Dremus is a startup in the e-commerce space. They aim to bring specialised e-commerce solutions to both individuals and SMEs using a SaaS business model. There pitch is an attempt to facilitate a move to transacting e-commerce for those businesses not currently doing so.
Dremus provides a very simple dashboard where users can configure their own online store – with either Dremus’ own themes or using another design template. The service is free, but is monetised via a payments gateway – it’s free to list products for sale, but customers pay to transact the deal online.
The Dremus dashboard is simple and intuitive (screenshot below) making it non-threatening for technophobes. The frontend is smart and clean and fine for most initial forays into e-commerce.
Dremus is a great idea for those without the time or skills to create a fully featured e-commerce solution. I’d classify it as coming somewhere between listing goods on an online auction site, and a fully featured e-commerce solution. Think of it as e-commerce lite.
Dremus has an API link to Xero, so transactions from Dremus can automatically be entered into Xero without user interference.
When looking at the offering I couldn’t help but think that an import function from either CSV or MYOB/Moneyworks would be nice – but then the Dremus argument is that their offering is primarily for those without existing e-commerce. I can imagine though a number of businesses who have an accounting package with inventory on it, and would love the ability to import items into Dremus to at least avoid some of the tedium of setting up an online store.