This Week in eCommerce:
March 17 – 21

Just imagine gone are the hassles and expenses associated with supporting in-store servers and software upgrades. Soon retailers will use Cloud based software to track real-time inventory. Check out the 6 ways cloud could change the retail landscape. Big news coming from China; Alibaba announced plans to take the company public with a U.S IPO. Analysts believe the company could raise $15 billion. Can you guess which burger restaurant is entering the eCommerce and mCommerce realm? Burger King introduces an app that will allow customers to order their meals in advance.

Alibaba Files for U.S. IPO

Article: Chinese eCommerce Giant Alibaba Sets U.S. IPO
Source: USA Today

China’s number one eCommerce market, Alibaba.com announced Sunday, its plans of cashing in with U.S. IPOs. Analysts believe the IPO has great potential when it goes public, saying Ailibaba can raise $15 billion. Alibaba is just one of many Chinese eCommerce heavyweights planning on entering the American stock exchange system. Sina Corp.’s Weibo microblog (China’s equivalent of Twitter) filed plans for U.S IPO along with online retailing giant JD.com.

Burger King Introduces mCommerce

Article: Burger King App Allow Customers To Buy Whoppers with Smartphone
Source: The Detroit Business News

America’s second largest burger chain is entering the realm of eCommerce and mCommerce with its new app geared toward the younger demographic. More than 7000 Burger King stores in the U.S. will introduce this program that will allow customers to order food and drinks ahead of time for in-store pick up later. Leading fast food chains like McDonald’s Corp. and Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. are competing to attract millennial and teens by bringing the best loyalty programs and smart phone apps to the market.

Reinventing the Sales Floor with Cloud

Article: Future of Retail: 6 Ways The Cloud Could Reinvent the Sales Floor
Source: Entrepreneur

Just imagine, gone is the pain and expense of supporting in-store servers and software upgrades. Web-based, cloud hosted software-as-a-service (Saas) solutions will be the wave of the future for traditional retail stores. Cloud could change the retail landscape by bringing together physical retail environments, equipping Sales Associates with retail-time data across all channels. From the corporate suite to the sales floor, retail management teams can see sales trends develop as they are developing. Here are 6 ways that cloud could reinvent the sales floor.