Step-by-step publishers

How much you need e-commerce depends on the size of your business (book trade business with booksellers and wholesalers, not direct business). The important factors are the number of transactions which are suitable for e-commerce and the amount of investment you are prepared to make.

Step 1: To decide your need for e-commerce take a look at the following table which shows the number of transactions (e.g. order lines or invoice lines) processed in your business in a full year, broken down into months and working days (assuming a 6 day week).

Order Lines/Invoice Lines

 

 

Per year

Per month

Per day

Need

500

41.66

1.60

None

1,000

83.33

3.20

Low

5,000

416.66

16.02

Low

20,000

1666.66

64.10

Medium

100,000

8333.33

320.51

Medium

500,000

41666.66

1602.56

High

Decide whether your need for e-commerce is low, medium or high.

Step 2: Now consider your business turnover which comes from the book trade rather than other markets.

£50,000 to £200,000

Level 1

£200,000 to £500,000

Level 2

Over £500,000

Level 3

Step 3: By now you will have decided your need for e-commerce as low, medium or high and your turnover level 1, 2 or 3. Use this information in the table below to click on the e-commerce code, which will be used to recommend the choice of services appropriate for your business.

Business Level

Low

Med

High

Level 1

H

I

 

Level 2

J

K

L

Level 3

 

M

N

There are two results pages, divided into codes: h to j, k to n.