This episode follows the fortunes of the ultimate online retail success story - a business that was born in a garage twenty years ago and grew into a 100 billion pound global giant. Along the way, the Amazon phenomenon has inspired, shaped - and sometimes squeezed - the rest of the retail sector, while revolutionising attitudes to online business and transforming the way people shop.
You may be aware that some rather onerous new tax rules will come in to force from January 1st 2015 to do with the way that VAT is charged in the EU. Unfortunately, whether you're VAT registered or not these will apply to you if you sell digital downloadable products or provide digital services such as web hosting or access to paywalled content.
How big of a problem is showrooming to high street retailers?
I came across an issue with OpenCart CAPTCHAs recently for the about the third time, which was difficult to fix each time. Unfortunately for me, the fix I'd applied previously didn't work! The symptom of this issue is that on pages where you need the user to solve a CAPTCHA before posting such as the contact form, product reviews etc. There is a blank space where the CAPTCHA image should be.
Coming in a variety of forms, shipping software is a computer program that is specifically designed to process labels (with your customer addresses), track deliveries, access and manage a range of carrier services.
This year, Monday 1 December is Cyber Monday! Hundreds of retailers will be slashing prices for 24 hours as consumers scramble to find a bargain for the start of the festive season. For both consumers and ecommerce retailers alike, it's important to be prepared, either to know how and where to get the best deals, or to ensure that websites are prepared and ready.
During the buying process, your customers will receive various email updates about the status of their order. Are you making the best use of these opportunities? Here are some things you could implement that will increase revenue.
Finally the long-awaited OpenCart 2.0 has been released to the public for use. The new version of our favourite ecommerce platform has a whole host of major new features and improvements. Here are some of them.
It occurred to me this month that I've been working in the web industry for just over 10 years. How time flies! And what better occasion to look back over the changes we've seen in the industry over that time?
If you've bought a domain and you need to point it to a web host, or you'd like to set up your email with a different mail server then you'll probably be thinking DNS is pretty complicated. Luckily it's not actually that tricky to configure and here's a simplified description of all you need to know to point the domain correctly.
iBeacon is the trademark for an indoor proximity system that Apple Inc. calls "a new class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence." The technology enables a smart phone or other device to perform actions when in close proximity to an iBeacon.
After many long evenings and far too much caffeine to be considered safe, we have released our OpenCart to Tradebox extension in to the wild to roam amongst the other OpenCart modules.
An interesting look at how consumers purchased products over the last 100 years.
What are online retailers doing in terms of mobile marketing and website optimization?
There are many factors that affect website sales and, as ecommerce experts, all of them are of great interest to us.
There are some pretty surprising findings below that may have an effect on the product ranges that you choose to stock and sell online.
It's interesting to see such strong growth in ecommerce, but also that while bricks and mortar stores worry about "showrooming", such a thing exists as "webrooming".
10 interesting and counter-intuitive ways of increasing sales. 1, 3 and 6 are particularly interesting!
There's a new marketplace in town that's free to join, has 5 million UK shoppers, is easy to connect to your online shop and has a massive conversion rate.
In 2018 90% of mobile traffic will come from cloud applications, compared to 82% at the end of 2013. It is expected to grow at an annual compound rate of 64% between 2013 and 2018. The increase in the use of 4G allows for easier access to all forms of content from anywhere, across multiple devices.
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