The E-Commerce Newsletter For Booksellers          March 18, 2020

Online Sales Increase
As customers have moved online to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19 in public spaces, revenue at IndieCommerce (IC) and IndieLite (IL) websites has been rapidly climbing since Thursday, March 12. This past Sunday, March 15, online sales revenue had increased by 750% compared to the same day last year. Sunday’s sales revenue also exceeded the highest online holiday shopping day of 2019. The number of people purchasing books online from independent bookstores is increasing daily at an unprecedented pace.

Because bookstores are promoting their websites as an alternative to in-store shopping and helping create this demand, ABA and the IndieCommerce team are offering the following to IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores:
 

  1. Please visit the new “Coronavirus Resource Center” for IndieCommerce and IndieLite users at: https://www.bookweb.org/eCommerce . We’re updating this new resource frequently and we encourage you to check it often.
     
  2. With the increased online sales volume, all IndieLite and IndieCommerce stores that use ABA for credit card processing will be paid on a weekly basis rather than twice each month. The new payment schedule will remain in effect for as long as sales volume remains higher than normal. We’ll update you before changing the schedule back.
     
  3. Online customers are looking for free shipping, curbside pick-up, and free local delivery. Select any of those options to view a short video demonstration for how to enable it on your site. If you need additional assistance setting up one of these delivery options, drop us an email at staff@bookweb.org.
     
  4. Your customers want to support your store. Consider accepting donations by creating a custom product page for donations. Promote the donation page by setting up a prominent donation button on your homepage or in the footer or header of your website.
     
  5. Another way for customers to support your store is by offering them the option of purchasing gift cards and gift codes for future use. Be sure to prominently promote these items with buttons or banners on your website.
     
  6. Post a message to your homepage regarding updated store hours, store contact information, and other important information that your customers need to know. You may also want to disable in-store payments as an online payment option if your store is closed to walk-in traffic.
     
  7. We’re going to hold off on implementing the password policy update that was announced last month. 

If we can assist you with any other requests for your website, please don’t hesitate to pass them on to us. We’re here for you at staff@bookweb.org.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to email us with any thoughts, questions, or suggestions.
The IndieCommerce team

For past editions of IndieCommunication, visit this page.

Phillip Davies, IndieCommerce Director
American Booksellers Association | 333 Westchester Avenue | White Plains, NY 10604
Phil@bookweb.org |
914-406-7527 | www.BookWeb.org
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333 Westchester Ave
Suite S202
White Plains, NY 10604
United States


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