Startup offers end-to-end online retail with “no cost and no risk”

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by Stephen Chapman

A Manchester entrepreneur is launching a new platform, which he says will offer the opportunity to create an “end-to-end online retail business with no risk and no cost.”

Sean Brown is behind Mercarto, which manages every aspect of ordering and customer service.

He explained that all the business owner had to do was name their store, select the products they wish to stock and launch. They receive up to 40% of the profit on each sale.

“Where else in the digital space can you start a business and start a movement with no initial investment of money or time? Whether you’re a uni student, a single parent wanting to make some cash on the side or an aspiring business owner aiming to create an eCommerce empire, Mercarto creates that opportunity,” he said.

Brown's previous business, influencer marketing platform, Hatch, was brought in-house by Social Chain.

“I learned a lot from my experience with Hatch and Social Chain. To have companies like Apple Music using the technology behind Hatch was amazing and a huge learning process,” he continued.

“Mercarto is about creating something truly enabling for people who otherwise wouldn’t have the time or resources to start their own business.”

More than 100 stores have already been created through Mercarto, following a soft launch earlier this year.

He’s working with the UKFast-backed Tech Manchester incubator programme.

“It’s an honour that a business with as much potential as Mercarto is making its home in FastForward,” said Patricia Keating, project lead for Tech Manchester.

“Sean is a truly inspirational person and the other businesses within the Tech Manchester mentor scheme are already learning a huge amount from his experience. We can’t wait to welcome the Mercarto team to FastForward later this year.”