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5 Easy Steps to Selling Never-Before-Seen Print On Demand Products

July 11th, 2018 by

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In our introductory post about Fulfilled by Voodoo, we talked about why we started it — to empower people to launch physical products without the tall barriers that manufacturing typically creates — and the huge implications this has for anyone running an online store, or powering a print on demand business with platforms like Printful.

Why is Fulfilled By Voodoo particularly relevant to this cohort of ecommerce entrepreneurs? Like the standard print on demand services you’re already familiar with, Fulfilled By Voodoo offers the benefits of:

  • Dropshipping directly to customers
  • E-commerce integrations (Shopify, Etsy, Amazon, Squarespace and many more)
  • Just-in-Time — or on-demand — manufacturing
  • Flexible shipping options
  • Branded packaging

The major difference between the two is that with standard print on demand platforms, entrepreneurs are limited to selling whatever assortment of base products is available on their platform of choice.

By comparison, Fulfilled By Voodoo gives online sellers the ability to sell any object that can be 3D printed, whether it’s countless SKUs of novelty cookie cutters, a collection of niche-specific showerheads, or playful twists on branded e-commerce classics like bottle openers, drink holders, wine stoppers, and so forth.  

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In this post, we’ll take a look at five easy steps to selling never-before-seen print on demand products with Fulfilled By Voodoo, starting with…

1. Submitting the Get Started Form

Great! You’re interested in learning more about outsourcing the manufacturing, packaging, and shipping of your products by connecting your online store directly to our factory. It’s time to fill out the Get Started Form.

If you have a 3D printable file already, this is the perfect place to tell us about it, or even upload it for our reference. No 3D file? Not to worry. Read on to learn all about our 3D design service.

Once you submit the form, a member of our Fulfillment team will follow up to schedule a phone call during your listed availability. What comes next is the…

2. Product Conversation

Once we get you on the phone, it’s time to talk about the fun stuff. We’ll discuss your current suite of products, and how we can use marketing insights to expand your offering with custom, personalized, or just plain novel on-demand products.

Whether or not you already have a 3D-printable file of your product, this convo is paramount in determining what comes next on your path to launch.

If you need a hand bringing your killer product idea to life, you can use freelance service marketplaces like CadCrowd or Fiverr to source affordable digital assets.

You can also browse sites like Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory, and TurboSquid, to find accessible 3D models that can easily be customized and tweaked by you or your 3D designer.

But if you’d like a little more assistance throughout the product development process, you might want to move on to…

3. 3D Design

3D Design Team

In the interest of getting things right the first time, it’s a great idea to sit back and let our world-class team of 3D designers turn your idea into a production-ready 3D file

Our team can start with as little as a napkin sketch or as much as an engineering drawing, but it turns out that existing 2D brand assets (think logos, business cards, or even found images you like) are an excellent starting point for a 3D design.

Whether you’re looking for a hard-edged functional object or an organic character model, our team of designers can present you with a whole gamut of options that align to your target cost.

And yes, you can expect production samples all the way up until…

4. Storefront Integration for Product Launch

Ecommerce Integrations

Integrating your storefront with our factory sounds like a headache, but make no mistake: this part requires just one step (and no technical experience).

All you have to do is create a ShipStation account or share your existing account details with us. We take care of the rest!

Why do you need to create a ShipStation account?

ShipStation is an advanced e-commerce service provider with one of the longest lists of available storefront integrations. That’s exactly why we chose it as the foundation for our API.

ShipStation Partners

 

This means that you can sell your products on any number of ShipStation’s Platform Partners and have them automatically manufactured, packaged, and shipped with Fulfilled By Voodoo.

With the integration all taken care of, it’s time to publish your listings and make your brand new never-before-seen print on demand products available to your customers.

The majority of our clients sell on Shopify, Amazon, and Etsy, but our service is also compatible with platforms like Magento, eBay, Wix, CrateJoy, among many others.

5. Rinse and Repeat

Launching a product from start to finish is bound to yield invaluable insights for your brand. Whether your goal is to boost customer retention, brand differentiation, or niche segmentation, you can propel your brand to a whole new level when you branch into different product categories.

Ready to get inspired? Contact sales@voodoomfg.com for a copy of our FBV Product Catalog, and check out our success story on FBV customer Ten Talents Trading here.

