Company Announcements

Storbie Launches Four New Online Shopping Marketplaces

Storbie is committed to developing the most loved ecommerce platform in the world. Unique to Storbie is the ability to create online marketplaces that connect numerous individual online stores and their products together but still allow shoppers to connect with individual brands and help businesses sell more. In this way, the Storbie online store and marketplace builder doesn’t leave retailers standing on their own in the world of ecommerce. Storbie enables businesses to optionally cluster together into marketplaces – under a common cause, category or geographic brand for example – to maximise their discovery, customer loyalty and business growth.

Storbie is showcasing this marketplace functionality by launching four new online marketplaces that are designed to include a wide range of online stores and their products. Shoppers can enjoy browsing across thousands of products in each marketplace and are then directed to individual online stores to make any purchases. Each of the four marketplaces are running launch campaigns with some awesome products on offer, check them out! (more…)

Storbie Update: International Shop Features Launched

Storbie is excited to announce we have just released the first set of international shop features which enables the creation of Storbie online stores based anywhere around the world!

This is only the beginning of our international shop support and we have a set of improvements rolling out over the coming months that will provide much more flexibility. Many of the improvements will benefit New Zealand customers as well, such as a significant upgrade to options for shipping calculations.

The following features are in closed beta, so if you’d like them enabled on a store, please contact us at support@storbie.com. (more…)

Storbie Named as Deloitte 2015 Fast 50 Rising Star

Storbie Rising Star AcceptanceStorbie was totally chuffed to be named as a Deloitte 2015 Fast 50 Rising Star at the Wellington & Lower North Island awards last night! You can see all of the regional winners and rising stars here.

The Storbie Online Marketplace Builder: Be Different Together

All standalone Storbie online stores will soon be supported by a growing network of marketplaces. Anyone will be able to create a marketplace to collectively promote individual brands, and any business will be able to join existing marketplaces to increase online exposure and sales. With Storbie, you can be different, together.

Online retail mirroring the physical world

In physical retail, competing or complementary businesses often band together in a cluster to increase the value, exposure and sales of their individual brands. The best of these clusters become brands in their own right. This could be a retail precinct, like Wellington’s quirky Cuba Street, for example.

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At Storbie we realise that standing out from the crowd, gaining exposure and increasing sales in the online world can be even more challenging. So why not bring the idea of clusters online? With the Storbie marketplace builder, you can. (more…)

Introducing The Storbie Market: Over 100,000 Products Available to Purchase In One Place

The Storbie Market has over 100,000 products that are available to purchase from Storbie stores throughout New Zealand, all in a single location. You’ll find perfume and cosmetics from Big Bucket Deals, jewellery from The Village Goldsmith, designer clothing from Carlson, merchandise from WWF New Zealand and so much more in the Market.

You’ll find unique and innovative products from online stores, big and small. The Market is intended as a way to help our customers succeed with their online store and encourage more people to live out the dream of owning their own business and selling online. Whereas other online store builders leave you to fend for yourself, with Storbie your products can feature in the Storbie Market, exposing them to more customers from the get-go.

The Market also encourages everyone to support their fellow online store owners and purchase within the Storbie community. Next time you’re looking for a gift for someone or maybe just something for yourself, search the Storbie Market and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see what you can find! (more…)

Storbie Is Hiring! Become A Member of The Storbie Support Squad

According to our customers, Storbie support is “great — really helpful and fast”, “easily accessed and knowledgeable”, “fantastic”, “A++”. Storbie aims to help our customers be as successful as possible and one way we achieve that is by upholding an excellent level of support. Naturally, we’re quite proud of this reputation!

Storbie is a user-friendly, fully-featured online store and marketplace builder. Fast becoming NZ’s leading provider of do-it-yourself online stores, Storbie is committed to making it easy and affordable for anyone to create, run and grow an ecommerce website or marketplace. (more…)

Does my pharmacy need a website?

There is an increasing need for pharmacies to build an online presence, with a particular focus on ensuring a superior mobile experience, says Shane Bartle, CEO of ecommerce company Storbie.

If pharmacies do not have an adequate online presence, they could be missing out on sales through their physical store.

“People think an online store is just another channel to make money. Don’t think of it that way – think of it as much more integrated to the buying habits of your customers.”

A survey found 69% of smartphone owners would use their device for shopping while on holiday, including 62% using their phone to find store locations and 50% getting product information, he says.

Bartle was a speaker at the 2015 Pharmacy Business Network (PBN) and will be speaking at PBN again in 2017, drawing on his expertise and knowledge in the field of ecommerce and multi-channel retail to inform pharmacy owners and managers as to the importance of having an online presence.

His insights are informed by what is happening in the consumer health market, looking at how it is changing and how pharmacies can adapt in order to attract and retain the modern consumer. (more…)

New Zealand’s First Community Ecommerce Initiative to Launch as Part of Hamilton CBD Revitalisation Strategy

Storbie is on board to accelerate retail success in Hamilton, by developing New Zealand’s first community ecommerce initiative for the Hamilton CBD. The initiative will launch in October this year, as part of an overall strategy to revitalise the city centre.

Working with Hamilton Central Business Association, the city’s Business Improvement District which represents the 1,200 businesses and property owners in the Hamilton CBD, Storbie will redevelop the current Hamilton Central website into a Hamilton Central Marketplace. This online marketplace will allow all CBD businesses to be visible online in what is much more than just a directory site, with products and services from all the different businesses able to surface together in a single location.

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Goodbye Smallfish… Hello Storbie! Find out everything you need to know about our rebrand

Hi, Shane here, Smallfish Founder and CEO

Remember back in February when I sent a message out talking about what a monumental year 2015 was going to be? I mentioned some aggressive expansion plans for Smallfish and while I didn’t go into any further detail back then, I’m pleased to say that I can spill all the beans now. If you joined Smallfish post-February, well then you picked a good time! Everyone in the Smallfish team have been working extremely hard to take our product to the next stage of its life, build upon our platform to better it for our existing and future customers and further realise the overarching vision of Smallfish — the growth of a global network of shops and shop clusters that are intrinsically connected yet all unique. We are nearing a tremendously important milestone in our work. I’m excited to announce that very soon Smallfish will be formally transitioning our brand, our product, our company name and all of our efforts to Storbie. (more…)

Storbie Signs On As Newest Sponsor of Young Enterprise Trust

We are proud to announce that Storbie will be helping hundreds of young entrepreneurs sell online with free ecommerce stores!

The Young Enterprise Trust is an independent charitable trust aimed at developing enterprising young New Zealanders by inspiring, educating and transforming students through enterprise experiences. They offer Enterprise Programmes for all year levels — the most prominent being the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) for Year 12 and 13 students — as well as other tools, competitions, training and development, all geared towards growing a more prosperous New Zealand through enterprise. (more…)