q: Tell us about Thirstie?

A: Thirstie is an on-demand alcohol delivery service allowing you to get wine, beer and spirits delivered when you want it, where you want it. We cater to consumers who are embracing the convenience of on-demand services. Thirstie is also the go-to discovery tool for those seeking inspiration and want to dive deeper into the cocktail culture.

At our core, we are a marketplace. The software integrates with merchant inventory and allows consumers to browse, select and pay for these prdevaraj southworth headshotoducts entirely within the app or via our website. Consumers living an on-demand lifestyle are looking for an easy in-app experience and online social validation. A frictionless payment transaction is baked into it—all payment/credit card info is saved locally in the app and order confirmation is sent prior to delivery.

Thirstie was created by tech and liquor industry specialists who are deeply rooted in mobile and tech trends; offering solutions for user intent and sales driven content. We combine drink discovery with instant shopping and the gratification of timely alcohol delivery.

Q: How does Thirstie work?

A: Thirstie provides those that live on-demand lifestyles with an option to have the tedious task of picking up alcohol to be instead delivered to their home or office in 30-60 minutes. We’re a national company servicing Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, NYC, Long Island, Washington D.C., Jersey City, Hoboken and Norwalk, CT with Houston and Dallas launching next. Thirstie also guides consumers to discover drinks new and old through our content discovery platform at thirstie.com and in-app recipes. More to come.

We partner with local liquor store partners that provide delivery services. Currently we are partnered with more than 115 liquor retailers in major cities across the U.S. We work side by side with each and every retailer to make sure the integration process into their system is seamless with minimal training needed. Thirstie strives to be a tool of convenience for the consumer, but also a marketing tool for our retail partners that will help them to grow their customer base and improve retention.

Q: What made you and your co-founder decide to come up with the idea of On-Demand Alcohol?

A: We realized there is global trend that embraces on-demand in general; and by in-large this is a convenience play. When the product is at your door in an hour, it is addicting and people love the experience. Thirstie was created to empower the growth of cocktail culture in an on-demand world. The wine and spirits industry has taken notice of cocktail culture’s return as a result of new technological advancements, culinary innovations, the craft evolution, and high-end spirits products that have helped inspire both the novice and experienced bartender. We give consumers a tool that adds convenience to drinking and helps fuel those in-home celebrations.

Q: What sets Thirstie apart from the competition?

A: Thirstie sets itself apart from others by focusing on the consumer’s journey down the spirits purchase path. We are differentiating ourselves by building a parallel path alongside the consumer; being there from their initial point of discovery, all the way through to consumption. To do this, Thirstie is emerging as a content company that will enable and enhance its e-commerce platform. Content drives traffic and has an incremental effect on the consumer’s “purchase intent” and driving their repeat usage.

Since our focus is engagement e.g. in-app cocktail recipes, we offer our users much more than a just a “menu of products.” We have a seasoned and well respected senior team with years of experience not just in wine and spirits, but mobile tech, on-demand sales, and spirits compliance.4281922_G

Q: Put some light on the technology used to build Thirstie?

A: Our technology is based on the best-of-breed technology standards using an open source stack to build the platform. We are currently using MySQL for the database, Python/Apache/Tornado for the platform, and Pearl/Object C/and Java for the Presentation applications.

Built for scale and requires a minimal investment in hardware and database infrastructure to be scalable to 100M+ customers. The Thirstie process and technology allows us to optimize for a Mobile first development approach. Separation of customer facing applications (Customer’s delivery application and the Merchant Dashboard) from the platform enables us to build across multiple verticals on the same platform in the future.

Q: What was technically the most challenging part of developing Thirstie?

A: The most challenging part about Thirstie was ensuring a smooth User Journey across the entire platform and with our partners while at the same time building a scalable, secure, and fast service. To build such a robust platform we have to manage the operations with our stores, integrate with partners such as Glympse & Foodily, and ensure a safe e-commerce experience for our customers’ purchases. Thirstie follows a Domain Based architecture approach to ensure flexibility and scalability; enforces a strict security policy for encryption, data transmission, and persistence with our partners; and uses a proprietary routing and delivery algorithm to ensure quick delivery to our customers from our retail partners.

Q: How are you marketing Thirstie to make it a first preference in the market?

A: Since our focus is on providing a full discovery-to-drink engagement plan with our in-app cocktail recipes and content, we offer our users much more than a just a “menu of products.” Consumers are increasingly interested in being a part of the cocktail culture and this is reflected by people hosting more parties, going to wine and liquor tastings and attending mixology courses.

Q: How is Thirstie contributing towards revolutionizing the on-demand sector?

A: We’re helping consumers experience and discover spirits, and delivering to them in 30-60 minutes — in essence we are changing the way consumers celebrate. We’re also helping small retailers, who tend to have very small budgets to attract customers. We help retailers expand their footprint by providing them with a digital platform to reach thousands of new millennial consumers that want the convenience of a streamlined and efficient delivery experience (versus visiting a retailer in person). And, lastly, we support the spirits producers as they typically have no direct path to communicate with individual customers.

Q: How are you planning to position Thirstie against prospective competition, and how will you sustain your USP?

