What is Shopify?
Find out more about Shopify and why it's such a popular platform for businesses looking to set up online stores
What is Shopify?
Shopify Inc. is a Canadian multinational e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. It is also the name of its proprietary e-commerce platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems. Shopify offers online retailers a whole host of services including payments, marketing, shipping and "customer engagement tools". The company reported that it had more than 1,000,000 businesses in approximately 175 countries using its platform as of June 2019. The total gross merchandise volume exceeded US$61 billion for the calendar year of 2019.
Shopify was founded in 2004 by Tobias Lütke, Daniel Weinand, and Scott Lake after attempting to open Snowdevil, an online store for snowboarding equipment. Dissatisfied with the existing e-commerce products on the market, Lütke, a computer programmer by trade, decided instead build his own. Lütke used the open source web application framework Ruby on Rails to build Snowdevil's online store, and launched it after two months of development. The Snowdevil founders then launched the platform as Shopify in June 2006.
Today, Shopify describes itself as 'a commerce platform that allows anyone to set up an online store and sell their products. Merchants can also sell their products in person with Shopify POS'. Shopify helps businesses of all sizes - whether you’re a budding jewelry designer and want to start selling your products, or a musician and want to sell your latest mixtape, or if you have an established business and want to grow, Shopify is for you. Hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs from over 175 countries trust Shopify to help sell their products and it is one of the most successful if not the most successful ecommerce store enablers in the world today.
Are you a Shopify Online Store owner who is looking to buy goods from China and ship internationally?
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Our Free Storage, Free Labelling, Free Repackaging & Free Consolidation services significantly reduce your shipping costs when buying in bulk from Alibaba Merchants (and other Chinese factories/manufacturers/websites/suppliers) and shipping internationally to your doorstep
Free Unlimited Storage
CNXtrans does not charge you for storage of goods at our warehouse. Hence you can take your time to buy from as many Alibaba suppliers/factories (or other websites and suppliers) as you wish - we'll store all your goods (which have already arrived) at our warehouse until everything has arrived and you're ready to ship internationally
Free Labelling of Packages
CNXtrans does not charge you for labelling of packages at our warehouse. Whether you need us to label your packages with Amazon FBA stickers for purposes of shipping to Amazon FBA warehouses or you need us to stick on your company on your company logo, simply send the stickers to us by email (email@example.com) we'll stick them on for you at no charge.
Free Repackaging Service
CNXtrans does not charge you for repackaging of goods at our warehouse. Once all your packages have arrived we'll access them for international shipping and decide how to pack them in the most efficient way as to minimize your volumetric weight and thereby minimize your international shipping costs. This may involve using a smaller package for certain items or simply combining all the items from different packages into one big package - we'll do whatever it takes to minimize your volumetric weight.
Free Consolidation of Packages
CNXtrans does not charge you for consolidating your packages into a single shipment. This is ideal if you're buying from multiple Alibaba Suppliers (or other Chinese websites) but wish to have all your goods shipped together as a single international shipment in order to minimize your shipping costs. Consolidation is sometimes confused with repacking but in actual fact consolidation can come both with or without repacking. Consolidation simply refers to the act of shipping multiple packages concurrently as a single shipment - they do not all have to be combined into one big package - as long as they are shipped together (concurrently) it is considered one consolidated shipment. There is a base shipping charge (which can be thought of as a minimum shipping charge) for each shipment that you make and shipping multiple packages concurrently (which constitutes a consolidated shipment) ensures that you only have to pay this base charge once instead of paying it for every single package that is shipped separately.
Even without repacking them into a single package, shipping multiple packages concurrently helps you save because you are only charged the base shipping weight once. This helps reduce your international shipping costs. Naturally, if deemed appropriate for your shipment, consolidation can come with repackaging too - after assessing your shipment if we deem that combining all the items into one single large package or into fewer packages can help reduce your volumetric weight, we will do so for you at no charge.