Selling on more than one channel is a wise investment for fast-growing businesses. Each channel offers a unique set of benefits for Customers as well as retailers. There are dozens of ways multichannel retailing can play out which means choosing the mediums and methods that most meet the seller's needs and preferences.
What Is Multi-Channel Retailing?
Multi-channel retailing implicates selling products to customers through brick-and-mortar stores and pop-up shops, offline outlets, and online channels, like direct-to-consumer (DTC) e-commerce sites, and mobile apps.
The channels available for multi-channel retailing have extended significantly in recent years. In the social space, apps like Instagram offers shopping through stories and posts, and Facebook Messenger has added payments. Pinterest has now implemented an option of “Buyable Pins” that let consumers purchase without ever leaving the site.
Multi-channel retailing gives your target customers the flexibility to choose where to buy and to optimize their shopping experience on the most relevant sales channels. It also integrates marketing and selling strategies. To make the logistics functional, you might need to invest in and re-organize your business.

What are the main types of multi-channel retailing?
1. Brick-and-mortar Store
Brick-and-mortar Store is the traditional physical store or shop you own. These stores offer services and products to the customers face-to-face. Many consumers still prefer to shop in a physical store where they can test the product and speak to the salespersons and ask questions regarding the product. Buyers can pay in cash and also exchange instant gratification when a purchase is made.
2. eCommerce marketplaces
An e-commerce marketplace is an online website that offers a variety of products from many different sellers. Some of the most well-known marketplaces include Amazon, eBay, Shopify, Walmart, Magento, Alibaba, and a lot more. There are now over 100 e-commerce marketplaces you could leverage to reach customers doing their online shopping.
With the increasing trend of e-commerce marketplaces, these channels are constantly coming up with new ways to keep customers happy.
3. Social Media Advertising
Today's consumers use social media to promptly seek out product information. The seller creates personal business pages or groups on Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Pinterest and communicates directly to sell their products. These pages can also be directed to the business website or the product listing on e-commerce sites. Facebook and Instagram now offer a buy button to directly place the order without leaving the site. These platforms offer paid advertising options to the seller to play their ads on side banners and during video content.
4. Catalogue Channel
The catalog channel is a no-store retail channel in which the product offering is communicated to the customer through a catalog mailed to the customer. When a customer buys a product his/her contact information is gathered through forms submissions. Then product catalogs are either by post directly on the home address or emailed and e-catalog on the email address to inform them about the new product launch.
5. Mobile Apps
Due to the increased use of smart portable gadgets retailers are now preferring to invest in interactive mobile apps development. Through these Apps, consumers can access the product and services by downloading the app and sign up an account to use that app. These mobile apps are user friendly and allow the consumer to purchase the products from wherever they are. These apps show the timeline of the order from purchase and shipment to the delivery at the destination so that customer is informed of the whole process at every step. The individual shopping interaction on these apps is supported by live chat or, Chabot's.

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I am Amelia E Gray. I love to write blogs and articles.