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A Lean Supply Chain: How Online Sellers Reduce Risk and Save Time

June 27th, 2018 by

For most entrepreneurs selling products online, supply chains are tall and complex. They’re an unwieldy stack of manufacturing, quality control, storage, picking and packing, packaging, and shipping. As consumers, it’s easy to take for granted the amount of logistics it takes to move a product from concept all the way to our hands, but the reality is that the physical supply of a product is just one part of building a sustainable e-commerce business.

traditional supply chain

The New Supply Chain

At Voodoo, we set out to make this part of the process simpler by reimagining the way products get manufactured. By integrating software and machine intelligence at every step, we’re able to offer a service that compresses supply chain logistics into a single “Buy Now” button.  

That game-changing service is called Fulfilled By Voodoo, or FBV. With FBV, companies can consider supply chain taken care of. With this new e-commerce model, the pages of spreadsheets for managing suppliers and pre-processing timelines, and the headaches of juggling out-of-stock materials for your product mix, are a thing of the past.

Voodoo Full Stack Supply Chain

Focus on Demand

Rather than sourcing and inventorying thousands of products, and scrambling to market and sell them, companies using FBV can focus on creating demand for their products. In the background, our factory is always standing by to fulfill orders as soon as the customer converts. This monumental shift repositions businesses at any stage of growth from a supply driven operation to one that is demand driven.

“Our customers don’t hold inventory of their products.”

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Consolidate Sales Channels and Gain Clarity on the Bigger Picture

Thriving e-commerce businesses tend to have an abundance of sales channels, and gaining insight into product performance through all of those channels can be incredibly challenging to not only manage in the day to day, but analyze for larger insights. This can lead to issues in two critical areas: product development and planning.  

Cookie Cutter Kingdom

Cookie Cutter Kingdom is built on variety. With more than 3,000 custom and personalized cookie cutters for every holiday, theme, and category, they integrated with Fulfilled By Voodoo to outsource the production, fulfillment, and shipping of their massive suite of products.

On the product development side, understanding what items perform well is critical information for identifying new products to sell, and filling any gaps in the product landscape with a killer idea of your own.

From a planning perspective, imperfect demand predictions can leave companies with piles of overstocked waste, or shortages during peak demand. Ultimately, these issues lead to expensive operational inefficiencies and revenue losses.

Fulfilled By Voodoo solves these two issues by funneling orders from multiple sales channels into a single place. That funnel means we’re able to pull back the curtain on valuable insights about which products are selling at the highest volume. And because we manufacture everything on-demand for each order, we’re also able to eliminate the risk of overstocked goods.

Get In Touch

Whether you’re ready to connect your booming business to our fulfillment services, or you’re simply curious about where to begin with 3D-printable files, go ahead and email sales@voodoomfg.com. We can help you conceptualize, design, manufacture, and sell  just about anything.

For the full low down on Fulfilled By Voodoo, check out our website and introductory blog post.

 

Ten Talents Trading Company - Settlers of Catan Custom Playing Pieces

How Ten Talents Trading Co. Tripled Their Product Line and Boosted Revenue with Fulfilled by Voodoo

June 4th, 2018 by

Last month we announced our exciting new Fulfilled by Voodoo service, which allows businesses to integrate Voodoo into their online shops, making it easier than ever to process 3D printing orders. We’re notified as soon as an order is placed with an FBV-powered shop, then we print the item on demand in our factory, and ship it directly to the customer’s doorstep, freeing up valuable time for business owners to focus on product development, marketing, and scaling production.

Today we take a closer look at how Ten Talents Trading Co. used Fulfilled by Voodoo to triple their product offering and massively increase their revenue. Started in Fayetteville, Arkansas, this two-man operation creates customized game pieces for the popular board game, Settlers of Catan. We talked to founder David Hendren to learn more about how Ten Talents transformed from a line of ten SKUs 3D printed in a closet and sold on Etsy, to 32 SKUs printed in our Brooklyn factory and sold in high demand on Amazon.

From Closet Commerce to Online Empire

Ten Talents was born out of personal desire. David enjoyed playing Catan and designing replacement pieces for himself, and started to wonder if other people would be interested in the pieces as well. He just happened to own a small 3D printer, so he did what any enterprising young entrepreneur would do: set up an Etsy shop and started designing, printing, and selling a small range of Catan pieces, literally out of a closet in his Arkansas home.

David estimates that he had the ability to bring in about $10,000 to $15,000 per year in sales while producing pieces at home, but demand for his products quickly outpaced his capacity. He still had a day job to maintain, so the only option was to outsource his production.

