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An ecommerce site is a business. Our “Management & Finance” category addresses online payments, funding needs, employee issues, merchant profiles, key metrics, multichannel and omnichannel strategies, cross-border analyses, inventory management, accounting topics, sales taxes, and much more.

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  • Business

    MyEmma.com’s Clint Smith Part 2

    October 8, 2006 •

    Are you still using Outlook Express or another text-based email client to email information to your customer base? Are you afraid to convert to and .html-based email service because you ...

  • Business

    Website Profile – Satellite Radio Superstore

    October 1, 2006 •

    Matt and Amiee Moffett launched the Satellite Radio Superstore three years ago have an quickly built their site into one of the top 10 independent retailers for XM Radio. Sales ...

  • Business

    Scene7’s Sheila Dahlgren

    October 1, 2006 •

    Scene7 is another leading company in the image management business. Scene7 provides services that can improve the product display features on ecommerce sites including zoom and pan features, online catalogs ...

  • Business

    Equilibrium’s Sean Barger

    October 1, 2006 •

    Equilibrium is one company in the marketplace that automates imaging solutions and offers various display options including zoom and pan features. Sean Barger, CEO of Equilibrium, says there’s been a ...

  • Fraud Prevention

    Is Your Data Vulnerable?

    October 1, 2006 •

    Having just returned from the MIVA Conference, I’m sure my editor is quite antsy. I’m late with this column— not due to procrastination. I’ve always got something to say, but after I instructed a session on security for online store administrators, I realized that a great percentage of ...

  • Business

    Getting a Patent is Pricey

    October 1, 2006 •

    Small businesses are interesting beasts. An entrepreneur comes up with an idea and one of the first thoughts is protecting the new business from competition. Big business often protects novel “inventions” through patent registration. Small businesses quickly find out that obtaining a qu...

  • Business

    Thralow.net’s Daniel Thralow

    October 1, 2006 •

    In December of 1996, Daniel Thralow (pronounced Trah-low) sold one pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses on the Internet. Thralow: A local guy said to me, “I’m starting this little group of websites. Give me a hundred dollars and I’ll build you a web page.” So we built this little web page—it ha...

  • Business

    Satellite Radio Superstore Finds Success

    October 1, 2006 •

    Three years after launching Satellite Radio Superstore, Matt and Aimee Moffett’s online business is pushing $3 million in sales and their company was recently named one of the top 10 independent retailers by XM Radio. Satellite Radio Superstore is an authorized XM satellite radio deale...

  • Business

    Striking Gold With Diamonds

    October 1, 2006 •

    Patrick Coughlin knows that brick-and-mortar businesses need to think outside the box if they want to improve their bottom lines. Coughlin has owned and operated American Diamond Importers, an independent jewelry store in St. Clair, Mich., for almost 15 years. St. Clair is a small, idy...

  • Business

    MyEmma.com’s Clint Smith

    September 25, 2006 •

    Clint Smith, co-founder of Emma, discusses several important tips to improve email campaigns and addresses that age-old question of whether an email should use images or not. This podcast ...

  • Business

    Four Things You Should Know Before Starting an eBiz

    September 25, 2006 •

    Renowned ebiz author Sydney Johnson created the now-famous Auction Genius courses to aid people wanting to create their own ebusinesses. She shares some important tips for anyone looking to learn the online retail industry: Tip 1—Start Small Many of Johnson’s students are eager to div...

  • Business

    KEMP’s CEO Kevin Mahon

    September 18, 2006 •

    Kevin Mahon, founder and CEO of KEMP, and Peter Melerud, the company’s marketing and business development officer, talked with Practical eCommerce’s Contributing Editor Mitch Bettis about what a load balancer ...

  • Business

    Delightful Deliveries’ Eric Lituchy

    September 11, 2006 •

    Eric Lituchy is the founder and CEO of Delightfuldeliveries.com, a leading site for gift baskets and unique gift items, such as gourmet food items and deserts. Given how important product ...

  • Business

    ChristmasNightInc.com Brings Light to the Holidays

    September 1, 2006 •

    If you are an admirer of nativity sets on the lawns of homes and churches during the Christmas season, chances are you seen a product from Christmasnightinc.com. Claire Henderson launched the business about seven years ago and has carved out a unique niche selling life-size scenes of t...

  • Payments

    The Rising Tide of Alternative Payment Systems

    September 1, 2006 •

    Alternative-payment systems are flowing into the payment processing industry. During the last two years, many new options have been announced, re-announced, tested, trialed, released or re-released. Many others are in development. Marc Abbey, a Partner of First Annapolis Consulting, sa...

