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Buy items online, return items to the local store

An annual survey conducted by Sterling Commerce highlights the increasing demand for an integrated shopping experience across multiple retail channels. According to the survey results from January 2009 – 57% of ecommerce customers wanted the ability to return items to a store after purchasing them online. (The number was 41% in 2008) 35% wanted the […]

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A new FedEx tool to precisely track shipments

A couple of weeks ago, FedEx announced SenseAware, a new shipment tracking sensor that allows you to track the exact condition of the shipment using the following information – Precise temperature readings Shipment’s exact location (GPS based) When a shipment is opened or if the contents have been exposed to light Real-time alerts and analytics […]

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How to generate $50 million selling window blinds

Here is a revealing interview with the founder of Blinds.com. The webstore was launched in 1996 to sell window blinds online and today earns $50 million in annual revenues. And all of that with zero debt, and zero inventory. Remarkable! My key take aways from the 7 page interview are – “We focus on customer […]

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Save money via good inventory management!

For small businesses, cash indeed is king. If you run out of cash, then you cannot pay your bills, cannot get suppliers to ship you goods, and cannot continue running the business effectively. If you are in the retail business (whether e-commerce, or brick and mortar), an often overlooked, but a very important cash hog […]

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3 things to watch out for while choosing a drop shipper

Over at the Volusion blog, I found this great article describing the advantages of drop shipping. While I agree with the pros of drop shipping mentioned in the article, in my experience of working with small businesses, drop shipping is not always as rosy as it seems. Here are 3 things to watch out for […]

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