(This post was originally published on July 16, 2012. We’ve updated it for accuracy and completeness.)
Today, people recognize two types of clouds. There’s the white puffy ones found in the sky. There’s also the cloud that we use every day to access different types of data. The latter seems to be all you hear about lately.
That’s because businesses are making the decision to move more and more of their processes to the cloud. In fact, Synergy Research Group reported that worldwide cloud computing market grew 21% to $110 billion in 2015.
We know that cloud computing is here to stay, but most of us aren’t sure exactly what it is and what the benefits are. This article will help answer those questions. (more…)
(This post was originally published on August 6, 2012. We’ve updated it for accuracy and completeness.)
To be a successful multichannel retailer, your strategy should be well thought out and planned for. It’s important that you thoroughly review your system’s capabilities. You will have to manage item, inventory, sales and customer information between your eCommerce, point of sale, accounting/ERP, and other systems that may be used in your multichannel environment.
And even though a multichannel strategy has many facets to it, simple business practices can help better ensure your strategy will be successful. (more…)
When running an online retail business, you need a reliable eCommerce shopping cart solution. Luckily, there are plenty of eCommerce platforms out there to choose from.
So how do you choose the best option for your business?
There are a wide variety of eCommerce shopping carts on the market. Each one comes with a whole host of features built to make your customers have an easy and stress-free experience on your site. The key is determining which online shopping cart best suites your needs based on the technical resources you have available, how much web selling experience you have, and your web development skills.
Here are some of the top eCommerce shopping cart solutions. (more…)
(This post was originally published on July 2, 2012. We’ve updated it for accuracy and completeness.)
Many types of retailers use drop shipping as a powerful strategy. It works well for merchants where purchasing inventory is risky or not affordable. It even works for established retailers looking to diversify their product line.
While drop shipping can increase sales, it can also have its share of problems.
If you’re considering drop shipping, you need to understand these issues. Learn how to avoid these costly mistakes that many learn the hard way. (more…)
(This post was originally published on December 7, 2012. We’ve updated it for accuracy and completeness.)
ERP implementations have a nasty reputation for being challenging.
These challenges can lead to your ERP implementation project taking too much time and being over budget.
The result can be you being left with an underperforming solution. Or, you avoiding implementation of an ERP at all costs.
While the challenges are real, they shouldn’t stop you from implementing one.
In this post, we’ll cover some of the challenges of ERP implementations. Knowing these ERP challenges upfront could mean the difference between a successful and a nightmare of an implementation experience. (more…)