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5 Tips For Choosing The Right eCommerce Software

5 Tips For Choosing The Right eCommerce Software

Launching an eCommerce business can be quite overwhelming. Negotiating with multiple suppliers, identifying the right price for your products, picking a shipping company for the various geographies you operate in are just some of the different things you will be doing at launch. The right eCommerce software is one that is easy to learn and should help you with these operational tasks out of the box.

But that is not all. Given the complexities of running a business, your eCommerce software should also do a host of other things to make your business operation smoother. Here is a checklist of features your eCommerce software must have.

1. Local Payment Integration

User preferences change depending on the country they are viewing your website from. Studies have shown that an overwhelming 92.2% of online buyers tend to prefer websites that show product prices in their local currencies.

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Not only that, nearly 33% of these buyers tend to abandon sites where the pricing is USD-only. But converting your product price to the local currency is alone not sufficient.

You should also be able to integrate localized payment gateways to your eCommerce website. That means that your visitors from China should be able to transact via Alipay (which is the most popular payment gateway in the country) while your European shoppers should have other options like Worldpay or iDeal.

2. Localized Shipping

Similar to payment integration, every country has their own popular logistics providers that offer delivery at the most affordable prices.

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Instead of forcing businesses to only pick between a Fedex or UPS, your eCommerce software should be customizable enough to integrate with local shipping providers like DPD in Germany or DTDC in India.

3. ERP/CRM Integration

Processing orders and fulfilling them is just one component of an eCommerce business. Demand management which involves forecasting future orders and also identifying a warehouse that is closest to your potential customer is an important component of the supply chain.

Integrating your eCommerce software with your ERP system makes it possible for you to feed real-time transactional data to your ERP system. You may also want to integrate your eCommerce software with a CRM system that ensures seamless communication management with your prospects and existing customers.

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4. Content Management System

A lot of eCommerce companies rely on language translator tools to cater to their global audience. This is however not ideal as the auto-translated content does not convert as well as the original.

It is recommended to hire knowledgeable local language copywriters to rewrite your pages in the various languages you want to cater to. From a website management perspective, this can be pretty hard to manage.

An eCommerce software with an integrated content management system should, however, do the trick since it becomes easy for the website administrator to map the various product pages in these different languages making a multi-lingual website easy to manage.

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5. Personalization

Every customer is unique, more so in a business that caters to visitors from across the world. Your website should hence be capable of personalizing your offering based on the visitors’ profile. For instance, your Chinese visitors may love a discount during the new year season in February while your customers in Germany may love their discounts during Oktoberfest.

Not just this, you may want to offer your repeat customer a higher discount than what you provide a new customer. Similarly, a customer who buys a larger volume deserves a higher discount than one who buys for a few dollars at a time. Your eCommerce software should be flexible enough to bring in these various tweaks to your system without much hassle.

Running an eCommerce business is hard and the job of a back-end software is to make things simpler for you. Pick a software that is not only customizable but also scalable. This way, you do not have to go shopping for a new provider when you grow big.

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Last Updated on December 30, 2018

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

Let’s dive straight into the list…

1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

    If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

    Download Rescue Time

    2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

      If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

      Download Remember the Milk

      3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

        This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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        Download Focus Booster

        4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

          This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

          Download Toggl

          5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

            There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

            Download Dropbox

            6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

              Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

              Download Evernote

              7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                Download Mind42

                8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                  This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                  Download SnycBackFree

                  9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                    Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                    Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                    10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                      This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                      Download 1Password

                      11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                        When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                        Download Pocket

                        12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                          This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                          Download [email protected]

                          13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                            This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                            Download Launchy

                            14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                              This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                              Download Forest

                              15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                Download Trello

                                16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                  Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                  Download Wunderlist

                                  17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                    This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                    Download Time Tree

                                    18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                      Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                      Download Todoist

                                      The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                      Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

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