What you need to start an online fashion store

Setting up your digital operations

Nowadays, it is not uncommon for brands and companies to adopt entirely online operations, particularly following the global conditions of 2020. Fortunately, there is a wide selection of e-commerce sites that one can turn to for this, which can also be customized to suit your online fashion store. Some of the elements to consider when looking to establish your e-commerce site include costs, search engine optimization (SEO), ease and convenience for customers, as well as payment methods that can be integrated, amongst others. The list of some of the most popular online fashion store platforms includes WooCommerce, which is described as the e-commerce platform for WordPress; Shopify, which is said to be ideal for small businesses; OpenCart, which accommodates fashion businesses of all sizes; and Magento, which has become the go-to platform for many famous luxury brands that are expanding and increasing their online presence.

Buying clothes from Asia

With the Asian region being known as a key player in the clothing and textile industry, over and above all the other industries, it is understandable why many may look to buy clothing from Asia. Moreover, Asia has relatively competitive prices, especially compared to local retailers and fashion stores. Due to the advent of technology and online shopping, one can shop from Asia regardless of where they are in the world. This is quite similar to the concept of forex trading, where one can trade online from wherever they may be in the world. Just as different tax policies and rates apply when you explore forex trading in your currency, there are also different trade and import regulations that apply when buying clothing from Asia. Fortunately, the conditions of 2020 have not had a considerable impact on the applicable tax and import rates in this regard.

When looking at two of the most active players in the global economy, the US and the EU, a merchandise processing fee (MFP) is applicable when importing to the US. This is dependent on the order’s overall value. For goods transported by sea, a harbour maintenance fee (HMF) applies. One cost that people that have shopped from some of the Asian region’s top online stores are familiar with is customs, which are also based on the value of the imported goods. Unlike the US, VAT is compulsory in all EU states, and customs are also charged. These are all costs that are to be taken into consideration for your online fashion store, particularly if you plan on sourcing from Asia.

How to market your online fashion store

Social media has made it easier to reach the masses with relatively less effort. As such, one of the most championed ways of marketing your online fashion store is through an effective social media strategy, which may even include enlisting suitable influencers. This will allow you to tap into their audiences and help you reach more potential customers. Additionally, you could also do a giveaway to drive traffic to your site and ultimately introduce your offering to more people. Another effective alternative is e-mail marketing once you have established a database of loyal and potential customers. From there on, you can send newsletters announcing new ranges or items being launches, as well as any other relevant information that can lead to more awareness and drive sales through word of mouth.