SmallBizDaily, January 5, 2015
With 2015 looming, it’s time once again to sift through the e-commerce stained tea leaves and make some predictions for what the New Year will bring to small businesses and e-commerce. Among other things, 2015 promises to boom after a heady 2014, with U.S.-based e-commerce business predicted to reach $350 billion in sales by year’s end. When they finish tabulating the numbers, global sales are expected to reach $1.5 trillion. Even the holidays promise to be bigger than ever, with an estimated $617 billion in sales.
I’d like to call this the year of the consumer. The customer’s always been right, but these days, they have more power than ever. Let’s unpack why I think so.
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SmallBizDaily, November 21, 2012
As the holidays are upon us, e-commerce focused SMBs are ramping up for an influx of selling, shipping, and returning on a global level. Here are some tips for small businesses to make the most of holiday sales from ecommerce shipping solution provider Shipwire Order Fulfillment.
Think globally – your customers are everywhere.
Don’t limit yourself to domestic sales if a good percentage of your customers are actually abroad. You can do this by opening your own warehouse in another country or working with an order fulfillment partner (such as Shipwire!) that already has locations in many international regions. Your partner would help you package, handle, and (inexpensively) ship your products to your customers wherever they may be. This way you don’t have to lease a warehouse, buy equipment, or hire personnel.
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