During Q1 2012, a commissioned survey of more than 500 consumers in the U.S., across varied income levels and ages, with an equal distribution of genders found that over 80 percent of the responders were more likely to become loyal customers to companies who provide an integrated multichannel experience and web store.
According to the survey, U.S. consumers are shopping a variety of channels and devices, often simultaneously, as new technology is introduced. Shoppers now routinely expect that their favorite companies will be accessible to them anytime, anywhere, via any channel. (more…)
There are more options for creating an e-commerce site than ever before. E-commerce has made it possible for entrepreneurs to extend their reach farther than they could have ever imagined.
The fastest, least expensive way for Microsoft Dynamics and Sage users to launch a fully integrated online store is to connect todays leading web-based ecommerce platforms, like Magento Go or Shopify. These solutions are full featured, yet cost effective and when connected to Microsoft Dynamics or Sage using nChannel can automate item population, inventory synchronization, enable Microsoft Dynamics or Sage to collect web orders and even web customer data. (more…)
In Australia, eBay is the number one marketplace shoppers hit when they purchase online. Amazon isnt even a distant third according to eBay Consulting Expert Miles Clemans of InDemand. Miles and Nerada Stern cofounded InDemand to meet the rigorous demands of companies in Australia that capture significant sales revenue on eBay AU.
While in the states, Amazon captures mindshare for retailers and distributors who use them for listing products as well as for their logistics services eBay rarely gets a second look. Incorporating eBay into your sales strategy can yield big results and heres why: (more…)
Hundreds of big stores are shut tight from the Carolinas to Maine. Traders and investors paralyzed as the stock market and most major exchanges closed. Millions of workers are stuck at home for another day.
For some retailers that specialize in emergency equipment, orders have been coming in practically non-stop since warnings about Hurricane Sandy went into effect last Thursday. That includes online retailers who have had their busiest days in a 10-year history.
Hurricane Sandy is shaping up to be one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States but even with the severe damage that is expected, the blow to the economy is seen as short-term.
Economists say impact caused by businesses closing will be offset by reconstruction efforts, and point to catastrophic storms like Katrina, which devastated New Orleans but did not have lasting damage to the national economy. Some economists predicted Monday that, barring a catastrophic event, Hurricane Sandy would slow growth in the short term but have a negligible impact on, and possibly even boost, fourth-quarter growth.
Whether your inventory is sizable or growing quickly, or youre ramping up for the holidays, saving time and controlling costs are important. Ordering items, evaluating how much to keep on hand, how much you should have at any given time, and what the carrying costs are, is a year round process.
Its not uncommon for the POS, Accounting or ERP system to have inventory functions to help you do this selecting which one and how to get all your systems to play together nicely is a common problem.
Manually updating each system is perceived as easier and cheaper. During the holiday selling season there is no time to download and manually key (or rekey) orders, keep inventory in sync and populate web sites with item data, let alone update order status and maintain great customer service. (more…)