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Top 5 Best e-Commerce Platform for Online Clothing Store in Asia

As a fashion lover, you may have always wanted to set up your own physical clothing store and sell the clothes you love, however with limited budget and lots of other factors being consider, many of the you might easily be scared away and gave up halfway. So why not consider switching the clothing store to an online one instead? Thanks to the various online store platform like Shopify, ASOS and Shopline, setting up your own online clothing store is now easier than ever! With relatively low budget input and the easy and simple procedures, everyone can set up their own online clothing store.

The only thing you need to do now is to spend some time to choose the right e-Commerce platform for your clothing store, it is a crucial step in giving yourself the best opportunity for long-term success. However, with lots of choices in the market, which platform should one go for? No panic, we have compared several platforms and come up with these Top 5 e-Commerce platforms that suit you the most. In this article, we will mainly focus on Asian market, the 5 most popular eCommerce platforms for clothing store we recommend will be Shopee, Lazada, Shopline and Shopify. We will highlight some features of each e-commerce platforms and you may choose the one that works best for you.

Shopee is an e-commerce site which was founded in 2015 and are available currently in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Brazil. Once began as a consumer-to-consumer (C2C) platform, but it evolved into a B2C marketplace focusing on serving customers across the region. Listing your product on Shopee marketplace is free and they charges shipping fees on a seller-level, with free shipping and shipping discounts for a minimum order.

Shopee also offers their seller a ‘Preferred Shopee Seller Programme’ , as a ‘Preferred Sellers’, you may enjoy greater benefits such as allowing your buyer to use Shopee’s promotions and discounts and your store will have more chance of being invited for certain campaigns!

How to apply:  https://seller.shopee.com.my/edu/article/351           

Plans and pricing details: https://seller.shopee.com.my/edu/article/501

Found in 2012, Lazada is an online marketplace available in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Lazada has a combination of retail and marketplace models. You can sign up in two ways:  the marketplace and the ‘LazMall’. The Marketplace is for anyone that wants to be a seller while LazMall is for registered brand owners or authorized distributors. While Marketplace gives free access to seller tools and campaigns, LazMall has exclusive campaigns and additional seller tools that give the seller a boosted product search ranking, however it requires the sellers to pay 5% commission fees to the products sold.

How to apply: https://sellercenter.lazada.com.ph/seller/helpcenter/How-do-I-sign-up-to-sell-on-Lazada.html

Plans and pricing details: https://sellercenter.lazada.com.ph/seller/helpcenter/Does-LazMall-charge-a-commission-rate-to-sellers-5475.html

Shopline was founded in Hong Kong in 2013.  In a short period of time, it has expanded its operations to Mainland China, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam with over 100,000 merchants. Unlike Shopee and Lazada, Shopline allows user to create and customize their own online store, it has dozens of existing templates businesses can choose from to design their websites. It supports on all business aspects including currency, warehouse, integration of local payment gateways and logistics. They will also help merchants achieve a better SEO performance and drive organic traffic to their online store.

How to apply: https://shoplineapp.com/online-store-setup

Plans and pricing details: https://shopline.hk/en/about/pricing

This is an excellent and well-known online marketplace for independent fashion brands and it can connect you with fashion-loving buyers across the globe. You can build your own branded boutique with the templates it provided. Recently ASOS has announced they will temporarily removing the commission rates on its ASOS Marketplace until the end of 2020 to support its sellers through the lockdown and peak trading period.* (originally the ASOS will take a 20% commission on every item you sell) and you’ll need to pay a £20 (HKD$206) monthly subscription fee, it offers worldwide shipping for free.

How to apply: https://marketplace.asos.com/my/boutiqueapplication/information

Plans and pricing details:https://m.marketplace.asos.com/help/features-fees

Of all the e-commerce platforms available, Shopify might be the most popular and effective one out there, it is the most complete and feature-rich platform available. You can sync it to other social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Shopify offers various pricing tiers, with basic pricing plans starting at US$29 ( HKD$225) and it charges 2.9% + 30¢  per transaction.

How to apply: https://help.shopify.com/en/manual/intro-to-shopify/initial-setup/setup-your-store

Plans and pricing details: https://help.shopify.com/en/manual/intro-to-shopify/pricing-plans

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