Showing posts with label Ecommerce. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ecommerce. Show all posts

Friday, February 11, 2011

Online and Web-influenced in store sales will grow to 53 percent of total retail sales by 2014

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Top 10 Reasons to Choose MySQL for Online Retail

Online and Web-influenced in store sales will grow to 53 percent of total retail sales by 2014 according to independent research firm, Forrester Research, Inc. *

New technologies have offered people greater choice in the way they shop. Winning retailers adopt Web 2.0 technologies and best practices in order to improve their customers' online experience, cost-effectively create "buzz" about their offerings and boost their revenues.
This Whitepaper will help you better understand how to leverage MySQL to get the most of the opportunity the social web represents.
* US Online Retail Forecast, 2009 To 2014, Forrester Research, Inc., March 5, 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Using The Wrong Tracking Code Can Cost You more than $500k a Year

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This is a guest post from Tom Critchlow who is an excel ninja, data geek, analytics nerd and head of search for Distilled, a London & Seattle based search agency. Tom provides a cautionary tale on the importance of keeping your site up to date.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Oppose Efforts to Impose New Tax Burdens on the Internet

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Oppose Efforts to Impose New Tax Burdens on the Internet

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On July 1st, a bill was introduced in the United States House of Representatives which would impose complex sales tax collecting requirements on internet retailers and entrepreneurs, including our eBay sellers. If passed, HR 5660, the so-called, “Main Street Fairness Act,” would require small online retailers to comply with varying and regularly changing sales tax rules and rates for thousands of tax jurisdictions and to collect and remit sales taxes from each customer.
This new sales tax scheme would be extremely burdensome and costly to small online retailers like you who have set up shop on the internet. A similar bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate as well. eBay is working very hard to stop this bill from becoming law, but we need your help!
Please join our effort to stop the passage of this anti-small business bill. In three minutes or less, you can sign this petition urging your lawmakers to protect small, online retailers by opposing new tax burdens.
Dear Member of Congress:
As your constituent and one of the 82 million registered eBay users in the US, I'm asking you not to impose any new sales tax laws on the Internet.
The Supreme Court decided that most small businesses, like the majority of those operating on eBay, don't need to collect sales taxes from out-of-state customers. This decision was made because it would be an unfair and costly burden for small businesses to collect sales taxes for 15,000 tax jurisdictions in 45 states.
eBay sellers, like many other small business retailers, would be directly impacted by any new Internet sales tax system. It would increase the cost of doing business and shopping on-line, which would hurt sellers and buyers alike.
Please oppose any efforts to impose new tax burdens on the Internet.
Thank you for your support.
Encourage your friends to join you in opposing new Internet sales taxes.

Non-members of eBay Main Street may go directly to the petition.

Sign the petition to stop new Internet sales tax

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Sign the petition to stop new Internet sales tax
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Since last week, more than 28,000 eBay buyers and sellers have signed the petition to fight new Internet sales taxes. Now we need you to add your voice to the issue.

What's at stake: HR 5660, a bill before Congress known as the “Main Street Fairness Act," would require online businesses and entrepreneurs to collect and remit sales taxes from each customer. This law would affect 45 states and as many as 15,000 local jurisdictions.
If passed, the law would place a heavy burden on small online retailers who have set up shop on the Internet to offer increased selection and value. eBay is working hard to oppose this bill, but we need the help of our eBay Main Street members to keep HR 5660 from becoming law.

This is not the time to introduce a new tax. Sign the petition and say "no" to new Internet tax burdens.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Doba Review - Is Doba worth joining?

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Doba Review - Is Doba worth joining?
by salehoo_group

Doba has gained a good reputation and has some great reviews on the web for providing a sourcing directory specializing in drop shippers. But would the reality live up to the hype? I decided to find out and give it a review …
For first impressions, Doba gets full marks. It’s an attractive, well-laid out website and easily draws you in with the comforting promise of fraud protection and reimbursement of fraudulent orders for qualifying sellers - very reassuring for new sellers wary of being ripped off!
Doba claims an impressive 33%-75% profit margins on their stock – another reason why this directory appeals! However, I’d treat this figure with caution. While Doba undoubtedly has some good sources that will give you a high profit margin in this range, a more realistic figure for the majority would likely be around 10%-30%.
Unless you are a reseller who is lucky enough to be selling vast quantities of stock, you are unlikely to get cheaper wholesale prices than these. Doba compares well with other wholesale offers, but it won’t provide anything extra. Those extra-sweet deals will only be found one way: and that’s by you!
Remember that directories are a great booster to begin your selling career. They make it so much easier and faster to get started…and to get some cash in your pocket. But you shouldn’t solely rely on them to make your millions in the long term.
The secret to using Doba well is to use it as a way of getting started, rather than pinning all your hopes on it for the long term. Then, either work on developing good relationships with several of the suppliers you have found – until you get to the point where you can bargain for better prices – or, use the knowledge and confidence you have gained from dealing with these suppliers to branch off on your own research.
Despite Doba’s very tempting offer of allowing you to pay for goods only after you sell them, I recommend purchasing your items in bulk before you list them. Although Doba generally provides a good service, occasionally there are unavoidable hiccups with drop shipping, and it can be very embarrassing when a customer has purchased an item, but the drop-shipper is out of stock. Let me be very clear that this is not a problem isolated to Doba – all dropshippers can suddenly run out of stock without warning leaving you in the lurch unless you take precautions.
I was very impressed by Doba’s great selection of free articles written by eBay powerseller, consultant, and former eBay employee Stuart Lisonbee. They were interesting, informative, and very focused on Doba’s target audience - anyone interested in taking advantage of drop shipping. These are well worth a read!
Doba also provides a newsletter and regular press releases keeping you informed and up to date.
All in all, Doba is a good product. Although the price is steeper than other directories, members with reasonable expectations feel that it is good value.
Doba compliments SaleHoo fantastically by focusing almost solely on drop shipping, while SaleHoo provides a broad range of wholesale suppliers, drop shippers and bulk wholesalers. Sign up for Doba’s free trial (only valid in USA and Canada) and check out their sources.