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Shopify for Onlining Your Store

If you’re buying from an e-commerce shop this holiday season, they may be powered by Ottawa-based company Shopify. Shopify, an e-commerce platform enables small businesses to create their own branded store without having to rely on Amazon or other big marketplaces. Small business owners who have sold their products on Amazon have complained that Amazon controls their product’s price, their supply chain and even their company messaging. Some companies have even gone so far as to accuse Amazon of creating copycat versions of their products only to sell them at a cheaper price on Amazon.


The Rise of the Porch Pirate: Why Consumers Need to Rethink Their Delivery Locations

As package deliveries have increased due to e-commerce shopping, so too has package theft.

Porch pirates, or package thieves, exploit the fact that most online shoppers receive their packages in unsecured areas such as building entryways and outdoor mailboxes.


How the Subscription Box Economy Exploded in Popularity

shoppersWithin the last decade, the subscription box market has taken off. Everything from groceries to makeup products are being shipped around the world to those who subscribe to these trending vendors. Between 2014 and 2018 alone, subscription box services grew by 890%. Just what sparked that extreme growth? Amir Elaguizy, a co-founder of global subscription box marketplace Cratejoy, discusses three key trends that popularized the services:


Trade War could Affect Holiday Season

Have you told your friends that this is the year you’re going to start your holiday shopping early? Chances are you made this same vow last year, the year before, and possibly even the year before that – only to wait until the last minute to pick up presents for your friends and family. With trade wars looming it may actually be beneficial to start your shopping now – as businesses predict steep prices for the holiday season. The products that will be affected are those manufactured and shipped from China. Included in those products are everything from toys and apparel to electronics.


Omnichannel Payment Processors

Omnichannel, in the retail sector its means to give the consumer a seamless experience across all the available shopping channels--brick and mortar, online or mobile. Now, how is that applicable to a nonprofit? Well, nonprofits need to offer their donors and potential donors the ability to take payments in a variety of ways (eCheck, credit, debit, ACH)  without a difference in convenience, service or branding.


Global Supply Chain Survey Demystifies the Ongoing Retail Shipping Wars

Amazon, Target, and Walmart continue to intensify efforts to improve the customer experience across a multitude of fulfillment channels. Enhancements, such as Target’s recent announcement on same day shipping, are dictating industry expectations at a rapid pace with the ripple effect impacting retailers and their supplier communities. To identify trends that aim to make this transformation easier to navigate, DiCentral (, a leading provider of B2Bi Managed Services, partnered with Lehigh University to conduct a first-of-its-kind survey of over 180 retail and manufacturing executives on evolving consumer shipping behaviors.


After abandoning air express deliveries, FedEx will also stop ground deliveries for Amazon

FedEx is bringing its ground shipping contract with Amazon to an end. Despite working together for years on ground and air deliveries, Amazon is now building its own delivery network.  Amazon’s go-it-alone strategy is the main reason why partners such as FedEx are moving away. Over the years, Amazon has shown its intention to compete with the leading players in the logistics industry. This means that it will become a direct competitor to FedEx in the coming days. In fact, Amazon is now building its infrastructure which includes cargo planes, trucks and is also investing in local delivery drivers. The move by Amazon to compete directly with its former business partner is evidence of tension that has been building up between the two long-time partners.


State of Voice Shopping 2019

When we visited the topic of voice-enabled shopping last year, we concluded that brands and businesses looking to take advantage of the new medium would need to do some significant legwork across their ecosystems to promote the capability to customers and have their products appear properly. While that principle continues to hold true today, much of the landscape around voice shopping has changed materially here in 2019. Let’s dive in.


How Traditional Marketing Can Benefit From A Digital Twist

At one time, marketing meant using such tactics as buying commercial time on TV or radio stations, advertising in a newspaper or magazine, or sending your message through direct mail.


Walmart AI IRL

Last week Walmart opened its first AI-powered store in Levittown, New York. Called the Intelligent Retail Lab or, IRL; the store is the first of its kind. Exploring how AI technology can help stores like Walmart with everyday tasks like restocking; the IRL will monitor and track data that will give engineers the statistics they need to improve every facet of the store.


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