Digital Payments Lead March Toward a Cashless Society | Trends

By Jack M. Germain Apr 22, 2021 10:25 AM PT From coin shortages and curbside operations to contactless transactions, how consumers pay for their purchases has been completely transformed during the pandemic. Marketers expect that transformation to continue and expand. The digital payments industry continues to mature at an accelerated pace. Shoppers will see new […]


CPG Brands Doubling Down on Direct-to-Consumer E-Commerce | E-Commerce

An increasing number of consumer-packaged goods (CPG) companies are shifting to the direct-to-consumer (DTC) e-commerce model, thus bypassing retailers as middlemen. As a result, brand manufacturers often find themselves competing with their traditional indirect distribution channels, which still remain important to their operations. This raises questions of which e-commerce strategies manufacturers can utilize to meet […]


The Growing Gig Economy | Business

More than 56 million Americans freelanced last year, according to the Freelancers Union. With the increasing amount of workers turning to part-time, freelance, and contract work for a variety of reasons, a growing number of businesses are now based on the gig economy model. The E-Commerce Times spoke with several experts familiar with the ins […]


Made in China, Sold on Amazon: The Numbers are Skyrocketing | Trends

By Jack M. Germain Mar 30, 2021 5:00 AM PT One of the most successful direct-to-consumer shopping outlets for China-based vendors outside of China’s own Alibaba e-commerce platform is Amazon. This trend has been accelerating for years. China-based sellers represented 75 percent of new sellers on Amazon in January, according to a report by Marketplace […]

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