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