Retail / eCom

Big-Data Fuels Big Commerce

I have a New York Times weekend and digital subscription, and it’s often the first thing I check in the morning, and the last thing I check before going to bed. But when I awakened early this particular morning, I discovered a DNS resolution error.
As it turned out, the Times’ domain name resolution had apparently been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (they also hacked the Twitter domain name), and so I wandered instead over to The Wall Street Journal to catch up on the overnight news. While there, I discovered a lead story in the “Business” section with this title: “After Decades of Toil, Web Sales Remain Small for Many Retailers.”
The thesis was that, after two decades of e-commerce, many big retailers are struggling to have the Internet become a big part of their business.
And yet, Commerce Data showed that Internet sales increased 18.4 percent from a year earlier, far surpassing the broader retail growth of 4.7 percent.

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