A: Early-on, we understood the shopper’s main digital purchase conundrums and knew that content is a driving force for any transaction-based e-commerce platform. Consumers need to be educated, inspired to make a purchase, and retained through an engaging/beautiful experience. If you take a look at Thirstie versus our competitors’ web landing pages, you will immediately understand what we mean.

Q: How difficult it is to manage 100 retailers in cities like LA, Miami, New York & SF and to keep a check on the quality?

A: It’s all about being laser focused on customer service. Every day our operations team works with our retailers to ensure their delivery persons are up to speed, performing to mutually agreed upon standards, managers have extracted updated inventories, and most importantly they are happy. We also make sure to regularly update all store owner on Thirstie’s progress as a business, so they are always in the know. Happy retailers mean happy customers. And we take the management of these partner relationships very seriously and to date have not lost a single retailer.

We have a dedicated Customer Service team that manages orders and if and when there is an “uh-oh” moment, they’re on it. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that things will run smoothly 100 percent of the time, but we have developed a solid system to help manage the process.images

Q: Thirstie raised $1.1M in a recent round of funding. What would be your future plans for expanding Thirstie?

A: Launch our service in at least 10 new markets this year, speed customer acquisition, enhance product development, release several of our industry differentiators, sign more affiliate partners, and provide additional customer support.

Q: Where do you see Thirstie 5 years down the line?

A: We see ourselves as a global company offering the convenience of on-demand alcohol delivery to millions of people around the world. On-demand businesses work best at scale, so we see ourselves lowering delivery minimums to virtually nothing, and eliminating delivery fees so our service becomes accessible, and even more appealing to a broader audience.

Q: If given a chance to go back, what would you want to do differently that you could have done earlier?

A: Businesses, large and small, face numerous challenges. Determining what to prioritize, when everything is a top priority, is the biggest challenge of all. If we could go back in time, we would certainly do a few things differently. One thing we would have done differently would have been to give higher priority to the development of our content platform. More to come.

Q: What is the biggest hurdle that you faced or are still facing?

A: Fundraising is a hurdle that we’re currently facing. Even though the fundraising process was very straightforward, it takes a lot of time and organization. It’s difficult to keep the balance between raising capital and working on the product. Though our process was very straightforward, it’s crushingly time consuming. Communicating the message to potential investors that we are purely a marketing platform versus an alcohol company had its challenges, and took a lot of work. Lastly, pitching and getting a commitment is just half the battle. Getting your investor to execute agreements and wire the funds can take weeks if not longer — for no other reason than we all lead extremely busy lives.

This greenfield market also causes some moving and shaking that needs to be watched closely. There will be competition from both small and large players, and as a first mover and market leader, we see this as an opportunity. There will be failures, consolidation and buyouts by larger companies watching the start-ups test the waters. To avoid potential future obstacles, it’s imperative to have a pivot strategy. It’s especially important to be flexible and nimble.

While this isn’t a hurdle per se, it’s important that we are balancing our efforts to make our stakeholders happy. We must continually focus on the consumer and ensure you’re keeping them happy. It’s just a business reality. Given we have two sets of customers, our consumers and our retail partners, we need to keep both equally happy. That’s where our industry expertise not just in consumer products, but also on the retail side, will ultimately drive a superior experience for both stakeholder sets.

Q: Which Entrepreneur do you admire the most?

A: I am a big fan of Airbnb’s co-founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia. Although they had their share of struggles, they never gave up. When would-be investors laughed at them and told them in 2008 that that there was “no way” their idea would fly, Brian and Joe didn’t take no for an answer. They had passion, believed they could disrupt a market, and look at them now. They recently reported raising a new round of financing that values their company at $20 billion. The alcohol delivery marketplace is going to be full of challenges for sure, and though we are on course for success, it was hard in the early goings. I’ll always keep Brian and Joe’s story close.

Q: Any words of advice for all the startups out there who are trying to make it big like Thirstie.

A: Look to solve a real problem, focus on a large addressable market, build a strong, experienced team, and spend the time needed to find role players and future leaders. Ensure you have either a technical or product co-founder, and lastly be prepared to pivot sooner than you think.

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Gig platforms will be highly popular

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The gig economy will be all-inclusive

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Freelancing is contingent-based work. Therefore, enterprises must find a professional who can deliver high-quality results within a deadline. For the end product to match with output expectations, a company needs to hire a qualified freelancer with a strong work ethic. Current marketplaces offer a myriad of options to choose from, which may lead the hiring process to run astray.

High charges and additional costs

Finding professional freelancers in a talent marketplace can be hefty. Hiring gig workers the conventional way may require you to pay a premium. Moreover, the seller’s quoted price may not correspond with the quality or the effort needed to complete the assignment. Having a personalized talent marketplace can help enterprises bypass the added costs and hire freelancers through a more standardized process.

Prevalence of fraud sellers

Some gig platforms in the market practice less control over their listings and service renderers profiles. This, in turn, makes room for possible fraudulent activity. Not every seller listed on freelance marketplaces offers genuine services, which can often result in employers getting scammed. For example, a service seller may demand payment through unusual routes or may commit identity theft. Staying clear of these rampant malevolent practices can be tough if you’re using a freelance marketplace. 