  • Business

    Tech Support: September 2006

    September 1, 2006 •

    PeC: I keep reading about the Web 2.0. What is that? Brian Getting: Web 2.0 is a term that has come to represent a new way of thinking with regards to developing websites. While there is an origin to the name, that is less important than what people mean when they speak of “Web 2.0 m...

  • Business

    Quick Query: Jellyfish CEO Mark McGuire

    September 1, 2006 •

    PeC: What is Jellyfish.com? McGuire: _Jellyfish offers merchants a risk-free channel to sell products. By listing on Jellyfish.com, merchants control the price of the product and the amount of profit they desire. The merchant decides on the commission it will pay Jellyfish, and that ...

  • Business

    Legal: Copyright Registration

    September 1, 2006 •

    Copyright registration is a great concept. In order to put the world on notice of your ownership of certain creative works, the government allows you to send a copy of your work to the U.S. Copyright Office, and it will maintain the records for you. For a small registration filing cost,...

  • Wired Magazine's Chris Anderson Business

    Wired Magazine’s Chris Anderson

    September 1, 2006 •

    Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, calls the phenomenon “The Long Tail,” which happens to be the title of his bestseller. Anderson, a physicist, turned economist, turned editor and author, wasn’t talking about the long tail wagging the dog, although that is exactly what has happened in a marketplace turned upside-down by something he learned studying statistics.

  • Business

    Product Sourcing: Six Questions

    September 1, 2006 •

    If you’ve got a question about your ebusiness, someone else has probably already asked it. Matt Hedges, customer support manager of Worldwidebrands.com, answers the six most common productsourcing questions he gets from customers wanting to start an online endeavor: Will suppliers car...

  • Business

    Authorize.Net’s Corey Koenig

    August 21, 2006 •

    Corey Koenig, channel sales manager for Authorize.Net, provides an interesting insight into the landscape of shopping carts and what a payment gateway like Authorize.Net is concerned about. Koenig also discusses ...

  • Business

    What Should I Sell Online?

    August 15, 2006 •

    Everyone who starts an ebiz faces the question: What do I sell? And most everyone seems to make two classic mistakes in the beginning: They try to sell what everyone else is selling: DVDs, electronics and designer clothing. The problem they encounter is that the market is already s...

  • Business

    Shopping-cart-reviews.com’s Mark Baartse

    August 14, 2006 •

    Mark Baartse, the creator and operator of Shopping-Cart-Reviews.com visits about different shopping cart software, how to choose software, and what people can expect from Shopping-Cart-Reviews.com.

  • Business

    The Price is Right!

    August 4, 2006 •

    Avoiding Common Mistakes A trap many eBiz owners fall into is trying to set their prices by simply adding a percentage or flat amount to an item's cost– they buy a watch for $20, slap another $20 on the price tag, and pass it along to their customers. The problem with this type of pric...

  • Business

    JupiterResearch’s Patti Freeman Evans

    August 1, 2006 •

    Patti Freeman Evans has been in the ecommerce industry before the beginning. For the past 19 years she has been creating customer-centric ecommerce sites, integrating channels effectively, developing innovative marketing initiatives and ensuring high-standard customer service and order-...

  • Business

    Product Sourcing: The Skinny on Government Auctions

    August 1, 2006 •

    Are government auctions really a good source for purchasing products for resale? The answer to that is they can be, but you have to know what you are doing. Where do government auctions get their products? Government auctions can be held online, live ‘in-person’ or sealedbid. They acq...

  • Business

    Trademark Registration

    August 1, 2006 •

    This article will be the first of three covering trademarks, copyrights and patents. The decision as to whether to register each is based upon unique business considerations. For trademark registration, there is a process to go through in evaluating the cost and benefit of federal regis...

  • Business

    Quick Query: RedRoller.com’s Bill Van Wyck

    August 1, 2006 •

    What Travelocity does for travel, RedRoller does for shipping packages. The site is built to look and feel like an etravel site. Shipping for small businesses is a day-to-day occurrence. The typical ecommerce business spends close to $1,000 per month and ships 120-150 packages every month.

  • Business

    Tech Support: August 2006

    August 1, 2006 •

    Question: My web host has different bandwidth levels depending on the price. How can I compute what my ecommerce site's bandwidth needs are? Brian Getting: Bandwidth can be a tough one to understand for most people. I like to use the analogy of a water pipe where the speed of your In...

  • Business

    Website Profile: Selling Fish Makes Online Niche

    August 1, 2006 •

    In Meredith Wilson's The Music Man, the opening number has a gang of traveling salesmen pattering cleverly about how a salesman’s got to know the territory and his products. Professor Harold Hill was declared a fake — he didn’t know the territory. When it comes to selling salmon, wild ...

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