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Window Allure

Sheer Window Curtains Today, privacy is in short supply. When you can draw a curtain and relax; a remedy is easily achieved.   100% polyester This extremely strong and durable synthetic fabric retains its shape and dries quickly Hemmed edges The product is sewn around...

Fuck You Very Much

"As early Facebook investor Roger McNamee wrote in "Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe", the company's platform is designed to show users extreme stories, since they're what keep them online longer (and therefore, of course, generate more ad revenue for the...

Streaming Instructs Ecommerce

How Streaming Is Reinventing E-Commerce What Netflix, HBO Max, and others can teach us about doing business better online. BY MICHAEL LEVITZ, CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER, REAKTOR@REAKTORNOW I'm going to repost a very insightful article from Inc. Normally, I'd edit and...

Who Are You?

Selectively, critically and mindfully selecting the information you present has far greater value than simply vomiting into peoples’ laptops. You’re not Amazon and you will never be Amazon, so act smarter.

Post-Pandemic Ecommerce Data Emerges

Plague. Pandemic. Disaster. However you name it, we have changed profoundly. I've written earlier that porn drove us online. Now, viruses are making ecommerce an economic staple. It's easy to see why. Just how far has ecommerce carried us through this public health...

Summer 2021: Redux & Tan Lines

Ecommerce just got very, very real, people. I am very keen on watching how businesses adapt. And I’m seeing some very good signs that small businesses (my focus at cgk.ink) are moving at light speed. Mistakes are happening everywhere and that’s a great sign that individuals and groups are experimenting and pushing limits.

Arturo Rios

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4 Things to Contemplate About Ecommerce

In other words, stop annoying your customers. I’m pretty sure no one wishes to receive more unsolicited emails.

Your Pets Are Tired of You

Your pet wants you to go back to work. Like at the office. All day. Seriously. Right now. It's been a year now and you've completely fucked up their routine. You've disrupted their sleep cycle (which is 98% of their day) by sleeping in their bed(s). You're noisy, rude...

SHIPPING: An Unsustainable Nightmare

Ecommerce has a disconnect problem. The ease of pressing "ORDER" is diametrically opposed to the real-world effort that goes on when you transact with a retailer. In a brief article, Forbes' Retail’s Future: Open-Air, Curbside, And Data-Driven by Investing writer Greg...

COVID-19’s Impact on Global Networks

An update on the internet congestion's details during COVID-19 Allconnect recently compiled data to provide key information on the best and worst times to be online. Of interest, specifically: Days of the week with the fastest upload & download speeds How to best...

IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON SHIPPING DELAYS

We are experiencing significant delays in processing orders. On average, we are seeing delays of 7-10 days on new orders. This is primarily due to reduced staffing, slower delivery and additional time needed to process payments. Delays are not uniform and the amount...

GUEST POST: Fast Fashion vs Slow Fashion

Can apparel manufacturing be less damaging to the environment? I've written a lot about just how badly fashion (apparel) pollutes our planet. But there are those in the industry making tremendous strides in mitigating – if not reversing that damage. Rare & Fair is...

COVID Pushes Ecomm Over the Top

Societies do not change gracefully. Behind major shifts in how humans go about their days often stand unspeakably horrid events: war, plague, famine, flood.

Robots Deliver, No Mask Needed

Fulfillment warehouse robots are having a moment as online shopping continues to increase during the pandemic. The hot market for autonomous fulfillment solutions has helped Locus Robotics, which makes autonomous mobile robots for use in fulfillment warehouses, raise an additional $40 million during a successful Series D this week.

Mandalas & Jung

Jung used mandalas in his psychotherapy by getting patients, who had no knowledge of it, to create individual mandalas.

JPL’s Visions of the Future: The Inspiration

JPL’s Visions of the Future was the inspiration for this collection. Read about the creators’ concepts and methods in this interview.

Thievery Corporation

Theft has gotten blurry. It usually is clear cut. I possess something that another covets and takes it. Shitty, but done deal. Now, not so much. The following story (clipped and edited - the whole thing is here). This is an important post and has made me focus on what...

How Much Are You Worth?

You are being hired because you know something that your client doesn’t. Your client needs your services and is hiring you specifically because you know what you are doing. That time, that effort, that expertise that has attracted you to them has a value of some sort....