Commission charges

Freelance marketplaces are an attractive avenue to look for talent due to their cost-efficiency. However, most freelance platforms charge commissions that can eat into the costs you’re saving by hiring a freelance professional. This can make it impractical for companies to outsource work to freelancers and would rather have someone on payroll to do it since the commission charges often offset the savings that companies would otherwise enjoy.

Fake reviews about the sellers

A lot of freelance marketplaces are fiercely competitive due to the large number of professionals offering their services on the platform. Most platforms reward professionals with higher ratings and reviews by giving them more visibility and thereby more work. This could push a significant number of these professionals to fake reviews and inflate their ratings to seem attractive to potential customers. Companies who hire such freelancers are often left feeling disappointed with the quality of work delivered despite ratings and reviews seeming promising. It’s hard and might be impossible to tell fake reviews and ratings apart from legitimate ones. An internal marketplace for your company will give you control over the ratings and reviews, which can help you pick the right professional for the job.

Too many options to choose from

Most freelance marketplaces today are brimming with people looking for work, however, that’s a poor indicator of the quality of work delivered. People might bid on projects even though they might not have a background in them, or have the adequate skills to perform the tasks. This can leave customers confused with far too many offers to pick from and most of these offers aren’t worth the price. An internal talent marketplace can give your company control over vetting professionals to make sure they have the right skill profile for the services you require. Further, this can help you pick the best offers from verified, skilled professionals, saving you time and money without compromising on the quality of work.

Poor insight on past performance

Platforms that offer freelance services often lack a system that lets you gauge the performance of freelancers. Ratings and reviews posted by other customers can be misleading and irrelevant to your organization’s requirements. A talent marketplace custom-built for your company can help management take stock of how efficiently the freelancers can contribute to the company. Freelancers onboarded on your site will not only have the right skill set that you require but also be more familiar with the working of your company. This allows them to be better acquainted with the kind of results you expect and work towards delivering that. Better compliance with requirements and specific data points tailored to your needs will help you understand and gauge performance. 

Poor integration into existing teams

One of the major issues with freelance marketplaces today is the inability of remote workers to collaborate and integrate with existing teams working on a project. This leads to discord and a lack of coordination between people or teams working on the project and thereby reduces efficiency drastically. However, freelancers on your platform can help your teams integrate better with remote workers due to familiarity with processes and other company-specific ways of doing things.

Communication gap

Freelancers offering their services on generic marketplaces often face a communication gap with the client. The freelance professional will not be able to do their best if the platform doesn’t allow them to communicate with the client easily. This communication barrier can make it difficult for your work to be done as you intended it.S

Solution

Building a custom talent marketplace for your business is a great way to get more work done, faster and better. This can help your company save on precious time, money, and human resources while also being more efficient with the outcomes. Companies around the world are shifting focus to building a internal talent marketplace helping them achieve better results in tasks they have an aptitude for while relying on remote freelance platform to execute on-demand tasks.

 The pandemic has proven quite disastrous for businesses that failed to look for talent beyond their payroll. Hiring remote workers can help your business function even when your full-time staff is unable to work. A talent marketplace builder like Husky can help your business scale new heights in a matter of a few simple steps. Get in touch with us to find out how to go about building a custom freelance marketplace for your business.

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In a fast-changing online landscape, businesses have to constantly evolve to stay relevant. Current business trends point to owning a flexible method to both sales and marketing to get the best out of your business. In the present scheme of things, businesses are adopting newer methods of moving their product. The popular one that is picking up steam is the direct to consumer sales. 

What is D2C?

Direct to consumer sales is nothing but preempting the middlemen involved in your supply chain and selling directly to your consumers. This has become quite prevalent in the market now with big brands following the same. Apple, for example, has always pushed sales on its websites, apart from retail stores. With consumers preferring online shopping these days, Apple has the chance to sell more phones and computers, not to mention accessories, on their D2C website. Direct to consumer sales eliminates the multitude of processes involved in the traditional way of selling and helps you reach out to your target audience directly. It also promotes better understanding of your customer base and fosters a good relationship with your customers.

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Does Direct to Consumer Work Better?

Is DTC better than traditional sales? This question is easy to answer. When the DTC mode of business is applied to different products, we can arrive at a conclusion that is verifiable. According to a study by Profitwell, at least 80% of the population in the USA shop online at least once a year. The numbers might differ for India but we can rest assured that online shoppers have only increased in number. With easy access to internet data and mobile apps bringing products to the consumers easily, more and more people are shopping online. So, as a business, you have the groundwork laid out for you and you can expect an uptick in D2C sales if you target your audience the right way.

The fashion retail industry is one of the best cases for the study of whether D2C works better. Big brands across India have seen a 75% increase in online sales for clothes, shoes and fashion accessories. In fact, online sales outweigh retail sales by quite a margin. So, the fashion industry can rely on direct to consumer sales to offer growth. Furthermore, given the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all of the turnover for fashion giants has been through online shopping. 

The Impact of Direct to Consumer Brands

In a direct to consumer business, you can do away with wholesalers, distributors and retailers. The only thing to focus on is marketing your brand better. It is interesting to note that the marketing budget for brands has increased exponentially over the last few years. This is mainly due to the popularity of smartphones and computers. Social media, without a doubt, plays a huge role in getting your product to the consumers. By having a proper marketing plan and emphasising on direct sales, your brand can reach new heights.

