Small retailers are on top again (Internet Retailer)
“The up-and-comers in online retailing have come a long way in the three years since Internet Retailer began collecting and analyzing their annual web sales. The web merchants ranked in the Second 500 Guides have nearly doubled their collective online sales from $2.12 billion in 2009 to $4.13 billion in 2012.
In fact, the Second 500 merchants have grown faster than those in the Top 500, excluding Amazon, for the third year in a row, according to the new Internet Retailer Second 500 Guide, which ranks the retailers Nos. 501 to 1000 in North American web sales. In 2012, Second 500 merchants’ 15.60% collective sales growth, from around $3.57 billion in 2011 to $4.13 billion in 2012, outpaced the 14.16% growth rate in 2012 of Top 500 retailers, excluding Amazon. Those merchants’ sales increased from $135.85 billion to $155.08 billion.”
Foodspotting Co-Founder Soraya Darabi Debuts New Ecommerce and Retail Startup Zady (Tech Crunch)
“Zady is a shopping platform for consumers who care about the origins of the items they purchase. Zady wants to be the go-destination for any shoppers who want detailed information about where the product came from, who the designer/maker is, where raw materials are sourced, the ingredients that went into the product and more.
According to the startup, every item sold on Zady is from a designer who is conscious of where and how their products are made. Each product is personally vetted by Zady’s founders, using criteria for sustainability, including whether the product is locally-sourced, handmade, uses high-quality raw materials, is environmentally-conscious, or made in the U.S.A. The brands are required to sign a contract verifying the location of the company, the manufacturing city, and the source of the raw materials.”
4 Tips to Optimize your Ecommerce Website for Tablets (Ecommerce Blog)
“About 25% of Americans shop using tablet computers. The tablet is a highly popular device for online shopping. Even Smartphone were not quite as popular when they were in a comparable phase. Every ecommerce business owner will obviously want to cash in on the opportunity to serve this segment. Google is going to extend their Google Shopping in Mobile and Tablets, this is an added advantage of optimizing an ecommerce site for tablets.