Top 13 Reasons Why Manufacturers Struggle with eCommerce

Why do some Manufacturers Struggle with eCommerce? 

Struggle in the sense of wondering where to even start.

Additionally, struggling with the question if eCommerce will actually provide a return for their business. 

As the saying goes, “you don’t know what you don’t know” certainly applies here. 

If you have never experienced the powerful results that eCommerce delivers, it makes perfect sense to be reluctant to embrace an eCommerce strategy.  

Especially when there are no guarantees with results. 

However, since you “don’t know what you don’t know”, consider these questions:

What if eCommerce took your business in an entirely new direction? 

What if eCommerce led you to new markets? 

Opened doors that you never knew existed? 

Well, here is one reason that may motivate you to take the plunge into the B2B eCommerce market: 

Forrester forecasts that US B2B eCommerce will reach $1.8 trillion and account for 17% of all B2B sales in the US by 2023.

$1.8 TRILLION!!!! 

So with that piece of interesting information, let’s take a look at a number of reasons why manufacturers struggle with eCommerce. 

(See post: “Dying to Enter the eCommerce Graveyard: Please Don’t Be Next”)

Top 13 Reasons Why Manufacturers Struggle with eCommerce

After consulting with dozens of manufacturers over the years, many reasons surface as to why manufacturers Struggle with eCommerce.

Here are 13 of the most common concerns that I encounter:

  1. Skepticism: Will eCommerce help achieve goals and offer ROI?
  2. Overwhelming: Entering the unknown
  3.  Do not fully understand how eCommerce works
  4. Too busy: Lack of time, energy, and resources 
  5. Who will manage? No key employee on hand to champion the cause 
  6. Financial risk: Too expensive 
  7. Not familiar with an eCommerce web design firm that they know or trust
  8. Who will create content for the eCommerce site?  Product descriptions, pictures, videos, etc…
  9. Who will execute marketing strategies?  SEO, Pay-Per-Click, Social Media, Video, Blog, etc…
  10. Do not accept credit cards: Don’t want to sacrifice the 2-3%
  11. Customer Service concerns: Who will deal with consumers? Phone calls? Emails? Bad leads? Spam?
  12. Current infrastructure does not fit shipping small quantities to businesses or even consumers 
  13. Unsure of 4 P’s: Product, Placement, Price and Promotion

This holds true especially for small manufacturers who deal with just a handful of customers. In many cases, the same customers that they have dealt with for years. 

Each reason holds as a legitimate concern which contributes to not moving forward. 

So let’s discuss how to become unstuck. 

What do you have to lose?

Struggle with eCommerce

What is the absolute worst thing that could happen if you tipped your toe into eCommerce? 

Would the investment of time and money severely damage the company? 

Is it just a matter of stepping out of a comfort zone?

A saying in my family goes, “You will never find your next favorite food or restaurant unless you try new something new.” Therefore, broaden and expand your horizons. 

“You will also never discover your next favorite city unless you travel.” So explore.  

The same could be said about eCommerce. 

Is it possible that the Struggle with eCommerce would not be a struggle at all? 

Actually, it is just a matter of getting in the game. 

Creating a strong eCommerce presence represents your 24 sales tool.

Opens new doors. 

Creates entirely new possibilities.