A platform for online retailers selling niche products
Big market: Online Stores websites get a combined 15M visits a year and serves 500,000 customers annually.
Customer satisfaction: Honored by Newsweek as one of the Best Online Shops of 2021.
Accelerated growth: OLS has a 22% average compound growth rate for 20 years using only retained profits and a secured bank line of credit.
Online Stores Inc. is a retailer and manufacturer based in New Stanton, PA that sells a variety of niche items from English tea to LED lighting. The mission is to provide a one-stop hub for small companies to grow their sales and sell their merchandise, without having to invest in their own warehouse or website. OLS has 3 warehouses: 2 outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the other in Sparks, Nevada.
OLS was founded in 2001 by husband and wife duo, Kevin and Lisa Hickey, in their basement. The Company now employs 135 staff.
Online Stores is a hub for online retailers who are looking to provide a quality shopping experience. We recognize value and service is what brings people back to our platform. We sell a diverse selection of products to a diverse group of buyers. It’s allowed us to invest $7 million dollars developing an integrated order processing and warehouse management system that we believe outperforms those used by companies significantly larger than us. That is why some of our websites were recognized as being among the Best Online Shops in their categories by Newsweek in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
We've found our own ways to eliminate costs and improve operations without sacrificing our relationship with suppliers and buyers. Through our widely recognized and trusted brand name, we are able to build repeat business and website traffic.
Pride in Our Customer Service
To address the natural pain points of shopping, we have invested a substantial amount of time in developing our own customer service team that customers can call directly with product questions. We work with Five 9, a leading AI call center provider to automate our calls. We also integrated our website with our business systems to automate product reordering and drop shipping.
Online shopping is one of the most popular online activities worldwide. Not surprising, the global e-commerce retails sales hit a high of $4.28 trillion in 2020 alone. This trend was seen on the national level ($431.6B U.S dollars in 2020) all the way down to niche online retailers. Evident by the fact that there are 2,000+ niche online retailers, generating over $50B annual sales in the U.S. alone (Source: Pipecandy.com).
We also felt the benefits of this industry. Our sales reached $55M in 2020, and in October 2021 we had a record sales month, with $5.95M sales. Our advanced demand planning system has enabled us to remain well stocked. We currently have 30,000 products in stock and ready to ship, plus another 30,000 that we can drop ship.
We are proud that we serve 500,000 customers a year with high satisfaction rates.
We have a proven success rate of growth. Between 2010 and 2020, Online Stores has grown from a $27M to a $55M business. In 2020 alone, Online Stores saw a 15% growth in business. Now, we’re one of America’s largest niche retailers. We’ve grown at a 22% average compound growth rate for 20 years strong, and we look forward to keeping true to that momentum.
Online Stores is a web platform to sell and distribute niche products, with $55M in sales in 2020.
Kevin has a Masters Degree in Engineering from Cambridge University in England, awarded 1983. Kevin founded his first company is England in 1987, supplying engineering diagnostic software shortly after the introduction of the PC. He was appointed VP of Sales and Marketing to Relex Software in 1998, who develop engineering test software, and started to use the Internet for product marketing. Kevin left in January 2000 to form a freelance online marketing consultancy. This led to the development of an online retail businesses, which evolved into Online Stores.
Lisa has broad experience in management and established the management team and company policies from the start of the business. She helps formulate company strategy and direction, and assists with HR issues.
Director of Technology
Director of Sales, Merchandising, and Product Development
Eric joined Online Stores as Overseas Sourcing Manager in 2016. The company quickly recognized his strong management skills and he was given additional management responsibility for the companies inside sales team and then for the merchandizing department in 2017.
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Online Stores, Inc.
1000 Westinghouse Dr., Suite 1,, New Stanton, PA 15672
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