Shipping and the Messy Part About Returns

Overall, about 10% of all purchases are returned, according to industry estimates. But items bought online are three times more likely to be returned than those bought in-store. For some categories of clothing —think shoes and women’s jeans — more than half of online purchases are returned.

Quarantine & Ecommerce

Quarantine does have its advantages. Dressing up means wearing pants. You now have a rock-solid excuse to not speak to your shitty neighbor. Groceries are delivered and you never even have to face the delivery person (who is definitely shaming you in their head for...

Fuck Fashion

I've written a lot about fashion and ecommerce. It's an easy target. A cultural WTF? $10,000 for a handbag? And who is this "Coco Chanel" anyway? Why do I care? And why am I writing about this on an ecommerce site? 'Cause: Online apparel sales accounted for 38.6% of...

Scam Shops & Poisoned Wells. FUN!

A new cybercrime gang has been seen taking over vulnerable WordPress sites to install hidden e-commerce stores with the purpose of hijacking the original site’s search engine ranking and reputation and promote online scams.

H&M: First Major Retailer to Recycle Consumer Clothing

New York (CNN Business) — Fast fashion chain H&M wants to turn discarded clothes into something new to wear again -- within five hours. The Sweden-based retailer is about to start giving consumers at its Stockholm store the option to turn in used...

Curate or Die

We're cultural slobs. Our propensity for swallowing, huge, shit-loads of pop crap is astounding. Yes, please, I would like some promo for a shitty movie with my McDonald's meal. We don't think twice about what we consume. Or how we behave... O, the list goes on....

CUSTOM JOURNALS

WHAT DO YOU THINK?  “Keeping a journal of what’s going on in your life is a good way to help you distill what’s important and what’s not.” — Martina Navratilova  Writing is, perhaps, one of humanity's highest achievements. Collecting your thoughts, emotions; your...

Porn + Food = Ecommerce

“A real inflection point for online shopping as we know it today could be traced to around 2017. By the end of the prior year, many Americans were “starting to shop online as often as [they] take out the trash”; according to the Pew Research Center, eight in 10 Americans used a computer or phone to buy something online that year – as opposed to the just 22% who did so in 2000.”

COVID-19: Further Impacts Ecommerce

U.S. retailers’ online year-over-year (YoY) revenue growth is up 68% as of mid-April, surpassing an earlier peak of 49% in early January.
There’s been a 129% year-over-year growth in U.S. & Canadian e-commerce orders as of April 21 and an impressive 146% growth in all online retail orders.
Online conversion rates increased 8.8% in February, reflecting a level of shopping urgency typically seen during Cyber Mondays, according to QuantumMetric.

the TRAVEL JOURNALS

TRAVEL INSPIRES I truly believe that we become better human beings by traveling. And I know that you do, too. Think back on your life. The smell of a new place, the unexpected, delightful, experiences. The touch that a foreign tongue has on your ear. It's phenomenal....

Fast Destruct Fashion

I've written quite a bit about fast fashion. That's apparel produced in weeks, shipped, and sold before the season even begins. It's what we count on at Zara, H&M, Target, Walmart. It is simple, inexpensive but high in quantity (not quality) and it makes a ton of...

U.S. Ecommerce Up 92.7%

U.S. e-commerce sales jumped by 92.7% in May, according to a new SpendingPulse report from Mastercard. In April and May, consumers spent more than $53 billion via e-commerce in the U.S. Mastercard's research also found that hardware sales and furniture sales...

DON’T BE A DICK: ADA Compliance

Ecommerce ignores those with disabilities. We tend to think that all of our visitors have perfect eyesight and perfectly capable limbs and ears that work as expected.Obviously, it's not true. According to the World Bank: One billion people, or 15% of the world’s...

New Payment Options

UPDATE: Newer Options with CryptocurrencyOnline payment methods have seen tremendous growth over the past couple of years. The standard, PayPal, has dominated the ecommerce payment market for years (1999 to be exact). It is, by far, the most widely used payment...

COVID-19 Shows Ecommerce’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Chinese e-commerce platforms are scrambling to hire thousands of temporary workers, as the coronavirus outbreak and government-imposed travel restrictions have increased consumer demand for online grocery delivery services.