What the direct-to-consumer brands bring to the market is a refined and sophisticated method of trade that is both easy and high-yielding. It is gaining traction as the preferred mode of business globally. Reduced costs, lower overhead and fast-to-market are qualities that play a big role in attracting new businesses across industries, both small and large scale.

Why Choose a D2C Business?

Brands are directly going to the consumers. In this new era of digital marketing, users have become more intelligent and aware. Brands that are able to keep up and capture the market are the real winners. A D2C business has the flexibility to adapt to new markets and it is quite easy to set up. On the flipside, since it is a novel method of business, many are reluctant to go direct. However, the numbers speak for themselves and trends show that a high number of businesses are conforming to the new world.

If you are the owner of a new business, you may be aware of the challenges that you have to endure. However, taking a proactive measure and launching a direct to consumer business can very well work in your favour. The low investment is surely the talking point here and so is your chance to create a favourable online presence. Tiger by Jungleworks is the D2C platform that can get you off to a flying start.

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Creating an online store used to be a cumbersome process earlier but now with Tiger, you can have your D2C platform designed and ready within a day. Give your customers the best digital experience on your online store with a host of product listings, faster checkout, multiple payment gateways and order tracking facilities. 

From an administrative point of view, Tiger offers:

  • Easy-to-use technology: Tiger is designed in a way that is user-friendly and simple.
  • Seamless UI & UX: Delivering a robust and immersive experience in every step of the way is something that your business requires.
  • Customized themes and layouts: Your company design, logo, colour scheme, favoured theme and much more can be incorporated to give you the best authentic experience that you deserve.
  • Multiple third-party integration support: APIs to embed features such as geo-location, social media support, payment plugins, etc. are made available so your website is fully functional.
  • AI-enabled live chat: Customer support is hugely aided by a 24/7 live chat feature that uses Artificial Intelligence to respond to incoming customer queries and pending service tickets. 
  • Automated marketing: Setting up email and SMS marketing right from your D2C platform takes you a step further to your customers.
  • In-buit Reporting; Gaining valuable insights of your performance, productivity, sales, marketing and more is necessary for business growth. With the report feature, you can steer your business the right way.

Not only this, Tiger is quite cost-effective and offers quick implementation. Direct to consumer brands have a real advantage launching their businesses online with the help of Tiger. 

The Future of DTC

Direct to consumer business is here to stay. In the last year alone, 11% of D2C businesses enjoyed a turnover of $100 million or more. Given how new the business template is, that figure is quite impressive. As major giants are stepping into the game, it is a testament to the fact that the future of DTC looks promising and bright. DTC is being termed as the “hot new thing” in the world of commerce and that can only mean that everyone is going to be flocking to it. This trend is here to stay until something better comes along.

The Future of DTC

Conclusion

Be it a startup or a retail setup, entering the virtual atmosphere is the need of the hour for your business. Websites and mobile apps have become quintessential to any business but with Tiger you can go several steps further. E-commerce is best done with the right kind of support and equipment. Tiger offers you both. With clients in more than 180 countries in the world, Jungleworks is quite experienced in the online market arena. Tiger is the platform that is built to launch businesses to the top tier. Decide what is right for your business and begin your online journey with Tiger by Jungleworks, for D2C is the future of retail and you will need the right help navigating that space. Book your demo today!

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“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

-Jimmy Johnson

All the hyperlocal marketplaces are similar and work in the same way. Yet some become unicorns while others struggle to grow. If you want to put in that little extra, it comes in the form of extensions. The integrations make your business automatic and faster for you while making the customer experience more convenient and pleasing. With Yelo, you create your dream hyperlocal marketplace. You connect your customers and merchants on a platform and facilitate them for a commission. 

Listed below are some of the most important integrations that you get along with your Yelo.

Introduction To Integrations

Yelo integrations are the APIs available for you to automate your fulfillment process, provide customers with better experience and provide you a competitive edge over your competitors.

What are APIs?

API stands for Application Programming Interface. 

It is a software intermediary that allows two applications to communicate with one another. You utilise an API every time you use an app like Facebook, send an instant message, or check the weather on your phone. In the case of Yelo, you get access to 500+ such integrations to make this experience seamless.

But which ones should you choose for your business? How will they help your use case? Let’s explore important categories of integrations available with Yelo.

  1. Delivery Management System
  2. Payment Gateway
  3. Point of Sale
  4. Rewards, Wallets and Gift Cards
  5. Invoice
  6. CRM
  7. SMS, email and chat
  8. Facebook Store Integration
  9. Google Analytics
  10. Recurring Tasks
  11. Custom Order
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Delivery Management System

A delivery management system or distribution management system is a platform that digitizes your market’s logistic operations like task allocation, dispatching, route planning, vehicle tracking, etc. Its ability to track fleet in real-time, understand traffic and weather patterns, ensures high levels of visibility, and reduces the cost per mile. It also enhances the customer experience by generating accurate ETA’s and eliminating the chances of delay.

Choosing the right DMS is of utmost importance for a hyperlocal marketplace like Yelo where delivery is of primary importance. The food, grocery, or service needs to be delivered at the earliest, thus minimizing the processing time and allocating it to the concerned person can help in customer delight.

