Storbie’s Vision for a Pain-free Pharmacy Online Store Product Catalogue Management System

Over the last 12 months Storbie has quickly grown to be the biggest supplier of ecommerce-capable websites to independent pharmacies in New Zealand. During that time, we have spoken to hundreds of pharmacies, come to admire the important work that they do and appreciate the way that they manage a complex and challenging business.

Pharmacies are not only delivering an important health service – that many of us take for granted and takes years of training, focus and attention to detail – they are also managing a complex retail business, bringing together products from hundreds of suppliers into a busy store. It’s no wonder that pharmacies often struggle to find the time to get their pharmacy and product catalogue online even if they appreciate the importance of doing so.

Identifying the challenges of online product catalogue management for pharmacies

At Storbie we are a practical bunch. We are always striving to identify and solve our customers’ real challenges. We have also always been the champion of the independent retailer. While working with pharmacies, we have come to learn that the biggest challenge facing the independent pharmacy in New Zealand regarding setting up and managing a digital channel is the product catalogue.
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Storbie is hiring! Become a member of the marketing team

Storbie is the online shop platform which empowers the independent retailer. Our customers can easily create and manage their own ecommerce website, and optionally join marketplaces on the Storbie platform to reach more customers and sell more online. There are over 110,000 products, over 275,000 unique monthly visits, and many millions of dollars’ worth of transactions processed across our customers’ websites. Storbie is fast becoming NZ’s leading ecommerce provider.

The Storbie head office is based on Willis St, Wellington.

About the Role

Storbie is experiencing rapid growth: to support this we are searching for a high performing and energetic Digital Marketing Executive to help design, drive and execute marketing activities across all aspects of the business.

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Getting Started With the Storbie Ecommerce Website Builder: 5 Top Tips for Planning, Designing and Building Your Own Website

With the Storbie website builder, it is extremely easy to build your own ecommerce website and start selling online. However, as with any project, it’s useful to have some guidelines and a plan to follow to help you get there. Here are our 5 top tips for getting started with our ecommerce website builder. We also suggest you read the Storbie Quick Set up Guide for step-by-step instructions to follow when creating your online store.

Tip #1: Have a clear plan for what you are going to sell online

Before even creating your online store, it’s essential that you are clear in what you are going to sell online and what makes your products or services unique. This forms the basis of your value proposition. Whether you already have a great product idea, or you’re an entrepreneur looking for a golden opportunity, you may find it useful to answer the following questions:

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Optimising for local search: How to make sure your Google Business listing is up to date

Local SEO (search engine optimisation) is an important strategy for all businesses, especially small to medium sized businesses which somewhat rely on their locality to serve customers (think your local pharmacy, local Italian restaurant, or local mechanic).

One of the first tactics we always suggest to business owners wanting to improve their local search ranking is to take advantage of the free Google Business tool. In this article we look at why local search is important and how you can turn the thousands of local searches performed every day into paying customers.

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Tips For Responding to Positive and Negative Online Reviews

Positive customer reviews provide a healthy competitive advantage for your business. That’s why we included testimonials in our list of 12 ecommerce website must-haves to win over new customers.

When a customer takes the time to write a review about your business – whether good or bad – it is important that you respond. In this article we provide tips for collecting positive reviews, how to respond to reviews and, in the case of a negative review, how to turn an unhappy customer into a happy one. (more…)

8 Free Photo Editing Software Alternatives to Photoshop

When it comes to image editing, many people turn to Photoshop. For small business owners who may not have the time to learn the workings of this complicated application, or the money to invest in the expensive software, what other image editing programs are available to ensure your ecommerce product images look their best? We look at 8 free alternatives to Photoshop.

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10 Ways For Pharmacies To Connect With Their Local Community Via Social Media

This Storbie article appeared in the June issue of Contact – the magazine for members of the Pharmacy Guild of NZ.

Pharmacies are an extremely important part of any community. A successful pharmacy represents successful relationships and a strong level of trust with members of the community. Social media allows you to amplify these relationships and connect with more members of your community. These 10 simple social media content ideas for pharmacies will help you achieve this.

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Ohiwa Macadamias: How manufacturers can connect with and sell directly to consumers

Storbie Success Stories take a deep-dive into the businesses and the people selling online with Storbie. Learn how they achieved success, get inspiration for your online business and top marketing advice from online store owners who know their stuff!

Many consumers are opting to connect more directly with the makers of the products they consume. Successful manufacturers will be those that can facilitate this engagement. We spoke to Paul Robin from Ohiwa Macadamias. Paul shares some valuable insights for manufacturers that want to build meaningful connections with end consumers and adopt a direct-to-consumer model by selling online.

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What’s new in Storbie: Master item footers, product suggestions and more!

Ready for some new features to knock your socks off? Because this month we’re all about feet. Well, footers, to be exact. Come to think of it, while we’re on the topic of socks, would you like some shoes with that? You too can cross-sell to your heart’s content with our new product suggestions feature (beta). If you’re not getting a kick out of our puns, let’s move on to explain more about what’s new in Storbie this month.
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10 Simple Content Ideas To Keep Your Pharmacy Website Updated

Keeping your pharmacy website updated with fresh content is a key factor in getting the most value out of your website. In this article we explain:

  • Why having an up-to-date website is so important
  • How to easily edit your website yourself to stand out from the crowd, with inspiration from other sites
  • 10 website content ideas, why each is valuable and how to implement them!

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