Internet business development is based on huge data streams, so the result of any online business performance depends on the ability to work with them. In this context, artificial intelligence (AI) is not only the present of internet trade but also its promising future. Today, marketers, internet sellers, and distributors are already starting to use personal assistants, chatbots, automated merchandising and retargeting systems – but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The most obvious ecommerce trend is that online sales grow and obtain all the characteristics of the global digital market, including indispensable involvement of big data, data exchange and standardization. Successful ecommerce becomes too complicated to be build individually. The rising competition makes merchants engage third party services like data aggregators enhancing different aspects of the sales process, including product pages and reviews, sales statistics, etc. Below we’ll highlight some services proved to be ready to add more value and insight to any online store and for any seller.
The idea of cashless society appeared in 1990s, when non-cash payments became popular in everyday life. As a result, some economists developed a theory of an absolutely cashless economy without paper money used for transactions or savings. Since then, the amount of digital transactions raised manifold in the whole world, still none of the countries was able to completely remove cash from use. The number of non-cash transactions in the whole amount of payments made by citizens of a country shows how close it is to be able to negate cash totally.
Ecommerce chatbots are gaining popularity and considered to replace humans in the area of shopping consulting just in several years supposedly. There are two reasons for this phenomenon, economic and technological. The chance to build and implement human-like digital consultants appeared with the development of the corresponding technology and the process of users migration from applications to messengers.
Prescriptive and predictive analytics are among the advanced ecommerce trends of this year and turned to be widely used by online stores as well. The number of engaged users and dedicated software applications increased manyfold in recent years. So, what is the reason for this tide?
We all know that Magento is a huge ecosystem engaging numerous merchants, developers, marketers, investors, etc. However, the more options you have the harder is the best choice when you need to hire a Magento developer, contract a dedicated agency, or find an inspiring project to work for.
The first obstacle any international business faces is the language barrier, of course. The risk of misunderstanding is even higher for niche and vertical markets, where specific terms may have meanings different from the conventional understanding. So, if you want to operate on local markets successfully, you need to translate your whole webstore correctly and professionally. Obviously, machine translation services, although quite powerful, are not able to accomplish this task and often store owners resort to human interpreters, which is too slow for the fast-paced ecommerce environment.
Great news for the store owners that still take advantage of Magento 1. As promised, we continue updating our Magento 1 products and recently have rolled out a new update of the Advanced Reports extension. Advanced Reports 2.8 obtained a lot of functionality enhancements, including both new features and multiple performance and usability improvements. We’ll only highlight some major features related to this update, while the whole list of amendments is available in the extensions changelog.
The first task to set when we start an absolutely new and complex action is the search of relevant information and exploration of the surrounding landscape. According to this logic, if you aim to get some specific knowledge, e.g. related to Magento 2 coding or administrating, you need to find some reliable and valuable sources of expertise. It may seem a simple task, but it is definitely not in fact.
Lately we’ve been told much about the marvelous rise of ecommerce in the Asia-Pacific region and convinced that it’s getting to become a driving force of global digital trade for the next decade. So, where does the future of ecommerce lie? Is it really moving east and does Magento keep up with that great resettlement? We asked Thai Son, SmartOSC co-founder and our partner, to shed some light on the disposition firsthand.