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The Future of eCommerce: How to Drastically Reduce Your Supplier Onboarding to Magnify ROI

Written by Meshell Long on March 6, 2017 in Strategies & Tips

How to speed up product sourcing and reduce supplier onboarding time for higher ROI.

Today’s customers expect a buying experience that is fast and convenient. eCommerce businesses have responded with custom APIs, powerful automation tools, and fine-tuned logistics, but suppliers have lagged behind.

The onboarding of new suppliers and product listings can still take months. It’s time to bring the onboarding process into the 21st century!

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How to Work With Multiple Suppliers When They All Speak Different Data Languages

Written by Derris Moore on February 22, 2017 in Strategies & Tips

Communicate With Suppliers From Around the Globe, No Matter What Data Language They Prefer

As an eCommerce retailer, communicating with new suppliers isn’t as easy as picking up the phone. You likely have several unique and complex systems amongst your various suppliers that need to be able to talk to with your data management system. Unfortunately, manufacturers and suppliers use a hodgepodge of languages including EDI, XML, Flat File, CSV, and more.

How do you translate these languages for your eCommerce business? And how can you translate multiple data languages into a streamlined experience for your customers?

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The Future of Product Sourcing is in the Cloud

Written by Doba on February 2, 2017 in Strategies & Tips

Harness the Power of Data Automation to Slash Overhead, Increase Speed to Market, and Propel Your eCommerce Sales

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2016 Holiday Shipping Cutoff Dates

Written by Doba on November 28, 2016 in Strategies & Tips
 

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Ecommerce is Changing Black Friday Weekend [Infographic]

Written by Josh Summerhays on October 28, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

What started out as a highly segmented shopping weekend (a Hunger Games-style brick and mortar shopping gauntlet on Black Friday contrasted by a less visible but no less competitive gift grab online on Cyber Monday) is evolving every year in the direction of ecommerce.

We've put together an infographic that shows the growing impact of digital shopping experiences on the growth in ecommerce sales not just for Cyber Monday, but also Thanksgiving and Black Friday. We also highlight strategies that you as the retailer can employ to take advantage and increase your own company's bottom line.

Without further ado...

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Top 5 Excel Skills You Should Know to Run Your Store

Written by Russell Cragun on July 21, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

When running any type of business it’s important to keep track of all the moving pieces. You need to document sales, taxes, company expenses, and much more. It can be hard to stay on top of, so thank goodness we have programs like Excel to keep us organized. To the untrained eye, Excel can look very intimidating and confusing. As someone who has taken multiple classes online and in school about Excel, all I can say is that it’s worth all the frustration.

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Best general research practices for performing competitive research

Written by Russell Cragun on July 14, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

Keeping up with your ecommerce store is a challenge. There are countless tasks to be done, many hours of hard work to put in, and competition that you must always be aware of. Sure there are the massive giants like Amazon and Walmart, but to be honest those companies are too high on the food chain to consider your competition right now. I’m talking about the other guys just like you, staying up late and trying to manage a respectable store. These are the competitors you need to be on the lookout for.  

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Work-life balance hacks

Written by Russell Cragun on July 12, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

For most people it can be challenging to balance your work-life and your personal life. It can be stressful trying to find that divide between the two, and yet still find time in the day for yourself.

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How to get and use candid customer feedback to improve your business

Written by Russell Cragun on July 7, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

We all know the famous phrasing, “the customer is always right”. We’ve heard it time and time again, and it’s referenced quite a bit in our world today. However, ask anyone that has had to work retail, fast food, or any position dealing directly with customers and you will find that that statement is not always true. So why the popular quote? Why should we have a mentality built around the customers always being right? The easiest answer would be that the customer is the most critical part to any business, and they can be incredibly valuable sources of information. They will tell you what is bad about your store, and how you should go about fixing it. Now, if you make every change critics recommend, you could risk losing your business. However, it’s important that we make changes, and adapt when we see trending issues and have the opportunity to improve.

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Inspiring quotes from successful entrepreneurs

Written by Russell Cragun on June 30, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

Everyone has a role model, a mortal Superman, if you will. These people are our personal heroes and beloved examples; we have been inspired by them, and they have always brought out the best in us. We hope that you enjoy these quotes from our entrepreneur heroes and other important role models.

Most of the inspiring quotes gathered for this post were compiled from BENTRAINED by Ben Johnson. You can follow him on Facebook for more inspiration.

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