May 17th, 2016

E-Commerce Big Quarter:There is a new sheriff in town

Category:E-Commerce, E-Commerce Fun, New York, Social Media | Posted By Brian Matta on May 17th, 2016

E-Commerce quarter

In the first quarter of 2016, the e-commerce industry had a big quarter. Online sales for the companies in the industry had grown 15.1 %. 11 % of that was from retail sales that were not on the internet alone. That is the highest e-commerce penetration into a the markets in history. The web sales amounted to gains of $86.3 billion at the end of March. That is an increase of $75 billion from March 2015.

Big Quarters, Why now?

This has been a huge quarter for e-commerce and the companies that work within it. But why has it had such a great quarter and huge gains. According to Internet Retailer, “Of course, both desktop e-commerce and mobile commerce are far outpacing the growth in brick-and-mortar (but that’s nothing new).”

Of course the sales of online commerce is becoming a more and more dominant form to buy and sell things. The e-commerce industry made $341.7 billion in 2015. This amount is up from in 2005 when sales were only $91 billion and only 2.5% of total retail sales. According to EFT, “Most analysts believe that e-commerce sales will continue to grow by double-digit percentages annually, gaining market share at the expense of brick-and-mortar sales.”

The Other Reason E-Commerce is Huge

The other reason e-commerce is huge is Amazon. This fact might be obvious, but the company and its influence on the markets cannot be ignored. Not only can Amazon not be ignored but, the whole industry can no longer be ignored. Amazon was the biggest winner this quarter with nearly 26% of all the web sales done with the company. With those numbers Amazon has surpassed Wal-Mart in sales. This news is huge. Where Wal-Mart once dominated the markets and industry is no longer true. There is a new sheriff in town and his name is e-commerce.

May 14th, 2016

E-Commerce is a Loser in When Raising the Minimum Wage

Category:E-Commerce, New York | Posted By Brian Matta on May 14th, 2016

E-Commerce Takes Hit from Wage Increase

The worries over minimum wage increases have e-commerce companies cringing. There has been research done which says the increase in wages won’t hurt the industry. Since e-commerce has a lower labor cost, around 20%, these companies thought they could escape having to spend a lot more money. Also e-commerce companies are very small and bare bones, so it should hurt over all cost. This thought stopped much of the worry. However, this thought was wrong, now that areas are starting to apply the minimum wage increase to  work. Now that the initial research was wrong, the next question is how could they have been so wrong?

The Research in E-Commerce Forget

The research in the e-commerce industry had forgotten was the internet and the sales industry. The younger generations such as Millennials and Generation Y are changing the retail industry. They no longer go into stores and do not have a lot of money. These two aspects are shrinking the retail industry. The industry is already shrinking due to online sales and may not be able to sustain its workers. This is forcing retailers to raise prices, which will hurt the e-commerce industry.

According to Forbes, the internet is losing retail stores a lot of business. Allen Questrom, an expert in these industries says,

“Retailers are in an existential bind: The Internet is for the most part, a money-losing business, but stores have no choice but to be in it, Questrom said Merchants are diverting capital from a moneymaking business [brick-and-mortar stores], and dumping big dollars into their money-losing online and mobile businesses, he said. A recent study from HRC advisory supports that notion, revealing that e-commerce, including the steep costs of fulfilling online orders, is chipping away at retail profit margins.”

It seems since the internet these giant stores and industries have been in decline. Now they are in a strange place and the future isn’t looking good.

May 12th, 2016

E-Commerce Takes Hit from Wage Increase

Category:Hara Partners | Posted By Brian Matta on May 12th, 2016

E-Commerce Takes Hit from Wage Increase

E-Commerce takes hit from  wage increase. One report states that warehouses with 500 or more workers may see an annual rise in labor cost by $1 million or more. This news might sound alarming to people who rely on cheap labor to keep their small business afloat. Also with the growth of the e-commerce industry it has made these companies move their warehouses and distribution centers closer to larger metropolitan areas.

Worries About the Increase in Minimum Wage

With cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle all raising their minimum wage far beyond the federal minimum wage of $7.25 it is likely that many businesses will have to find a way to cut costs. Sometimes this will mean to lay off huge numbers of their workforce and downsize using automation.

