RETAIL & LOGISTICS

No matter how snappy and engaging your site's design is, the physical act of fulfilling an order is Priority #1. Period.

LET'S TALK ABOUT RETAIL & LOGISTICS

It’s not a difficult function of your business, but it can undo you if not managed properly. I’ve worked some the best logistics firms out there and have a solid understanding of what warehousing and fulfillment companies can, and can not do. And, how to avoid the biggest mistakes that can cripple any business.

Warehousing and fulfillment are like a custom suit (or dress). Exactly how much attention have you paid to your data? Is your data in fine enough shape to accommodate?

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....

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.”

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.

New Payment Options

Online 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 service.But there are several competing...

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...

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....

“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...