Internet/Tech News

New Feature

Posted by Beverly on June 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

We have a new feature that many of you, especially those who sell food items, will be interested in. It allows merchants to flag specific states in which the methods are not going to be blocked (even though there are blocked methods set).  This is to allow close states (same zone) to still use Ground [...]

2011 Holiday Season in Review

Posted by Robin on January 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm

According to comScore, the sales period from November 1st – December 25th 2011 experienced a 15 percent increase in sales over the same period in 2010. Although the numbers aren’t in yet, The National Retail Federation is expecting total online sales to be up approximately 3.8 percent over last year’s holiday shopping season. comScore speculates [...]

Google Your World

Posted by Robin on January 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I’m as guilty as anyone for seriously ignoring my Google+ profile, but the new search feature they rolled out today may give all us procrastinators a few new reasons to start using Google’s social network. Today Google announced their latest innovation called Search plus Your World which introduces three new features to their Social Search [...]

Free Shipping Day 2011 – A Boon for Online Merchants

Posted by Robin on December 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

With one week to go until the fourth annual Free Shipping Day, participating e-merchants are bracing for an onslaught of orders and putting their plan in place to ensure all orders are received by Christmas Eve. According to the merchants interviewed for a recent article at Entrepreneur.com, attracting new customers is one of the biggest [...]

Google+ Brand Pages

Posted by Robin on November 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm

After what seemed like an eternity, Google+ Pages are finally available for businesses. Yesterday, in a blog post from Vic Gundotra the Senior VP of Engineering at Google announced the availability of Google+ for brands. From the announcement; “Google+ has always been a place for real-life sharing, and Google+ Pages is no exception. After all: [...]

Q2 E-commerce Report

Posted by Robin on August 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Commerce releases its e-commerce retail report for the 2nd quarter of 2011. E-commerce retail sales accounted for 4.6% of total retail sales for the quarter and jumped 17.6% over Q2 2010. Total retail sales only increased by 8.1% over the same period. Compared to the 1st quarter of 2011, e-commerce [...]

Will You be at the Summit?

Posted by Robin on August 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

The Yahoo! Merchant Summit is less than a week away and promises to be well worth your time. Hosted by the Yahoo! Small Business Team, this exclusive event will be held in Santa Clara CA on August 9th and Wednesday August 10th. Yahoo! merchants will have the chance to meet the small business team, Developer [...]

Google+ Business Profile Update

Posted by Robin on July 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Looks like Google is speeding up their plan for business profiles. From Mashable.com – “Google, which had initially planned to test business partners on Google+ in the next “few months,” is moving more quickly with that program. A Google executive now says the company plans to announce a group of partners next week. Christian Oestlien, [...]

Google+ Not Ready for Business Profiles

Posted by Robin on July 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

Have you already created a Google+ profile for your business?

Not so fast says Google. They have released a short video asking businesses to hold off on creating their profiles.

NewDomain.Names

Posted by Robin on June 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers approved a plan to increase gTLDs or generic top-level domains.  Web address will go way beyond the current (dot) com,(dot) org, etc. But, it won’t come cheap – just to start the evaluation/application process is $185,000. It isn’t clear that additional fees will be required [...]