Posted by Melody McKinnon on July 28th, 2014
3D (three dimensional) printing has a Star Trek feel to it that grabbed consumers’ attention from day one. Visions of saying “Computer, tea, black” and having it appear in a “replicator” at home seemed magical back in those days. Today, 3D printing has brought us closer to it being reality than we ever thought possible.
It isn’t surprising that 3D printing has quickly come to market. Printer prices are coming down and software has been developed for the average user. However, you don’t have to own a 3D printer to enjoy the customization benefits of 3D design. Retail innovation leader, Amazon, brings 3D printing merchants to you in their new 3D printing store. There you will find customizable jewelry, home decor, toys, tech accessories, and the ability to create other customized products. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on July 16th, 2014
“Omni-channel” or “multi-channel” retailing refers to a seamless shopping experience with in-store, mobile device, computer, catalogue, flyers, etc. Implementing a fully omni-channel environment involves special supply chain software with universal inventory and pricing control, which may be maintained in-house or through a partner marketplace. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on July 2nd, 2014
$500 Fun in the Sun Cash Giveaway!
Business can be sluggish in the Summer but yours might get a $500 bonus boost if you win this giveaway. We have sponsored another giveaway to give you a chance to win $500 cash via PayPal. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on June 29th, 2014
Telecommuting, virtual commuting, mobile commuting, teleworking, remote working…whatever you call it, the virtual workplace employment structure has exploded in popularity. The advances in communications technology and virtual collaboration have made it both feasible and economical to escape the traditional office. Working remotely myself for many years, and working with companies that hire remote workers, has made me an enthusiastic believer in the concept. The benefits are virtually endless and it can work for many companies and positions. In fact, it has become more and more common to find companies that are 100% remotely staffed.
Virtual teams and contracted remote work is becoming more popular in Canada too, according to statistics. The 2013 Arcus Human Capital Survey reported that 18% of employed Canadians say they telecommute to one degree or another. A 2013 Bank of Montreal (BMO) poll, Canadian Businesses Report Significant Divide on the Benefits of Telecommuting, indicates 23% of Canadian businesses offer some form of telecommuting or mobile options. 22% of small businesses offered telecommuting options, compared to 47% of large businesses. You’ll find more information and statistics about remote working in Canada in the article, Mobile Commuting / Telecommuting is Increasing in Canada.
While many businesses have entertained the thought of remote working, they are often overwhelmed with uncertainty and intimidated by the logistics of such an endeavor. That’s where books like Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson come in. The authors’ knowledge on the topic is vast, but it’s their hands-on experience that proves to be invaluable. Their company, 37Signals (now Basecamp), operates with a virtual staff of over 40 employees all over the World. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on June 17th, 2014
Since eCommerce is relatively new to Canadian businesses, every week we’re asked by our readers for recommendations in one product category or another. A couple of weeks ago, for example, we were asked to recommend all standard issue equipment and software for a startup web-based company. We’ve also received several requests lately from brands and retail companies for the promotion of tech and electronic equipment related to the booming eCommerce market.
This demand on both fronts has inspired creative ideas for series features, which focus on the best products for doing business online. The posts will be published here and will also be syndicated on several popular websites that our writer contributes to. We’ll have sidebar banners featuring these posts and they’ll be repeatedly promoted on social media. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on June 13th, 2014
Every statistic and guru prediction has told us Canada is ready to rock online business. They’re slowly putting eCommerce in place, utilizing online marketplaces, participating in online marketing, and getting a grip on multi-channel retail. Businesses are embracing eCommerce with good reason. At the Retail Council of Canada’s STORE 2014 conference, Keith Anderson, VP & Senior Analyst at Retail Net Group, predicted digitally influenced retail will soon trump traditional offline retail. The latest Statistics Canada data indicates almost half (47%) of Canadians now shop online.
All of this growth and focus on Internet sales and marketing is already resulting in a serious shortage of people who have the talent and expertise to pull it off. One only has to look across the border to see American companies already poaching established eBusiness experts to avoid an expensive hiring error. Whenever you see yet another scandal involving something said or done on social media, for example, chances are there’s a bad hire behind it. That’s because countless people say they can do the job, but very few actually excel at it. Read more »