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Starting An Online Business? ECommerce Solutions – The Conclusion

Starting An Online Business? ECommerce Solutions – The Conclusion

Over the past few weeks we have covered the various aspects of setting up an online business and what a business owner needs to create to become successful with their ecommerce solution. Operating any business is hard work offline or online, so by managing both, the business owner takes on the responsibility of dictating offline and online strategies to best suit their business.

By going over the various guides that I have previously created, the business owner will have an online plan of what it takes to operate a successful online business. There are a few extra points that I would like to state that will encourage a business to start trading online, whether it be using ecommerce software or finding a web development company.

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Online Shopping for housewarming and weddings in Lebanon and Middle East Where does it stand today?

Online Shopping for housewarming and weddings in Lebanon and Middle East Where does it stand today?

Why is Lebanese e-commerce so dormant?

The retail sector has evolved drastically over the past decade. Buyers are no longer limited by the physical presence of inventory, nor are they forced to venture into their overheated cars, get stuck in hours of traffic, only to find out that the overcrowded shopping center has run out of their favorite item.

E-commerce has allowed users to purchase anything they would like with the click of a few buttons and a couple of days of delivery time. Lebanon, with its increasing internet and credit card penetration, as well as its tech-savvy and trendy shoppers should be one of the region’s first e-commerce adopters! Nevertheless, Lebanon still relies very heavily on bricks-and-mortar shopping, while online shopping is only given a second (third, fourth, or fifth) thought! So why has e-commerce in Lebanon and the Middle East lagged behind the rest of the world? Below are the three major reasons why Lebanese e-commerce has been struggling to catch up:

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Introduction to Online Shopping Cart Systems

Introduction to Online Shopping Cart Systems

At the very core of an online storefront is the shopping cart system that enables customers to find and purchase products and services.

The system allows customers to acquire a list of items for purchase by placing items into a virtual cart. At the checkout the software will calculate a total of the invoice with any applicable taxes, including shipping and handling.

Currently there are three different types of shopping cart systems that are built to better suit the needs of ecommerce stores; ordering systems, online storefront builder systems and specialized systems. An ordering shopping system is the most basic that makes it possible to select and purchase online. For larger store offerings, a Storefront builder shopping cart system combines all of the features of an order system combined with contact management system (CMS). This allows you a greater level of control over your store content. However, if your ecommerce store offers business to business (b2b) solutions then a specialized ecommerce shopping system would likely be the best fit.

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How to Start an Online Clothing Store in 12 Steps

How to Start an Online Clothing Store in 12 Steps

This article is meant to be a very rough outline in the process of starting up an e-commerce based clothing store or boutique. In the high-paced and competitive world of fashion retail setting up your store is just the first step and quite honestly has little bearing on how successful your store will actually be. For example, Bluefly.com has an estimated monthly traffic of 840K, but since going public in 1998 has never made a single year of profit. As of December 31, 2009, Bluefly has an accumulated deficit of $147,468,000. Your guess on how they remain in business is as good as mine, but think of it this way. Even if you only make $1.00 of profit your first year of business, then you are technically doing better than Bluefly.

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Online Shopping for housewarming and weddings in Lebanon and Middle East Where does it stand today?

Online Shopping for housewarming and weddings in Lebanon and Middle East Where does it stand today?

Why is Lebanese e-commerce so dormant?

The retail sector has evolved drastically over the past decade. Buyers are no longer limited by the physical presence of inventory, nor are they forced to venture into their overheated cars, get stuck in hours of traffic, only to find out that the overcrowded shopping center has run out of their favorite item.

E-commerce has allowed users to purchase anything they would like with the click of a few buttons and a couple of days of delivery time. Lebanon, with its increasing internet and credit card penetration, as well as its tech-savvy and trendy shoppers should be one of the region’s first e-commerce adopters! Nevertheless, Lebanon still relies very heavily on bricks-and-mortar shopping, while online shopping is only given a second (third, fourth, or fifth) thought! So why has e-commerce in Lebanon and the Middle East lagged behind the rest of the world? Below are the three major reasons why Lebanese e-commerce has been struggling to catch up:

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Online Voting – Pros and Cons

Online Voting – Pros and Cons

Weigh the pros and cons, and then you decide if voting should be online.

