The Canadian eCommerce market is exploding. E-commerce is the fastest-growing segment in Canada’s digital economy, going from $4.2 billion in 2010 to over $13.6 billion in 2017, according to Statistics Canada. Online sales growth in this country has surpassed the US, to a point that American companies are being encouraged to target the Canadian market. […]
When I first started working online way back in the 90’s, getting a fully-featured online store meant hiring a programmer (or a team of programmers) to build one. Additionally, you would need a designer because the programmer would only focus on the store functionality. The overall launch expense was enormous, but it only began with […]
Many Canadians are interested in starting an online business selling products on Amazon, and with good reason. Over 30,000 Canadian small-medium businesses made more than $900 million in sales on Amazon.ca in 2018, according to Amazon. Sellers on the marketplace boast of reaching profitability in record time, intriguing online entrepreneurs around the world.
Many people who start a small business online in Canada are new to dealing with wholesale suppliers. Sadly, this can result in expensive, bad decisions or frustration levels that make Canadian entrepreneurs give up entirely. It isn’t difficult to master, however, if you’re armed with accurate information.
I did a lot of research as I prepared to move to a more robust, reliable host for our Canadian websites. In doing so, I came up with a list of considerations involved with reviewing each hosting option (based on over 20 years of experience and learning the hard way). I’ve expanded upon that here, […]
It’s time to update this list of our hottest online niches for 2020! One of the most challenging parts of starting an online business in Canada is choosing a profitable niche. We have less competition within our borders than we would in large markets like the US. However, we still need to select products that […]
Understanding the Canadian online shopper is critical in attracting new customers and encouraging repeat purchases through customer loyalty. Canadian businesses rely heavily on customer loyalty because our population is small, but we also enjoy an advantage in how spread out and rural the population is. When there’s less available locally, shoppers are more likely to […]
We have reached a point where it is no longer optional for businesses to sell online using professional eCommerce software. Thriving in today’s retail environment demands it and so do consumers. Not only must you sell online (preferably as part of a multi-channel experience), but you also have to do so professionally, securely, and in […]
Did you know you could be in violation of privacy laws, simply by hosting your website on servers that are physically located outside of Canada? Do you really know where your website and customer data is stored?
Seventy-six percent of Canadians are purchasing online, and will be spending 39 billion by the end of 2019, according to an eTail Canada report. The 2018 Online Marketplaces Report by Internet Retailer cites a UPS study that found ninety-six percent of online shoppers in Canada have made an online marketplace purchase.