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Holiday shopping – crisis or opportunity?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday November 25, 2008 )

There appears to be a bit of doom and gloom around again regarding holiday shopping forecasts for this year; but it doesn’t necessarily mean your business has to suffer – you can still thrive. (more…)

Nearly 80% shop online

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday November 17, 2008 )

According to Nielsen Online, 79% of US consumers have made an online purchase in the last 6 months. (more…)

Thrifty Generation X shoppers

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday November 11, 2008 )

Now we’re talkin’ bout my generation (apologies to The Who); those people born between 1965 – 1981. We’re up to our eyeballs in debt it seems, so we’re looking for a bargain. (more…)

Online layaway service

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday November 2, 2008 )

It works well in the world of bricks and mortar, so why not online? Here’s a brief look at a layaway (or layby as we call it in Australia) service for online merchants. (more…)

Traffic to retail sites down

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday October 31, 2008 )

Is your traffic down on last year even though your search engine rankings are still solid? While it may not put bucks in the bank; if yours is a retailer site, you can rest assured you’re not alone. (more…)

Holiday shopping forecast update

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday October 23, 2008 )

In keeping with the general messages of gloom and doom, the online world is not looking as sparkly in terms of sales growth this holiday season according to forecast updates just out. But let’s keep this in perspective. (more…)

Credit card fraud sting nets 56

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday October 22, 2008 )

The FBI and international law enforcement agencies recenty provided details on a sting operation that resulted in 56 arrests in relation to credit card fraud. (more…)

Couponing for the holidays

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday October 11, 2008 )

Coupons have been gaining popularity for a while now, but recent global economic events will make them an even more powerful sales tool; particularly with the holidays coming up. (more…)

Product descriptions are important

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday September 27, 2008 )

I’ve touched on this a few times over the years, but with the (ugh) holiday season looming I thought it worth another mention. Consumers don’t just want the best prices, they want to make informed choices – and that’s where product descriptions are so important. (more…)

eBay USA dropping check support

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday September 25, 2008 )

eBay is cutting checks… out – on the US eBay anyway. They are removing support for money orders as well, plus making various other changes to payment options. (more…)