cgk.ink is ecommerce communications.

I develop, implement and maintain successful ecommerce sites for small- to medium-sized businesses. 

I’ve created this site to help business owners and other developers navigate the quickly changing ecommerce marketplace.

The site has two main functions:

The Library

This is where I write about new concepts in ecommerce. It’s by no means encyclopedic. Topics vary, but mostly I dig deep into what challenges and opportunities are happening in ecommerce and digital marketplaces.

I will post a schedule very shortly

 

 

“Brushing” Amazon Accounts and the Loss of Innocence
Online reviews are a lot like bad relationships: It's either over-the-moon fantastic with rainbows and sparkly teeth. It's also seeing someone's complete rage in their eyes. Yeah, so it's either great or terrible. No middle ground. Yeah, reviews on ecommerce sites are...
Ecommerce Hits Milestone in 2018
Ecommerce has inched closer to displacing traditional retailers from their historical dominance. From our buddies at Statista, this chart shows the incessant growth of ecommerce over the past several years and is updated to reflect the most recent data available...
SkyNet is Hilarious!
AI can often produce inconceivable results. Google's own facial recognition AI identified black people as gorillas: When Brooklyn-native Jacky Alcine logged onto Google Photos on Sunday evening, he was shocked to find an album titled “Gorillas,” in which the facial...
My Design Mind
It’s more than pretty pictures and logos. It’s a critically important part of presenting your product so that it engages and converts to sales. Ecommerce is awash in information. Data, visuals, sounds, stats and schematics all conspire to overwhelm us. Intelligent...
Amazon Drops Their No-Compete Pricing Policy
from CNN Business: Amazon sellers just got a little more freedom. The e-commerce company will no longer prohibit its third-party sellers from listing their products on other sites for less than they do on Amazon's US site. The change comes amid concern that the...
Ecommerce’s Dirty, Little Environmental Problem
The first wave of ecommerce businesses had at their core a utopian belief that they would do no harm, they would save the Earth, they would benefit everyone and they would, accordingly, usher in a new, socially responsible corporate culture. Didn’t quite work out that...
Existential Thoughts on Ecommerce
So, I've been working on this site for quite a few weeks and am exploring some very complicated issues relating to a central question: "Who Are You?" Yes, it's The Who song (which I love even before CSI's appropriation). It's a real question as I move through...
Hands on Ecommerce: 101
I write a lot about ecommerce and, indeed, working on ecommerce sites is the bulk of my business. So I thought it was time to demonstrate my skills in real, live, concrete ways. I’ve decided to create the cgk.ink store as a sort of teaching tool so that you can see...
RETURN TO SENDER
One of Amazon's best features is that returns are free and easy. I know, I do it a lot. It's a staple in ecommerce, especially when you sell tangible items (clothing, perfume, anything that you need to sense, really). Ecommerce does a lot of things, but tactile is not...
FBA Can Bankrupt You
Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA) is indeed, a brilliant idea. It's also an unbelievably huge, complicated mess that has reduced grown men to tears.  The concept is simple enough to anyone who understands drop shipping. You purchase bulk items from a third party -- usually...

The Store

Or, you can call it “the lab.” Instead of talking about ecommerce, this is where I show what is possible. It’s a real, live, working ecommerce site that changes frequently to reflect what I’m writing about in The Library.

 

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