“To compete on Amazon, you cannot be doing personal production.”

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Cup With a Hole Through It

Voodoo Sponsors 4 of the Smartest Products from MakerBot’s 3D Printing for Smarter Living Challenge

May 30th, 2018 by

Voodoo Manufacturing Printing Credit

As part of NYCxDesign 2018, our friends at MakerBot tapped 17 of New York City’s best industrial designers to participate in a 30-day design challenge around the concept of 3D Printing for Smarter Living. To help them prototype and develop the smartest possible object in just 30 days, MakerBot generously gifted each team a MakerBot Replicator and a few rolls of filament.

All 15 teams unveiled their hard work on May 17th at MakerBot’s headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, where three teams took home $500 in Voodoo print credit, and only one team took home a whopping $2000 in Voodoo print credit.

These designers have the chops for remarkable and innovative physical products, and we have the chops to manufacture great ideas at volume. We were blown away by what these competitors accomplished with a single printer, so we can’t wait to see what the winners do with (more than) 200 3D printers and a whole lot of printing credit at their disposal. Check out all the design submissions below!

Grand Prize for Best Overall Design: The oVo Clip-On Wheels by Juhi Solanki

oVo Clip-on Wheels

All images via MakerBot

Grand Prize for Best Overall Design: The oVo Clip-on Wheels by Juhi Solanki combines a PLA clip with a set of small wheels that are sturdy enough to support large foam core boards. Printed as a single piece, the wheels allow for easy transport and display of signs or posters without looking bulky, and the clip’s high-tension material is extremely durable.

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Introducing: Fulfilled by Voodoo

April 5th, 2018 by

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Fulfilled By Voodoo: Plug-n-Play Manufacturing & Fulfillment for Online Product Stores

Ever since we started Voodoo Manufacturing, we’ve been excited to build a service that allows anyone to manufacture products and start businesses. Our goal has always been to empower people to invent, design, and deliver products without the tall barriers that manufacturing typically creates. That’s why today we’re incredibly excited to announce a new service that marks a major step in this direction: Fulfilled by Voodoo.

Fulfilled by Voodoo, or “FBV” for short, is a full-stack manufacturing and fulfillment service that makes it easier than ever to start and scale any business selling 3D printed products online. With FBV, you can link your e-commerce storefronts directly to our factory and outsource the 3D printing, quality control, assembly, packaging, and shipping of your products. Every time you receive an order from a customer it’s automatically routed to our factory, where it’s manufactured on-demand and then drop-shipped directly back to your customer.

Overcoming Modern Manufacturing’s Biggest Obstacles

For anyone who’s ever designed and sold a physical product, they’ve learned how difficult it can be to set up a reliable, scalable, and affordable manufacturing pipeline. For many people this is an insurmountable hurdle that they fail to overcome. At Voodoo, we believe manufacturing isn’t the essence of a product – it’s a means to an end. Just as technology isn’t important for its own sake, but rather because of what it does for you, manufacturing is important because of the product it enables you to make. For how amazing modern manufacturing is, there are still so many examples of people failing to successfully manufacture a product. Or, even worse, people who never even start on their journey to bring a product to market. This happens for many reasons – from high upfront costs, to long lead times, to complicated design-for-manufacturing requirements – but at the core of this lies the fact that manufacturing is still a largely difficult, painful, and treacherous process.

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Meeting A Growing Demand for High-End 3D Printed Phone Cases

January 25th, 2018 by

Wild and Woolly 3d printed luxury phone case

This is the second installment of our Customer Spotlight Series with Nina Cheng, founder of Wild and Woolly. The first part of our conversation covered what it took to leave her job in finance and launch a high-end accessories brand with no previous experience in product development or manufacturing, and how outsourcing her 3D printing needs enabled her to launch her business.

To finish up our discussion with Nina, we talked about fulfilling a high volume of orders with 3D printing, how an organic endorsement from the Kardashians catapulted (or should we say, katapulted) her brand to international success, and her sage wisdom for budding entrepreneurs.

What is your timeline like from developing a prototype, to printing it with Voodoo, to getting the final product in stores?

It depends on how many stores want to order each new size, and where the store is in terms of their budget, but we can make them pretty quickly. If it’s not a huge order and we don’t have anything else lined up, we can probably fulfill an order in about two weeks.

3D printed iphone case product shot

As a business owner, what’s your favorite part about outsourcing 3D printing to Voodoo?

