Largest survey of 280000 finds UK small businesses turning to ecommerce
The survey of 280,000 online jobs found that businesses hiring experts to create an ecommerce site was up 19% in the first three months of 2013. The results reveal that British small businesses are moving online in order to become more competitive and signals even greater competition for high street retailers. Orders for Mangeno and shopping carts were up as well, seeing a 14% and 18% rise respectively.
“The online commerce is disrupting the retail sector so drastically that many traditional establishments are now charging money to allow consumers to see and hold an item in person - accepting that their next action will be to buy the item cheaper online,’ said Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.co.uk.
“Retail outlets are proving incapable of adjusting to a consumer base no longer geographically captive. Ecommerce is dominating the consumer retail landscape. It's no surprise that big name retailers that haven't kept up with the online shopping revolution are increasingly going bankrupt. These high street dinosaurs are unwilling to compete, and so will soon be consigned to retail history.”.
“When you couple core web 2.0 technologies like HTML5, CSS, PHP, and jQuery with highly scalable online marketing techniques like email marketing, SEM and social media marketing, it is no surprise that B2C (business to consumer) online transactions eclipsed a trillion US dollars in 2012,” said Matt Barrie.
The 21 worst tech habits--and how to break themBad habits, all too often it makes things worse.
Are you guilty of a bad tech habit? Here are 21 of the worst technology-oriented habits, plus potential fixes for all of them. (And we have a bonus at the end, on mending bad email habits.)
1.Â Leaving equipment in plain sight
The typical gadget isn't stolen by thieves who've done lots of planning. No, most gadget heists are conceived and executed in seconds, and probably beÂÂcause you left the item unattended. That cozy window corner at the cafÃ© is great until you need to run back to the counter for a refill. A thief can pop in, grab your device, and be gone. Gadgetry is also commonly snapped up from airport security conveyers (sadly, sometimes by TSA agents themselves) while you're waiting for your body scan. Your locked car isn't safe, either. An eager crook will happily smash your window and grab the laptop bag from the passenger seat, even in broad daylight.
Fix: Don't leave laptops and other gadgets unattended. Yes, that means you must either take them to the bathroom or leave them with someone you trust. At a cafÃ©, it doesn't hurt to ask the staff if you can leave something behind the counter for a minute. In any case, skip asking, "Can you watch this for me?" and pointing at your PC across the room.