In November 2015, Beijing Century Joyo courier services registered with the US government as a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC). Freight forwarding and the pricing associated with it has been considered opaque and ripe for disruption by providing better technology-enabled transparency and cost advantages. Unless you are in this business or following the news closely,… Continue reading The International Retail Supply Chain Battle
Surety of supply in the global supply chain can be interpreted as the ability to ensure product availability at the right time and right place to meet a planned customer demand. In the context of sourcing, it starts from identifying and working with the right suppliers in an origin market, manufacturing products to scale and… Continue reading Driving Surety of Supply in Retail Sourcing using Blockchain
It has been a while since I posted a blog entry. A new job, a new place, a new home and several other activities has kept me away from blogging. In this article, I want to explore a nagging thought that has been in my mind for a long time. Is Amazon merely profiting from… Continue reading Amazon Marketplace Program: What if Walmart steals the entire pie?
Google is firing on all cylinders when it comes to offering new or improvised products in the e-commerce space. I had noted a couple of recent products introduced by Google in my earlier posts. None of them are major innovations, but they are bringing Google closer to partnering better with e-commerce merchants. The latest offering… Continue reading Google’s Free “Search As You Type” Offering
I recently noticed some Google search traffic coming my Blog’s way with people looking for “payment gateways used by Flipkart and other e-commerce players in India”. So I thought I could talk about this topic for the benefit of folks trying to work with a gateway or researching a gateway to plug into their e-commerce… Continue reading Selecting a Payment Gateway for Indian E-commerce
What is a payment gateway? A payment gateway is a 3rd party entity (or software) that processes payment information entered by a customer on an e-commerce website. The gateway processes these payments on behalf of the e-commerce merchant. When a customer pays for merchandise using a credit/debit card, netbanking or any other prepaid mechanism (a.k.a non-COD payment… Continue reading What is a Payment Gateway?
Google is getting serious about e-commerce and hence any e-commerce Product Manager should get serious about Google. I recently read the Google Commerce blog and came across this news: Connecting shoppers and great stores online. It is no surprise as to why Google is serious about the e-commerce industry in particular as a growth platform to… Continue reading Google Trusted Stores Badge
By now, everyone in the e-commerce world is aware of yet another disruptive force introduced by Google (or rather re-packaged and reintroduced). This one is called Google Shopping and Google wants to build a better shopping experience for consumers through this offer targeted at e-commerce merchants. In simple words, for the US market, Google product… Continue reading Google Shopping: Bidding Your Way to the Customer’s Wallet
As any serious Product Manager in Indian e-commerce may have noticed, Flipkart.com, the best online player in India as of today, had introduced a feature called “digital wallet”. Now, the concept of a digital wallet is nothing new in itself. Paypal has one of its own. So does Google have one. Check this article to… Continue reading Digital Wallet Service by Flipkart.com
The Google Analytics team recently launched a feature called “content experiments” . I believe this feature is an amazing boon to a Product Manager struggling with the challenge of what design or layout to build for a particular improvement to a website page and prove that it works for the customer. This feature is extremely… Continue reading Google Analytics Solves a Great Need With Content Experiments