Shop In A Box

A year has passed since Net1on1 triumphantly launched its eCommerce and website design service at the 2016 ETO Show with a hilarious, and award-winning game of Deal or No Dildo. Is it everything the wholesaler has hoped for and more?

Grabbing the adult industry by its horns and offering a comprehensive website building and eCommerce service, the award-winning wholesale company, Net1on1, introduced this new option, dubbed Shop in a Box, to its customers just over a year ago at the 2016 ETO Show. The service provides small retailers and new sole traders the opportunity to launch their own websites pre-loaded with Net1on1’s extensive catalogue, equipped with a smoothly working automated API and tailored to their personalized, customized brand image. Choosing from three different packages – basic to full works –, new businesses can find just the right solution for themselves with an appealing design template, accessible admin interface and ongoing, helpful customer support from the wholesaler.

A year on, and dozens of custom built websites later, Net1on1 shows no signs of slowing down as their new marketing offensive targets existing brick-and-mortar shops with the convenient and all-inclusive Shop-in-a-Box website service.

Tony Gonzales, Net1on1’s Managing Director has said:
We had a blast last year launching the Shop-in-a-Box service at the ETO Show, giving visitors a chance to win a custom-built website with our cheeky game of Deal or No Dildo really raised our profile and we even won the award for Best Stand – what a weekend! It was all very promising and success surely followed with website orders piling up in the next couple of months after the show. We are thrilled to give smaller business the chance to make their mark against the biggest players of the industry, and we are extremely proud of each website that we released to the wild so far, customer satisfaction is the name of the game after all!

We have learnt so much from the last year that we can now offer an even more improved and streamlined service. For example, we have created a comprehensive FAQ document for our customers who would have specific questions about hosting, payment gateways, the timescale of the project and so forth. Transparency and full disclosure is very important for people who invest their capital and trust in us, so we do everything possible to honor their expectations and confidence in our service.

We are especially interested to hear from brick-and-mortar shops who do not have an online presence yet, as this is an opportunity for them like no other. They already have an established customer base and brand name but with a fully stocked website they can reach even more people or refer timid visitors to their discreet online shop. They can carry their store’s branding over to their new site and capitalize on their existing brand recognition and customer loyalty. They can introduce new ranges and toys through their website without committing to large quantities of stock and add only bestselling lines to their store displays. It can be their shop in an online box – convenient, accessible, reliable, and ready to take their business to the next level.

Plastic Free

As an industry first, Net1on1 Wholesale makes commitment to get rid off all plastic from the packaging of its own brand, Loving Joy, by 2020.

The plastic-free movement blew up in the first quarter of 2018 with more and more companies as well as individual consumers seeking out solutions for a plastic-free and therefore, reduced-waste life. Mainstream media outlets like The Guardian, the Independent and Marie Claire all ran extensive features on how to best achieve a plastic-free life and therefore ease the pressure on the planet and reduce the devastating effect plastic has on our environment. UK supermarket, Iceland, also aims to introduce plastic-free aisles and remove all plastic from their own label products by 2023, hoping to lead by example and getting other supermarkets to make similar pledges too.

Joining this global effort now is Net1on1 Wholesale, who has pledged to first reduce and hopefully, eventually remove all plastic from the packagings of Loving Joy products by 2020. The wholesaler’s in-house brand has been enjoying a sort of renaissance in the last couple of years with great reviews, award-nominations and skyrocketing sales marking its way towards a global market presence.

It’s a big decision that we are so proud and eager to make – said Net1on1’s Managing Director, Tony Gonzalez –, we only have this one planet, we must make a conscious effort to preserve it for future generations. If Net1on1 can help in any small way to reduce unnecessary and harmful waste, than we have a responsibility to do so. There are so many alternative solutions available now that can replace plastic trays and clam shell packagings that we see this as not just a welcome eco-friendly switch but something that makes business sense. The Loving Joy brand was built around ideas of simplicity, style and affordability and cutting out plastic fits in with this ideology so well.

The resizing and redesigning of some of our boxes for certain products like our Real Feel male toys have already began and we hope to find a good alternative for items that require a tray within their boxes too – corrugated cardboard can look especially appealing if done right. Just like Iceland – continued Gonzalez – we hope that other adult novelty manufacturers and distributors will follow suit and we can all work together to reduce the waste created by the adult industry.

Of course, we know that it won’t be easy to replace certain elements of our product packaging – plastic bags used inside boxes are especially going to be hard to avoid, but we feel that we are up for the challenge and we will be spending a lot of time researching the best alternatives to maintain the quality and presentability of the Loving Joy range. Watch this space, we will keep everyone updated throughout this journey, exciting times ahead!

New Resources Available

With an ever-growing blog series advising retailers on seasonal and ongoing bestsellers and various popular product types, award-winning wholesaler, Net1on1 has now added a range of tutorial videos to its site to help costumers find their footing. This new feature is accompanied by an expanded folder of marketing resources available for download – banners, logos and a brand new Loving Joy catalogue – as well as the option to view and browse the site with Euro prices displayed instead of pound sterling.

Net1on1 has always been proud of its impeccable, personable and friendly customer service that contributed to their win of the Best Stand award at the 2016 ETO Show… of course the Deal or No Dildo Game must have helped too.

