Everything you ever wanted to know about how to create a retail app

Thinking of kicking off your e-commerce retail app? Here's how.

Lakshmi Devan

Senior Manager Content at Builder.ai
· 3 minute read

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If you have a retail business, then you might’ve wondered how to create a retail app as a way to expand your customer base, create engagement, build loyalty and increase revenue. And if you’re here reading this, then it means that you could still use help going about it. Speaking from our experience of building hundreds of apps for businesses each year, we will always tell you that going digital is perhaps the best decision a retail business can make.

Why build a retail app?

Recently, reputed research established that ecommerce apps have a conversion rate that’s 3 times higher than mobile websites. People also view 4.2 times more products per session within apps, compared to mobile sites. Apps are proven to push more people down the purchase funnel, with 1.5 times more conversions per session than through desktop. And the trend isn’t going to change any time soon. In-app sales are growing 46% year-on-year and as the world accelerates to its digital future, these numbers are only going to see a rise.

Only recently, businesses across the globe began to realise the need for tailor-made software. Tailor-made software offers a way to create a competitive edge while allowing organizations to differentiate how they serve their stakeholders. Today, leading brands like Amazon, Netflix, and Uber are believed to have won customers’ hearts, all thanks to their tailor-made approach to their software. But even when there are enough success stories to support the custom approach, many small-to-medium businesses still cannot cope with the costs and technical knowledge associated with software development in the traditional market.

Why choose the Studio Store?

We are here to help! You can now build an app for your retail business simply and economically in 8 weeks or less, thanks to the Studio Store, a new range of pre-packaged apps. This retail app for your business will make selling on mobile effortless, and you can showcase your goods with a scrollable carousel and offer a wide range of secure payment methods. We, at Builder.ai, make it easy for your customers to interact with you and do not take any commission on sales or transaction fees.

Everything you get with Studio Store

Studio Store helps build retail apps to help businesses manage their inventory online via web, android and iOS interface for customers. Customers can register, login, manage settings for profile, email lists of contacts and receive notifications on promos and other products via the app as well as share feedback. Payments for purchases can be made through payment functionality available in the app.

The store can manage content shared by customers through admin and content flag features. The inventory is made available online through the catalogue features, and can create coupon codes for promotional offers. The location-based features help target the services to limited areas for end customers to access products and services. In addition, the application will also cover requirements of integration to one payment gateway of choice and a logistics provider platform for delivery.

It doesn’t end there. When people download your app, the only branding they see is yours. We even make it simple to choose the fonts, illustrations and icon styles you love, too.

The big bonus

When you choose Studio Store, we take care of everything – from building your app, to maintaining it. That’s upgrades, updates, bug fixes and any third-party changes. And we even include cloud capacity to help you scale it too. The Studio Store is currently available to English speaking customers across the world and is priced at $500 per month. Plus, unlike other SaaS providers, with Builder.ai, you get a copy of the code in as little as 24 months.

There’s only one thing left to do now, which is to click right here and get started today. It would be our honour to be your partner in digital transformation.

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Lakshmi Devan

Senior Manager Content at Builder.ai

Lakshmi is a communications professional with over 6 years of experience across industries- from digital media and fashion to health and technology. She specialised in Integrated Marketing and Communications cum laude, and naturally, can work her magic best when handling public relations, marketing and editorial content and communication. Most people find her moderately introverted, conspicuously sassy, significantly energetic, and massively dog-loving.

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