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5 Growth Milestones For Small Businesses

| Craig Evans

Starting a business is no light feat. It takes nerves, determination and resilience that only entrepreneurs who have gone through it will understand. Here are five stages small businesses need to know to gain success.

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M-Commerce: Automation’s Key Role

| Jay Kulkarni

Mobile commerce demand continues to grow as smartphones are a go-to shopping tool. Yet scalable m-commerce is nearly impossible for humans as it requires high volumes of data and continuous, real-time analysis. Automation helps improve efficiency, collect and analyze first-party data and personalize engagement.

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Walmart Misses Q1 Bottom-Line Expectations

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart reported a disappointing earnings picture for the first quarter, blaming inflation, overstaffing, excess inventory and supply chain issues as the key culprits that sent profits below what analysts had been expecting. The top retailer reported $2.05B, in net income, down from $2.73B a year ago; ecommerce inched up 1%.

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Amazon Data Misuse Could Be Its Undoing, Lawsuit Alleges

| Mike O'Brien

An Amazon shareholder is suing founder and executive chairman Jeff Bezos, along with current CEO Andy Jassy, CFO Brian Olsavsky, other executives and the entire board of directors, claiming misuse of customer data could lead to widespread mistrust and wreck the company.

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Ecommerce Search: Giving Control to the Consumer

| Twan Vollebregt

If you take a step back and remove your retail or trading or marketing or technology hat for a moment, doesn’t it seem ludicrous we spend so much time trying to control what consumers see in ecommerce search? The idea of giving up control is not one that’s often considered, yet this could in fact be the key to better performance.

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Using a 3PL to Mitigate Shipping Disruptions

| David Branson

Consumer purchasing power is only a click away, bringing significant pressure on ecommerce sellers. Shippers need innovative ways to efficiently track and transport orders. To do so, they should consider a third-party logistics (3PL) provider to gain more flexible freight options, increasing operational efficiency and visibility.

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DynoSafe, Smart Porch Safe, Wins “Shark Tank” Deal

| Mike O'Brien

The founders DynoSafe, maker of a patented refrigerated smart safe for porch deliveries that won a “Shark Tank” investment deal with Robert Herjavec, is in discussion with manufacturers and prepping its go-to-market plan. Fellow Shark Mark Cuban is also on the board of the husband-and-wife-led company.

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Delivery Failures Hit Nearly 75% of Consumers

| Chris Jones

Against a backdrop of supply chain disruption, the ecommerce boom and worldwide driver shortages over the last several years, many brands have faced hurdles concerning fulfillment while logging more home deliver failures. Although some have tailored their strategies to overcome them, others haven’t been quite as successful.

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Amazon Reports $3.8B Loss, Looks at Rocky Near Term

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon’s vaunted flywheel has hit a bit of a snag. But given the company’s superpower ability to continually evolve and innovate, and the general trajectory of double-digit ecommerce growth, it may end up looking like a speed bump in hindsight.