It’s rather surprising but e-Commerce continues to grow despite the global economical crisis. If you are a successful online merchant or an entrepreneur only planning to start your web store right now, it’s rational to study the market and trace all relative news. Below, we’ve collected some stunning facts about e-Commerce industry you might not know yet. Some of them will be quite useful for your online business.

  • Global e-Commerce sales are growing by more than 19% yearly and are expected to be of almost total 1.4 trillion by 2015!

According to a poll of 100 senior executives from global retail chains, conducted by The World Retail Congress in September 2011, online sales are expected to deliver almost a quarter of their global retail sales by 2015.

  • Online shopping is extremely popular in the following countries: Germany, South Korea, the U.K, China, Australia, Brazil and the U.S.

According to a study by Pitney Bowes and ORC International report, 98% of consumers in Germany, South Korea and the U.K., have made an online purchase. Other regions where online shopping is popular include China (94%), Australia (92%), Brazil (91%) and the U.S (91%).

  • Retailing of books, videos, music, computer hardware, software, consumer electronics, apparel and footwear can make you rich!

According to Pitney Bowes and ORC International’s study, products most frequently purchased online are: books, videos and music; computer hardware and software; and consumer electronics. However, the popularity of each product category varies by country. While books, videos and music are most popular with online shoppers in the U.K., Australia and Germany, computers (etc.) are most popular with online shoppers in Brazil. Apparel and footwear are most in demand in China.

  • High shipping costs, additional fees, duties and taxes as well as lengthy delivery time are the most frequent reasons of shopping cart abandonment.

The most common causes for abandonment of a transaction at checkout are high shipping costs, additional fees at time of delivery such as duties and taxes, and lengthy delivery time, according to Pitney Bowes and ORC International.

  • Forrester predicts that the average shopper will spend $1,738 annually by 2016, compared with $1,207 in 2011.
  • 63.86% of people start the checkout process but don’t complete it whilst only 14.6% of online retailers are doing anything to improve it.
  • More than 80% of the online population has bought something over the Internet and more than 50% shopped online more than once.

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Each step in the checkout process is a kind of deal, especially adding products to cart. Too complicated process of purchase can make the clients get on nerves, and as a result leave the site without buying anything.

There are certain facts that influence on the customer’s decision to make a purchase. Simplify the checkout process and you’ll increase the conversion rate of your online shop. To achieve this goal you need just to simplify forms and design, reduce exit options, reduce steps and add a guide to the process. Of course, you can’t make a person buy a product that he doesn’t want to buy, but you can do your best to make the checkout process intuitive and pleasant.

Make the purchasing process user-friendly, communicate the content in the easy-to-perceive manner, think about the solidity of your site, and thus provide your visitors with everything so they will decide to become your clients. Read the following post with the great tips on Checkout and Shopping Cart Optimization. They present all the information in slideshows – the easy way to get idea about the point of our today’s discussion.

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Shopping Cart Optimization

 

Checkout and Shopping Cart Optimization

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Ecommerce Shopping Cart Abandonment Minimization Techniques

 

Checkout and Shopping Cart Optimization
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The festive season is going on and brings so many pleasant moments and presents. All people are in high spirit due to all that wonderful celebrations that take place everywhere. We want to continue this tradition of giving presents, and offer you a freebie that will bring a festive tone to your designs. Please welcome Free Vector Illustration of the week showing a joyful Santa, nice deer and beautiful falling snow. Try this image to decorate your works and bring Xmas spirit into them.

There are three formats (.PNG, .AI, EPS.) and the following resolutions of this free image for you to choose from: 812 x 1122, 1692 x 2338, 3384 x 4676. Be sure that the high quality of this vector illustration will remain unchanged while being printed in different formats. All you need in order to get it – to register at Templates.com. This registration is completely free!

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Time… that’s the only thing that’s never enough, actually it’s one of those things that we lack permanently. The burden of time looms over each of us, and we’re making every effort we can to save every minute. We’ve got time management apps that help us squeeze spare minutes out of nowhere, but there is one thing that deeply rooted into our brains and it’s called “timelining”.

Let’s thank Mark Zuckerberg who made the timeline so popular. Now we are having these lines-of-time everywhere: websites, infographics, etc. Showing events in time has become a must-have point for good projects that strive for popularity and the viewer’s interest. It’s possible to timeline whatever you need: the updates of events, the changes that take place within the company, etc. Want to create your own timeline? Then try the following list of jQuery Timeline Plugins and add interactive timelines to your projects.

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jQuery Timelinr

 

jQuery Timeline Plugins

 

With jQuery Timelinr plugin you’ll get away from those boring presentations of timelines. With it’s help you’ll be able to create vertical and horizontal layouts plus adjust some additional parameters like time, speed and visual look of the timeline.

