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August 23, 2012

The Future of E-commerce

August 23, 2012 | By | 4 Comments

Shopping cart image smallI’ve linked to this before, but Chris Dixon’s views about the future of online and offline commerce are worth a deeper look. As he notes:

“…offline commerce will serve only two purposes: immediacy (stuff you need right away), and experiences (showroom, fun venues). All other commerce will happen online.”

While I basically agree, I don’t think that the world is quite so black and white. As I noted the other day:

“E-commerce isn’t a thing anymore. People don’t “go online.” They are online.”

When you look at both Amazon and eBay exploring same-day delivery, it’s pretty clear that immediacy is a short-term problem, not a long-term one. By the same token, when you look at the emergence of “pop-up stores” and mobile-enabled billboards on the one hand and initiatives like Apple’s EasyPay or Walmart’s new in-store app on the other, it’s equally clear that experiences that ignore mobile access to data won’t be seen as great experiences for long.

Instead, the businesses that integrate both online and offline most effectively are the likely winners. That’s what “it’s all e-commerce” really means.


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  1. Great blog on ecommerce features. Ecommerce business is purely depends on the customers, we need to maker our site and business customer friendly to sustain in the competition.

  2. Manmohan

    Good information. There’s a white paper on E commerce on McGladrey website ( http://bit.ly/HJbEFy ) with information on current trends in online retail.

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