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  • Business

    Field Test: Shopping Carts, Part One Of Three

    May 21, 2008 •

    In Field Test, Practical eCommerce has gathered twelve seasoned ecommerce merchants and asked each of them the same questions around a given topic. This month's topic is shopping carts. The participating ecommerce merchants are: Dave Norris, House of Antique Hardware; Justin Hertz, Mut...

  • Business

    Lessons Learned: Scanpancookware.com Owner Allan Regenbaum

    May 12, 2008 •

    "Lessons Learned" is an occasional series where we ask seasoned ecommerce professionals about their mistakes and successes. For this installment, we've asked Allan Regenbaum, owner of Keylan, Inc., a company that sells cookware, coffee machines and fitness products online. Keylan, Inc. ...

  • Business

    Damon Schechter, CEO and Founder of Shipwire

    May 9, 2008 •

    Damon Schechter is CEO and Founder of Shipwire, a shipping and storage solution for ecommerce merchants. He joins Practical eCommerce Publisher Kerry Murdock to discuss Shipwire and how it can ...

  • Amazon & Marketplaces

    Shopping Search Engines: Six To Consider

    May 7, 2008 •

    If you consider yourself an online retailer, you most likely are familiar with the major pay-per-click (PPC) search-advertising providers: Google, Yahoo! Search Marketing, and MSN. Advertising on these search engines can bring sales to your site. However, you may be missing out on a lot...

  • Fraud Prevention

    Many Effective Tools to Detect Stolen Credit Cards, Part 3 of 3

    May 5, 2008 •

    This is the third and final installment in a series outlining and explaining tools to identify and prevent credit card fraud. Previously, we discussed different methods of verification and geographic order tracking. Here are a few more methods you can use to combat fraud. Fraud scoring...

  • Business

    Conversion: Proflowers.com Ranks High

    May 5, 2008 •

    When Nielsen Online releases its list of highest converting ecommerce websites, Proflowers.com is frequently in the top ten. The latest numbers has it at a stunning 15 percent conversion rate. I'm always open to learn from the best, and while I'm not going to do a page-by-page review o...

  • Fraud Prevention

    Effective Tools to Detect Stolen Credit Cards, Part 2 Of 3

    May 5, 2008 •

    Many online merchants are already on board with fraud-detection technology. To fill in the gaps, here is part two of a comprehensive list of fraud detection strategies. Previously we discussed authorization and address and credit card verification. Here are five more ways to catch fraud...

  • Business

    Jason Keenan, Media Advisor with ICANN

    May 2, 2008 •

    Jason Keenan is the Media Advisor with ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Name and Numbers, which regulates domain names globally. ICANN was created in 1998 to perform various Internet ...

  • Business

    Saatchi-gallery.uk.co Promotes Art And Artists

    May 1, 2008 •

    In 1973 advertising executive Charles Saatchi bought his first painting. It was a realist work that depicted suburban houses. He’s since been called the world’s most voracious collector of contemporary art. In 1985, he opened his own gallery, The Saatchi Gallery. In 2006, the gallery la...

  • Fraud Prevention

    Effective Tools to Detect Stolen Credit Cards, Part 1 Of 3

    April 30, 2008 •

    There are hundreds of branded tools that ecommerce merchants can turn to for help in catching fraudulent credit card orders. Some tools are free, and some come bundled or offered as additional features in payment processing systems like Authorize.net and Google Checkout. Others can be s...

  • Business

    Rhett McNulty, Chief Operating Officer of ShopIt

    April 25, 2008 •

    Rhett McNulty is Chief Operating Officer for ShopIt, a social networking sales application for ecommerce merchants. He joins Practical eCommerce's Kerry Murdock to discuss ShopIt and the value of social ...

  • Fraud Prevention

    Interview: Authorize.Net President On Fraud Prevention

    April 23, 2008 •

    Authorize.Net, a CyberSource Solution, is a leading payment gateway company with many years experience in combating credit card fraud. We asked Roy Banks, President of Authorize.Net, about common errors that merchants make with fraud prevention. PeC: What's the biggest fraud-prevention...

  • Fraud Prevention

    Credit Card Fraud: How Big Is The Problem?

    April 23, 2008 •

    Reports of website data breaches, identity theft and credit card fraud are increasingly in the news. But is the problem as widespread as the coverage suggests? Anyone who collects payments or customer information online runs the risk of being targeted by thieves. However, the likeliho...

  • Business

    Insuring Against Fraud, Data Breaches

    April 17, 2008 •

    A few insurance companies provide policies for credit card fraud and data breaches, covering both a merchant's hard cost of fraudulent sales and any liability for data breaches. AIG, the publicly-traded insurance company, was one of the first. AIG's insurance policy AIG has offered W...

  • Business

    Merchants Liable For Data Breaches

    April 17, 2008 •

    What do online merchants Art.com, Geeks.com and Bananas.com have in common? They're three in a small, but growing, list of ecommerce sites hacked for their customer's credit card data. Not only are there legal ramifications for not protecting customers' private data, but breached comp...

