3 Major Global E-commerce Trends in 2017

Nobody can argue about the prevalence of the internet and how it has completely changed businesses. E-commerce is now a norm and as internet use has become a global phenomenon, so has e-commerce.

Wise online merchants will therefore pay close attention to the trends so that they can devote their time and resources to profitable ventures.

So… what are these trends in 2017? What can you expect? Where do you think consumers are now pitching their tents?

Well… let’s answer a few of these questions, take a look below.

The Rise of Mobile Technology: mobile technology has completely revolutionized how we communicate and do business. In 2016, the sales of mobile devices completely exceeded the projections. The mobile industry is growing at an unprecedented rate and retailers should capitalize on this. It not necessary to go into the sales of mobile devices (you can do this if you have the capital and a good marketing strategy), but more effectively, if you have a website or blog, you can have it optimized for mobile use, making these micro changes will enable your customers to easily access your websites and consequently your products as well; making business easier and faster.

The Rise of China: The Chinese market has continue to grow year by year, and it is showing no signs of slowing down. China’s manufacturing culture along with the great consumer optimism makes China a great place for doing business. If you are not working with a Chinese factory by now, maybe it is time you consider doing that. Doing business in China has all sorts of advantages asides from being smooth of the entrepreneur’s pocket. If you haven’t done anything with China before and you are considering taking this step, then you need not worry, we have courses specially dedicated to handling Chinese-related issues, including product sourcing, getting a good factory or supplier. You can check out our courses here.

Technology and Customization: More and more people are now interested in technology and customization. The latest study by Deloitte revealed that 12% of consumers are interested in technology customization for their products and about 19% of them are willing to pay an extra 10% to personalize or customize products that they buy. Whether it is a wristband or an iPhone case, these numbers reveal that a lot of people want their products to be personal and unique.

This presents a great opportunity; you can decide to offer product customization for an extra price. The simple truth is that people want to feel special; all you have to do is help them get there! This would give you a massive advantage over your competition who are only out to sell products and ignoring the primal human need to be special.

Half of the year is gone, but no matter, these trends are here to stay. So, get back to the drawing board and integrate some of these into your strategy.

Have you noticed any other new trends taking shape? Let us know in the comment box below!

Take care.

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 Claudia says at 22:23 et
Welcome guys to Sells Like Hotcakes LIVE Q&A SESSION! I'd be glad to answer all your questions. Lets rock!
 
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 pat says at 23:09 et
Not to brag... but It's my first $1000 DAY pals! 37 units sold today! Really appreciate all the help you gave me to boost my sales.. Last year I never reached even 15 units per day!
 
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 pat says at 23:12 et
Getting ready to ship next batch of 1500 units next week by sea :)
 
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 Mike says at 23:12 et
Nice one Pat! Let me know when you reach 2k per day :)
 
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 sam dh says at 23:18 et
i'm sam from LA.. new here.. LOVE it so far. excited to get started.. researching product now.. any tips?
 
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 Claudia says at 07:40 et
Welcome Sam. Glad to have you with us.. Have you checked the new PRODUCT RESEARCH VIDEO? I have shared our tips there and gave step by step instructions how to do it!
 
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 freedom says at 21:01 et
Why to go Shopify and not WooCommerce??
 
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 Ted says at 21:01 et
Shopify Is Easier to Use, it's a turn-key solution. (hosting, ssl etc all included) + great app store to boost your sales.
WooCommerce is free opensource plugin and working with Wordpress which means you have to install and confirgure everything yourself, buy hosting, ssl separately too so there is no real saving just more headaches.
Go for shopify and jump straight into selling rather than micromanagement tech parts with WooCommerce..
 
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 Iriness says at 21:05 et
WooCommerce looks like saving but in reality you have tons of hidden costs like domain, ssl and tons of extra hassles... Why not go easy with Shopify!
 
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 Claudia says at 21:05 et
I agree with Iriness!
 
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 Spider Fuji says at 21:18 et
I have a question to Amazon, not to you guys... Does Seller support have a number I can call?
 
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 David says at 21:18 et
You can get direct support through seller support.. Use the contact seller support link at the bottom of the page and request response by call back, they will call you if it is an issue which can be dealt with on the phone. Also I found following Amazon.com 866-216-1072
877-251-0696 206-266-2992 Cust. service Seller support
 
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 Aria says at 21:38 et
How to get those magical discounted rates for shipping within US?
 
