Mobile is truly where it’s at in 2017 America. Including mobile commerce (aka mCommerce). In a fascinating new report, comScore released eCommerce findings and data from the fourth quarter of 2016, and some of the data related to mCommerce is truly eye-popping. The data demonstrated that more “traditional” eCommerce itself remains incredibly powerful and valuable in our society today. During the fourth quarter of 2016 alone, U.S. consumers spent $86.6 billion on their home and work PCs – a surge of 13 percent, year-over-year, from fourth quarter of 2015.
Magento® Security Scare Shows We All Must Make Changes. It’s Time to Come Together. And Increase the Magento® Patch Rate. Strange times can lead to strange things. And cybersecurity threats are more real now than ever before. I recently participated in a podcast interview with the good folks at MageTalk regarding a recent cybersecurity fiasco – the skimming of credit card numbers from Magento® Stores. I made a few mistakes here and there. I didn’t get all my facts right. And I forgot to propose a smart solution to the situation. It happens. Especially in today’s society of instant gratification and immediate communication. It’s easy to be a gasbag. It’s simple to get caught up in the wrong idea or opinion – and chase it down a rabbit hole, or up into the clouds (or cloud).
We recently blogged at length about a fascinating forecast for 2016, in which mobile shopping (or m-commerce) is predicted to become an even larger portion of online commerce (or e-commerce). Much of that post drew on insights gleaned from the recent Mobile Checkout Report by BI Intelligence, which predicted that by 2020, mobile purchasing will encompass 45 percent of the projected $632 billion in total e-commerce sales. As it turns out, that report was but one of many emerging forecasts that are bullish on the state of m-commerce in 2016.
PreImagine 2016 is an Awesome event organized by Interactiv4 Inc. It was the perfect community party to catch up with old friends and meet new people. Thanks @magentogirl & @ignacioriesco for all your hard work and allowing us to be a part of it.
Over the past few months, there’s been a lot of talk on Twitter debating whether Magento 2 is really a good fit for the small business (aka SMB) sector. Some claim Magento has decided to sidestep that market entirely, and aim strictly for the medium business and enterprise market. Others claim Magento 2 is, in fact, ideal for everyone (WINK WINK). Some people view Magento 2 as ideal for the small business that wants to stand out, desires flexibility, and craves the ability to grow down the line. Many others claim it’s just too expensive and complicated to develop, too pricey to host, and too costly to maintain.
Once upon a time, maybe the best way for a retailer to enter the ever-evolving e-commerce space involved them installing an e-commerce add-on that was explicitly engineered for their point-of-sale (or POS) system. Such an add-on provided the retailer with not only a low-cost entryway into e-commerce, but also a low-risk opportunity to secure a rapid online presence. Alas, not all software publishers offered these add-ons, so several entities sprung up – each one of them promising to fill this void.
Here at Imagination Media, we recently blogged in great detail about the debut of Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management Hero (RMH for short). Microsoft Dynamics RMH offers just about everything Microsoft Dynamics RMS (Retail Management Systems) did, plus an updated and enhanced user interface and several improved new functions and features, like in-depth reports and APIs for add-ons. We stand ready and able to help you and your business make the transition to RMH today. But we also want to remind you about the enduring value of another “R word” when it comes to building your business and brand online: Rewards.
Teamwork Retail is the world’s first and only completely cloud-based and mobile point-of-sale (POS) solution that delivers the sophistication of Tier 1 retailing. Teamwork Retail also supports multi-channel retailers with an infinite number of locations. Featuring POS, seamless channels, universal customers, and a CRM like you’ve never seen, Teamwork Retail is truly the future of retail. Teamwork Retail is led by retail software industry veteran and visionary Michael Mauerer, who launched his decorated career replacing cash registers with personal computers at a time when PCs were unheard of in point-of-sale environments. He then went on to construct popular POS solutions that were implemented in more than 100,000 stores worldwide, including QuickBooks Point of Sale.
We’re on the verge of a New Year. And all of us here at Imagination Media would like to wish you a very happy, healthy, productive and success 2016! We’d also like to make you aware of a fascinating forecast for 2016: Mobile shopping will continue to account for a larger and larger portion of e-commerce. And e-commerce itself is also projected to maintain growth throughout the new year.