Although Lagging, Healthcare e-Commerce Maturing

People are buying online, now more than ever.   An eMarket report estimated that e-Commerce sales were near $1.5 trillion in 2014. The combination of rising online purchasing confidence and passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created a foundation for a maturing landscape of healthcare e-Commerce. As a method of adaptation, and to help facilitate purchasing processing, many industries...

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Does your E-Commerce site make the right first impression?

The Affordable Care Act is prompting the insurance industry to engage customers using digital means.  The market is responding with E-Commerce sites that collect enrollment and payment information, in hopes of selling new products to individuals and their families.  Conduct just a few minutes of online research and you will find a range of site designs with varying degrees of branding...

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Bitcoin: The Heisenberg of Currencies

Highlights: The limit on the total number of Bitcoin that can be produced makes it unlikely that the currency will be able to scale with growing economies over time. Bitcoin’s rise to commercial viability is a gaudy demonstration of the power electronic currencies can exert on global financial institutions. Bitcoin and its successors will continue to challenge the way online payment...

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If you think consumers won’t pay for sustainable delivery, think again

Given the prominence of e-commerce and trends such as same or next-day delivery, order fulfillment has a significant impact on the environment. At the same time, the concept of sustainability is gaining more play in every facet of life, including business. So when it comes time to check a box and select a delivery option, are customers actually willing to sacrifice to have products delivered...

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Is same day delivery really the “holy grail” of e-commerce?

A recent Wall Street Journal article (“Amazon, in Threat to UPS, Tries Its Own Deliveries,” The Wall Street Journal; April 24, 2014) described Amazon’s most recent efforts to get closer to the “holy grail of e-commerce”—delivery of goods the same day they are ordered—by developing its own delivery systems and, thereby, bypassing the firms that deliver most of its shipments today.…

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Improving the Retail Experience: How companies can maintain customer loyalty outside of the traditional monthly subscription boxes

These days, companies with monthly subscription boxes are popping up everywhere serving those who like to try new products but don’t necessarily have the time to go to the mall to find those things themselves. NatureBox sends a monthly shipment of healthy, family-friendly snacks; BirchBox has men’s accessories, cologne, and shaving cream; BarkBox specializes in new dogs treats and...

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