Looking to outsource eCommerce customer services to the Philippines? Or curious about what individual job roles you can support with offshore staff? Here’s what you need to know…
Around the world, the e-commerce industry is experiencing explosive growth. In the US, for example, five-year growth is expected to be 45.7%, with 45.6% growth in France, 44.6% in Australia, 38.8% in Canada, 35.6% in Germany and 31.3% in the UK.
So for most e-commerce retailers, growth isn’t the problem. Profit is the problem. Particularly as a huge proportion of online sales occur across geopolitical borders. 57% of online shoppers buy from overseas retailers. And that figure’s even higher in Europe and the Asia-Pacific.
In other words, they’re global. Customers want to buy when they want to buy, how they want to buy. They don’t want to be hobbled by your time-zone, your currency, your business hours, your shipping options, your delivery times or your 8-year old, desktop-only website. They’re certainly able to read and write reviews quickly, find customer ratings (and add their own ratings) quickly, and find the best price online quickly.
Not to mention the fact that Amazon is quickly expanding, and taking their refined, sophisticated business processes with them.
The lesson that the most successful e-commerce businesses around the world are learning is that they need to build for mobile, they need to change how their e-commerce sites are developed and tested, they need to be more creative and technical with their search engine optimization (SEO), and they need to provide better customer service.
But how do you do that when over-investing in local talent leaves no capital for other growth necessities? Especially when the local talent pool is so small and comparatively under-qualified?
The answer is simple: you need to follow your customers and go global. You need to be able to move beyond the time and resource constraints of your local employment market, and tap into employment markets overseas, where the talent pool is broad and deep, where living, labor and occupancy costs are significantly lower, where employees still value their jobs and display loyalty, and where you’ll get service quality as good – or better – than you’ll find at home.
By leveraging offshore job markets, you’ll finally be able to increase your profits. E-commerce oustourcing just makes good business sense.
Why is the e-commerce industry suited to offshoring?
Fortunately for e-commerce businesses, it’s an industry that’s particularly well suited to offshoring, because:
- Most of your local e-commerce staff are already set up to communicate and collaborate remotely. For most, it’s the go-to communication strategy and preferred work arrangement. So employing a team offshore won’t impact your local team much at all.
- Most of the actual work in the e-commerce industry is performed using cloud-based software, which is available via any browser. So the team’s physical location is irrelevant. In fact, you might even be able to utilize e-commerce full outsourcing services to run your business entirely offshore.
- A lot of the work can be done at any time – not just in business hours (although a good provider will give you access to people who can work your hours if you want).
Frequently offshored e-commerce roles
Some of the more frequently outsourced e-commerce roles include:
- Customer Service Representative
- Sales Consultant
- Technical Support Specialist
- Digital Marketing Specialist
- UI/UX Web Developer
- Application Developer
- Account Manager
- E-commerce Specialist
- Accounts Payable Specialist
- Accounts Receivable Specialist
Sample e-commerce employee profiles
At MicroSourcing, we have more than 8500 outsource eCommerce customer service specialists specialists in our candidate database, and access to more than an additional 15,000 across the Philippines. Here are a few examples of real candidate profiles:
- Retention strategies knowledge
- Customer service background
- Understanding of sales retention
- Computer literate
- Creative problem solver
- Active listening skills
- Positive and friendly
- Fluent in English
- Customer Service Representative
- Technical Support Representative
- Customer Retention Specialist
- Web Scripting: AngularJS, JQuery, JS,
- Web Designs: JSP, Grails, JSTL, HTML5, CSS,
- PL : Java, Groovy & Grails,
- ORM: Hibernate, MyBatis, Cayene, Framework: Spring, Struts2, Servlet,
- DB: IBM DB2, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, VFP
- Java Developer
- Junior Programmer
- Management of marketplace projects (ie. Amazon, eBay)
- Reporting and inventory management
- Competitor analysis
- E-commerce Specialist (eBay)
- Pricing and Research Analyst
- Data Analyst
MicroSourcing clients by industry
MicroSourcing has built a close affinity with the Ecommerce Industry. In fact, ECommerce is in our Top 5 Industry Sectors enjoying and mastering the benefits of offshoring. With over 320 Ecommerce professionals currently working for clients in Australia, the Americas and across Europe, we have significant experience in this Industry.
Some satisfied e-commerce customers
One of our clients, Total Tools, is Australia’s largest independent professional tools retailer. After outsourcing e-commerce functions through MicroSourcing, they experienced triple-figure growth and significantly reduced total operational costs. Total Tools General Manager of Marketing, Darren Gunton, was so happy with their offshoring success that he volunteered to share his MicroSourcing story with other Australian retailers.
Interested in offshoring your e-commerce job roles to the Philippines?
Since our inception in 2006, MicroSourcing has become one of the biggest managed operations providers in the Philippines. With over 4,000 employees, 6 delivery centers and close to 200 clients, we can help you build a dedicated team in the Philippines, regardless of the roles and level of specialization you require. We have more than 8500 e-commerce professionals in our candidate database, and we’ve employed more 600 e-commerce professionals for our clients since 2006. Whether you need e-commerce full outsourcing, or a few extra team members to support your customer service team, we can help you find the right candidates to grow your team.
Get started with e-commerce outsourcing today! Call +1 888-731-0023 today or send us an email to discuss your company’s e-commerce needs. You could have an offshore e-commerce team set up in the Philippines in as little as 6 weeks.
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