Shopify online store with rental and subscription option

Rafael_Fonseca1
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Hi all,

I am Rafael Fonseca this is my first post. I hope we can share good ideas!


I am about to run an online business (physical store too integrated using shopfy POS hardware) so I am try to explain the high level goal in order to confirm if it is possible to integrate in the very same Shopify online store

1) Regular ecommerce (sell products, lets say clothes)

2) Products rental (for instance, clothes). I mean, the customer will have option to Rent or Buy an item when this particular item has been set to be both Rental and Buy. Some products will just be rental, others buy, some both. For rental cases it should provide a calendar style that is synchronized with our inventory in order to garantee the availability of some particular product.

3) Create a business model where our customers can include their products in our inventory in order we can make money together. For example, for women that may have dresses in their closets it would be a good idea to put the items to generate incoming.

4) Allow our customers having subscriptions. A good example is Rent the Run Way store https://www.renttherunway.com/.

Is it possible to do in Shopify? What would the best way to implement it?

How difficult and expensive it would be?

Can I do it myself by just using apps in the Shopify Marketplace?

 

Happy New Year for Everybody!

Cheers,

Rafael Fonseca\

Dallas
Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
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Hey, Rafael. 

Dallas here from the Social Care Team. That is a great question. 

If you are going to have an online store and a physical store I definitely recommend using both the Shopify POS system and the online store. This way all of your information will be kept in one place. Any inventory sold in the store will change the inventory online so you won't have an issue of overselling something. Also, all discount data and analytics data will be stored together so you can take a look and compare easily. 

I looked through the things that you want for your store and found some apps that I think will help with what you are looking for. 

If you want to create subscriptions that your customer can sign up for I would recommend you look at the Bold Subscription app. Another option is Subscriptions by ReCharge.  When it comes to what one to use they are both really good so you will just want to take a look and see what one you think would be best for exactly what you are looking for. 

As far as rentals are concerned I recommend BookThatApp There are a lot of features that this app has, but one that I know you really want is the ability to have a calendar attached for when your customers actually make a booking.

As far as the cost of everything, you would start with the Shopify subscription which starts at $29/mo USD. Ultimately you will need to choose what plan will work best for you, which you can do by looking at this link here. This will show all of the plan features that are available with each, their rates and everything. As far as the apps are concerned, they all vary so you will want to take a look at each app page. The pricing information can be found on the app pages that I shared above. 

If this is your first time running an online store I strongly suggest using the Shopify Academy for extra bits of information. There are some really handy courses in there that should really help you out. Another tool that I think could be beneficial for you is the Fashion Industry Apparel Report since you are working with fashion by the sounds of it. This report is from February 2018, but it isn't a year yet so I definitely recommend reading through this. 

I hope all of these tips help you out. If you have any further questions please let me know! 

Best,
Dallas

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bsmart_
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Hi Dallas, 

 

I've already set up a store and trying to do what Rafael said above. I've already started by Shopify subscription and added some products, I also use bookthatapp. I want to integrate the booking form into the homepage with my current theme - Supply, so when people log on they are able to book a date and see the items available. Is there a way for me to do this without changing the coding or is this a bookthatapp question? Also how do I integrate bookthatapp with the Bold Subscriptions app you mentioned below?

 

Thanks for the fashion industry report, it was useful :) 

Would appreciate any advice you have on the above as this is my first time running an online store!

 

Thanks!

Bee xx 

bprop
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I have the same question. To simplify, I want to build the Rent The Runway system using shopify. How can I do that? All the solutions you mentioned are standalone and not integrated which creates a very bad customer experience. Is anyone aware of a Rent-the-Runway-like solution?

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agcanada
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Did you find any solution


@bprop wrote:

I have the same question. To simplify, I want to build the Rent The Runway system using shopify. How can I do that? All the solutions you mentioned are standalone and not integrated which creates a very bad customer experience. Is anyone aware of a Rent-the-Runway-like solution?


 

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PP_World
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@bprop @agcanada

 

Did anyone find good options for this?

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bsmart_
Tourist
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@Dallas wrote:

Hey, Rafael. 

Dallas here from the Social Care Team. That is a great question. 

If you are going to have an online store and a physical store I definitely recommend using both the Shopify POS system and the online store. This way all of your information will be kept in one place. Any inventory sold in the store will change the inventory online so you won't have an issue of overselling something. Also, all discount data and analytics data will be stored together so you can take a look and compare easily. 

I looked through the things that you want for your store and found some apps that I think will help with what you are looking for. 

If you want to create subscriptions that your customer can sign up for I would recommend you look at the Bold Subscription app. Another option is Subscriptions by ReCharge.  When it comes to what one to use they are both really good so you will just want to take a look and see what one you think would be best for exactly what you are looking for. 

As far as rentals are concerned I recommend BookThatApp There are a lot of features that this app has, but one that I know you really want is the ability to have a calendar attached for when your customers actually make a booking.

As far as the cost of everything, you would start with the Shopify subscription which starts at $29/mo USD. Ultimately you will need to choose what plan will work best for you, which you can do by looking at this link here. This will show all of the plan features that are available with each, their rates and everything. As far as the apps are concerned, they all vary so you will want to take a look at each app page. The pricing information can be found on the app pages that I shared above. 

If this is your first time running an online store I strongly suggest using the Shopify Academy for extra bits of information. There are some really handy courses in there that should really help you out. Another tool that I think could be beneficial for you is the Fashion Industry Apparel Report since you are working with fashion by the sounds of it. This report is from February 2018, but it isn't a year yet so I definitely recommend reading through this. 

I hope all of these tips help you out. If you have any further questions please let me know! 

Best,
Dallas


Hi Dallas, 

 

we have posted some questions in relation to building a rent the runway type model using Shopify - can you pls reply this?

 

thanks

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zoedmar
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HI, I am also trying to do this type of model (my store is www.akapip.com) So far I have BookThatApp, and Bold Memberships.  But its not working very well.  Shopify Inventory is not linking properly with BookThatApp, so customers see something unavailable when it is available, or available when it is not. This is really frustrating. And the Memberships subscription is so basic that I cannot give members access to their exclusive areas in any cost effective or efficient way. On top of that, there doesnt seem to be an integrated way to offer a discount (Bold Memberships doesn't support this). Overally I am really disappointed so far by the ability to offer a rental model.

If anyone has found some good solutions please share!

Thanks 

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readc28
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zoedmar, I am looking to do the same for my website and haven't had such luck with the renting model. Your site looks great btw.

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krp44
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Hello!  Did you find a solution for this?  I am trying to build the same model (not fashion related) and struggling.  Thanks!

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