Recently, a print-on-demand e-commerce platform called Printify has secured a multimillion pound investment to fuel its expansion, which attracts more interest in the fast-growing print-on-demand arena.
What is Print On Demand (POD)?
POD stands for Print on Demand. POD is to sell your own customized designs on different types of products.
Print on demand products can be hoodies, mugs, T-shirts, hats, towels, notebooks, photo covers, stickers, stationery, bags and many other items.
How can I build a POD business?
Print on demand sites can print your design onto various products. More importantly they package and ship orders to your customers. Not only can you create your own products, but also allows new sellers to eliminate all the complicated procedures for opening a store.
There are many platforms for POD businesses. What kind of platforms can I use for POD? well, here are some Top POD platforms you can use:
Printify’s mission is to build a platform that lets anyone start an ecommerce business with as little investment and risk as possible. Currently you can see that Printify can be used for a monthly fee of $29 while others are free. But you can enjoy more discounts when you scale your businesses with Printify.
Founded in 2013, Printful pride themselves in their high-quality products and great service.
This company has received an investment worth over 106 million euros from investment firm Bregal Sagemount. This makes Printful the first unicorn company from Latvia to achieve unicorn status.
Printful has 220 product catalogs to choose from and resources that educate sellers on different printing options for their needs. What is amazing is that they send packages that have your brand name printed on them.
there are also other POD service providers to choose from:
What kind of products can I customize by POD?
Well, here are some top sellling categories for you to consider:
- Accessories: bracelets, stickers, phone cases,necklaces.
- Collections: sportswear, workwear, beachwear.
- Bags: Drawstring bags,Laptop cases, Tote bags,Backpacks.
- Clothing: T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Leggings, Hoodies,Shorts, Tank tops, Polo shirts, Long sleeve shirts.
- Home & Living: Coffee mugs, Blankets, Pillows, Posters, Canvas prints, Bean bags, Beach towels, Embroidered aprons.
What other tools you might need for POD?
Remove Background Services
POD platforms usually ask you to drop your design to mock up effects of the product. But sometimes you need to remove the background of a photo for better effect. So a tool like Cutout.pro can be handy to help you do that. It is a platform to cut picture background for FREE.
Uploading the original photo would be weird on T-shirt, so you need to remove its background, save it with transparent background and upload it to Printiful.
What is more, they have API services available so some POD platforms can embed this API into their system to remove photo background in batch and change any backgrounds into transparent backgrounds, thus improving customer service so their clients do not have to go to different places to get the picture ready for POD.