cgk.ink is ecommerce communications.

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

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.

 

The Store

This is where I actually do the shit I talk about. Fir realz.

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HERE’S THE LATEST
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...
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.