Lee Hnetinka Does it Again With His Newest Offering From Darkstore: a Hosted Shopping Cart
When Silicon Valley entrepreneur Lee Hnetinka launched Darkstore in 2016, he had a vision of allowing e-commerce clients to compete with Amazon - a lofty goal. However, he had a plan, one based on the concept that retailers often have unused space they would be happy to rent out to other businesses for the purpose of storing goods, and at lower rates than those offered by traditional warehouse storage facilities. While such practices are common in cities like London and Taiwan, Hnetinka adapted the concept to create a 3PL, on-demand delivery service catering to e-commerce clients and offering same-day and 2-day delivery options.
After receiving major funding earlier this year from PivotNorth Capital, to the tune of $1.4 million, Hnetinka was able to expand Darkstore's operations and offerings in a couple of key ways. First, he partnered with delivery company T-Force Final Mile to expand into new markets. In addition to using traditional shipping companies like USPS, UPS, and FedEx, partnerships with delivery services like Deliv and T-Force Final Mile have allowed Darkstore to service new locales, which now include 40 major markets from Los Angeles and Seattle to New York and Miami, and dozens in between.
In addition, Darkstore has unveiled a valuable new service for clients: a hosted shopping cart solution that is quick and easy to implement, offers customization, and provides consumers with the same convenience and delivery options a major competitor like Amazon can supply. How does the newest offering from Darkstore work and how can e-commerce clients benefit from the upgrade?
When e-commerce clients elect to implement Darkstore's hosted shopping cart, the company will provide a customizable banner for the website, offering same-day delivery. This banner consists of only a single line of code that can be added to any webpage in just minutes. Other third-party solutions involve significantly more time and effort to integrate, making Darkstore's solution far more convenient.
This banner will only appear to website visitors within range of one of Darkstore's many fulfillment locations, ensuring that same-day delivery is offered only to eligible customers. When users click on the banner, they will be directed to Darkstore's hosted page for the client company.
Clients interested in using Darkstore's new hosted shopping cart service will receive their own customizable, branded pages in order to ensure a seamless transition for customers. Here, customers can peruse products available for same-day delivery. Clients will provide necessary information about products they wish to offer for same-day delivery, in order to populate their Darkstore catalog. Pages can be customized in a variety of ways to best represent products and branding.
Customers can easily add items to their online shopping cart thanks to Darkstore's simple, attractive, user-friendly interface, which utilizes standard e-commerce shopping processes. When customers go to check out, the option for same-day delivery will be automatically selected for them, with delivery scheduled between 4pm and 9pm that day. Once customers complete purchases, they will receive a digital receipt for their transaction, including a tracking number that allows them to keep tabs on their order and find out when it has been delivered.
Setting up a branded Darkstore catalog can be completed in as little as just a few days, potentially saving e-commerce clients weeks or months of integration that could be required with comparable solutions.
Darkstore's fulfillment and logistics services alone can help e-commerce clients to compete with major competitors like Amazon, but the hosted shopping cart feature takes efficiency, convenience, and overall value to the next level for both client companies and their customers.
On the customer side, the same-day delivery option is extremely satisfying and convenient. Shoppers receive not only the instant gratification of same-day delivery, but also a delivery time frame that takes into account the standard work day (and when customers are most likely to be home to receive a delivery).
As for e-commerce companies, Darkstore's services allow them to offer swift delivery to customers in a vast arrWay of markets. For starters, they can choose which products to offer for same-day delivery, and which markets to offer them in, essentially determining which Darkstore storage facilities they want to supply with goods.
With the addition of Darkstore's hosted shopping cart, websites will feature a convenient means of making same-day shipping options available. The simple and elegant functionality of the banner is unobtrusive and easy to add to any website, and customization options for the banner and the hosted catalog allow for seamless branding. Any e-commerce business seeking a streamlined solution for meeting customer expectations and delivering superior service can benefit from the 3PL on-demand fulfillment, same-day delivery, and hosted shopping cart services offered by Darkstore.
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