Human Design: Namsa Leuba

Vivid portraits shine light on Tahiti's 'third gender' Published 9th October 2019   Written by Matthew Ponsford, CNN On the Polynesian island of Tahiti, there is said to be something akin to a sixth sense -- one that belongs to neither men nor women. Instead, it...

Stats vs. Design

I'm not really into "top 10" lists of anything, really. But this one quote caught my eye: "I think we’re in an age of user feedback that drives well-optimised but increasingly generic executions," argues Simon Gater, creative director and co-owner at Mad River. "The...

Unsplash, Thank You!

As I become more interested in Print on Demand (PoD) technology, I also find that my design and creative mind is along for the journey I am not a graphic designer. Or a designer at all. I'm a language guy. I'm finding that design and art function a lot like language....

Getty Just Dicked Over Photographers

Is DRM Dead? Looks like the market just corrected that error: https://petapixel.com/2019/11/07/getty-is-going-all-royalty-free-and-that-sucks-for-photographers/

Shopify, Drop Shipping and You.

Drop-shipping is not necessarily an evil thing.   But it is a hell of a lot of problematic to base a business on.   Drop shipping is, in a nutshell, a really shitty proposition. It goes something like this: You find a supplier in Asia (usually China) who...

Warehoused

There's something deeply disturbing whenever one uses the word "warehouse" as a verb. Especially when the objects are human. This John Oliver piece makes me think twice when reveling in the fact that my order arrives almost before I placed it. Why yes, how did you...

Color Theory

It’s a basic knowledge that goes a long way. That beautiful blue flower you see in the garden in real life is going to look very, very different when it is rendered in CMYK on a t-shirt. There are literally thousands of apps that assist in mitigating this difference (or manipulating it all together). 

Print-on-Demand Custom Orders

The flexibility of print-on-demand (PoD) allows opportunities that have not previously been possible at scale. cgk.ink presents a lot of high-quality products quickly. We can do this because we have partnered with Printify to create our designs using their technology....

Plays Well With Others

cgk.ink is very connected We actively pursue connections, affiliations, and cooperatives to explore how ecommerce revolutionizes our economy on a daily basis.  This means more than just inviting other designers to our marketplace, it means working with them to get a...

“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...

RETURN TO SENDER

FBA Can Bankrupt You

The concept is simple enough to anyone who understands drop shipping. You purchase bulk items from a third party — usually one located in a country where wages and expenses are insanely low — then mark them up and sell them online without ever touching a package.

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the Curious Nature of English Spelling

English spelling is ridiculous. Sew and new don’t rhyme. Kernel and colonel do. When you see an ough, you might need to read it out as ‘aw’ (thought), ‘ow’ (drought), ‘uff’ (tough), ‘off’ (cough), ‘oo’ (through), or ‘oh’ (though). The ea vowel is usually pronounced...

Mies van der Rohe

David Chipperfield Architects' renovation of Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie unveiled   Tom Ravenscroft | 28 December 2020  5 comments The first images of the renovation of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin by David...

Human Design: Namsa Leuba

Vivid portraits shine light on Tahiti's 'third gender' Published 9th October 2019   Written by Matthew Ponsford, CNN On the Polynesian island of Tahiti, there is said to be something akin to a sixth sense -- one that belongs to neither men nor women. Instead, it...

Plays Well With Others

cgk.ink is very connected We actively pursue connections, affiliations, and cooperatives to explore how ecommerce revolutionizes our economy on a daily basis.  This means more than just inviting other designers to our marketplace, it means working with them to get a...

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...

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MONEY 2.01

I’m fairly fried after trying to understand bitcoin. Or Dogecoin. Or if I should just start issuing some me-based coin.

DESIGN

I usually hate "best of" lists. But this one, 40 Amazing Ecommerce Websites (via Oberlo) is a good example of what happens when you stop using templates and get very, very creative.

Color Theory

It’s a basic knowledge that goes a long way. That beautiful blue flower you see in the garden in real life is going to look very, very different when it is rendered in CMYK on a t-shirt. There are literally thousands of apps that assist in mitigating this difference (or manipulating it all together). 

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