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Building businesses for the subscription generation

Lately, I am of the feeling that I can subscribe to just about anything. Apple’s iPhone upgrade plan is “phone as a subscription.” I would subscribe to a mobile phone.

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Apple Pay coming to 200,000-plus websites, not just in-store or in-app

Apple Pay on websites launched on Tuesday with the release of iOS 10 and will hit Mac desktops when macOS Sierra launches next week.

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You can now buy things from Facebook bots

Facebook bots will now be able to conduct business and display their own custom user interfaces, after an update the company announced Monday morning aimed at enhancing its platform capabilities.

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Mercedes-Benz to make drone-equipped electric delivery vans for online orders

Mercedes-Benz plans to manufacture all-electric 'Vision Vans' that can be loaded by robots and have drone launching pads that deliver packages as they enter your neighborhood.

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What’s your IT department’s strategy for website downtime?

Downtime doesn't just affect ecommerce sites. It can bring any business to a halt as IT workers scramble to find a fix.

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8 keys to ecommerce success

Ecommerce business owners and experts discuss how you can make your online store stand out from the crowd.


Apple reportedly will add Sony's Felica RFID to iPhone 7

Apple will add support for Sony's Felica RFID communications technology to the new iPhone 7 that is expected to be announced on Wednesday, according to a report in The Nikkei newspaper.

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How transparency should play a role in marketing

As much as we’d all like to say that our brands are 100 percent transparent in their marketing efforts, this simply isn’t true. In fact, most brands are considerably cloudy in their messaging. This doesn’t mean they’re overtly lying...

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5 marketing tips to help you avoid markdowns

Markdowns are always welcomed by customers, but frowned upon by business owners. Here's how you can avoid them.

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How checkout woes sabotage mobile commerce

Mobile commerce has a lot of potential, but some improvements to the checkout process are needed and can likely make or break its success.

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Why Dominos' virtual assistant struggles to understand your orders

Dominos CIO Kevin Vasconi is bullish on virtual assistant technology, but says that natural language processing and artificial intelligence technologies require more polish.

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12 companies that do ecommerce content marketing right

Great content marketing can impact online sales, but it's not easy to create. These dozen companies understand ecommerce content marketing, and their successes offer valuable lessons.

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How online businesses grow sales in the offline world

The efficiency of ecommerce sales with one-click checkout and third-party fulfillment can come at the cost of intimacy between you and your customer. Here’s how some online businesses are getting personal.

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10 UX best practices for ecommerce success

Experts in user experience and ecommerce share their top tips for how to get consumers to enjoy, stay and buy on your website.

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10 content marketing tips for ecommerce success

Digital marketing experts share their secrets designed to help you develop online ecommerce content that motivates buyers, increases sales and builds brand loyalty.


Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex apparently loses $63 million to hackers

A digital exchange in Hong Kong has suspended trading after a security breach in which thieves made off with an apparent $63 million worth of bitcoins.

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50% off Prime Membership After Free 6 Month Trial, For Students - Deal Alert

If you know somebody headed to college, or maybe you attend a college yourself, Amazon wants to give you 6 free months of Amazon Prime, followed by a 50% discount on a Prime membership.

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How Wal-Mart enables 'innersource' with Github

The big box retailer’s technology arm has adopted the open source ethos, encouraging its engineers to write code and share it with time-crunched teams that can use the help.

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