SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Shopatron, provider of retail-integrated eCommerce for over 1,000 brands worldwide, helped those brands achieve above-average growth this year. Existing Shopatron brands finished the year with an average 24% increase in same-store sales.
In Q4 alone, brands in Home & Housewares, one of Shopatron's newer industries, saw amazing same-store sales growth of 99% over Q4 2010. The eCommerce provider added several new brands in this category, including Wine Doctor and Fortessa, reflecting the increased awareness by brands in previously eCommerce-resistant industries that online sales have become a necessity.
"We initially contacted Shopatron to add a 'Buy Now' link on Crane's website," says Katie Sotor, VP of Marketing for Crane USA, a manufacturer of consumer humidifiers and fans. "Shopatron was extremely helpful in walking us through the set up of Crane's online store. It has been over three years since our initial contact with Shopatron, and we have grown as a company. Shopatron had the foresight to anticipate our future needs and continually expands their services in this ever-changing technological world."
Additional industries on Shopatron's network showing noteworthy growth in Q4 include Running, with a 28% same-store sales increase, and Gift & Novelty, with a 34% increase.
"We may not be out of the economic doldrums yet," says Shopatron SVP of Marketing Mark Grondin, "but opening up eCommerce and mobile sales channels has helped brands broaden their reach and increase their sales during these challenging times. And thanks to Shopatron's integration of these new channels with brands' main sales channel—retail distribution—the growth compounds. It's never been more clear that brands now need to sell online using a retail-integrated strategy."
Shopatron has seen significant growth in 2011—the year that marked its 10th year in business. The eCommerce provider added 315 brands in 2011, reaching the 1,000-brand milestone last April.
The company also saw significant international growth. Shopatron operates in 14 countries, supporting four languages and seven currencies and launched international operations for more than 50 brands in 2011. This included US-based brands like K2 Skate and Stronglite that expanded their distribution into Europe, as well as European and Canadian brands, including Ice Bug Sweden and Giant Bicycles, that took advantage of Shopatron's comprehensive international support to serve their local markets.
For more information about Shopatron, visit ecommerce.shopatron.com or call 866-625-5050.
Founded in 2001, Shopatron is the only eCommerce solution in the world that can drive more online sales while, at the same time, increasing a company's sales through the retail channel. Working with over 1,000 brands and 18,000 retail partners across more than 35 industries, Shopatron offers an innovative and flexible approach to eCommerce that matches the unique needs of branded manufacturers and multi-channel retailers.
With Shopatron's eCommerce solution for brands, Coex Freedom, manufacturers sell on their website and send orders to their retail partners for fulfillment. This solution eliminates channel conflict, builds retailer relationships, grows distribution and increases overall sales for the brand. Shopatron's solution for multi-channel retailers, Coex Private, allows retailers to fulfill orders from all inventory centers, including both retail stores and distribution centers. Shopatron's distributed order management model also enables in-store pickup to drive foot traffic into brick-and-mortar locations for additional services and add-on sales.
Shopatron clients include top brands such as Polaroid, Louisville Slugger, Suzuki, Mizuno, Ducati, JL Audio, Roland and Sport Chalet. The company is headquartered in San Luis Obispo, Calif.