Infographic: B2B e-commerce sales to reach $1.1 trillion by 2020

This staggering stat should encourage  B2B firms with an e-commerce strategy. The infographic with the figure of B2B e-commerce revenue reaching $1.1 trillion US by 2020 comes courtesy research firm Sullivan, but they also included some other key findings. In a survey, 94 percent of B2B buyers wanted to know where and how to make an immediate […]

How to be a ‘phy-gital’ retailer [Sponsor Content]

Incorporating digital programs into existing frameworks is a dilemma facing many organizations today. In an effort to help businesses with this problem, software solutions provider EPAM hosted a webinar with Rex Lee and Warren Cable, VPs of digital operations at Canadian Tire. Both Lee and Cable explained how they used omni-channel and digital programs in their retail […]

Google Analytics’ new tool takes you on ‘the customer journey to online purchase’

Google Analytics has updated a useful tool that helps businesses track and analyze customer interaction paths from first click to purchase. The aptly-named The Customer Journey to Online Purchase launched in early 2013 as Google recognized the need for website owners to better understand how customers act from their first visit through conversion. The tool utilizes […]

Maggie Fox: the next stage of success at SAP (SAP CMO series)

It’s a confusing marketing technology world at the moment, and nobody knows technology like SAP. Historically focused on the CIO, now the company is reaching out to bring their expertise to a brand new audience: marketers. And that requires a different kind of marketing, something Maggie Fox is keenly aware of, and excited about. Fox, […]

What Alibaba can teach us about winning in B2b ecommerce

The average North American likely hasn’t heard of Alibaba, but the Asian retailer is larger than Amazon and eBay combined. The juggernaut, founded in 1999, continues to dominate the ecommerce market and continues to generate substantial revenues and make history. In September, Alibaba made international headlines after having the largest global initial public offering (IPO) […]

Investing in e-commerce? Better make it mobile

It seems that B2B suppliers have noticed that it’s almost 2015 and hey, wouldn’t you know it, the whole buying-online fad is probably here to stay. A recent report by Forrester Consulting suggests that B2B is getting serious about e-commerce: 80 percent or more of online B2B sellers are planning to invest in, implement, or upgrade their e-commerce platform within […]

5 ways e-commerce sites can capitalize on Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Black Friday, falling on November 28, and Cyber Monday (December 1) are dates etched on the minds of all retailers; but how are smaller e-commerce businesses preparing for this major shopping season, and how can these businesses capitalize on a retail holiday traditionally celebrated by big box retailers? Consider the numbers for a moment. According to […]

Advertising giant Publicis to buy Sapient for $3.7 billion

In a move some critics call a major overpayment, French advertising powerhouse Publicis announced Monday it will acquire marketing and consulting company Sapient for $3.7 billion US. The all-cash transaction equals $25 per share. In a press release [PDF], Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, said: “Sapient is a ‘crown jewel,’ a one of […]

PayPal officially allowing shops to accept Bitcoin

PayPal is officially entering the world of all-digital money. The payment processing company will start accepting payments from customers that are using Bitcoin. According to CNN, Bitcoin is “an independent, government-less currency,” whereas PayPal is owned by eBay and works with merchants. As of today, PayPal completed a deal with the payment-processing companies inclusive with […]