A perfect example of DMS in the hyperlocal marketplace is Dominos, their whole campaign ran around a delivery time of 30 min. If they can’t deliver pizza in 30 min, it is to be delivered free. You can also do the same by opting for Tookan from integrations. If you already have a DMS, Yelo also allows you to integrate them with itself.

Payment Gateway

A payment gateway is an online service that allows you to make and receive payments. You can consider it as a metaphorical cash register in an online transaction. The most popular of them are Paypal, Stripe, Razorpay and Paytm. Yelo offers over 100 payment gateway integrations so that you can receive payments from all around the globe.

Point of Sale (POS)

Many merchants believe that payment gateway and Point of Sale are the same but this can’t be far from true. Like payment gateways, POS systems are used to accept credit and debit card payments. However, they are internet-based and operated solely by the merchant, with no direct input of the information by the customer. The purpose of a POS system setup is to improve sales and profits by keeping track of all transactions at the retail store. These systems are also responsible for keeping the business data well-managed and ensuring that you don’t miss any transaction records.

Rewards, Wallets and Gift Cards

There is a reason why rewards, wallets, and gift cards are very popular in the retail business. Every time a customer gets a reward or gift card, he gets a shot of dopamine in his brain, which gives him a feeling of achievement. This is the same chemical responsible for alcohol and gambling addiction. In the marketplace, This motivates him to make more purchases to earn more rewards.

Providing the rewards in the wallet will ensure that the rewards will be redeemed only on your platform thus generating you revenue.

Providing gift cards to customers on their birthdays and special occasions, can improve brand loyalty.

For enabling this extension, you first need to enable a payment extension.

Invoice

Although Yelo enables you to generate and customize your invoice, Yet Xero can help you with accounting and creating invoices for every order more efficiently and effectively.

CRM

CRM or customer relationship management is one of the most important aspects of business that need to be focused on if you want to be successful. Yelo comes with free CRM integrations named Bulbul, enabling you to bring data from the user’s Yelo store, including customers, orders, and products, into the Bulbul platform. It gathers all customers’ data in one place and helps you provide value to the customer. You may interact with your customers through SMS, email or calls. You may generate leads from chat support systems as well.

Best part about Bulbul is that you can perform all these just by downloading the Bulbul app on your phone.

SMS/ email/ chat

To stay connected to your customers, Bulbul enables you to send SMS and email. There are other integrations as well that Yelo provides you especially for SMS in case you don’t want to integrate Bulbul. For SMS & email marketing, you can integrate Bumbl. In case you already have an SMS API like Exotel or Unifonic, you can integrate them as well.

Yelo provides your platform with a chat support system, Hippo. Hippo can enable your platform with the client-admin, merchant-admin, and client-merchant chats. 

Facebook Shops

By integrating your platform with Facebook, you can integrate your platform with Facebook pages. This would allow you to add products from your store to FB shops

Having a store on social media platforms not only generates sales but also build your brand awareness and brand association. It develops an audience and facilitates you to solve queries instantaneously. 

Yelo is working on integrating with other social media platforms too like Instagram and Pinterest.

Google Analytics

Yelo’s analytics provide you with in-depth insights about the orders, customers, and their engagement yet google analytics can be integrated with your platform to track every click on your website. You can check traffic sources, their demography, and behavior, and take the next steps for promotion accordingly.

Recurring Tasks

Recurring tasks integration enables your customers to schedule delivery for a particular time in the future. As the name suggests it enables platform tasks(orders) to recur, thus enabling customers to subscribe to products. You can enable particular stores and items to be subscribed to and delivered at a predetermined time. This is useful for various products like pantries, dairy, groceries, etc. It can enable your laundry business to provide services on a regular basis as well as restaurants on your platform to provide tiffin service to the customers.

Custom Order:

Custom order integration allows your customers to place their orders at their convenience. They can order whatever they want. In the case of food delivery, they can ask for a special kind of cake or dish. For pharmacy, they can ask for medicine that is not generally available, for laundry they can ask for a tent, and so on. 

How this works is that customers click on a phone icon on the banner panel and they can provide the admin with details of what they want by filling the form. They have to fill in details regarding the order, pickup, and delivery. As an admin, you get a notification for the same and you have to define the cost for that order. The customer gets the cost information and he wants to proceed with the defined amount, the order is placed successfully. 

Conclusion

The integrations are key to make your business stand out from the rest. Yelo provides you over 500 integrations, which is more than any other SaaS provider. Most of them are free. Why not take advantage of these integrations? You can explore them and enable the ones that best suit your business model or contact your product manager for the same.

Still wondering to open your online marketplace, book your 14 days free trial with Yelo now.

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Brands around the world are waking up to the potential of the direct-to-consumer model. Manufacturers can sell their products to consumers directly. This eliminates the need for middlemen who can eat into your profit margins.

In 2019, DTC e-commerce sales in the US accounted for $14.28 billion. This figure is projected to grow fast in the post-pandemic world that we’re all preparing for. Examples of successful direct-to-consumer brands include Warby Parker, Dollar Shave Club, and many more!

