Add A Shop by Sandhills Global
Sandhills Global (formerly known as Sandhills Publishing) is a technology company offering a wide range of products and services for the construction, agriculture, commercial trucking, and aviation industries. Sandhills established its home in Lincoln in 1985. The family-owned company got its start in 1978 in Webster City, IA.
In addition to connecting buyers and sellers in these industries via global retail and auction platforms, Sandhills provides many related services, including web design, hosting, and e-commerce. Sandhills’ Add A Shop solution is a turnkey e-commerce platform that lets you sell almost anything online—equipment parts, baseball cards, building materials, office furniture, vehicles, whatever you have to sell.
Add A Shop, like other Sandhills services, connects buyers and sellers worldwide. A clear, concise dashboard shows what each customer ordered, when they ordered it, when it shipped, its payment status, and much more, 24/7 on your computer or mobile device. Additional integrated service from Sandhills and its partners can help you at every point in the e-commerce process, including payment processing, offering financing to buyers, making shipping arrangements, and providing insurance for purchased goods.
Add A Shop is different from other e-commerce services in that it builds an online store to mesh with your existing website for free—with no setup fee, contract, monthly fees, maintenance fees, or any other hidden charges. With a Sandhills account and an Add A Shop online store, you also get free access to several other Sandhills marketplaces to put your items in front of many more potential buyers.
What changes have you seen in the industry and your company in the past few years?
Smartphones and other mobile devices have eclipsed computers as the primary ways that buyers shop online. That’s why with Add A Shop, when we build your online store it will display beautifully on any device, even a smartphone.
What do you see happening with the business in the next 5 years?
E-commerce will continue to grow and become more integral to building your business. Add A Shop allows you to take advantage of online growth with low costs and continuous development.
What is one goal for your business that you have yet to accomplish?
Sandhills continually improves Add A Shop and its complementary services using input from real-world customers. User feedback drives and informs changes, major and minor, that make Add A Shop and its kindred services more efficient and easy to use.
What has been your most important achievement as a business?
Add A Shop removes unnecessary barriers traditionally associated with e-commerce, including monthly fees and the cost of store design and integration. It opens up online selling to anyone without requiring an initial investment.
What was the biggest turning point in your business?
The internet has changed nearly everything about buying and selling. Since 1996, all of Sandhills’ trade publications and services have had an online presence around the world. Recently, a partnership with Currency helped Sandhills to develop Add A Shop, offering free e-commerce integration into any website.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about your business that most people don’t know?
Add A Shop gives you direct support from human experts, not bots. Also, Add A Shop utilizes Google Shopping categories to improve your placement on Google searches for products in your online store, optimizing your search result ranking (SEO).
What do you like about doing business in Omaha?
The proximity of universities promises a qualified, professional workforce, and the growing city’s positive reputation and strong work ethic makes Omaha an attractive choice.