Nevertheless, the wholesale company knows that the best kind of trade customer service is the kind that empowers and informs the customer and so a website where information can be located easily and help is readily available, is crucial. Therefore, Net1on1 has added a new help page to www.1on1whoesale.co.uk that contains handy guides and easy to follow tutorial videos to aid existing and new customers get acquainted with the many features and shortcuts available for them. Topics include a detailed look at the downloadable live CSV and XML feeds, a tutorial about how company logos can be uploaded for a customised packing slip for dropshippers, and a step-by-step guide to batch payments. The company hopes that this will help new customers getting started as well as highlight features that might have been overlooked by to existing customers.

A whole range of new banners were also added to Net1on1’s online resource library so online retailers can freshen up their websites with flashy brand ads for the best brands in the industry.

And to further accommodate European retailers, the site can now be browsed with prices shown in Euros which will surely help the wholesaler in its ambitions to expand its presence on the continental market, especially with its super-competitively prices in house brand.

Lili Hornyai, Net1on1’s Customer Service Assistant has said:

As the first point of contact to most of our new customers, for a while I’ve been collecting the most common enquries submitted by new account holders. This helped us get a real overview of what raises the most questions and concerns for our customers, and so we decided to create a hub of information for them that they can refer to if they get stuck with anything. Product catalogue upload, stock management using CSV feeds, the packing slip dropshippers’ customers receive, batch payment, these are all topics that are raised everyday, so we thought aiding and empowering our customers to be able to easily solve these issues themselves could really go a long way in making our site even more user-friendly.

We have had such a positive response to our extensive, serialised product guides on our blog that creating this tutorial page seemed like a no-brainer.

Similarly, we realised that there’s room for improvement on our Resources page, so we dug through our suppliers’ sites to upload a whole host of new banners in all shapes and sizes. The professionally designed images will help online retailers promote some of the bestselling brands out there. We have also made a new product catalogue available for download, this should please party planners who will be able to offer the competitively priced range with a high quality catalogue that shows off all the bestsellers perfectly.

We are constantly updating, upgrading and learning how to best help our customers, we always aim to make their experience with Net1on1 even more smooth and convenient. Of course, we are always happy to hear our customers’ feedback and are open to requests, so do not hesitate to get in touch and let us know what you think we should improve, change or update next!

Free Websites For Shops

Recognising how the adult market is evolving in the UK, leading adult product distributor, Net1on1 Wholesale starts unique initiative to bring more physical stores – some with decades of trading history – to the online world.

We’ve all been there – you spot a shop that looks right up your alley but you don’t have the time to go in or you would simply prefer to browse the store’s selection from the comfort of your sofa. So, you head home, excitedly type in the shop’s name into Google but find that they don’t have a website.

For many customers, the journey ends here as they will find other ways to acquire the items they were after. And unfortunately, all of this is even more likely to happen to adult stores where more timid customers may be too afraid or shy to enter the premises.

Net1on1 Wholesale, the UK’s leading adult product supplier would very much like to disrupt this narrative that may lose dozens of UK adult shops numerous customers and sales every day. So, from as little as £300 (+VAT) spent on stock with the wholesaler across six orders, physical stores can now get a WooCommerce website for free.

During our sales trips up and down the country, we’ve been noticing that many brick-and-mortar shops don’t have websites or are in serious need of an online upgrade – said Sebastian Gonzalez, Net1on1’s Sales Manager. Many of these stores have been around for decades, they have a loyal local customer base who return again and again for the personable customer service and discretion. In our eyes, these kinds of shops form the foundation of any country’s adult industry, they’ve been trading way before the internet and eCommerce took over. 

In our effort to support these stores, we wanted to come up with a service that offers an accessible and hassle-free option to shop-owners to create an online presence and start reaping the benefits that eCommerce has to offer.

This latest initiative from Net1on1 builds on the already widely successful Shop in a Box service that offers customised, fully stocked and automated website packages to start-up companies and entrepreneurs at an affordable price. Using WooCommerce as the platform to build dozens of websites, the wholesaler says that the Shop in a Box service is optimised for ease of use and overall convenience so new business owners can focus on marketing, SEO, social media and customer service without having to worry about stock, logistics and the massive initial investment that usually comes with building a website from scratch.

We’ve been doing the Shop in a Box service for a couple of years now and have helped dozens of new business owners get started in online selling – explained Gonzalez. All websites come with an API-client that keeps stock levels automatically updated, and pulls through any new orders into our system, so all they need to do is keep an eye on the payments and build their online community, if they wish to do so. The website works with our dropship service so we would send all orders directly to the customer with a packing slip that would have the store’s logo and information on it.

This system could work wonders for brick-and-mortar store owners who may have steered clear of online selling because they didn’t feel confident enough in their IT skills or were afraid that running the website next to their store would require too much time and effort. With our newest offer, we can set them up with a well-functioning, easy to use website, all they have to do in return is spend a minimum of £1500 (+VAT) on stock with us. Basically, they can stock their shelves to the brim from our outstanding product catalogue and within 2-3 weeks they’ll receive an eCommerce site that will generate further profit and exposure for them.

Of course, we realise that spending £1500 in one go is not in everyone’s ballpark, so we created various payment plans where shops can, instead, place a series of smaller orders to qualify. This means that, for example, they can place six orders for £300 (+VAT) each and once they reach £1800, we’ll start working on their site.

We really hope this service will appeal to store-owners as we would love to work with as many of them as possible – concluded Sebastian Gonzalez. They only need to bring their custom to the table, while we offer our friendly customer service, our unique and well-priced product catalogue and our convenient eCommerce solution to them. So, please don’t hesitate, give us a call or drop us a message, we would love to help you lay the next building block of your business empire!