eCommerce Features

eCommerce Features | 15 min read

What Is Product Information Management (PIM) for eCommerce?

Businesses deal with a lot of data. This statement might bring to mind sales charts, website traffic reports, and other types of information, and these are only a few of the data types that business management involves. Those kinds of data are collected by a business to help it create its strategies and identify areas for improvement, but we're going to discuss a different type of data that a business creates and maintains itself. Specifically, product data and its management.

Product data[...]

eCommerce Features | 5 min read

Enhance Your Online Business with New Zapier Integrations

Smart business owners are always looking for advantages, and anything that saves time and effort is a big one. Tons of apps have been developed with this exact purpose in mind, bringing convenient methods of organization, management, and much more. Central to this ideal of efficiency is automation, in which software handles a task rather than a human worker.

Automation doesn't just save time, it also ensures every action is done consistently and eliminates the possibility of human error.[...]

eCommerce Features | 6 min read

The True Cost of Downtime for eCommerce Businesses

Every second that your eCommerce website is down equates to money walking out of your virtual storefront. When considering the impact that a downed server has on eCommerce, one of the first examples that comes to mind is Amazon. Just a few years ago, their site was down for around 40 minutes, resulting in approximately $5 million in losses.

Most eCommerce businesses would be ecstatic if they could make in a year a fraction of what Amazon lost in 40 minutes. Still, every lost dollar,[...]

eCommerce Features | 17 min read

The eCommerce Process — How eCommerce Works and How You Can Do It Too

You experience eCommerce every day. It's everywhere, and it's getting much harder to find someone who has never made a purchase online. If you've identified eCommerce as a (virtual) land of endless opportunity, you're right. But how does eCommerce work and how do you get started?

In this article, we'll introduce you to eCommerce and the different parts that come together to create the successful online stores we've all heard of — and we'll walk you through the basics of getting started to[...]

eCommerce Features | 19 min read

How to Set Up Product Options - The Complete Guide to Product Variations

Product variations are one of the cornerstones of eCommerce, and it's impossible to shop for certain products without them. Apparel comes in multiple sizes and colors, furniture comes in different wood finishes, bed linens come in different patterns; the list goes on and on. All these variants are great for giving customers more choices, but sometimes product variations can be difficult for online sellers to deal with — especially if you have a large number of them. If you don't manage your[...]

eCommerce Features | 5 min read

How to Carry Out a Website Audit for an eCommerce Business

Website audits are crucial aspects of doing business properly, especially in eCommerce. These audits are designed to cover several areas of your business, including SEO, content, CRO, performance, supply chain, platform analysis, and more. An audit is the perfect opportunity for you to see each component, evaluate it properly, and discover issues and areas where you can improve. The results will turn into a map you can use to optimize your business.

Your audit should be focused on what’s[...]

eCommerce Features | 19 min read

Types of eCommerce Business Models, Websites, and Platforms

There's no doubt that eCommerce has grown exponentially and continues to grow every year. Today, we've reached an age in which a business without a website is at a severe disadvantage. But you shouldn't look at an eCommerce website as something you simply "need" to have in order to survive (although you do). Instead, look at it as a vast opportunity for your business to reach a level of growth and success that wouldn't have been possible before the advent of the internet.

A lot goes into [...]

eCommerce Features | 9 min read

5 Product Data Optimization Tips for Ecommerce Scalability

Whether you run a business part-time, full-time, or just contribute to one, it’s best to always consider scalability.

Failing to do so means guaranteeing preventable future work, that — without momentum — could take even longer than it would have initially.

No one wants to lose time and money to things that are better off done right in the first place.

Any company that’s been able to successfully scale was able to do so because its core business practices were designed with growth in mind.

[...]

eCommerce Features | 8 min read

3dcart Version 9 Brings New eCommerce Features to Online Stores

Since eCommerce is a constantly evolving field, eCommerce software needs to keep evolving as well. To that end, we're happy to announce 3dcart Version 9, the latest upgrade to the 3dcart shopping cart platform and our first major software release for 2019.

This new update includes enhancements to many existing features, updates to current payment gateways, and several new features and payment processor integrations to further expand the options available to 3dcart merchants.

Version 9 also[...]

eCommerce Features | 7 min read

Top 20 Essential Features for Successful E-commerce Websites

E-commerce business is growing faster than ever. It might surprise you how some e-commerce websites are barely surviving while others continue to make huge profits every day.

The best examples are e-commerce giants Amazon and eBay. According to Guardian, “Amazon posted a record profit of $2.5bn in the second quarter of 2018”. “While as eBay mentioned that its revenue increased 9% year-over-year (YoY) to $2.64 billion” Yahoo Finance reports.

