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How To Pinpoint Stellar Sellers Online

It is common knowledge that heavy, bulk items with high shipping costs (for example, pet food) are at a major disadvantage when it comes to online selling. The items that have sold best online (such as books and music) can be sold in large quantities and at low prices, and can be described to consumers with simple precision and accuracy. ...

E-Commerce: Back and Bigger Than Ever?

The past several months of e-commerce news has been enough to make any e-commerce prognosticator dizzy. An industry dominated over the last six months by doom-and-gloom messages is suddenly awash with profitable earnings reports and growth numbers ...

Look Who’s Making Money Online in 2002

As industry observers scan the horizon for signs of an economic recovery in 2002, several dot-coms are boosting hopes for an e-commerce renaissance by turning a profit. Each company's strategy is different; for example, Expedia has focused on branching out beyond selling airline tickets, while 1-800 Contacts chose its product because it is ideal for mail order -- and thus, for the Web.

One Year Ago: Amazon at the Mall? Idea Hits Brick Wall

When you examine the state of e-commerce today, one thing is abundantly clear: traditional brick-and-mortars are making the greatest inroads online. ...

Seven Ways To Close the Gap Between Brick and Click

Seamless integration between online and offline channels is the Holy Grail ofbrick-and-click retailing. But as with any worthy quest, a map is neededto point the way toward the elusive prize. ...

How To Stand Out Amid the E-Commerce VC Rubble

Although venture capitalists poured billions of dollars into startups in 2001, the vast majority of that money did not flow to e-tailers. ...

One Year Ago: And the Dot-Com Survivors Are …

Take a look around Dot-Com Island. There isn't an e-tail site still alive that hasn't been affected by the recent shakeoutto some degree. However, some of the Web merchants are more likely to survive than others. ...

One Year Ago: Blame It All On E-Commerce

E-commerce is being beaten up with bad press again. First it wasbabies being sold over the Net, then brokerages being warned for their questionableonline business practices. ...

One Year Ago: Dot-Com Shakeout Leaves Exec Salaries Unharmed

As recently as a year ago, it was an easy decision for a top-level executive to join a Net company. Sure, they would work extra hard and take a lower base salary, but in the long run, their insanely generous stock option plans would be well worth the toil ...

Why Three Dot-Coms Did Not Ditch the Super Bowl

Over the past couple of years, Super Bowl advertising by dot-coms has gone the way of the dinosaurs. This year, a few fossils remain, but the scene is still a far cry from the dot-com Super Bowl party thrown in 2000, when as many as 20 e-businesses bought more than US$2 million worth of ad time for the big event ...

One Year Ago: Webvan, Petsmart Hope Deal Is Not for the Dogs

Following one of the hottest trends in e-commerce, Internet grocer Webvan.com announced it has joined forces with another e-tail site, in this case Petsmart.com, to open a pet store on the Webvan site. ...

A Junkyard of Bad E-Commerce Ideas

If the saying is true that one person's junk is another's gold, then there should be plenty of wealth to go around for e-businesses these days. After all, the junkyard of bad e-commerce ideas has been piling up steadily for several years. ...

One Year Ago: Ailing Drkoop.com Cuts 45 Jobs and Heads West

In a bid to survive the ongoing dot-com shakeout, Drkoop.com (Nasdaq: KOOP) said Tuesday that it will cut 45 workers primarily in its Austin, Texas offices and move the company's headquarters to Santa Monica, California. ...

One Year Ago: Is the Sun Setting on E-Bookstores?

There is an interesting paradox developing in the online bookstore industry. Fourth quarter revenues (including holiday sales) are up, and books continue to be the top-selling product category on the Net, but virtually across the board, book e-tailers are falling short of analyst earnings estimates. ...

Market Saturation: The Next Big Hurdle for Online Retailers

In the early days of online commerce, e-tailers knew exactly to whom they were selling. Internet shoppers were predominantly male, middle-to-upper income and techno-savvy. So it was relatively easy for online retailers to target their product selections and marketing messages, because there was virtually no need for market segmentation. ...

The Future of E-Commerce: Caught in a .NET?

What would happen to e-commerce if transaction information, and the way in which private customer data is authenticated, were based on a single open Internet standard? ...

Whatever Happened to M-Commerce?

Few segments of e-commerce have been more over-hyped, and more disappointing, than mobile commerce ...

Innovators Aren’t Giving Up on Electronic Payments

With approximately 90 percent of online shopping transactions stilloccurring via credit card, any attempts by the e-commerce industry tocapitalize on new electronic payment innovations might seem fruitless. ...

Whatever Happened to Dot-Com Stunts?

Does anybody remember the DotComGuy? How about IUMA? Or even the e-Cavemen? ...

One Year Ago: Mexico Making Mark on E-Commerce

Despite the ongoing dot-com shakeout and the common perception that Latin America is not ready for e-commerce, a new report released by Greenfield Online reveals that Mexican Internet users are buying goods on the Web in increasing numbers ...

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