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Delivery of items purchased online, Welcome
WHAT ISLAND??, Who are you?? Where are you??
How soon do you plan on starting this retail business??
Good luck, LUCKIEST
I am from Mauritius, a small island of around 1.2 M of inhabitants in the indian ocean. I plan to start very soon let's say my webiste must be operational by end of January 2009.
In many cases, customers do in fact pay shipping and handling for products. I might state however that this is in the United States where customers do this. I am not sure the business customs that Indian customers are accustomed to. If you don't know either, which it seems apparent, I suggest you research your local competition or nearest competition to see how they are currently processing orders. This can sometimes be done by doing a checkout and seeing what terms and conditions will apply for the purchase.1 of 1 people found this helpful
If I might ask a question of you.
It seems you are trying to approach a local market with a tool that allows you a world-wide reach.
Have you thought about focusing your efforts on a global level, or a specific country?
Just a thought.
Welcome to the community, and please keep us updated.
You are partly right. I am focusing on the local market to begin with as my capital is limited and also once I acquire more experience I will do it on a gobal level which is my objective.
I am forced to do it as I am new in this business and also Mauritius is quite far from USA and European countries. So I guess my prices may not be competitive as the shipping cost may be quite high.
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I am planning to start an online retail business selling items of different categories. At the beginning my main customers will be the local residents. My question is, how will I proceed with delivery of the items all over the island so that the transport cost does not affect my profits? Should I delegate this to somebody else ? Should i charge customers living far from me for the transport cost?Please help me