“E-commerce and other businesses that are tied to these dense locations will see the greatest impacts” according to Spencer Levy, CBRE’s head of research in the Americas.

Don’t Worry About the Big Bad Minimum Wage

However, e-commerce companies should not worry that much because the average warehouse worker make an average of $12 an hour which is well above the minimum wage in most states. So e-commerce and other industries can breath a sigh of relief.

According to the Wall Street Journal, most e-commerce business costs are in transportation, about 50%, and labor costs are only 20% of the budget of these companies. Also these companies have cut much of their labor cost by using automated computer systems, so their running on a bare bones business structure. So if you are worried about your e-commerce company up and moving you can relax, if you have a job with an e-commerce company it is likely that they need you to do a job for them.

So apparently the e-commerce industry will continue to grow for a while as some states are raising their minimum wage, while others have no plans to. It really doesn’t matter much to these companies.

May 11th, 2016

3 E-Commerce Startups in New York City

Category:Hara Partners | Posted By Brian Matta on May 11th, 2016

New York City

3 E-Commerce startups in New York City everyone should keep there eyes on. There has been some talk of New York City has been lagging behind Silicon Valley in the tech industry, but these startups prove that this is just talk. After all, the reason people are saying these things about New York is because it has a lot of startups that don’t make it. Whereas, in Silicon Valley they had startups like Google and others that shot right to the top. But in New York no marketing firm in their right mind will give a startup a lot of money. This makes financial and economic sense but, it might be too conservative to have something like Google happen. However, here are some startups located in New York that have promise.

1.Upworthy

Upworthy is a startup that started a little over a year ago in New York City. The website’s mission statement is to make web content that matters go viral. The website is focused on empowering important content on the web.

2.The Muse

The Muse started in 2011, so it is only five years old, but has made a huge splash. The starters of this startup were three women who decided to start their own career development site. They started it because they were sick and tired of sites like Monster and others which they believed were agonizing sites to find anything on. SInce its launch, The Muse has help over 2 million people find a job. They were successful by asking the question, “What do I want to do with my Life.”

3.Buzzfeed

Buzzfeed is a startup from New York. I was surprised too. It is hard to believe that Buzzfeed was once a startup since it has blown up into a major social media website.I mean on Facebook Buzzfeed has almost 16 million likes.

May 6th, 2016

Pitney Bowes Extends Reach of E-Commerce

Category:Clients and Work, E-Commerce, E-Commerce Fun | Posted By Brian Matta on May 6th, 2016

Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes extends its reach of e-commerce. Pitney Bowes, the global e-commerce and shipping solution provider, is digging deeper into traditional commerce with a digital twist. The company has launched a cloud-based payment engine to keep track of their business transactions. This cloud-based payment engine will help Pitney Bowes to manage their shipments with all of their different carriers.

What is Pitney Bowes’ New Cloud For?

Pitney Bowes is basically offering companies who use this cloud-based payment engine an all-in-one platform to manage their shipments and cost associated with these cost. This move by Pitney Bowes is a giant leap in e-commerce because it meets the quick demands of the growing online shopping market.

How Will This Change the Game?

According to Business Insider, last month, Pitney Bowes revealed its intentions to focus on helping e-tailers process orders and ship packages. Here is their basic plan:

  • The company is specifically working on removing friction from the cross-border commerce market.

  • Last year, Pitney Bowes acquired Borderfree, a company that specializes in helping major retailers like Macy’s, Saks, and Harrods sell and ship products internationally.

  • As of Q4 2015, Pitney Bowes’ revenue from its mailing business declined 6% to $477 million, down from $510 million during 2014.

  • Meanwhile, the company’s e-commerce business grew 11% to reach $215 million, up from $194 million in Q4 2014.

This move is great for the company. There will may start to pop up many more opportunities for Pitney Bowes. This business of e-commerce is not just about buying online, but also billing and sending these costs to other online mediums. This means that there are many more channels for Pitney Bowes to find customers and have them buy and sell their goods through the e-commerce company. Also it narrows buyers and sellers to look for who can ship their products. This means that Pitney Bowes is about to get a lot more orders to ship overseas.