By going direct-to-consumer, you can offer your products to consumers at the lowest possible price while still making the most profit possible. By getting rid of middlemen and selling directly to consumers, brands can position their products in a more competitive price range, making them more accessible.

What Does Going Direct to Consumer Mean?

The Internet has changed the way we socialize and even how we shop. The unfortunate circumstances of the last year prompted the mass adoption of e-commerce platforms as a necessity. While lockdowns are easing around the world, consumers have warmed up to the convenience of e-commerce. That is unlikely to change after the world heals from the pandemic.

From 2016 to 2019, DTC eCommerce grew at three to six times the rate of overall eCommerce sales. Brands can leverage this growing adoption and offer their products to consumers at much lower price points without compromising on margins. By eliminating the need for middlemen, the cost of distribution can be reduced considerably. This will allow you to tap into economies of scale and expand your business exponentially.

To be successful as a direct-to-consumer brand, you have to focus on more than just manufacturing and production. You’ll also have the key to market your products the way you like and handle the after-sales support directly. Being prepared for this is what differentiates a successful brand. By choosing the right channels and tools to market your products, you can generate a lot of demand.

There is no dearth of marketing options in the digital age today. Once you’ve found the right customers and generated leads, it’s time to maximize conversions through disruptive promotions that competitors will not be able to match because their profit margins are lower than the direct-to-consumer model.  

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Why Is Going Direct to Consumer Important?

Going direct to consumer is important for brands because the competition is adopting this model at a growing pace across industries. Brands that adopt this model earlier will likely have the first-mover advantage going forward. Going direct-to-consumer can change the whole dynamic between the brand and consumers.

The internet has brought us closer than ever. By selling directly to the end-user, you’re able to establish a channel of direct interaction with them. Brands can improve their social media presence by taking advantage of this connection with consumers. Brands that relied on distributors and other middlemen will find that the direct-to-consumer model is a great avenue to build their business around.  

Take control of your merchandising and marketing to position your products the way you want rather than the way it fits into large multi-channel retailers’ catalogues.

Which type of brands can go direct to the consumer?

Brands that manufacture their products such as clothing, electronics, FMCG, and confectionaries will have the best prospects with the direct-to-consumer model. Highly customized products and commissioned art can also benefit from this model by doing away with collectives and auction houses.

How to make my brand direct to consumers?

There is no better way to take your brand directly to the consumer than through the Internet. The Internet is a democratized distribution channel that your brand can leverage to its fullest for unmatched reach.

Setting up your direct-to-consumer business platform is made easy with Tiger. Tiger lets you design and launches your platform with no coding knowledge required. You can customize the design language to match that of your brand for seamless design consistency.

Here are some of the key features Tiger offers:

  • Easy Listing: Create and manage listings easily with a dedicated product management dashboard.
  • Quick Filters and Search: Customers can easily search for the product of their choice by searching for terms on the user-friendly interface.
  • 24/7 Support: One of the most important aspects of the direct-to-consumer model is to offer a robust support line that customers can depend on and trust. Tiger offers real-time support chat that’s always accessible to customers who need help with their purchases.
  • Simplified Marketing: Tiger gives you the flexibility of automating your marketing campaigns through emails, newsletters, and other advertising strategies.

Powerful Integration Tools to Help Optimize Your Store and Marketing

Tiger gives you the best integration options with over 500 partners catering with support for 50+ languages and 100+ payment gateways. No matter your target market, you can find a compatible payment gateway to process your payments on your platform. 

With so many integration options, the possibilities are endless. You can optimize your store’s themes, search and filtering options and make it easier for customers to find products.

There is a sea of options that you can integrate into your store to give your customers the best experience. Remember, customer experience is fundamental to this model, and paying attention to it is important. 

A customer who enjoys their experience on your online store is more likely to return to it. It also increases the likelihood of them spreading the word among their friends and family. Organic marketing through word of mouth is the best and most reliable way to get more customers. Investing in your user experience goes a long way in the direct-to-consumer model.

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Measure Your Own Direct to Consumer Success with Real-Time Analytics

Running a business involves taking stock of how it’s performing and measuring your profitability. The reason you’re switching to the direct-to-consumer model is to maximize profitability. 

A convenient dashboard that gives you a complete overview of how your business is performing is part of Tiger. We designed this to be user-friendly and give you insights at a glance without the clutter. 

The store management suite includes a mobile app that you can use to manage your store on the go. It gives you key insights and analytics that you can use to make strategic decisions. Real-time data allows you to have complete control over your business at all times. 

Conclusion

The direct-to-consumer model is taking the world by storm as the dust from the pandemic settles. People will be incentivized to spend and revive the economy in the coming months and years. This is the perfect time for your business to invest in solutions that will help it be more profitable, by making fundamental changes to the distribution model. 

Brands that adopt this model sooner are going to be way ahead of the competition and have already established their online presence while other competitors will scramble to have a piece of the pie. 

The direct-to-consumer model is great for businesses across sectors and can help your business scale up quickly. Make the most of the opportunity and contact us now to see how we can help you set up your own DTC platform from scratch without needing coding knowledge.

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Uber is a ride-hailing service that provides the Uber mobile app, which allows you to submit a trip request that is automatically delivered to a nearby Uber driver, alerting them to your location. The Uber driver who accepts your request will then come to pick you up and bring you to your desired location.

