It’s no secret that the modern world is one giant digitally-inclined marketplace. As such, the information age has taken competition into the digital domain, creating vast opportunities and challenges in the field of ‘ecommerce’ for billions of sellers and buyers in the world. With new developments coming out of the woodwork in information technologies every other day, users of this interconnected system are finding great ease and capability in promoting their sales and carrying out their[...]
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International Beer Day is a day of appreciation for beer and the breweries that bring it to fine establishments and backyards everywhere. Since its beginnings in Santa Cruz, California in 2007, the event has expanded to 80 countries across 6 continents — and no wonder, since beer has been one of the world's most popular beverages for most of human history. This annual holiday takes place on the first Friday of August, placing it on August 2 this year (tomorrow, in fact).
One of the biggest benefits of eCommerce has always been its ability to expand your business far beyond the local market. By building an online store, even the smallest garage-based startup can serve customers far outside its own neighborhood, across hundreds or even thousands of miles. Online retail makes the world a more accessible place.
Even better, if you choose to go international with your business, the tools exist today to make it possible even if you're still relatively small.[...]
The idea of combining business ownership with fatherhood can be intimidating, but dads everywhere are making it work. How? To celebrate Fathers' Day this year, we put out a call to Papa-preneurs of all types to come forward and tell us their stories, share their experiences, and enlighten us with all their favorite eCommerce tips. We have to say we received some great responses from successful dads eager to share with us — and with you!
Several hard-working dads chimed in with actionable[...]
If you were perfectly happy with your current eCommerce platform, chances are you wouldn’t have started reading a post with this title. Therefore, you weren’t brought here aimlessly, so we are duty-bound to help you through the preparations for replatforming. Looking for a top-tier, enterprise-grade eCommerce software for your online store requires a few crucial questions to be answered upfront.
When it comes to the RFP (Request for Proposal), views vary on whether this document ought to be[...]
For all businesses professionals, it’s necessary to be aware of the current market conditions. Many things are drastically disrupting the business arena, and one of those things is the rise of an eCommerce industry.
You must have heard of how Amazon is a threat to many businesses. Some of the top companies that went out of the market due to the rise of eCommerce are SEARS, American Apparel, Toys “R” Us, and so on. If you’re unaware of what’s going on in an eCommerce industry, your business[...]
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World Environment Day is an annual holiday created by the United Nations, in which participating countries come together to discuss and implement solutions for environmental issues affecting the Earth. However, you don't have to have global reach to start helping the environment — in fact, the biggest difference always starts on a local level, among homeowners, and of course, small businesses!
We know millions of business owners worldwide are seeking ways to reduce their environmental impact[...]
Commerce is an ever-changing industry due to the nature of innovation that surrounds it – from traditional brick-and-mortar storefronts to door to door sales tactics or promoters hounding consumers at malls, commerce has evolved into an omnipresent entity, present in all forms and on all platforms, both online and off.
From the clothes you wear to the devices you choose to purchase, it is all influenced in one way or another by marketing, mainly through technology – the social media platform[...]
When it comes to eCommerce web development, web users and prospective e-shop owners are often led to believe a number of different myths. eCommerce development is not about leading the consumer astray, though. That's why these misconceptions need to be debunked before web users are forced to make decisions that they might regret.
eCommerce development myths are also the enemy of future progress. The more that web users know about the true realities of eCommerce web development, the easier it[...]
Whenever you hear about a successful eCommerce company, there is often one thing that sets them apart: the people. While you must have heard it many times before, the people behind your company are the ones who make everything work (or not work!). That’s why it makes sense to hire people who will be conducive to your company’s success.
Unfortunately, some eCommerce companies don’t realize just how important it is to have the right staff on board. They consequently miss out on the chance to[...]
I recently finished moving into a new apartment. It was the culmination of a two-month process which was stressful, complicated, and time-consuming. In the end, it was worth it. I’m in a nicer apartment now, in a better neighborhood. Nobody moves because it’s fun or easy. They move because they know they need to.
eCommerce platforms work exactly the same way. If you’re considering moving your store from one platform to another, you have a bumpy transition ahead of you, but the benefits[...]
Have you ever tried back office outsourcing services? If not, then you should look into refining your back-office functions to unlock the hidden efficiency in your business that you might not be aware of.
First, let’s understand what back-office operations are and why they’re important.
Take the following hypothetical:
Do you love watching movies? Have you ever thought about what you like in movies? It might be the actors, actresses, their acting, songs, or lyrics; basically, anything that[...]
Technology has changed the way we lead our lives. It has affected businesses of all sizes in every industry.
Customers have found their lives made easier by technology and smarter businesses seek to embrace that. Options like order status, shipping tracking, and others have given customers more confidence in online transactions, as opposed to the risks that were perceived in earlier days of eCommerce.
The wealth of options available for secure online payments have also made things much[...]
Change can come quickly in business. The small player of today may forge an empire tomorrow, while seemingly unstoppable giants may prove shorter-lived than expected.
This can be especially true for eCommerce, where staying ahead of trends and technology is crucial for survival. Anyone who cannot adapt fast enough risks going extinct.
This means that for every eCommerce platform that continues to thrive, there are many platforms that already reached their "End of Life". A wise entrepreneur[...]
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The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regional law with global implications both in terms of its enforcement and its impact. So no matter where your company is located, if it does business with Europe, your ecommerce website must meet at least five requirements.
The GDPR, which took effect May 25, 2018, requires you to clearly communicate what information you collect and how that information is used. You will also need a basis for collecting personal data, and[...]
If your ecommerce business is running on any version of Magento 1.x, you have a deadline. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2018, Magento will stop supporting 1.x. No more help. No more security patches.
When Magento was first released in March 2008, some ten years ago, it was an innovative solution, and frankly one of the[...]
On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) repealed a long-standing physical presence rule that for decades has protected remote sellers from being taxed by other states.
The Supreme Court found the physical presence rule to be “unsound and incorrect,” in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. It also determined “economic and virtual” contacts between a business and a state to be sufficient grounds for nexus — the connection between a state and a business that triggers a tax[...]
If you're selling online, it's crucial that you pay close attention to rising eCommerce trends, techniques, and other information that can help your business reach success. You need to stay on top of new ideas and insights that you can use to improve various aspects of your online store and marketing efforts. The best way to do this is by following eCommerce blogs.
There may not be a single blog that can tell you everything you want to know about eCommerce, but many offer detailed[...]
We can't say it enough times: to be successful in eCommerce today, your website needs to be mobile-ready — a.k.a. responsive. A mobile-ready website functions equally well across all platforms and devices, whether the customer is using a desktop computer or a smartphone, or anything in between. Your online store should adapt to every screen size without sacrificing clarity of information or ease of checkout.
But is your site really mobile-ready? Even a responsive design can encounter[...]
The GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, comes into effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR is aimed at strengthening the privacy of personal information for everyone within the European Union. But, what exactly is the GDPR and how will it affect you as an eCommerce merchant?
What is the GDPR?
The GDPR is a new EU Regulation adopted on April 27, 2016 and set to become enforceable on May 25, 2018. The GDPR replaces the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive (DPD) with increased measures to[...]