Alibaba – An Economy that is Based on China

A few weeks ago when Jack Ma was in Detroit trying to convince small and medium sized businesses to sell to Chinese customers he said something that was largely under reported. Alibaba is hoping to become an economy instead of being a seen as a marketplace exclusively.

The idea is very simple in that Alibaba will be serving 2 billion people and have Gross Merchandise Value of 1 Trillion going through its marketplaces and have 10 million businesses selling on its various platforms by 2020.

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The Drastic Shopify Makeover and What It Means For Your Online Shop

From radical changes to the Shopify brand colors to a sleek new shake-up on the dashboard, Shopify has been hard at work. And recently the Canadian ecommerce platform company announced all of these new roll-outs, along with imagery to help out newcomers and experienced individuals alike.

Over the years, Shopify has been known to release cool new features like the Shopify sections update and constant changes to the Shopify Partner program. We've come to expect Shopify to listen to users and implement the requests as they see fit.

But this update is one of the more drastic we've seen, so we want to highlight the most interesting of the Shopify modifications. Then we'll talk about what each of these updates can do, and if you have to change your thinking or worry about anything startling you or making it harder to do business along the way.

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How to Create the Perfect FAQ Page For Your Online Store

Are you looking for a way to improve your customer relationships? An FAQ page might just do the trick. Not only is an FAQ area essential for guiding your customers around your site, but it can serve as a trust-builder, convincing customer to buy more products by giving them additional information. But how do you create the perfect FAQ page? Keep reading to find out.

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Global Ecommerce News from June 12 to June 21

Last Friday Amazon shocked the entire retail and ecommerce market in the US by announcing their pending acquisition of Whole Foods Market for $13.7 Billion. The impact was felt by other retail stocks that lost value for the remainder of the day. Walmart's acquisition of Bonobos was silenced as media buzzed with the Amazon – Whole Foods Market news.

A look around the ecommerce globe, with selected highlights:

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7 Unique SEO Tips for Online Businesses

The world of SEO is one of the more frustrating parts of running an online business. You can read up on the common SEO tips, and those are more than likely going to give you a competitive advantage over other companies in the market.

You'll also find all sorts of cool SEO tools that do everything from SEO evaluation to image alt tag creation.

Your first step with an online store should be to focus on the basics of SEO. That includes image alt tags, keyword use, blogging and complete product page optimization.

This way you can at least get on the same playing field as the competition.

But what about going above and beyond? Are there some more unique SEO tips you can follow to strengthen your online business?

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VirtoCommerce Review: A Highly Advanced Enterprise Ecommerce Platform For Serious Business

With customers like HBO, Chevron, ProFlowers, Comcast Xfinity and Volvo, the VirtoCommerce is meant for making serious money with your business. As an opensource solution (akin to Magento or WordPress,) businesses don't have to pay a dime to get started. VirtoCommerce is a powerful system meant for the most serious of businesses. The opensource, Community Edition provides incredible tools for smaller to mid-sized businesses, while the Enterprise Edition has what behemoths require. In this VirtoCommerce review you'll learn about the primary ecommerce platform features, along with areas like support and pricing. Keep reading to see if VirtoCommerce is right for you.

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Why Cross Border Ecommerce is the Future of Ecommerce

Cross border ecommerce is a phenomenon that has quietly gained huge momentum as customers purchase products from outside their borders. The last 2 years ecommerce has seen distributed ecommerce (buy buttons  on certain social networks – Twitter and Pinterest) and more recently conversational ecommerce has emerged as a contender for the future. Conversational ecommerce is seen as a potential use case for customer service which involves the usage of technology to help with communication. I personally view these as fads where as cross border ecommerce has potential to be the future of ecommerce.

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Are Chinese Marketplaces Showing us the Future?

Are Chinese marketplaces showing us the future of logistics? Last week both Alibaba and JD.com announced significant projects that will impact the future of ecommerce in China. Chinese ecommerce is one of the most interesting markets are their are large public companies that generate Billions of Dollars in revenue based on their place in the market. Alibaba, JD.com and VIPShop are all market leaders but in terms of market ownership Alibaba is by far dominant in the ecommerce ecosystem.

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