How much does it cost to build an online store app for the retail sector?

Standard price for an online store app for the retail sector: $37,500

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What is an online store app for the retail sector?

An online store app for retail enables businesses (such as grocery stores or department stores) to sell their products directly to consumers. Online store apps are typically designed with a simple, intuitive interface that allows users to browse through product categories and view items on different pages. Users can read product descriptions, see images of the item, and purchase the item directly from within the application (if they have an account with the company).

Online store apps share many features with retail and e-commerce websites. They often include a section for user reviews and ratings, like many social apps like media sharing apps and consumer review apps. Popular online shopping applications include Amazon, eBay, and Etsy.

Here are some recent online store app for the retail sector examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • The client wants to improve the web experience of their online store as well as build a fairly basic mobile app.

  • A mobile app for a national jewelry chain. That would be a full marketplace with payment, shipping info/tracking, multimedia hosting pictures & videos at a minimum.

  • An app for shoppers and shopping stores. It will provide a specific list of all products and pricing which a user may want to purchase from a physical retail shop. The consumer will be able to include a budget for the store that they will be visiting and once they will make the product selection they will that budget go down. The app will also be connected via API to rewards programs with discounts that the consumer will then be eligible for.

What is the typical cost to build an online store app for the retail sector?

An online store app for the retail sector usually costs $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. An online store app for the retail sector with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent price quotes for an online store app for the retail sector from Crowdbotics:

  • $15,000

  • $75,000

  • $85,000

How long does it take to build an online store app for the retail sector?

An online store app for the retail sector usually takes 778 hours to build. However, an online store app for the retail sector can be built in as few as 133 hours, or in as many as 1,333 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, Crowdbotics produced the following recent hourly estimates for an online store app for the retail sector:

  • 200

  • 1,000

  • 1,133

How to successfully grow your online store app for the retail sector

Online store apps need to show new customers that they can save money by purchasing items through the app. Online store apps can provide users with access to coupons, exclusive sales, and other incentives to entice them into making a purchase.

Risks and challenges of building an online store app for the retail sector

A retail app for online stores faces legal and reputational risks related to the violation of intellectual property rights, the theft of user data, and the handling of customer financial information. It is recommended that your online store app handle sensitive user information through a third-party provider and be sure to establish an appropriate data encryption strategy. You should also consider leveraging existing platform authentication methods (such as Apple Pay) when possible for securing purchases.

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