The core features of Gelato give users the tools to build and manage profitable print-on-demand businesses. This includes the ability to connect to online stores and marketplaces, a large product catalog, a user-friendly product editor where users can customize products, a large network of high-quality printing companies, packaging options and automated shipping.
No print-on-demand service would be complete without providing users with the ability to connect their website to on-demand printing service providers. To do this easily and without any technical expertise, Gelato offers direct connections that effortlessly sync your custom products to your content management system, such as Shopify, WooCommerce, Wix, Squarespace or BigCommerce. To do so, you will simply need to input your login credentials for the site you are looking to connect Gelato to. In our experience, we found its direct connections easy to set up.
It also connects to a variety of other website builders, social media platforms and online marketplaces to help businesses gain more exposure and land more sales via Etsy, Amazon, Instagram, TikTok Shop, YouTube and more. However, not all of the marketplaces are available via a direct connection, so the setup process is not as straightforward, which we find to be a downfall of Gelato.
Gelato has a large product catalog with hundreds of products to choose from. To give users even more choice, users not only choose the product they wish to customize and sell, but also which printing service they wish to use. This gives businesses more control over factors, such as product quality and shipping distance, which can help businesses be more efficient and therefore sustainable.
Here are the product categories available with Gelato:
- Men’s clothing
- Women’s clothing
- Kids and baby clothing
- Tote bags
- Wall art
- Phone cases
- Photo books
- Custom calendars
- Stationery and business
Another nice thing is that users can also create their own product templates, which helps save time—especially for businesses that frequently use the same products.
Custom Packaging Options and Shipping
As with any print-on-demand service, Gelato automatically packages and ships products when an order is placed. However, what’s unique about Gelato is that it offers more customized packaging options than many of its leading competitors. For example, businesses can add a branded label to product packaging or create a custom packaging insert. While there are no minimums for these, there is an additional fee of around 70 cents per label or insert.