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04/01/2013 - U.S. eCommerce Sales to Hit $370B by 2017
Driven by the proliferation of SMARTPHONEs and tablets, ecommerce sales in the U.S. are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of ten percent in the next five years, according to a new report, "U.S. Online Retail Forecast, 2012 To 2017," from Forrester Research. Forrester predicts U.S. online retail sales will reach $262 billion in 2013
03/01/2013 - Increasing Sales with CRM
Customer relationship management (CRM) is a top priority for many e-tailers this year, as customer expectations regarding the online experience are at an all time high. In order to contend in the ecommerce arena, some e-tailers are turning to service providers to gain an edge on the competition. Below is an overview of four providers and the products and services they offer to support online sellers.
02/01/2013 - Video For Your Website - Tactics to Build Online Sales
Ten years ago, it was rare for online wholesalers and retailers to have video on their websites, and those that did incorporate it into their online marketing plans were considered innovative. Now, if you ask a room full of business owners if they have video on their websites, at least half will say yes, as it is quickly becoming the norm rather than the exception. Today, it is how, not if, you use video that makes you stand out from the competition.
02/01/2013 - mCommerce: Adapt or Die
Shoppers are quickly moving to mobile commerce, or mcommerce, with more than 50 percent of U.S. consumers saying they plan to use SMARTPHONEs or tablets to make purchases over the Internet, according to research giant Nielsen. In addition, research firm Canalys notes that, in 2011, for the first time ever, shipments of SMARTPHONEs (487.7 million) exceeded shipments of personal computers (414.6 million).
01/01/2013 - Mobile Sales Drive Profits
Mobile payment apps are fast becoming a popular mode for web wholesalers and online retailers to generate more sales at offline venues, such as tradeshows and conventions. Various mobile payment platforms enable merchants to accept PayPal, cash, credit cards, invoice or checks, wherever they are, on the phone they already carry.
01/01/2013 - Facebook Offers Viral Advertising
Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, using text ads and banners to engage social media fans on Facebook, has been losing its luster in recent years. Advertising to these fans may be great for building brand awareness, but it is not doing much for the immediate bottom line. The low returns businesses see from PPC methods may be because people that typically use social media sites, like Facebook, do not necessarily want to be sold to directly.
12/01/2012 - Popular SMARTPHONE Apps
SMARTPHONE users download entertainment and game apps more often than any other applications, with social media, finance and productivity apps also popular mobile downloads, according to a study by customer service technology company Virtual Hold Technology (VHT).
11/01/2012 - Inside Quick Response - QR Codes
Quick Response (QR) codes originated in Japan under Denso Corporation, a Toyota Motor Corporation subsidiary, and were intended to hasten the code reading process, while at the same time allowing for more data to be captured in a single scan. Their efficiency was harnessed to help track vehicle parts during the manufacturing process, but has now spread across every industry as a savvy square for sharp consumers.
11/01/2012 - Apple vs Samsung
Escalating the global fight between Samsung and Apple, the former filed a patent lawsuit against the latter over the iPhone 5, requesting that the device be added to an existing lawsuit underway in U.S. Federal Court. The October 1 filing says that as soon as the iPhone 5 was available for purchase, Samsung began its investigation of the product and within a week determined that the iPhone 5 practiced its patented technologies.
11/01/2012 - Best Electronic Devices Fuel Sales
Berlin, Germany, ballooned with excitement at this year's annual Internationale Funkausstellung (Radio and Television Exhibition). Fingertips were the focus for technology and engineering executives as they gathered to kibitz about the latest touchscreens, SMARTPHONEs and tablet accessories.
10/01/2012 - The Best Apps for Your Business
The slew of promises that comes with many mobile apps approaches productivity from every angle. As business owners find themselves becoming more and more mobile, the curiosity surrounding these collectible tools makes a visit to an iTunes or Android store feel like the grown up version of a trip to the candy shop. Hundreds of thousands of apps are available for iPhone, iPad and Android, with more being added by the minute.