I really like that you guys take care of cleaning and basic post processing. If I bought my own printers, the amount of resources and time I would have to put into QC would probably be too much for me to handle.

On top of that, you guys started making quality improvements that never occurred to me, like torching the inside of the case to refine the surface. It’s almost like torching a crème brulee [laughs]. The technical knowledge and familiarity with materials has really helped because I had no prior experience with 3D printing materials or engineering. Having the team at Voodoo serve as my sounding board has been very beneficial for the growth of the company.

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How David Stychno Prototyped His Way to the Perfect Dokku with 3D Printing

January 17th, 2018 by
dokku apple device accessory

“The Dokku is a thing for your iPhone, your Airpods, your watch, some watch bands, and maybe a dongle or two.” – www.electrictrout.co

In this installment of our Customer Spotlight Series, we sit down with David Stychno, shopkeep at Leon’s Electric Trout Co. His digital storefront includes one-of-a-kind objects found around the world along with 3D printed pieces that David designs and finishes himself, like the quirky yet practical Dokku.

We chatted with David about the evolution of the Dokku, how 3D printing allows for incremental testing and agile product development, and how he strikes a balance between a monetized hobby and paid occupation. Our conversation follows.

Could you tell us about your background prior to launching Leon’s Electric Trout?

I’m a graphic designer by trade, but I basically come from a long line of salesmen. My father was always talking about the beauty of entrepreneurism and the “free market”, so it’s always been something that interests me.

Eventually I ended up in e-commerce designing for a customer analytics company, Custora, and after a few years I started daydreaming about having a shop of my own. Empathy fuels design, and what better way to learn about e-commerce than to actually do it? It took a few years of mulling over what I might sell, and I finally collected enough things and ideas for things that I decided it was time. It’s been beneficial to have a Shopify platform because it allows us to test new software for my day job too. It’s this really cool overlap of a personal hobby that is also relevant to what I do.

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How A High-End Accessories Brand Launched With Digital Manufacturing

January 3rd, 2018 by

This installment of our Customer Spotlight Series highlights the founder of the popular brand, Wild and WoollyNina Cheng didn’t always plan on running a high-end accessories business. The first phone case she made was designed not as a marketable product, but as a personal solution: why wasn’t there a case that not only looked good, but also kept cold hands warm while texting outside during a New York City winter? When she couldn’t find a suitable fur phone case already on the market, she decided to make her own using a combination of 3D printing and hand-worked materials. Nina’s prototype received so many compliments that she realized she had a viable business on her hands. In September of 2016 she left her job in finance to launch her brand, Wild and Woolly.

We sat down with Nina to learn more about her design and manufacturing process, her experience working with us at Voodoo Manufacturing, and what’s in store for Wild and Woolly this season. The first half of our conversation follows.

Were you experienced in 3D modeling or 3D printing at all when you set out to make your first phone case?

I had no experience with 3D printing, I was just aware that it existed. At the time, I was researching various possibilities within tech for another startup, so I understood the value of a lean business with low commitment in terms of inventory, cost, and time. With that in mind, I decided to look into 3D printing as my first option because it was so cost-effective.

I wound up outsourcing the task of 3D modeling, which made things easier. I received the first model within a week, and sent it off to get printed. It was clear that this was the perfect production process for me: I bought fur online, I printed the case out, and I sold that case within a day [laughs].

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How Rex Specs™ Revved Up its Product Development Cycle

June 14th, 2017 by

We’re excited to highlight Rex Specs in the first installment of Voodoo’s Customer Spotlight Series. This new series will explore the inspiring stories and product development processes behind some of our most innovative customers.

Launched in December 2014, Rex Specs has been creating the most durable, reliable, and functional protective dog eyewear available. Simply put, it’s eye protection for the active dog.

Rex Specs Goggles

 

From basking in the sun to extreme sports in the snow, harmful UV rays and debris take a heavy toll on our eyes. It’s not only human eyes that are affected, though – our canine companions also struggle in harsh outdoor conditions, often with long-lasting effects.

When extended UV exposure started affecting Yaz and Tuckerman’s eyes, limiting the amount of time they could spend outside, their humans Aiden and Jesse Emilo went in search of a solution. The duo tested out multiple brands of dog goggles, but none were able to keep up with their canines’ active lifestyle. Refusing to limit their family’s outdoor activities, the Emilos set off on a product development journey to create the first protective goggles designed specifically for working and active dogs. Continue reading