Corporate matches made in heaven are rare occurrences. In many cases, M&A analysts find
more fault than forte in company unions. Opponents of the much-hyped HP-Compaq merger,
for example, deride the deal as futile. Similarly, some industry watchers puzzle at the
viability of Ameritrade's $1.3
Contrary to what Microsoft's .NET spin doctors would have users believe, the software
powerhouse is not likely to dominate e-commerce the way it now rules the desktop. ".NET
will not radically change Microsoft's position within e-commerce," Giga Information Group
analyst Andrew Bartels told the E...
In most cases, small e-tailers and other e-businesses must climb big mountains to reach
their goals. For example, the increasingly cluttered Internet sales channel demands that
sellers provide unique and aptly delivered products and services. "If small companies are
'me toos' to the big players, ...
Recent history has shown that there are no sure things in e-tailing. And with eyes
looking to the future, analysts are hesitant to hail even today's strongest companies as
sure long-term victors. "I have not seen anything that indicates that one has a leg up on
the other," Giga Information Group ana...
The Internet accounts for just 1 percent of total U.S. retail sales, according to the
U.S. Department of Commerce. And e-tail's piece of the pie is not likely to swell much
above 5 percent in the foreseeable future, according to experts. "There is a perceived
risk with high-ticket items," Forrest...
I shudder to think of a world without Yahoo. But the company's recent spate of new
revenue-generating tactics reeks of desperation. I find myself entertaining the previously
unthinkable notion that the grandfather of the Internet is mortal and could pass away.
I do not blame Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel...
Online auctioneer eBay suffered a series of Web site outages on Sunday, including a
glitch in the clothing and jewelry categories lasting more than nine hours. "We
understand the frustration that any system issue causes our user," eBay said,
apologizing for the inconvenience the outage caused. Be...
Sure, E*Trade's recent agreement to deliver streaming financial data and access to trading
via Yahoo's instant messaging technology shows refreshing promise and optimism. But if
instant messaging plans to graduate from electronic chitchat to e-commerce, it must close
its egregious security gaps.
E-tailers may be the only businesses not betting their livelihoods on an imminent
economic recovery. "E-commerce is still in a growth phase of about 5 to 10 percent per
month," Forrester Research analyst Carrie Johnson told the E-Commerce Times. Still,
retailers that maximize their use of multipl...
By year's end, more than 600 million people worldwide will have Internet access and
collectively will spend more than $1 trillion online, according to research firm IDC.
Experts said regional e-commerce reach seems to correlate closely with affluence and
education, although first-world status by ...
E-commerce services provider Digital River said it has completed its acquisition of
assets and customer contracts related to Beyond.com's eStores business. The company said
it expects the Beyond.com purchase will be neutral to its earnings in the first quarter
of 2002, and will contribute to earn...
Some economists already refer to the recession in the past tense, and analysts are eagerly
shortening their recovery timelines. Call me pessimistic, but that sounds like wishful
thinking. Many economists will tell you that after a stint of growth in an economic
recovery, another mini-contraction o...
Even as online shoppers multiply and increasingly mirror mainstream consumer profiles,
sizable pockets of e-commerce abstainers remain. These neophytes, hampered by security or
fulfillment concerns or inadequate Internet connections, still rely on the Web only for
product research. To reach this u...
Canada experienced a spike in e-commerce activity in 2001 and progressed measurably in other
e-business disciplines as well, according to a new report, which showed Canada leading
North America in Internet connectivity. But Canadian consumers continue to purchase
online much less readily than do Am...
What recession? That is what you will hear from some e-tailers if you ask them how they
have fared in recent months. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, e-commerce
sales gained 19.3 percent year over year in 2001, although total retail sales grew by
just 3.3 percent. By aligning themsel...
Raising money from venture capital firms has proven difficult for high-technology startups
in recent months. But well-run companies that bring unique value propositions to large
markets have continued to acquire capital, and investment rates have held steady at US$6
billion to $7 billion per quar...
"You can't be serious!" The trademark quip of tennis tantrum artist John McEnroe leapt
from my lips upon first hearing of travel Goliath Sabre's plan to buy out Travelocity.
What Sabre may not realize is that its imperialistic move could backfire. As a privately
run cog in the massive Sabre machi...
Driven by demanding investors and an unforgiving stock market, many e-commerce firms have
clawed their way to profitability. In fact, with a growing roster of companies operating
in the black, we may be perched on the cusp of an e-commerce "golden age," according to
analysts. "I would not be surpr...
Small and mid-sized businesses -- particularly those with broadband Internet access --
consider Internet access and e-mail more critical to productivity than voice connections,
the Yankee Group has reported. Key Internet tasks for small businesses include conducting
competitive analysis and connec...
Outdated product specifications, merchandising messages or other online content are
surefire recipes for customer alienation. But many Internet companies cannot afford the
resources needed to constantly purge their sites of past-due elements. "The task of
updating content is high work and small r...