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How to Start an Ecommerce Business in Saudi Arabia

When it comes to the Middle East, Saudi Arabia has been observing comprehensive growth in the ecommerce industry. The online business in Saudi Arabia is rising at a rate of two times faster in comparison to the Asia Pacific. Therefore, if you are thinking of starting an ecommerce business or expanding your ecommerce business internationally, Saudi Arabia is the right and attractive choice. 

Why Choose Saudi Arabia for E-Commerce Business?

Saudi Arabia is a big, flourishing, and youth-driven country in the GCC. It is the largest country in the Middle East region and ranks 47th in the world in terms of population. According to the World Bank’s World Development Report, more than 45% of the people living in this region are below the age of 24. The e-commerce business in this region is growing primarily because of Internet-savvy users.

The internet penetration rate is quite high in Saudi Arabia in comparison to other Middle Eastern countries. Most people in this country use the Internet; however, it is worth mentioning that the penetration rate has only increased in the last few years. Hence, within a short period, the use of the internet has increased in this region, which directly influences the success of the e-commerce business.

According to a recent study conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar on internet use and media in Middle Eastern countries, Saudi Arabia ranked first and showed promising outcomes for market expansion in the future. Saudi Arabia also outperformed other Middle Eastern countries in terms of building trust in online business. Saudi Arabia is the new commercial hub because of its large economy and excellent opportunities. The country and its young citizens are expanding the quality of life which helps to boost ecommerce businesses.

Steps to Start an Ecommerce Business in Saudi Arabia

For someone thinking of starting an ecommerce business, he/she needs to consider a few parameters for a successful business venture. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to start your own e-commerce business in Saudi Arabia.

Choose an Appropriate Business Plan and Model

This is the first step to start any new business venture. Think of the perfect online ecommerce business plan and model before moving ahead with other steps. Choose whether you want to go for a B2B domain where B stands for business or a B2C domain where C stands for customers. Think of the products or services you wish to sell online as per your targeted audience.

Pick a Name for Your Brand
After deciding the perfect business model, proceed further and decide a name for your brand. Do not underestimate the importance of having a good name for your brand. Evaluating the domain name availability & trademark availability shall be amongst primary checks before finalizing on the brand name.

Classify the Products and/or Services

Classify the products and services on the basis of categories, subcategories, colour, size, brands, features. Also, assign them a unique identity number, this step can play a key role in operating a successful e-commerce business.

Create Your Ecommerce Website

You can either go for a pre-built platform or create it from scratch. Shopify, BigCommerce, Volusion, etc are few online store builders. Both the options have pros and cons, however, building a website on a platform is most favourable, as it comes with long-term sustainable solutions.

Content and Product Images

When starting up an online business, the product images on the website along with optimized content can put a lot of impact on the audience. Good descriptive content and crisp images of products are very important aspects of an ecommerce business.

Payment Gateways

Setting payment gateways for your ecommerce business is another step. You can use payment options such as credit cards, debit cards, Internet banking, etc on your website for prepaid transactions.

Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing can make an ecommerce business flourish within a very short span of time. You can use social media to promote your products and services and can ask your followers to visit the website. Reaching out to influencers or bloggers for promotions can be equally helpful.

Last Mile Delivery

Last Mile Delivery is the process of shipping the product to the end consumer. It can help you know the current location of the products until they are shipped to the customer doorsteps or PO box. The constant updates about the delivery will also enable the customers to trust your brand.

Customer Service

Customer satisfaction should be your top priority if you want to retain them. Investing in reputation management, analyzing customer reviews, and informing customers about delivery delays are very crucial for a successful ecommerce business.

As a top Ecommerce development company, Sieg Partners can assist you with every parameters of starting or running a profitable e-commerce business. Our key aim is to assist our clients in design and development of user-friendly online Ecommerce store. From concept to implementation, our team of expert and dedicated professionals will support you in making the right strategies and decisions at the right time for the Ecommerce.

Create your online Ecommerce store

An Online Ecommerce store will take your business to the end customers. You can either go for a pre-built Ecommerce platforms like Magento, Woocomerce , Shopify or create it from scratch using PHP, Node.Js, Java, .Net or other. Both the options have pros and cons and you should consult a good Ecommerce development company for the best Ecommerce consulting.

About Author

Mehran Baloch

Mehran Baloch is visionary CEO of Sieg Partners – Top mobile app and software development company based in Ahmedabad India. Mehran is a friendly and dedicated leader who loves exploring new ideas in emerging technologies such IOT, AI., Blockchain and more. Mehran’s smart thinking and love for learning about the latest technology trends have helped Sieg Partners succeed quickly and client with great solutions. He always makes sure clients and team stays updated on what’s new in the tech world. Mehran is great at solving problems and working well with others, which everyone appreciates.

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