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Platforms & Apps

Our coverage of platforms and apps includes innovations and updates to shopping carts, content management systems, mobile shopping, digital-product selling, headless commerce, social media, and much more.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: April 15, 2021

    April 15, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-April from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on live-stream shopping, eBay ad campaigns, customer experience platforms, loyalty programs, and more.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: April 1, 2021

    April 1, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late March from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on cryptocurrency payments, contextual bidding, carbon-neutral shipping, live-stream commerce, headless commerce, and more.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: March 15, 2021

    March 15, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-March from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on Amazon advertising, shipping rates, live-streaming, drone deliveries, fraud mitigation, and chatbots.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: March 1, 2021

    March 1, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late February from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on live stream shopping, email marketing, managed hosting, and artificial intelligence-powered voice assistance.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: February 15, 2021

    February 15, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-February from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on headless commerce, payment options, live-video shopping, artificial intelligence, collaborative web development, and more.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: February 1, 2021

    February 1, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late January from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on user experience tools, monetizing newsletters, promotional incentives, fulfillment, and hiring a developer.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: January 17, 2021

    January 17, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-January from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on delivery services, loyalty programs, social media management, payment solutions, and headless commerce.

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    15 Tools to Get Things Done

    January 11, 2021 •

    Here is a list of tools to help you get things done. There are to-do lists, work timers, and project management platforms. Several tools are based on the Getting Things Done system. Others are based on the Pomodoro Technique. Nearly all of these have free plans.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: January 3, 2021

    January 3, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late-December from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on augmented reality, fraud prevention, customizable product services,

  • Image of a smartphone screen with Shopify logo on it Platforms & Apps

    Charts: Shopify’s Share of Global Websites, Ecommerce Sales

    December 15, 2020 •

    Shopify launched in 2004 in Ottawa, Canada, when its founders were dissatisfied with existing platforms to sell their snowboarding gear.  Fast forward to 2020, and Shopify is a global brand. Total 2020 revenue will exceed $2 billion. Its common shares trade at roughly $1,000 each.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: December 15, 2020

    December 15, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-December from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on the return and dispute processes, fulfillment, personalization, contact center services, and merchant banking.

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    13 Favorite Productivity Apps for 2020

    December 14, 2020 •

    Here are my favorite new mobile productivity apps in 2020. There are apps for secure browsing, team communication, email management, note-taking, task management, positive habits, event planning, relaxation breathing, and more. Most of the apps are free, though several also offer premium add-ons.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: December 1, 2020

    December 1, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late-November from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on artificial intelligence, membership monetization, brand protection, international payments, and online returns.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: November 16, 2020

    November 16, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-November from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on product videos, social commerce, holiday promotions, live-streaming, logistics, shipping, and wearable payments.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: November 2, 2020

    November 2, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late October from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on social commerce, discounted shipping, holiday deals, live chat, analytics, and content creation.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases - October 15, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: October 15, 2020

    October 15, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-October from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on voice commerce, social commerce, customer-support texting, cybersecurity, on-demand fulfillment, and holiday shipping.

  • 8 Marketplaces for Themes, Templates, Plugins Platforms & Apps

    8 Marketplaces for Themes, Templates, Plugins

    October 12, 2020 •

    Themes, templates, and plugins can simplify the creation and customization of a website. Here is a list of marketplaces to access themes, templates, and plugins. Several of these marketplaces also offer other digital assets, such as graphics, fonts, and videos to create and customize a website.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases- October 1, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: October 1, 2020

    October 1, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late-September from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on social commerce, AI marketing, live streaming, personalization, conversational commerce, and installment payments.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases- September 15, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: September 15, 2020

    September 15, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-September from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on social commerce, cybersecurity, international payments, product personalization, holiday shipping, artificial intelligence, and automated delivery drones.

  • Is JAMstack Right for Your Ecommerce Business? Platforms & Apps

    Is JAMstack Right for Your Ecommerce Business?

    September 8, 2020 •

    Looming changes in ecommerce development could provide a short-term competitive advantage for some businesses. Many platforms give a business just about everything needed to build an ecommerce site. They are comprehensive and monolithic. But they are also restrictive, or so JAMstack proponents imply.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases: September 1, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: September 1, 2020

    September 1, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late-August from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on social commerce, brand building, shopping in augmented reality, live-streaming premium events, and ecommerce for social good.

  • 23 Chrome Extensions for Productivity Platforms & Apps

    23 Chrome Extensions for Productivity

    August 24, 2020 •

    Looking to supercharge your workflow? Consider installing productivity extensions on your Chrome browser. Here is a list of useful extensions from Google’s Chrome Web Store. There are tools to keep you on task and block distractions, utilize video and audio, distribute content, automate, and reduce digital clutter.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases: August 16, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: August 16, 2020

    August 16, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-August from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on virtual conferences, international payments, ad tracking, carbon-neutral deliveries, returns automation, and seller financing.

  • 12 Platforms for Shoppable Video Platforms & Apps

    13 Platforms for Shoppable Video

    August 3, 2020 •

    Video is increasingly impacting ecommerce. Consumers use it for purchase decisions. Influencers live-stream product endorsements. And brands deploy video for engagement and product offerings. Here is a list of platforms for shoppable video.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases August 2, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: August 2, 2020

    August 2, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late July from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on live commerce, installment payments, cross-border sales, packaging, targeting, and omnichannel services.

  • 23 Useful, Free Plugins for WooCommerce Platforms & Apps

    23 Useful, Free Plugins for WooCommerce

    July 28, 2020 •

    The WooCommerce plugin launched in 2011, enabling users to turn their WordPress sites into ecommerce storefronts. Today, approximately one-fourth of all online stores use WooCommerce, which is now owned by Automattic, parent of WordPress. Here is a list of useful plugins to enhance your WooCommerce store.

  • Evolving Tech Stack Enables High Performance Ecommerce Platforms & Apps

    Evolving Tech Stack Enables High Performance Ecommerce

    July 22, 2020 •

    The technologies powering the web and mobile applications never stop evolving. Each new phase creates opportunities for businesses. The latest iteration is the expansion of so-called edge network capabilities, which help online merchants improve performance and user experience. Both are fundamental to Google's new "web vitals" initiative.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases: July 15, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: July 15, 2020

    July 15, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-July from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on social commerce, live streaming, payments, experience optimization, and augmented reality storefronts.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases: July 1, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: July 1, 2020

    July 1, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late June from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on website builders, logistics tools, free product listings, predictive artificial intelligence, product recommendations, social commerce, and shoppable videos.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases: June 14, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: June 14, 2020

    June 14, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-June from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on visual search, lending, loyalty programs, payments, fraud protection, and gaming.

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