Barrier to Entry: Is Ecommerce Investment Drying Up?

While ecommerce is definitely on the rise, as more people get a taste of the pie, others are less willing to fund them. Initially painted as "tech companies," people are less willing to invest in start-up retailers; as ecommerce becomes more commonplace, the less special it seems for capital investors. So what's the current investment market [...]

 

While ecommerce is definitely on the rise, as more people get a taste of the pie, others are less willing to fund them. Initially painted as “tech companies,” people are less willing to invest in start-up retailers; as ecommerce becomes more commonplace, the less special it seems for capital investors. So what’s the current investment market like to start up your own ecommerce venture and what are some ways to stay competitive right out of the gate? In the late ‘90s...
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Comparing U.S. & Foreign Ecommerce Trends 2017

China and Russia have been stepping up their ecommerce game in the past few quarters; South Korea is maintaining its dominance in online/mobile grocery shopping. Where do we stand along with other major countries and regions in the world? We’ve been covering ecommerce trends in the United States, but in the face of an increasingly [...]

 

China and Russia have been stepping up their ecommerce game in the past few quarters; South Korea is maintaining its dominance in online/mobile grocery shopping. Where do we stand along with other major countries and regions in the world? We’ve been covering ecommerce trends in the United States, but in the face of an increasingly interconnected global economy, it’s important to keep an eye on where the market’s headed worldwide. These days, even things happening on the other side of...
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What is 360 Degree Packaging?

In our second issue of PAK'R Magazine, we talked about some innovations in packaging that are on 2017's radar, one of which being tactile packaging -- that is, packaging you can feel and interact with beyond a standard box or plastic wrap. A start-up in Chicago is using a minimalist approach for vacuum-sealed beef, giving [...]

In our second issue of PAK’R Magazine, we talked about some innovations in packaging that are on 2017’s radar, one of which being tactile packaging — that is, packaging you can feel and interact with beyond a standard box or plastic wrap. A start-up in Chicago is using a minimalist approach for vacuum-sealed beef, giving customers a 360 degree view of a product while guaranteeing protection and product quality. In the heart of the Midwest, PRE Brands is attempting to...
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How Commerce Is Helping Us Clean Up Ocean Plastic

You already know that literal tons of plastic are floating in the oceans, causing a plethora of ecological and health-related problems. Aside from keeping plastics waste out of the ocean, some companies are now actively pulling the plastic out to be reused as feedstock for production. Who are they and how can you better utilize [...]

 

You already know that literal tons of plastic are floating in the oceans, causing a plethora of ecological and health-related problems. Aside from keeping plastics waste out of the ocean, some companies are now actively pulling the plastic out to be reused as feedstock for production. Who are they and how can you better utilize this reclaimable resource — both for the benefit of the earth and your pocketbook? As we look out at our oceans, giant, swirling, plastic juggernauts...
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Warren Buffett, Walmart, and the Shift to Ecommerce

In February, billionaire investor Warren Buffett announced that he was dropping 90 percent of his stock in Walmart. This is a grim prophecy for the retail juggernaut, which faces stiff competition in rival Amazon. Walmart, in addition to encouraging customers to order online and pick up in store, has recently announced the launch of a new [...]

In February, billionaire investor Warren Buffett announced that he was dropping 90 percent of his stock in Walmart. This is a grim prophecy for the retail juggernaut, which faces stiff competition in rival Amazon. Walmart, in addition to encouraging customers to order online and pick up in store, has recently announced the launch of a new online marketplace called “Store No. 8” in an effort to stay relevant in an increasingly digital marketplace. It’s common knowledge these days that ecommerce is...
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Sustainable Cooperation: How Caring For Our Planet H...

We live on a planet that supports over seven billion people. There are cities and settlements on every continent, in every climate, barring only the harshest, most inhospitable environments. Although we have so much space and have thrived thus far, we consume so much that the waste we create is threatening the well-being of our [...]

