Etsy pairs manufacturers with sellers

Online marketplace seller Etsy has introduced Etsy Manufacturing, a new service that will connect sellers with small manufacturing companies. The option is designed to help small vendors who have found success and need to fill large orders.

Manufacturers will be able to reach out to Etsy designers by creating a profile on the website, reported The Verge. The company will collate their details as part of a beta program. Sellers will soon be able to search through the listings by price, location and services to find a match.

Although Etsy's rules state that sellers are not allowed to sell wholesale stock through the marketplace, there are some sellers that have relied on manufacturers. Still, the company does not want to create a mass-produced selling service but instead wants to link designers and small-scale manufacturers to complete orders.

The announcement comes just six months after Etsy completed its first IPO, valuing the company at $3.5 billion. Etsy has expanded other services in recent months, such as connecting sellers with traditional retailers through Etsy Wholesale and selling products in-stream on social media channels.

For more:
-See this The Verge article

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