A platform is a business model ... not simply a piece of technology. It provides an ecosystem that brings together producers and consumers to interact and transact together on a shared workspace. Unlike a website, a platform serves the needs of all parties in a market. This business model has been around forever in the form of auction house, bazaars and marketplaces. Today, examples of online platforms are 1stdibs, Uber and AirBnB. The SHSQ platform brings together brands, showrooms and design professionals into a single online marketplace to conduct the business of design.
No. Your website is the representation of your business. SHSQ on the other hand provides you with the tools and the shared marketplace platform to transact business. Your SHSQ profile enables users to link to your website.
No software needed. Join the SHSQ platform and we will provide the tools to enable you to transact business online and collaborate with all parties involved in the process. An API (application program interface) will enable your accounting and inventory systems to interact with the SHSQ platform.
The SHSQ platform is a 'trade only' marketplace. Only those engaged in the business of design are accepted onto the platform eg prevailing criteria for trade client status.
SHSQ provides tools for all participants in the marketplace to transact and interact with each other. We enable brands to turn their catalogs of products into 'actionable' catalogs on the SHSQ site. Ordering and tracking tools give showrooms the ability to provide their clients and brands with an online process. Trade clients can manage their relationships with their clients and showrooms and request quotes and place orders directly from the product page. SHSQ provides the services required to be able to conduct business online - payments, links to shipping, messaging, tracking status of orders, etc.
You decide who gets to see your profile. Brands can control who sees their product information and who gets to see their pricing eg filter only your certified trade clients get access to pricing. All other information such as quotes and orders are between the buyer and seller of course.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MANAGING QUOTES AND ORDERS ON A PLATFORM AND HOW THEY ARE PROCESSED CURRENTLY
Custom quotes and orders are complicated. An order may consist of various items such as a COM fabric from one company, a trim from another, all part of a custom upholstery piece from another, each having their own steps, processes and delivery options, as well as the customization details of finish and application, all involving multiple showrooms, multiple brands.
On SHSQ quotes and orders start from the product page so image and information is automatically included in the transaction. Because trade clients can add quote and order requests instantly to their projects, information such as sidemarks and shipping can be automatically included in these orders.