The Human Touch in e-Commerce

We know the driving force behind electronic retailing is commerce from consumer.  To that end, a concise understanding of Responsive Web Design can be had by reading a number of posts in Business 2 Community written by Jacey Gulden of SyneCore Technologies.  Helpful  these are in my view for a wide range of web and […]

Struggling with a Shopping Cart Choice?

Recently I asked Kyle Miller and Systems Manager at Karol to jot down some considerations when reviewing shopping carts for those just starting out in online retailing.  He had no problem with my request–though not because he had a lot of time or he wanted to document a thinking strategy for first time online merchants.  […]

There’s a Reason the Word ‘Press’ Still Exists

“Go to press” meant something different not too long ago.  In fact, I dare say in this day in age, folks who are just starting out recognize that ‘circulation’ means followers or searchers by any other name.  Direct mail still exists for good reason; particularly for catalog merchandisers, finance and insurance companies.  And yes, magazines and […]

Warehousing, Fulfillment and Customer Care

Every so often I catch myself long enough to test, or audit, the relationship between attending to the operation and its running efficiently and customer care.  Sometimes however, what we care about to the extent we’ve satisfied a client, may not be exactly what the client would agree as being in their best interest.  That […]

Call Center, Call Center

“Cheese Burger, Cheese Burger.”  If you can’t name that line to the actors (comedians) then you’re either too young or didn’t watch SNL in the late 70’s.  Fact is, a diner is a call center too.  The server takes a call and as does the cook. It does not matter how well a shopping cart functions […]

Is the Cart Before The Horse?

We all know e-commerce is evolving; and at paces that can seem unreal.  An attempt to define e-commerce will usually, today, end with ‘anything to do with making money’ in association with the internet.  That’s a fair answer. Selling products via the internet requires basics that include marketing as we know, let alone merchandising the […]

37 is A Very Primary Number

As anyone can tell you, order fulfillment is not of great interest in the business world.  And when I discuss advertising for ourselves, often we are told, order fulfillment is not ‘sexy’.  Well, maybe so; yet I’ve been told too, if you’re going to do it, do it right.  And thirty seven years later, Karol […]

Think of Us as a Trout (Yeah, the Fish)

Much is learned by what the last step requires to successfully fulfill order shipments.  And that’s checking before packing an order and at last, manifesting the order.  I refer to it as ‘downstream wisdom.’  It’s where the worm of success is eaten.  While no step in the order process is to be ignored, tracking an order […]

Sometimes Peanuts, Sometimes Shells

Though Internet Marketing and Print Marketing have their differences, we can agree that maintaining data bases is a key to success.  While my comfort zone is not product pricing, maintaining customer and lead data has been a career focus over the years.  As with SEO, data base maintenance is laborious.  Yet if direct response is […]

Integration, Automation and Human Hands

Data is more than bountiful and yet, stuffing it into useable places is now something of a career path.  The endeavor can be daunting; particularly with regard to order related processing and fulfillment.  So often marketing takes priorities of data management, yet without good fulfillment processing the order is sacrificed. There are plenty of bells […]