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 jack says at 21:38 et
Try https://apps.shopify.com/shyp (Hassle-Free Fulfillment for Shopify Sellers they have good rates), also check Shippo and Stamps.com
rates within USA are USPS under 1 pound around 6-10 usd depending on the state
Also app NetParcel, shipwizmo.com
 
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 Aria says at 21:38 et
I use Flexport for shipping to FBA. works great
 
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 Speedy says at 21:41 et
Guys, i am lost with all the VAT paperwork in EU, any help?
 
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 Uncle Sam says at 21:41 et
Check FBA-hero .. helps you to setup and grow your Amazon business in Europe. Reach 700 million new customers fast, easy and secure.
from their site "We take care of your company EORI and VAT registration and all ongoing tax returns. Get your products not just translated, but localized to all 5 marketplace languages.
 
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 freedom says at 21:50 et
Does dropshipping work? i worry about slow delivery times? who will wait 2-4weeks??
 
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 Gab says at 21:50 et
Dont be discarded about drop shipping there are lots of people have succeeded in drop shipping, my advice drop ship is good when you do it internationally. I have no problems with international customers.
 
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 Victor says at 21:50 et
You can reduce the delivery time.. Try DHL, i pass the cost to the consumer, i find consumer will pay the xtra amount to get the instant gratification they seek in online shopping.. Or find domestic suppliers..
It is Ok to use AlieExpress - just make sure that your customers know about the delivery times and the reason is because all products are made to order and direct from the factory.
Then scale up and move slowly to FBA once you know what sells best for your store and fullfill via amazon prime!
 
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 bitmap says at 22:28 et
Hey everyone, I'm looking for recommendations on tools or strategies for doing follow-ups with customers for further sales. Thanks
 
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 Alex says at 22:29 et
I like salesbacker but you have got to be creative and personal in your follow up emails.
 
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 Ted says at 22:29 et
I use feedbackgenius by sellerlabs and LOVE it!
 
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 Ted says at 23:34 et
hi guys! I finally reached broke the $500 per day in sales mark recently after 3 months of launch! Just wanted to thank you all for the great help you give to the community!
 
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 Lane says at 23:35 et
Congratulations Ted! that is fantastic.
 
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 little_tiger says at 23:36 et
Thanks Ted for sharing your experience with us.
 
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 Chuck says at 23:36 et
Awesome job, thx for sharing! That's my goal too!!!
 
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 tyro_meg says at 23:37 et
Congrats ted!!! thanks for sharing, very useful and inspiring for us who is starting out!
 
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 henry says at 23:38 et
very inspirational!!! $500 per day! where are you from? In my country it's a monthly salary!
 
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 Eddy says at 23:38 et
Next goal $1000/day!!! You can do it my man!
 
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 Nicholas says at 23:39 et
this is really encouraging, thank you Ted!
 
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 Gus says at 09:45 et
HI ROCKSTARS!!!! SUPER EXCITED! Today is my first $2000 day! I launched 2 months ago. It's spring & Summer product. (not hammock!) I'm very excited to see more!
 
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 Chris says at 09:47 et
Well done gus... the best is yet to come! like in a song!
 
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 Ted says at 09:47 et
Inspiring stuff. Thank you for sharing GUS!!!
 
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Qqq2 says at 09:51 et
May the force be with you !!!
 
Rene says at 22:57 et
How do i get started???
 
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 Claudia says at 22:58 et
Hi Rene. Best way to start is to go through the video course first http://sellslikehotcakes.co/videos.php which will guide you through the whole steps.
 
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Ricardo says at 04:48 et
HOW DO I manage customer returns?
 
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 Claudia says at 04:49 et
Ricardo, in case of FBA then Amazon will handle everything (returns, refunds). In case of drop shipping, I suggest to buy a virtual forwarding address in USA where customers can send returns and it forwards it to you later.
 
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Ricardo says at 06:24 et
Thanks Claudia! , I am starting with dropshipping aliexpress and shopify. My store is about Rock Music (t-shirts and accesories) I have a fan page with +3 Million fans (fb.com/elrockescultura.org) but they are almost everyone from MEXICO, so epacket here it does not work so well, I tested posting one product, (without ads, pixel, autoresponder, analytics, chatbots, retargeting, etc) and we sold 20 items in 3 days, but 15 from Mexico. So what idea do you know around how can I will manage returns?? thank you!
 
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 Kylie says at 06:25 et
Tshirts you can ship using tspring or t-launch app for shopify or even Merch if you use amazon. you dont need to ship tshirts from china.
I suggest to post your store for critics and we all can post more suggestions. It's hard to suggest blindly.
 
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 mya says at 06:25 et
Mexico is a great market, most people dont sell there and always target USA only.