Preparing to Sell Products Online: Steps in the Process

Preparing to Sell Products Online: Steps in the Process

Thinking about selling products online in your business? If you’ve never sold online before, you have some things to consider and some decisions to make. In this article we’re going to cover selecting the right eCommerce solution, setting up a merchant account and other key points, courtesy of Verisign.

About 15 years ago, a man was looking for a pair of Airwalk desert boots at his local mall but couldn’t find the right color in his size. Like many startup entrepreneurs, he had a bright idea, to solve his own problem. What if you could sell shoes on the Internet? Today that question sounds obvious because everybody buys shoes online. But back then it was pretty revolutionary. That frustrated shoe shopping expedition turned into Zappos.com, which today exceeds $1 billion in sales annually. read more

3 Weapons Needed for Food Truck Success

3 Weapons Needed for Food Truck Success

Running a food truck is not easy – the permits, the staffing, the regulations and so many other things are challenges. However, if you like to get up close and personal to your customers and enjoy the mobility of running a business – a food truck could be a great option for you.

NCR Silver spent some time with Happy Belly, a food truck in Atlanta and documented their day in this video:

Below are a few tips from NCR about running a successful food truck business:

Know Your Regulations

Many local governments want to see food trucks succeed. But it takes time for laws that were written decades ago for brick-and-mortar restaurants to catch up. read more

30 eBay Apps To Help You Run Your Business

30 eBay Apps To Help You Run Your Business

Have you tapped into the potential eBay apps can offer your store?  There are apps to manage everything from shipping to finances. And you can use these apps to lift some of your burden in these areas, increase sales and keep your customers happy. These apps can save you time and effort that can take away from the central focus of growing your eBay business.

Below is a list of 30 eBay apps that have gotten some good reviews.

Shipping and Payment eBay Apps

ShipSaver Insurance

ShipSaver Insurance offers a solution for adding shipping insurance on all your sold items. You can either purchase insurance in bulk or offer an auto purchase option for your buyers. read more

BigCommerce, Magenta, Prestahop Sellers Can Now Promote Products on Google Shopping

BigCommerce, Magenta, Prestahop Sellers Can Now Promote Products on Google Shopping

Google Shopping has announced a new partnership with three major ecommerce platforms — BigCommerce, Magenta and Prestahop — to allow sellers on these platforms to easily promote their products via the Google Shopping service this holiday season, and beyond.

Google Shopping, a pay-per-click product ad campaign service, helps businesses reach new shoppers via Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) search and other Google properties by allowing users to search for products on online shopping websites and compare prices between different vendors. read more

The Marijuana Industry is Booming – Even Without Banks (Watch)

The Marijuana Industry is Booming – Even Without Banks (Watch)

The marijuana industry is booming in states like Colorado, where recreational use is legal. And as more states consider legalizing marijuana use, the industry is likely to continue growing.

But jumping into this booming industry isn’t easy. Since marijuana use is still illegal on a federal level, banks are wary of working with marijuana companies. So businesses have had to make a lot of financial adjustments. Many deal mainly in cash and even have to hire armed security to safeguard their finances, since they can’t keep business accounts at most banks. read more

A Third of U.S. Merchants Now Accept Chip Cards, Says U.S. Payments Forum

A Third of U.S. Merchants Now Accept Chip Cards, Says U.S. Payments Forum

An increasing number of businesses are switching to chip cards, but at a slower pace.

That’s according to the U.S. Payments Forum’s fall 2016 market snapshot. The report has found approximately a third of U.S. merchants now accept chip-based credit and debit cards.

The U.S. Payments Forum, earlier called the EMV Migration Forum, comprises banks, merchants and technology companies.

Chip Cards Improve Payment Security

Chip cards are designed to make transactions safer. They are equipped with microprocessor chips that makes it difficult for hackers to steal account information. read more

Is Dec. 23 the New Black Friday?

Is Dec. 23 the New Black Friday?

Black Friday, traditionally the biggest day for retailers, is losing its sheen.

That’s according to the latest forecast by in-store data analytics firm RetailNext. According to the report, Black Friday is neither the biggest nor the busiest day this holiday season.

The Busiest and Biggest Shopping Day of 2016

In terms of sales, Friday, December 23, is expected to be the biggest shopping day of 2016.

Store traffic is expected to be highest on Super Sunday, December 17.

“This year, with Christmas falling on a Sunday, most shoppers will want to cut short their shopping early on Saturday, December 24, leaving the day before, Friday, as retail’s biggest opportunity for sales. For store visits, Super Saturday will lead the way, with Black Friday a very close second,” said Shelley E. Kohan, vice president of retail consulting at RetailNext in an official announcement. read more

Restaurants and Consumers Benefit from a Mobile Ordering App

Restaurants and Consumers Benefit from a Mobile Ordering App

Mobile ordering apps have changed the food delivery and pickup game for the better. With more and more retailers and restaurants adopting for these kinds of apps, consumers are placing fewer delivery and pickup orders over the phone and instead are opting to use a mobile app. Why? Because these mobile ordering apps offer a number of key benefits that more traditional methods of ordering over the phone or waiting in line cannot match.

Consumer Benefits of a Mobile Ordering App

Consumers are certainly downloading mobile ordering apps at lightning speed. When Chick-fil-A released its first app, it reached No. 1 in the app store during its first three days. These apps are popular for several reasons: read more