Pros:

1. Accessibility- Vote from home, schools, libraries. No excuses why you couldn’t vote because of the weather, time of day, or other reasons.

2. Secure- Americans bank, re-new vehicle registration, fill out Federal and local tax forms, apply for student loans, and shop online. There is online stock trading, and social networking. Today’s encryption software is more secure than voting machines.

3. No interference with any candidate influences or tampering with votes around the polling centers.

4. Voters’ participation- Voting would increase dramatically because of convenience.

5. Large savings for communities- Staffing voting booths, supplying expensive machines, and using security around polling booths can be another drain on a local economy.

6. Eliminate using schools, and firehouses as polling locations. This can be disrupting to their schedules.

7. Eliminate waiting- Long lines, during Presidential elections, turn some voters away.

8. Consistent voting- Local and state elections will have good turnouts, where previously the non-presidential election turnouts were low.

9. Votes would be tallied in “real time”. We would not have to wait hours for the votes to come in from various states.

10. Americans could vote from anywhere in the world via computer. No more paper absentee ballots.

11. No more absentee ballots from senior citizens who are unable to travel to polling booths. They could vote from home, or use a relative’s laptop in a hospital or nursing home.

12. Voting methods are not standardized across the nation, and this creates distrust for the voting process, so many people just don’t vote. Remember the 2000 election?

13. Many Americans are apathetic about voting because they think that their vote doesn’t matter. Younger Americans were weaned on computers, so voting online would seem natural for them and they are more likely to vote.

14. Americans have become more trusting using computers for their daily tasks, as are companies and entrepreneurs who do business online.

15. Internet voting systems have gained popularity and have been used for government elections and referendums in the United Kingdom, Austria, Estonia, France, Japan and Switzerland as well as municipal elections in Canada. Voters are given a user ID and password.

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Online Betting With the Gala Coral Group, and Reasons to Try a Free Bet

Online Betting With the Gala Coral Group, and Reasons to Try a Free Bet

Coral is one of the UK’s leading bookmakers. With a history dating as far back as 1926, it is also one of the oldest brands still commonly seen on the high street. It was the brainchild of Joe Coral, who actually borrowed some money from a friend to start out his business as an onsite bookmaker at the local greyhound track. The company has grown from these humble beginnings to one of the biggest bookmaking chains in the country.

Today it is part of the Gala Coral group, the parent company which operates Coral amongst a number of other well known brands. The other components of the group are Gala Casinos, Gala Bingo and Eurobet. They operate across Europe, with the Eurobet brand particularly successful in Italy, where there are numerous high street betting shops.

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5 Ways to Save Money When Shopping Online

5 Ways to Save Money When Shopping Online

We all enjoy the convenience of replacing crowded parking lots and shopping malls with the click of a button, and sending our purchases directly to our doorsteps. Online shopping also gives us the chance to buy products we may not have access to in our hometown, which happens to be the culprit of my love for shopping online. Aside from the obvious convenience and accessibility of using the Internet, shopping online can save you a lot of money when you’re aware of its advantages!

1. COUPON CODES can save you a ton of money, and many people don’t use them!

Most online stores offer coupon codes somewhere on their homepage, but many shoppers don’t take advantage of the discounts. I am amazed at the amount of customers who purchase from my store and don’t enter the 10% discount code at checkout. Who doesn’t want to save money? I’m sure you do, which is why you need to pay attention to these offers. If you find something you like on a site that does not have a discount code displayed, search the site on RetailMeNot.com or FatWallet.com. These are awesome sites that allow you to search stores by name to find current coupon codes they’re offering, and most stores do offer them. You can also submit codes that you have found on your own if they’re not already listed.

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Starting An Online Business? ECommerce Solutions – The Conclusion

Starting An Online Business? ECommerce Solutions – The Conclusion

Over the past few weeks we have covered the various aspects of setting up an online business and what a business owner needs to create to become successful with their ecommerce solution. Operating any business is hard work offline or online, so by managing both, the business owner takes on the responsibility of dictating offline and online strategies to best suit their business.

By going over the various guides that I have previously created, the business owner will have an online plan of what it takes to operate a successful online business. There are a few extra points that I would like to state that will encourage a business to start trading online, whether it be using ecommerce software or finding a web development company.

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