08/01/2012 - Scents That Sell
Veneto Wholesale Inc. specializes in manufacturing luxury renditions of popular designer fragrances. For those in search of the Chanel impact without the price punch, Veneto Wholesale is a reliable source for discount aromatic products. From its warehouse in downtown Miami, the company keeps a steady finger on the pulse of fragrance trends and constantly seeks out new scents to add to its inventory.
08/01/2012 - Tablets Trump SMARTPHONEs
Retailers tend to lump tablets and SMARTPHONEs into the same category called "mobile," but that might not be wise, according to the results of a new study by online marketing technology company Monetate.
07/01/2012 - There's an App for That
Mobility changed communication. Freedom from wires and landlines, freedom from cables, cords and tangles has spread like wildfire in a culture that prizes speed and efficiency. The demand for mobility has affected the way we live and, in turn, the way customers shop. Text-ready thumbs are now interested in making purchases, placing orders online via cell phones and tablets.
04/01/2012 - Online Payment Trends
Online Payment Processing is an ever-changing industry.
04/01/2012 - Apple Rocks Ecommerce
Ecommerce providers have much to celebrate with the arrival of the iPad 3, demonstrated in early March.
03/01/2012 - Analyzing Google Analytics
When selling merchandise online, it is not enough to simply track sales.
03/01/2012 - Staples Expands Ecommerce
Staples, the world's second largest ecommerce company, has announced that it will open an eCommerce Innovation Center in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA, near its Boston headquarters, in May.
03/01/2012 - Walmarts Online Innovations
Walmart named Neil Ashe, former CEO of CNET and president of CBS Interactive, as the new president and CEO of its global ecommerce business, effective immediately.
02/01/2012 - Mobile Cyber Monday
Online spending reached a record $1.25 billion on Cyber Monday 2011, with an estimated 22 percent growth year over year, according to ComScore.
02/01/2012 - Big Spending Tablet Users
According to Mashable.com, 20 percent of all mobile ecommerce sales currently come from tablets, nearly two thirds of tablet owners have purchased goods via their device, and more than 56 percent have downloaded shopping related applications.
01/01/2012 - Making Your Website Mobile
Designing a website to sell your products used to be pretty simple, because you knew your audience.
01/01/2012 - Mobile Marketing Trends
On a planet with about seven billion people, 2011 saw an astonishing 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions, about 77 percent of the total population.
12/01/2011 - Mobile App Sales Rising
According to IT market research group Gartner, companies will generate half of their web sales via social media and mobile applications by 2015.
07/01/2011 - New Payment Frontiers: Smart Phones
With SMARTPHONE use growing in America, the technology exists for anyone to process a credit card when it comes time to check out a customer.
04/01/2011 - Consumer Confidence High, Future Should See Online Growth
The economy is looking better now, and ecommerce sales will trend up for the next several years, say several reports.
03/01/2011 - Coping With Ecommerce Change
An ancient Greek philosopher said, "The only constant is change." That's especially true in this most changeable of fields, online retailing.
01/01/2011 - Moving To Mobile Ecommerce
Converging trend lines show that the importance of mobile computing and SMARTPHONE shopping is beginning to be seen on the retail front.
12/01/2010 - Top Holiday Trends Have eCommerce Implications
The National Retail Federation recently released a list of top holiday trends, based on its holiday retail forecast.
10/01/2010 - FCC Punts On Net Neutrality
In September the Federal Communications Commission extended the public discussion period on the controversial Net Neutrality issue, thereby delaying a decision on the topic until after the elections this month.
09/01/2010 - E-Book Marketplace
The news on electronic book wholesaling is a real page turner these days, and like any good mystery, there's no way to know how it's all going to turn out.
09/01/2010 - Free Shipping Crucial For Web Orders
An overwhelming 99 percent of small companies surveyed say that free shipping is an important factor in deciding on an online supplier, according to a recent poll commissioned by Staples.
05/01/2010 - The Rise of Mobile Apps
To date, the world of mobile retail has been confined largely to promotion and marketing. But that looks to be changing greatly in the coming years, with a move into outright sales and revenue production via mobile applications.
02/01/2010 - Tech Feature: Google Analytics
How do you measure the success of your company's website? Receiving reports on how many users clicked on the site is a fairly basic way.