E-commerce News & Analysis
| Monday Jan 27, 2014
With more and more people shopping online, e-commerce vendors are constantly searching for new ways to find, engage and keep customers. One of the best strategies is the use of engaging content. Even so, many online stores struggle to provide optimal retail experiences.
A number of vendors are responding with solutions, including Elastic Path, e-Spirit and Sitecore. We'll take a look at what they are offering in a three-part mini-series starting today.
| Thursday Jan 23, 2014
When is the last time you did business on the web and came away thrilled by the experience?
OK, maybe thrilled is asking too much, how about with just a hint of the warm-fuzzies?
If you’re typical, the answer is “almost never.” And, yes, we’re being generous with the “almost.”
| Thursday Jan 23, 2014
Bitcoin is one of those things everyone seems to have heard about — but few people can define and even fewer understand how it works. But maybe it's time that you should learn.
More and more businesses are starting to accept the digital currency: from restaurants and retailers to sports teams and casinos. Last November, Richard Branson announced Virgin Galactic would allow payments in Bitcoins.
Zynga began testing Bitcoin payments for games this month. And now eZanga.com, a search engine and digital marketing company, has opened the virtual vault, too.
| Friday Jan 17, 2014
In its first salvo in the information management space this year, OpenText has closed the deal to buy GXS for $1.065 billion. The acquisition will give OpenText cutting edge business-to-business cloud integration technology, which will compliment the investments OpenText has made in cloud computing in recent years.
| Wednesday Jan 15, 2014
Guess what? New research from IBM shows customers are willing to share their personal information, especially if they get something in return.
Excuse us while we yawn ... But doesn't it seem like anyone who ever signed up for something as innocuous as a store loyalty card could explain the same thing? How many people registered for a website during the heady dot-com days, just to get a free water bottle?
And don't even get us started on the phenomenon of too much information on social media, where everyone shares just about everything, for nothing but 15 seconds of fame in return.
So let's overlook the obvious, and see if there are any deeper insights in the research IBM released this week at the National Retail Federation's 103rd Annual Convention and EXPO in New York City.
| Tuesday Jan 14, 2014
Microsoft is using the National Retail Federation's 103rd Annual Convention and EXPO in New York City this week to announce a number of enhancements to its Dynamics AX 2012 product and its Dynamics for Retail, which will reportedly provide retailers with better ways to manage their customer experiences. Microsoft is also using the convention to announce an extended partnership with IBM, Sitecore and Vantiv.
| Friday Nov 8, 2013
The holidays are here. There are only 47 days until Christmas. And this year, the first full night of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincide for the first time since 1888.
For the holiday shopper, time is of the essence. For the retailer, if you're not prepared to handle Black Friday sales, Cyber Deals and last-minute shopping, you'll be hard-pressed to meet the needs of your customers. Most of them expect to find what they want, when and where they want it.
| Monday Oct 21, 2013
Brands have traditionally built separate brand experiences and e-Commerce shops, hidden behind the familiar “shop” link. But this divide makes customers choose between content and commerce and creates one more hurdle to jump through. How many get lost on the way?
| Friday Oct 11, 2013
IBM is the top B2B e-commerce vendor, according to the first-ever Forrester Wave report on the field.
| Thursday Oct 10, 2013
Fewer consumers made the transition from browsers to shoppers last month, according to metrics released today by San Francisco-based Euclid, a company that specializes in in-store retail analytics.
| Thursday Aug 15, 2013
According to a recent report mobile shopping is about to become more socially integrated through a new Facebook feature.
| Friday Aug 9, 2013
Do you know the four trends shaping the Mobile E-commerce landscape?
| Friday Aug 2, 2013
With about one-fifth of the Earth's population, China is the e-market that cannot be ignored. Some recent news put a spotlight on how e-commerce is shaping up there, for both homegrown and foreign players.
| Thursday Aug 1, 2013
By the end of the year, the number of mobile-connected devices will surpass the total number of consumers, globally, and by 2017, there will be nearly 1.4 mobile devices per person.
| Thursday Aug 1, 2013
As Pinterest moves toward more of a business-friendly model, new features and capabilities are being added. As of today, the content sharing website will start sending members emails when their pinned items drop in price.