  • Business

    Legal: Security Regulation Is Coming

    April 16, 2008 •

    Let's consider the problem first. It wasn't until 1997 that credit cards could be "securely" used online. Obviously the definition of "securely" was rather subjective, but the consuming public was told to trust the new world of ecommerce. Ten years later, data breaches and related ident...

  • Business

    Michael Stebbins, CEO and Co-founder of MarketMotive

    April 11, 2008 •

    MarketMotive CEO and Co-founder Michael Stebbins joins Practical eCommerce’s Kerry Murdock to discuss MarketMotive’s subscription-based consulting, lessons and strategy help for ecommerce merchants.

  • Business

    Lessons Learned: Wetsuitwearhouse.com's Moleskie

    April 9, 2008 •

    "Lessons Learned" is an occasional series where we ask seasoned ecommerce professionals about their mistakes and successes. For this installment, we've asked Chris Moleskie, owner and president of Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc., a Hagerstown, Md.-based online retailer of wetsuits and accessori...

  • Business

    Quick Query: PayPal Exec On Payment Disputes

    April 7, 2008 •

    Many ecommerce merchants allow customers to pay for their products using PayPal, the popular payment service that's owned by eBay. But some of these merchants say PayPal unfairly sides with customers if the customers dispute legitimate purchases. We asked Colin Rule, PayPal's Director o...

  • Fraud Prevention

    Field Test: Fraud Prevention, Part 3 of 3

    March 31, 2008 •

    In Field Test, Practical eCommerce gathered ten seasoned ecommerce merchants and asked each of them the same questions around a given topic. This month’s topic is fraud prevention. The participating ecommerce merchants are: Dave Norris, House of Antique Hardware; Chris Stump, Only Hamm...

  • Business

    Interview: ICANN Official On The Domain Name Infrastructure

    March 26, 2008 •

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Name and Numbers, or ICANN, coordinates the domain name system globally. ICANN was created in 1998 to perform various Internet administrative tasks previously done by a range of bodies including universities, private companies and the U.S. governme...

  • Business

    Vertus President and CEO James Carr-Jones

    March 26, 2008 •

    Carr-Jones and Kerry Murdock talk about Bling! It, Vertus’ new photo-editing software designed to improve product photos.

  • Business

    Bloglist: Eric Leuenberger

    March 24, 2008 •

    Name: Eric Leuenberger, Owner Company: Enhanced Concepts, Inc. In Bloglist, we ask ecommerce professionals to identify their favorite blogs. For this installment, we asked Eric Leuenberger, ecommerce conversion expert and owner of Enhanced Concepts, Inc. Entrepreneurs-journey.com T...

  • Fraud Prevention

    Field Test: Fraud Prevention, Part 2 of 3

    March 24, 2008 •

    In Field Test, Practical eCommerce gathered ten seasoned ecommerce merchants and asked each of them the same questions around a given topic. This month’s topic is fraud prevention. The participating ecommerce merchants are: Dave Norris, House of Antique Hardware; Chris Stump, Only Hamm...

  • Fraud Prevention

    Field Test: Fraud Prevention, Part 1 of 3

    March 19, 2008 •

    In Field Test, Practical eCommerce gathered ten seasoned ecommerce merchants and asked each of them the same questions around a given topic. This month’s topic is fraud prevention. The participating ecommerce merchants are: Dave Norris, House of Antique Hardware; Justin Hertz, MuttMart...

  • Business

    Exporting Your Products: First Learn The Terminology

    March 10, 2008 •

    To sell products overseas, you will need to learn the international buying and selling terminology, also referred to as "Incoterms 2000" (or, International Commercial Terms). These were first developed in 1936 by the International Chamber of Commerce , which adopted 13 Incoterms to make...

  • Business

    ADA And State Disability Laws

    February 27, 2008 •

    We are often asked about compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. There is a reasonably strong argument, supported by court decisions, that a stand-alone business operating as a website with no physical presence may not be covered by the ADA. But without prolonged litigation...

  • Business

    High Performer: Garyweeks.com, Handcrafted Furniture and Impressive Guarantee

    February 27, 2008 •

    Thirty miles southwest of Austin along the Blanco River is Wimberley, Texas. Population 3,797. Among those who call Wimberley home is one Gary Weeks. And if you make your way to West Spoke Hill Drive, you’ll come to a wooden sign that simply reads, “Gary Weeks & Company — Furniture ...

  • Business

    Visual Bookshelf Taps Into Social Networking

    February 25, 2008 •

    For those who are regular visitors to Facebook, you may have come across an application called Visual Bookshelf. It allows Facebook users to show on their pages the books they are reading or have read, and each of the book’s titles link back to Amazon.com. Users can also create book rev...

  • Business

    Field Test: Social Networking, Part 3 of 3

    February 25, 2008 •

    In Field Test, Practical eCommerce has gathered ten seasoned ecommerce merchants and asked each of them the same questions around a given topic. This month’s topic is social networking. The participating ecommerce merchants are: Dave Norris, House of Antique Hardware; Justin Hertz, Mut...

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