5 Back-Office Tech Innovations

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Ordering products from China, including electronics parts, clothing, and home décor items, can open up a can of worms. It’s hard to know which companies are legitimate, but the biggest problem is that a small business is often charged more per item than big box retailers like Best Buy. OrderWithMe (www.orderwithme.com) is a new service where you can order a low number of items, but pool the order with other small businesses in the U.S.—the service then arranges a lower price per unit. The site was developed by Jonathan Jenkins and his wife Danielle, who live in China and make the deals directly with Chinese factories. The site works like Groupon—you place an order and wait for other small businesses to complete the same order until, together, you meet a minimum quantity.