There are many advantages to e-commerce. It is a business strategy that allows a business to break down borders in order to penetrate new markets and export its products.
According to the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail (CQCD – Québec Retail Council), the number of businesses that have adopted e-commerce in Québec has skyrocketed in the last year. The percentage of businesses that have embraced this model rose from 36% to 44%, and the CQCD expects this number to reach 64% by 2023.
This diagnostic is a thinking tool designed for entrepreneurs who wish to sell their wares online to individuals (B2C) residing outside of Canada. It enables entrepreneurs to ask the right questions in order to reduce the risks inherent in international commerce, and to consider the strategic and tactical aspects of this activity before exporting any of their products, thanks to online sales.
In addition, online growth requires certain basic competencies. Before entering the world of international e-commerce, it is important to examine your business from a variety of angles (operations, logistics and marketing, etc.). You should also be familiar with and respect the specific procedures related to exporting, most notably including the laws of the countries in which you wish to sell your products. Proper planning will enable your business to produce the best results (and avoid many pitfalls).
Fill out the questionnaire to determine whether your business is ready for international online sales, or whether you need to review certain elements first.
The information that you provide in response to this questionnaire will remain confidential.
Similar tools and resources
Good practices for optimizing your operations
Optimizing inventory management, maximizing logistics services and reducing your ecological footprint. These good practices will help you improve your operations.
Establishing your online presence
In this section, you will find resources and advice to help boost your online business and enhance your presence on the Web.
Third-party logistics services
E-commerce logistics can be a complex puzzle, but a third-party logistics service provider (3PL) can make your life much easier.
Everything you need to know about delivery
Offering high- quality and efficient delivery is crucial when it comes to retaining your customers. Advice for flawless operation.
How to create a decision matrix
Create your own decision matrix, an evaluation grid that will allow you to analyze all the possibilities and make a thoughtful choice to ensure your organization’s viability.
Exporting in the time of COVID-19
After a much needed adaptation period, SMEs have adopted new approaches to accessing foreign markets. The opportunities are there, and it is time to seize them!
Business plan template and useful start-up documents
The business plan is a tool that allows the entrepreneur to structure their project. This plan is developed by identifying the company's mission, the vision and values of the entrepreneurs, the product or service offer, market analysis, competitive analysis, marketing strategy, financial forecasts, etc.
Mentorship for entrepreneurs
Pairing business veterans (mentors) with entrepreneurs (mentorees). Mentorship program offered by Réseau M.
Specialized organizations and resources are available for entrepreneurs who want to do business abroad or explore new markets.
Financial partners and financing programs
Entrepreneurs and businesses have access to a wide range of financial partners ready to contribute to their economic development. In addition to financing, they offer a variety of other business services.
Directories: Coworking, incubators and businesses
Listing of coworking spaces in Montreal and most industrial and commercial businesses in West-Island and LaSalle.
Launching your business
When you want to start a business, it is important to be familiar with the steps involved. You don't need to have had a university degree in business administration or an enormous bank account to be successful. All you need is a good idea, a good plan, and the motivation to achieve your goals.
Marketing and commercialization
The essence of marketing is to understand your customers’ needs and develop a plan that responds to those needs.
Sustainable development: Tips and advice for improved eco-responsibility
Is being an eco-responsible business a passing fad or a new way of thinking about our role? The answer lies in the facts!
Social economy enterprise
There are three main differences between a social economy enterprise and a traditional commercial business.
The concept of social entrepreneurship places the emphasis on the entrepreneur, his or her values, mission and approach and the social impact of the business.
Depending on your industry, the proper location can be a strategic decision. PME MTL experts help entrepreneurs look for locations suited to their needs.
The legal form you choose will depend on what your business will be doing, the number of people involved, risk management, financial and social objectives, etc.
Dorval, Québec, H9P 1J1514 426-2888