When Printful launched its print-on-demand/drop-shipping business in 2013, most competitors were traditional bulk-printing companies that weren’t built for one-off fulfillment of t-shirts and other products. Today, thanks to the e-commerce explosion and a savvy technology-focused business strategy, Printful is the largest company of its kind with three fulfillment centers in the U.S. and headquarters in Riga, Latvia and Charlotte, NC, a fourth that recently opened in Mexico, 500 employees, dozens of product options, and 800,000+ customers around the globe from artists and cause marketers to Twitter-preneurs like WeRateDogs that use merchandise to monetize their ventures.
The company was founded by two young Latvians who couldn’t find an acceptable print-on-demand drop-shipping partner for a business they ran selling posters, clothing and other items with motivational quotes for entrepreneurs.
It has doubled revenues every yearsince inception, fulfilled more than 10 million orders generating over $540 million for customers, and is still self-funded.
Features like 14 integrated e-commerce platforms (more than any competitor), API connectivity, and a mockup generator that creates store-ready product images help fuel business.
One-third of customers surveyed say their e-commerce storefront is a full-time gig, and three-quarters of the rest say they’re aiming to get there.
Antidote, a carefully curated collection of high fashion, eco-conscious clothing brandsaimed at fashionistas looking for conversation-starting closet standouts with heart. The Wynwood-based project recently launched their new e-commerce site to the public.
The effortlessly chic collection of several designers and brands from around the world offers a wide range of styles–from Cienne’s bold, yet playful banded-bottom pants to Lemlem’s gauzy bohemian dresses made in Ethiopia. Many pieces in the collection utilize recycled fabrics, vegan leather and champion fair trade practices.
And each one has a story to tell. Customers can immerse themselves in the brand’s tale by visiting the website or by simply scanning the item’s tag at Antidote’s soon-to-open Wynwood storefront. From there, they’ll learn about its ethos, the materials being used, the artisans behind it and the methods used to produce the piece.
“We are more than just a store; we are conscious fashion. Every piece is unique and has a distinct story from its inspiration to the way it was brought to life. We’re excited to share our story.”