Well, there is no special secret behind their[...]

eCommerce Features | 20 min read

Best eCommerce Features - 2018 in Review

Constant growth and improvement are vital in eCommerce, and that's no exaggeration. The world of eCommerce has evolved so much and so quickly, that while selling online has become easier in some respects, it's become harder in others.

There are millions of online stores today, of all sizes, meaning customers can afford to be extremely picky. You often only get one chance to win these customers over, so you need every advantage you can get. Even established customers can be lost to a[...]

eCommerce Features | 5 min read

5 Sales-Boosting Ecommerce Features for T-shirt Entrepreneurs

Not all ecommerce platforms are the same, so the solution you choose for your online t-shirt business can and will have an impact on your company's ultimate success.

Part of your challenge is recognizing which ecommerce platform features could have the greatest impact on sales conversions and profit.

With this in mind, here are five sales-boosting ecommerce features you will want for your online t-shirt shop.

eCommerce Features | 3 min read

SaaS and the Art of Server Maintenance

Software as a service (SaaS) ecommerce solutions allow businesses to control the features and functions that most readily impact sales and profit, while delegating server maintenance, security, backups, and similar tasks.

In effect, choosing between a SaaS ecommerce solution and a self-hosted one is the act of deciding what matters most to your business. It is focusing on the things that will move your company forward toward its goals. It might even be a manifestation of your business[...]

eCommerce Features | 3 min read

The Problem with SaaS Ecommerce Platforms: Customization

Imagine visiting Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Seattle, Washington. You made the trip because Food & Wine magazine said Molly Moon's is one of the best ice cream parlours in the entire United States. You're even going to take the magazine's advice and order a double scoop of the Stumptown Coffee ice cream.

"Do you want regular or decaf?" the ice cream scooper asks.

"And what roast? We have Hair Bender, Cantillo Family, Trapper Creek, French Roast, and Holler Mountain."

"And did you want the[...]

eCommerce Features | 3 min read

Why Ecommerce Automation is Critical for your Success

Ecommerce Automation - it’s a phrase that is generally brought up in online market discussions, and is a critical component to a company’s success. However, do you know what this term means, and more importantly, what it means for your business?  People love the term ‘automated,’ because it means that something is going to happen automatically without some sort of manual work being done. It is supposed to save time, and ultimately, money.

Let’s take for example a young aspiring entrepreneur,[...]

eCommerce Features | 8 min read

10 Ecommerce Design Features Your Customers are Craving

The design and functionality of your ecommerce website have a major impact on your online sales. If customers cannot easily find the products they’re searching for, there are a plethora of other online stores that they can opt for. Plus, once consumers have decided that they must fulfill a need, patience for a poorly designed ecommerce website will be nonexistent.

If you have a great ecommerce website design, shoppers might not even notice; however, this is actually a good thing. A[...]

eCommerce Features | 8 min read

3dcart Version 8.2 Brings Powerful Upgrades to eCommerce

3dcart is pleased to announce version 8.2, the latest upgrade to our industry-leading eCommerce platform. This upgrade includes a variety of improvements and new features that make it even easier for online sellers to build a powerful online store and manage their business. We've improved several integrations, added new functionality into the software, and redesigned the admin panel for smoother online store management.

This new upgrade to the 3dcart software will provide online sellers with[...]

eCommerce Features | 6 min read

Comparing On-Premise, Cloud, Hosted & SaaS eCommerce Hosting

An ecommerce-enabled website is the foundation of every online seller's business. A key component in how well that website performs and how much it costs to maintain is where the site resides.

At present, there are four ways a website can be hosted, including on-premises with a business' own server, in the cloud, with a hosting service, or through a software as a service (SaaS) provider.

Let's define each of these approaches and consider some of their advantages and disadvantages.

eCommerce Features | 4 min read

How to Increase Sales with the Right Inventory Management

Inventory management is more crucial than ever, especially as the world shifts more and more towards online retail.

Managing your inventory isn’t easy. It can involve way too many excel spreadsheets, endless math, and tons of errors that can lead to a loss in sales.

An inventory management system, or WMS (warehouse management system), is a handy tool that can solve issues that might otherwise cost you sales.

Inventory management gives you the opportunity to make your business more[...]

eCommerce Features | 4 min read

4 Reasons SaaS Makes Sense for Enterprise Ecommerce

Choosing a software-as-a-service (SaaS) enterprise ecommerce platform may be one of the best decisions your company makes this year.

Retail ecommerce sales grew 10.1 percent in previous years while the retail industry as a whole grew about 1.4 percent, according to data collected by professional services firm, PwC.

Essentially, ecommerce is growing more than seven times as fast of the rest of the industry. There are many factors contributing to this growth, including convenience, improvement[...]

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