We live on a planet that supports over seven billion people. There are cities and settlements on every continent, in every climate, barring only the harshest, most inhospitable environments. Although we have so much space and have thrived thus far, we consume so much that the waste we create is threatening the well-being of our Earth. As just one human among many, doing something about this can seem daunting, even inconsequential. Behaviors like household recycling and limiting personal waste are...
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Viral Marketing: How Meme Culture is Making Sales

We live in an age dominated by meme culture. New pictures, videos, and ideas are gaining popularity and spreading like wildfire in a matter of days. For anyone involved in advertising, this might seem like a dream come true. It’s exactly what anyone wants for their product - instant, cheap, large-scale marketing campaigns that essentially [...]

We live in an age dominated by meme culture. New pictures, videos, and ideas are gaining popularity and spreading like wildfire in a matter of days. For anyone involved in advertising, this might seem like a dream come true. It’s exactly what anyone wants for their product – instant, cheap, large-scale marketing campaigns that essentially run themselves. However, actually getting a meme to launch – especially if your end goal is to sell a product – can be extremely difficult....
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What is Blockchain?

Move over, Bitcoin. Blockchain technology is increasingly gaining ground beyond trading cryptocurrency. But what exactly is it and how will it affect the world of logistics (among other things)? As a current inhabitant of the 21st century, you are already familiar with how technology brings people and businesses together with ease. Social media, online shopping, news, [...]

Move over, Bitcoin. Blockchain technology is increasingly gaining ground beyond trading cryptocurrency. But what exactly is it and how will it affect the world of logistics (among other things)? As a current inhabitant of the 21st century, you are already familiar with how technology brings people and businesses together with ease. Social media, online shopping, news, you name it, the Internet has it just a few clicks away. But with such an open channel for commerce and communication, there comes some...
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What is AmazonFresh?

As ecommerce continues to grow and adapt to market demands, industries such as online grocery shopping grow with them. And as one of the major drivers of that change, Amazon is looking at rolling out its AmazonFresh program not only within the United States, but in Europe and even Southeast Asia. But what does the [...]

As ecommerce continues to grow and adapt to market demands, industries such as online grocery shopping grow with them. And as one of the major drivers of that change, Amazon is looking at rolling out its AmazonFresh program not only within the United States, but in Europe and even Southeast Asia. But what does the future of online grocery delivery look like now? Just as digital retailing giant Amazon wants to redefine delivery through the use of drones, now it...
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Do You Know About Direct-Package Printing?

Hailed as the up-and-coming printing method, direct-package printing is primed to innovate the way we decorate packaging. By eliminating the need for labels, businesses can print directly on packages of any shape and size, opening limitless creative doors. But is it really all that it’s cracked up to be? You might have already heard about [...]

Hailed as the up-and-coming printing method, direct-package printing is primed to innovate the way we decorate packaging. By eliminating the need for labels, businesses can print directly on packages of any shape and size, opening limitless creative doors. But is it really all that it’s cracked up to be? You might have already heard about this method, though more than likely by a different name: digital direct-to-shape printing, direct object printing, and direct-to-container digital printing all refer to direct-package printing...
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What’s So Important About Green Logistics?

We do a lot of talking about sustainability and green technology. While imagery associated with recycling and Mother Nature might come to mind, what exactly are green logistics as an industrial practice? Indeed, going green isn't just some passing trend championed by "mamby pamby hippies" as some of the old guard capitalists might have you [...]

We do a lot of talking about sustainability and green technology. While imagery associated with recycling and Mother Nature might come to mind, what exactly are green logistics as an industrial practice? Indeed, going green isn’t just some passing trend championed by “mamby pamby hippies” as some of the old guard capitalists might have you believe. With climate change becoming ever prevalent in headlines and humanity’s wasteful habits (both in industrial and commercial pursuits) spiraling out of control, no amount...
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Why Distributed Order Management is Important to You...

We’ve already covered what distributed order management is in one of our earlier posts. What we haven’t talked about, however, is how implementing it in your current logistics infrastructure is essential to success in the 21st century marketplace. And of course, like most innovation, the sooner you hop on this train before your competitors, the [...]

We’ve already covered what distributed order management is in one of our earlier posts. What we haven’t talked about, however, is how implementing it in your current logistics infrastructure is essential to success in the 21st century marketplace. And of course, like most innovation, the sooner you hop on this train before your competitors, the better off you’re likely to fare. In case you’ve forgotten what distributed order management (otherwise known as DOM) is, it’s a system that manages inventory...
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