Posts From the monthly archives: "October 2011"
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 their estimates, the world population will reach 7 billion in…(Read More)

Free Shipping

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 Study, conducted by BIGresearch for Shop.org, surveyed 1,685…(Read More)

Target Website

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 it seemed logical that Target would take their brand and create their…(Read More)

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 of reporting sales tax on the consumer. States see this as…(Read More)

US Census Bureau E-Commerce Report

The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association representing an industry that includes more than 3.6 million establishments, predicts that 2011 holiday sales* will increase 2.8 percent over last year. Using several economic indicators including consumer confidence, consumer credit, disposable personal income and previous monthly retail sales releases, the NRF…(Read More)

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

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 her I would, but that as far as…(Read More)