The combination of a busy travel schedule and the death of my mother has kept me from writing this column. But these have also given me time to reflect on... Read More »
Here is a list of ecommerce-related product releases and updates for January. There are updates on mobile commerce, price forecasting, payment networks, and home delivery. BigCommerce and Handshake, a mobile-first... Read More »
By observing mobile shopping apps, merchants can discover new shopping features that resonate with consumers. Here is a list of innovative mobile shopping apps. There are marketplaces, curated product collections,... Read More »
2017 was supposedly the year ecommerce pummeled the brick-and-mortar retail sector, creating what analysts called a “retail apocalypse.” Yet, according to research firm Statista, ecommerce contributed only 9.1 percent to... Read More »
In "20 Leading Global B2B Exchanges," my previous post, I shared B2B marketplace options for buying and selling products. In this post, I'll offer pointers on using those exchanges. Selling... Read More »
Here is a list of new and upcoming business books for entrepreneurs, managers, and creative professionals. Learn how to launch a startup, execute decisions and actions, jump into a new... Read More »
Here is a list of product releases and updates for late December from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on shipping, one-click purchasing, analytics programs, and... Read More »
Now is the time to set ecommerce performance goals for 2018. To do this, know where your business stands now. Be clear on past performance before you set goals for... Read More »
As the year draws to a close, we’ve compiled a list of the 25 most popular articles published during 2017, based on the number of page views.
Popular subjects included social networks, SEO,... Read More »
Business-to-business marketplaces have existed for years. Some are private, for a specific supply chain. Other exchanges are public, for any business to participate. In this post, I’ll list 20 leading,... Read More »
Purchases made with stolen payment cards cost the ecommerce industry billions of dollars a year worldwide. But, in at least some cases, merchants could have avoided losses had they recognized... Read More »
Here are my favorite new mobile productivity apps for 2017. There are apps for to-do lists, financial management, email campaigns, color design, and meditation.
“Best of” lists are always subjective. If... Read More »
“Ecommerce Briefs” is my occasional series of news and developments from online merchants. In this installment, I’ll address the continuing omnichannel wars between Walmart and Amazon as well as some... Read More »
Changes in shopper behavior, improvements in technology, and pricing policies meant to “protect” small, brick-and-mortar retailers all represent significant challenges to mid-market ecommerce and mid-market omnichannel retail businesses in 2018.
These... Read More »
Here is a list of recent product releases and updates for December, from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on email marketing, same-day delivery, one-click purchasing,... Read More »
Obtaining funding for your business, whether it’s new or established, can be grueling and frustrating. Success is not a certainty. But you can increase your chances of securing funds if... Read More »
Cross-border ecommerce is booming, as is cross-border shipping. But the postage rates among countries for that shipping greatly vary. Merchants in certain countries, such as China, can ship very cheaply... Read More »
Cryptocurrencies have garnered much attention recently off of Bitcoin's meteoric rise in value — currently around $15,000. The Chicago Board Options Exchange has even launched futures contracts on Bitcoin for... Read More »
Here is a list of product releases and updates for late November from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on augmented reality, chat apps, WordPress themes,... Read More »
Robust growth marked holiday ecommerce revenue on 2017 Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, bringing some much-needed cheer to nervous merchants. With sellers starting discounts earlier and extending them... Read More »
What follows are our 10 most popular articles for November 2017, recognizing that articles we published earlier in the month are more likely to make the list than later ones.
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“The last mile” is now the Holy Grail of ecommerce shipping. A merchant can do an amazing job of selling and provide an outstanding shopping experience, yet if the package... Read More »
I often speak with manufacturers that want to sell their products online, directly to retailers or even end users. But they have an established distribution channel that they don’t want... Read More »
Alibaba again claimed the highest grossing ecommerce sales day ever on Singles’ Day, eclipsing last year’s record-breaking 24-hour period by 39 percent. The Chinese ecommerce behemoth reported that its 2017... Read More »
Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-November from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on holiday shipping, augmented reality, mobile analytics, customer... Read More »
Aramex is a United Arab Emirates-based shipping and logistics firm launched in 1982. It has found success in serving geographic markets that other providers ignore. While Aramex’s reach has been... Read More »
There are many strategies for choosing products to sell on the Amazon marketplace. In this article, I’ll explore a 5-step strategy that uses information provided by Amazon on all products... Read More »
Over 2 million Google searches each month in the United States include the phrase “free shipping.” Most online merchants have at least considered offering it. It’s a tough decision because... Read More »
The sweet spot for inventory management is to spend the minimum amount to have adequate stock for customer orders. There is no shortage of software to help with this. But... Read More »
What follows are our 10 most popular articles for October 2017, recognizing that articles we published earlier in the month are more likely to make the list than later ones.
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