Without you having to speak a word or take out your money, the Uber app calculates the driver’s navigational path, calculates the distance and fare, and transmits payment to the driver from your specified payment method.

Everything you need to know about Uber, including how it works, how to join up, and how to use it, is right here.

It is available in over 10,000 cities worldwide. You can see if it’s available in your city using this Uber webpage. 

Services That Uber Offers

In addition to allowing riders to request a ride, the Uber app has a number of other capabilities.

Since 2019, the Uber app has included London public transportation information, letting riders know if there is another way home. This is especially handy if you’re in an area where there’s a surge – a price increase owing to greater demand.

You may also add your work and home addresses to your Uber account, as well as other stored locations, such as the hotel you’ll be staying at while on vacation. This makes it easier to choose the “Where to?” destination.

“Trusted Contacts” can also be added to your Uber account. You can share your journey status with a simple tap once someone has been added as a Trusted Contact. It’s also possible to add a family member to your account and share your default payment method, allowing you to pay for your loved ones’ Uber rides while also receiving trip notifications.

Divide Fare is also a feature in the Uber app, which allows you to split the fare with anybody you’re riding with. Before this can happen, a contact must agree to Split Fare with you, and you will be charged a nominal cost.

Meanwhile, the Verify Your Trip function allows you to enter a PIN to ensure that you get into the correct car. For each trip, you will be given a new unique PIN, which you must share with your driver when they pick you up to begin your journey.

Other features that we haven’t covered in depth include Quiet Mode for UberBlack and UberSUV drivers in the United States. Our separate blog on Uber’s Business Insights includes detailed information on its business models, growth model and various other features

Uber Success Timeline

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A Successful Business Model

If you have ever travelled in a taxi, you might have paid the driver in cash at the end of your journey. The cash collected by each journey is the only source of revenue for a traditional cab company. Uber is no different. Neither does it have a different revenue model than the one mentioned above nor it has any other source of revenue as of now. But just imagine 1 million rides a day. It will help you calculate those big numbers that the company earns. Let’s dig a little deeper to understand Uber’s source of income.

What is uber technologies fee and what has made them so successful is the fact that the revenue model is as unique as their business model. It can be explained as:

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  • Different cab models to cater to everyone:

Uber has not limited itself to a particular segment of cars or to a particular segment of people. There is Uber X, Uber Black for those who love to travel in a black car, Uber Taxi for those looking for cost-efficient solutions and Uber SUV for those who want luxury.

  • Surge Pricing Technology:

Variation in cab fares according to the situation is an important aspect of their business model. Whenever the demand increases, per mile prices are automatically increased. The new price depends on the number of available drivers and the number of requests made by people who want to travel. It has applied for a price surge technology patent in the US.

  • Other Uber rides:

The company has come a long way from cabs. It now offers boats, helicopters, as well as some other transportation, means on demand. They recently launched a motor­cycle-pickup service in Paris, a delivery service in San Francisco, and an ice-cream-truck-delivery service in a few cities too. However, these means are available in selected geographical locations but it has led them to add new streams of revenue into its business model.

Takeaways From Uber’s Business Model

  • Go for a less ownership model. Uber does not own any cab but still provides over 1 million rides a day through its partner network.
  • Choose an industry. Think about the most common problem it has. Find a solution and disrupt the existing model through technological infrastructure. That is what Uber did in the cab industry.
  • Treat your initial users as kings. They are really important for the growth of your business.
  • Expand step by step. Do not add everything in your business model on the first go. Uber started with cabs but now even has boats, helicopters, bikes and other means.
  • Opportunity won’t come to you. You have to look for them. Uber created an opportunity by offering discounted rides for particular events/party venues and hence got its first customers.
  • Treat your workforce as an important part of your business. It calls its drivers as partners and gives them a decent 80% of the total fare.

Thinking to open your own online marketplace just like uber or any other big brand, hola! you are at right place. Yelo provides you a large no. of customized options to built whitelabel online platform in some fraction of time.

However, starting an on-demand Uber-clone app comes with its set of dos and don’ts.

But with the right expertise and direction, it is navigable and highly rewarding. 

We have compiled a list of resources for you to look into to get more info on how you can get started with your own such business –

What is the cost to start an uber like business

How to be the next Uber for X? Brilliant ideas to get started!

Become the next Uber of Everything: Diversify your On-Demand Business

11 Uber for X Startups that Failed – are you making the same Mistakes?

Uber and the Aspiring Entrepreneur

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How Yelo Helps Leverage All These Benefits At An Optimum Cost.

Yelo is a pre-managed hyperlocal marketplace development platform that gives you access to ready-to-use elements for creating your marketplace.

In technical terms, we will call Yelo a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) system that allows users to create a new product using the SaaS’s abilities and features without writing even a single line of code, designing, and testing. The reasons why you should use Yelo to build a marketplace like Uber are manifold. For Instance –

  • Build Without Coding
  • Proficient management abilities
  • Single-day launch
  • Extensive features and functions
  • Integrations
  • Design your marketplace
  • Multiple payment gateways
  • Marketing and SEO
  • Help and Support

Yelo comes with the most diversified features in the category and unlike our competitors, and it has no hidden charges with best pricing plans. We provide a platform with open customization which is completely inclusive of-

  • Integrated delivery management software 
  • Social Logins
  • Re-ordering
  • Multilingual Support 
  • Realtime Updates

   and many more…

Now go ahead and set up your own spectacular customer website like Uber and be a successful entrepreneur. If you have any questions please refer to our more resources at Jungleworks Resources for a quick fix.

