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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 Mike says at 22:54 et
On shopify you can increase your profits margins by increasing your prices, as your visitors cant compare your offer to competitor offers like on Amazon and pick cheapest.
Moreover you can build your list and drive your own traffic from facebook (you would not do it to amazon, as you cant build your list from amazon)... Cons? Well, you won't get easy organic sales like on Amazon just from having shopify store. So still you need to drive some traffic to get it going! but it works, I know many people sell their own products on shopoify not just dropshippers!
 
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 sam dh says at 23:22 et
oh cool.. thx will do!! thx for the quick response! great support
 
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 emma says at 21:28 et
What are the ways to ship stuff from CHina to USA?
 
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Claudia says at 21:28 et
You can choose Express courier, Air freight, and Sea freight. Incoterms rules can be FOB, EXW, usually i suggest to choose FOB. So its not your duty to worry about exporting fees and china customs..
 
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 JO says at 21:30 et
Where can i run retargeting???
 
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Claudia says at 21:30 et
There are many advertising networks allowing you to start a retargeting campaign for your online store. Facebook, Google, Twitter. Use retargeting apps such as Rontar (for retargeting on Google) and RetargetApp and Shoelace (for Facebook retargeting).
 
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 daniel says at 17:08 et
i'm new to FBA, whats ungating thing??
 
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Claudia says at 17:08 et
Daniel, there are actually quite a lot of them including watches, jewelry, health and personal care, grocery, collectibles, beauty, automotive, clothes and accessories, and also luggage and travel accessories. So all these categories are selling really well. That’s why, guys, a lot of people are trying to get ungated and approved in these categories. And, obviously, the best of the best are those three: grocery, health and personal care, and beauty categories.
 
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 Tyro Meg says at 17:09 et
In the past, it was actually very easy to get ungated. The requirements are different in each category, but in general, what you need is to provide commercial invoices, and I really mean commercial invoices and not receipts or so-called pro forma invoices
 
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 Gab says at 17:09 et
Those invoices must be dated within the last 90 days and they must have your name or business name on them, they must have contact information of your business address, phone number, email, and website, and must have names of the products that you purchased, and of course, they must have documents issuer name, address, phone number, and email, and website. And you can obscure pricing information if you want.
 
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Claudia says at 17:10 et
I am preparing a new video about UNGATING!
 
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Claudia says at 17:10 et
but I need to be honest with you, guys, as of time of the recording of this video, it’s no longer easy anymore and your real chances of ungating are around 15-20% only.
 
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 Tyro Meg says at 17:11 et
There are a lot of so-called ungating scams on Amazon. Those services are offering you guaranteed ungating for like $400 or $300 payment, but you need to understand that there are no guarantees and nobody can influence Amazon’s decisions
 
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 tom says at 23:53 et
Just got ungated....only took two weeks....had to get an invoice from the manufacturer and a screenshot of the FDA registration from the manufacturers account...
 
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Claudia says at 17:13 et
if you are just starting out, I would highly recommend that you first avoid categories that require ungating, all of these categories. So there are thousands of thousands other categories that you can start selling in so there is no shortage of categories and most of them don’t require any approval or ungating. And then, if you really want to scale up your business and you want to really grow, then you can start ungating process if you already have success of other products in other categories.
 
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 Alice says at 17:15 et
I agree Claudia, i would stay away from ungating if you are new to this and go whitelabelling and don't have your own brick and mortar
 
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 mya says at 17:20 et
Is Jungle Scout a scam or real deal?
 
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Claudia says at 17:21 et
Of course it's not a scam, and greg is a great guy! we use a lot of tools and have a video about it, all the tools are helpful! The more tools you have the better.
 
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 mia says at 09:35 et
Question about inspections in CHINA for amazon FBA. How to get my shipment inspected in China so you can have it sent directly to the Amazon warehouse? Thx
 
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 jack says at 09:36 et
Use a 3rd party inspection company. Check out www.chinaqualitycheck.com or guidedimports.com
 
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 Caleb says at 00:54 et
Very excited to meet many of you guys at Traffic and Conversion summit in san diego!! You are crushing it!
 
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 Samuel says at 00:55 et
TLC2017 rocks.. rian dies and perry belcher on fire. By the way Perry is also doing sourcing from CHINA! this topic is on FIRE !!! he is doing 20 million with his strategic knife sales this year and expanding.
 
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 Ted says at 00:56 et
True, ecommerce is growing really fast. It's a golden time to start!
 
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Ricardo says at 06:20 et
Just started on this new course, with lots expectations hope for good results!
 
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 Mike says at 06:20 et
Lets rock Ricardo!
 
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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.
 
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 Mike says at 04:28 et
Hi guys!

I just returned back from China trip, that was such an amazing and eye opening experience to see REAL China, to break stereotypes, to meet my chinese partners, sourcing agents.

I had a great opportunity to get in depth insights into Chinese whitelabelling business, I even visited and FILMED several factories for you! So you will see my journey and hopefully follow and take action as well, starting your own successful business in China!

We also had a chance to visit Canton fair, the biggest industrial fair in the world with over 45000 factories showing their newest products to potential FBA sellers from all over the world! We filmed it too to give you real life insights on how we choose the product and what questions we ask!

It will take me couple of months to cut all material and prepare the videos, but once ready, you will be first to receive them! Stay tuned and enjoy our course! Remember I do it in my spare time from selling, as doing course does not really bring me any money with such a low price, so my main profit only comes from selling itself, that's why I'm little slow on cutting the videos so bear with me :)

Thank you again for leaving your reviews for the course, it really helps me a lot spread the word and inspire me keep going and share this exciting material with you to help you succeed on Amazon and shopify!

Mike

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 Olga says at 05:31 et
looking forward mike!!! super exciting!
 
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Brandon says at 14:21 et
What was your most meaningful review (so far) like? What impact did it have on you? What would you want your dream review to say if your student could only use one sentence?
 
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 Mike says at 14:23 et
The fact that someone took action and started his own ecommerce business is the best review for me. I know many people only learn but never take action or find excuses like "i dont have time for this", so I really appreciate when people take action and do what they learn!
 
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Brandon says at 03:47 et
Good answer
 
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 Mike says at 17:06 et
New tool - the Slogan Maker
http://sellslikehotcakes.co/slogan_maker.php
The Slogan Maker allows you to generate catchy slogans and titles for
your marketing materials. If you refresh - every time you get a new
idea! Enjoy!
 
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 wing11 says at 01:56 et
wow this is helpful one, thx!!
 
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Pavel says at 02:17 et
What to do in case of goods return taking into consideration that delivery done to US and I am located outside of US? Does it mean that returned goods to be deliveried to my home? How I should proceed in such cases?
 
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 Alex says at 02:18 et
Hi Pavel. There is a video lesson talking about it, you can set the forwarding address in US.
 
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Pavel says at 13:27 et
Alex, thank you. Could you please indicate the name of the video.
 
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 casey says at 13:28 et
It was I think a video about the biggest problems with dropshipping and how to solve it
 
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Pavel says at 02:18 et
Any answers? It is important to know in such situations. Similar questions related to refunds. How to work with the suppliers in case of refunds? I will appreciate answers for my questions.
 
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 Violet says at 02:19 et
If you do FBA then Amazon will take care of returns and refunds.
If you do dropshipping then customer can return item to your forwarding address. If the item is cheap it's easier just refund without return.
 
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Pavel says at 13:27 et
Yes, I do understand it. Thank you. The question related to dropshipping part.