Michael Aldrich was an English inventor, innovator, and entrepreneur born in 1941.
In 1979 he invented online shopping to enable online transaction processing between consumers and businesses, or between one business and another, a technique known later as electronic commerce.
Unfortunately, he died in 2014, at the age of 73.
The first online transaction was, by some reports, marijuana sold by Stanford students to MIT students via the Arpanet account at their artificial intelligence lab in 1972.
However, the first online shopping transaction on the Internet took place some 22 years later.
The Times said, “The team of young cyberspace entrepreneurs celebrated what was apparently the first retail transaction on the Internet using a readily available version of powerful data encryption software designed to...
Shopify have launched a new app called ‘Shop’ – and with it potentially an entire new business – that they intend to compete directly with Amazon.
From early signs, the company appears to believe this new business could be bigger than ‘Shopify’ itself, and may be the next stage in a total rebrand of the company from ‘Shopify’ to simply ‘Shop’.
The app that allows you to buy directly from any brand through the app that signs up that has a shopify store.
That is over 500,000 stores. Currently amazon has over 2.5 million sellers. Off to a good start!
Shopify’s ‘Chief Product Officer’ Craig Miller calling it ‘one of Shopify’s most significant products ever
Shopify will no doubt be hoping the app takes space on users’ home screens, taking some of the attention they use currently to shop at Amazon, Ebay, alibaba, etc.
Currently Amazon's biggest competitors are Alibaba, Google, Walmart, JD,...
I did some research and I was shocked at the amount of people searching for "ecommerce classes near me"!!!
The best way to learn e-commerce is through online courses! First, you can learn how to build an e-commerce website for free with the link to lessons below-
Classes are free, but E-commerce carts tend to cost around $20-$40 a month to start, like shopify.
However, what people really want to learn is how to actually sell products online This is why I created the $97 e-commerce help club.
Its $97 a month, includes consulting through our facebook groups, and you can cancel anytime.
I made this class from my 15 years of experience from this point of view - If I could go back and do it all over again, how would I do it?
First I must say, you HAVE to check with your city, county, and state first.
A quick google search: what type of businesses are allowed to be open in California.
Remember, things can change week over week during a lock down or quarantine, so check often, and really don't trust what you read on social media, yikes!
We quickly found out that we are allowed to stay open according to our state, city, and county laws because we make personal care products such as hand sanitizers, etc.
What types of Ecomm stores are recession proof? Which ecommerce stores are considered essential?
Also of course anything essential like grocery stores, hospitals, and more
So the bigger question, how do you make sure you are in a quarantine proof, or even better, a recession proof business moving forward?
First of all, many of you might already be there, first you need to check....
This week Wal mart announced a new partnership with shopify, which means they might just start competing with them soon.
However, These days Amazon is generally dominating the e-comm space. Amazon in the USA in general takes up 50% of all online transactions, and growing!
Even though Amazon has around 50% of the USA under their wing, that also means that 50% is NOT!
Also, companies such as target and shopify are introducing new versions of their companies that are direct competitors
How do you thrive without being on Amazon?
My store started in a 70 square foot room over 15 years ago.
Back then, you practically had to sell your firstborn to afford a cart!!!
There was no Shopify, Squarespace, Wix, GoDaddy, etc. At the time,
Amazon was only selling books!
We started as an ecommerce store without a shopping cart, but I had learned how to build a website from a flyer at Costco!
Are You Searching for help getting started with E-commerce?
In this video, I try to give you the solutions for everything in under two minutes!
Post research, I found that a lot of people are searching for this kind of online business help!
I have good news and bad news for ya, there is no free lunch!!
I have noticed a lot of teachers online promoting get-rich-quick schemes, drop shipping, Amazon, etc.
E-commerce takes blood, sweat, tears, good resources, and even further, time, and money, any way you slice it!!!
However, it is doable, if you are willing to put in the work!
How do you get started?
Are you the type of person for this? Hardworking, persistent, and willing to stick with electronic commerce?
A little history, I was the first in the beauty industry around 15 years ago to offer free shipping all orders no minimums, and it worked beautifully!