(This is a guest post from our friends over at JetRails, a fully-managed white-glove eCommerce hosting service.)
As a robust, open source eCommerce platform, Magento has attracted manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and other B2B businesses to its previous-generation software platform, Magento 1 (M1). In most cases, these businesses needed to add Magento extensions and engage in additional custom coding in order create the appropriate shopping experience for their B2B customers as well as to follow unique business rules and practices that were central to how they sell their goods.
Magento 1.x is now on a slow march toward an End of Life in June of 2020. That means that businesses still using M1 are planning to move off of this legacy platform before security patches stop arriving, and before the last minute rush to replatform.
As part of this process, merchants will be able to step back and evaluate which eCommerce platform will be able to best support their future needs. Some SaaS solutions like BigCommerce have evolved to include some B2B features. Depending on the features and functionalities that you need, Magento 2, with its open source architecture, may still be the way to go because of its flexibility and customization. (more…)
This week we’re reading a variety of articles that include how to transform your Buy Online, Pick Up In-Store (BOPIS) services, why it’s imperative for eCommerce sellers to automate their local fulfillment, and what info shoppers expect from in-store associates. Read the articles below!
You work hard to grow your retail business. You increase your presence online, open new retail locations, and add wholesale customers. As you expand though, you continue to add layers of complexity to your operations. You rely on moving data between multiple systems such as your eCommerce platform, POS and ERP to continue to process orders and keep finances in check.
Without automation, passing data between your systems becomes a laborious and time-consuming process that ultimately puts customer service levels at risk.
When your company starts to feel these pressures internally, it’s time to consider integrating Shopify and Shopify Plus to Microsoft Dynamics NAV, which is now Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central to transform your operations into the efficient and smoothing running business you know you can be. (more…)
This week we’re reading a variety of articles that include who’s winning retail’s race to digital transformation, what makes an eCommerce site good, and the benefits of direct-to-consumer eCommerce. Read the articles below! (more…)
(This post was originally published in April 2015 and updated in November 2017. We’ve updated it for accuracy and completeness.)
We spend a lot of time talking about things that build our eCommerce business; things like marketing and SEO and data analysis. But, most people who expand their business to the web forget about some of the fundamental ethical issues at hand.
Josiah Stamp, an early 20th century economist, said, “It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.” That was a century ago, but in a modern world, which is more transparent than ever, business ethics remain extremely important.
If you run an eCommerce business, you need to understand the ethical implications of your business. Ethics are good for the soul. But, they’re also good for the bottom line.
This post dives into the ethical issues in eCommerce that you should be thinking about.