7 Billion People

The Internet is buzzing with the announcement of the birth of the 7 billionth child. The United Nations Population Fund puts the world population at 7 billion people today. However, the US Census Bureau counts the current population at 6,971,933,858. According to...

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7 Billion People

Free Shipping This Holiday Season

Nine in 10 online retailers (92.5%) say they plan to offer Free Shipping this holiday season. The National Retail Federation, citing a survey conducted by BIGresearch, notes that this figure is up from 84.8 percent in 2010. Online Retailers Prepare for Holidays The...

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Free Shipping

The New Target Website: Lessons Learned

A couple of years ago, Target decided to end its arrangement with Amazon. For the last ten years they used Amazon’s e-commerce platform, fulfillment services and web hosting. The outsourcing cost Target a reportedly $100 million in online commissions annually. So...

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Target Website

Online Sales Tax

Under a Supreme Court ruling, known as the “Quill” decision, retailers are only required to collect online sales tax in states where they also have a physical store. Consumers are required to report any sales taxes owed for online purchases, thus placing the burden...

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Online Sales Tax

Inspiration Just Lost a Hero

In 1984, my mother brought home a computer the Physics department at the University of Texas at Austin had purchased for her to try out. She knew that technology and computers interested me, so Mother called me to come look at this new Macintosh computer. I told...

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