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What is an Online Marketplace?

Online marketplaces are extremely useful modern web tools for retailers and customers. These eCommerce solutions allow users to select and purchase a variety of things from a variety of sellers in just a few clicks, without having to leave their home or office. JustEats, DoorDash, UberEats, and other recent rising online markets are currently available. Aside from this, there are several internet sites dedicated to objectives other than sales. Consider Airbnb and similar services.

In general, an online marketplace is a website that features a variety of products from different entrepreneurs. All of these items can be purchased in a matter of seconds, with no delays due to shipping, delivery, or other concerns. In terms of sellers, these platforms aid them in answering the following questions:

  1. What is the best way to make a product page or catalog?
  2. What is the best way to organize communication with potential customers?
  3. What tools should be used to accomplish financial operations?
  4. In the event of an emergency, how to contact a support team?

And this isn’t even a complete list of issues that can be solved with the help of an online marketplace. At the same time, these sales channels aren’t solely for the purpose of answering important business issues. It’s all about completing eCommerce responsibilities and making a profit.

Web service providers, sellers, logistic and delivery specialists all work together to ensure that the customer’s expectations are met perfectly. What’s more, all of the web marketplaces have payment gateways connected.

Nowadays, the worldwide market is flooded with complicated eCommerce platforms that offer a variety of services all at once. The Just Eats Takeaway platform, for example, provides a diverse range of services. Aside from that, the market acquires more specialized services such as price comparison portals and announcement grouping.

How They Earn

One of the most important things that users care about is how online marketplaces earns. Everything is, after all, fairly transparent. The income generated by the market is divided into three categories:

  • Service Charge

A service fee is charged for each purchase and payment. This is the most important aspect of the platform’s profit.

  • Benefits of Advertising

The motor of progress is advertising. Also, by posting third-party content on its web pages, the marketplace can generate revenue.

  • Fees and commissions

Every financial transaction that involves collaboration with other service providers necessitates commissions.

There are various SaaS business companies that provide you a platform set-up your own on-demand hyperlocal marketplace such as Yelo from jungleworks. 

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How Is Just Eat Leveraging The Benefits Of An Online Marketplace

Just Eat Takeaway.com is an online food delivery company that connects millions of consumers with over 250,000 local restaurants through our websites and apps. They offer an online marketplace where supply and demand for food delivery and ordering meet in 23 countries.

As an online food delivery marketplace, Just Eat Takeaway.com facilitates the online ordering, payment and occasionally, fulfilment of orders.They use a hybrid model that combines a marketplace background (where eateries deliver themselves) with logistics expertise (for select restaurants without their own delivery capabilities). This model ensures that customers have access to the largest possible range of restaurants from which to choose.

Customers can place orders on their website or through their mobile apps. They make money primarily through commissions charged to restaurants based on the Gross Goods Value (GMV) of food bought through our marketplace, as well as from additional services such as online payment services, merchandise and packaging sales, and promoted placement. They also make money from delivery costs that customers pay on orders that are delivered by Just Eat Takeaway.com.

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How Jungleworks Can Help You Set-up Your Own Online Marketplace And Be Successful Like Just Eat

We know you are here because you are dedicated to making your business successful. And for that we at jungleworks have a large range of products that will help you create an online marketplace and digitize your business in no more than a few minutes. First, as we know Just Eats is a customer-centric application that builds a bridge between the food vendor and the consumer.

Here the consumers visit the app to order their best food from the local eateries and restaurants. The food vendors require such a platform to increase their reach and market value.

As a result, you need to build an application that connects the demand with supply, with the delivery guys playing the middleman who will pick the food and deliver the same to the.

Now what is the process of building such platform-

On the non-technical side, you need to work on:

  1. Business model
  2. Competition research
  3. Customer research

On the tech-side, you must cover all the elements of:

  1. Idea validation
  2. Discovery workshop
  3. Designing
  4. Development
  5. Testing
  6. Deployment

Think, if we told you that you didn’t need to go through the arduous app development process and that you could create an online food ordering system in just a few hours for a fraction of the cost? Doesn’t it sound like a dream? Well, Jungleworks’ Yelo is one remarkable option to make this possible.

It’s an on-demand ready to go solution that enables you to construct a marketplace app without having to learn how to code and every single bit of customization you want. All you have to do now is enter in all of the required information during the initial setup, and your multi-vendor marketplace will be up and running.

Yelo provides you a platform with incredible features and allows you to connect with industry leaders who provide world-class services. Not only this, it has an integrated delivery management platform which optimizes your delivery costs and provides costumers a seamless experience .

Unlike our competitors, Yelo has no hidden charges and provides you with the best pricing plan in the market.

If you are chasing your dreams and wanted to be one like Just Eat or any other market successor, subscribe to yelo and enjoy our 14 days free demo, before you decide to go white-label.

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