WebRetailer, June 26, 2014 Order fulfillment company Shipwire has opened a warehouse in Australia, the largest in the country at over 40,000sqm. The facility is initially only handling domestic shipments from Australia, but international options will follow. Read more here.
Forbes, August 6, 2014 The U.S. online retail sales are up 15% since last year, and are expected to hit $370B by the end of 2017. Technological advancements and changes in consumer behavior have created an unprecedented opportunity for new e-commerce companies. This is especially true with digitally savvy millennials, who will make up the majority of online consumers in the coming years. Unlike physical retail stores, e-commerce companies are much more capital efficient because they don’t require brick and mortar stores and have a direct distribution channel to their end customers. With online shopping platforms like Shopify, Magento, and Bigcommerce, the cost and time associated with getting an e-commerce store online has decreased significantly. Additional platforms like Symphony Commerce and Shipwire help with outsourced fulfillment and managing logistics when your company scales. Never before has it been easier to bring an e-commerce business to life. As a resu
JDN, July 22, 2014 En Afrique, faire des achats est très complexe. Prenez Lagos, la capitale du Nigeria. On n’y trouve que trois centres commerciaux pour 20 millions d’habitants. Et avec la circulation, s’y rendre peut prendre 2 heures. Le retail mettra des années à se développer au même niveau qu’en Europe. L’expérience n’est pas non plus la même : l’approvisionnement est largement insuffisant, on négocie les achats en boutique… Nous nous intéressons donc bien moins à la pénétration d’Internet et de l’e-commerce qu’à celle du retail lui-même ! Read more here.
Shopify, June 24, 2014 Noah Dentzel of NOMAD has run two crowdfunding campaigns in two years on two different platforms. His first campaign, on Kickstarter, reached 322% of his funding goal. His second, on Indiegogo, reached even higher. Noah learned a lot the second time around. “It took one-tenth of the effort of our first campaign, in part because of the software that we used,” he said in an interview with Shopify. Read more here.
CRN, June 24, 2014 Ingram Micro has rebranded with a new logo that represents its “evolution from a distribution powerhouse to the world leader in technology and supply chain services”. The corporate refresh comes after some major investments in the past year, including the acquisition of cloud aggregator SoftCom in September and e-commerce firm Shipwire in October, and the launch of its cloud marketplace in November. Ingram has made 22 acquisitions in the past decade. Read more here.
Shopify, May 8, 2014 You control your customer’s experience for the most part. You write the ads, you approve the images, you tweak your website and you write the emails. However once your product leaves your hands to be shipped to your customer you have now handed over your brand to the hands of a stranger. Shipping can make or break your business in multiple ways. Choose the wrong shipping partner and your customers may suffer a poor experience. Don’t plan out your shipping strategy and you could end up unprofitable. Read more here.
Yahoo Small Business Advisor, April 30, 2014 When it comes to ecommerce shipping, ensuring the product actually reaches the customer is only half the challenge. Equally important is how it gets there — and choosing the right packaging is key. When it comes to packaging goods, there are three central considerations to bear in mind: minimize cost, prevent damage, and leave customers with the best possible impression of the business. Read more here.
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