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Lateral On-Scroll Siding with jQuery

 

jQuery Timeline Plugins

 

Since Facebook introduced new Timeline layout, everyone got crazy about it. Web developers started using same principle in their design what gave birth to jQuery Timeline plugins. Here is Lateral on-scroll Sliding with jQuery. This plugin divides the page into two, and moves the elements from “outside” of the page to the center, thus being perfect for timeline presentations.
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Year 2012 is coming to its end. So, let’s be consistent and recollect some great things it brought to us. Today we will refresh the best CSS3 tutorials, released in 2012 and if you missed some of them, it a good chance to overtake the lost skills.

Awesome CSS3 tutorials from expert designers can teach you special tricks and techniques. Implement them in your designs in order to save some time and create remarkable projects. CSS3 is a powerful tool helping you take better control over the style and layout of your web pages. Many web developers believe that CSS3 has all chances and potential to become a popular technique in the coming years. This based on motion techniques method enables the development of elaborate sophisticated designs with lots of functions. Since the times of Flash and JavaScript prevalence, the appearance of CSS3 can be called a real breakthrough, which transition features have transformed the fantastic world of animation. This markup language reveals new possibilities to designers and it’s definitely worth learning and using even despite the issues with some old browsers. If you are a creative web developer, having passion to new cutting edge technologies, this compilation of best CSS3 tutorials from year 2012 will serve a kind of brief goodies summary. We hope they will help you create stunning efficient designs and be in demand professional.

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Animated 3D Bar Chart with CSS3

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One more year is almost over, one more apocalypse passed by. The Christmas is coming, New Year is around the corner, and if you go out to street in a quite evening you can hear jingling bells on Santa’s sleighs.
That was great – spending the whole year with you, our dear readers, sharing the latest news in web design sphere, launching the new products, and getting your positive attitude. We may say many Thanks to you for your interest in our blog, for spending time with us and giving us your feedback. We are glad to hang out here with you, and looking forward to make our interaction even more educative and durable.

Merry Christmas to everybody! Let this day be lovely and lovely relaxing.

See you later!

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Friday is the right time for tiny presents. Our weekly series of freebies can assist you with getting the attractive goodies that are tailored for your designs. They incorporate nice layouts with good execution by our skillful illustrators, thus offering you a catchy idea for decorating your works. Free Vector Illustration of the week portraying women living in different countries can be used for variety of designs that deal with traveling sphere. Speak loudly with your creative designs!

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Actually, what we see is just what we see. Please don’t lapidate me, I need few sentences to explain.

For example, you are watching the sunset: it’s beautiful, it’s gorgeous, it’s marvelous, it’s magnificent (or it’s not – in case you’re indifferent). And what makes the process of the sun going down so impressive? I believe colors do. But stop for a sec, let’s take a look from the other side. Science affirms the thing is a human eye just differentiates the length of electromagnetic radiation, namely visible light. In fact, to get some tint we need to experience the whole process: photons, which are the quantum of light or any other forms of electromagnetic radiation, move within the reality, then the light receptors in our retina interact with this radiation, after that the signal is sent through nerves to the brain, the brain analyzes the received information and finally our subconscious emits personal associations which are taken for granted by the unsuspecting mind. Therefore, the color itself is more in our heads (I’m not even saying about the impression), though objectively it’s just a bunch of the elementary particles.

Quick observation to the topic: have you ever heard of an idea that people see different colors, but call them the same?

So, I hope now my statement is more understandable: what we see is just what we see.

And while “what” is totally the prerogative of design, “we” is already in psychology jurisdiction. Well, you see, finally it’s not so difficult to watch the solid ties between those two disciplines. As you could understood I would like to share some interesting information about this connection: psychological moments in design and design analysis in psychology. For that purpose I reviewed the most enthralling fresh articles regarding the subject.

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10 Psychological Principles to Design With


Web Design and Psychology

This detailed and serious research presents 10 theses to remember and keep in mind when designing. The text is competently underpinned with plenty of references to external sources. The author touches on different aspects, from physiology to sociology, demonstrates psychological theories, leading a reader to one simple conclusion: you should always understand exactly who you are designing for. Continue reading

So, you have decided to make your website more interactive and bring the captivating effects into it. How can you achieve it? A number of effects you are looking for can be set by jQuery, and text effects are not the exception. The typography enhanced with various jQuery plug-ins and techniques gain the dynamics and the desired cool look that is the key point in grabbing the viewer’s attention. If there are fans of simplicity among you, this compilation of jQuery and CSS3 Text Animation Tutorials will not hit a point. But all the rest will find these tips on how to present the texts with blowing, fading out, glittering and other cool effects quite useful.

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Experiments with Background – Clip: Text

 

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Rotating Words with CSS Animations

 


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Let’s imagine that it’s January 2013. New Year celebration is over, all presents are given away, all tasty things are eaten, and it’s time to get back to work. Developers’ routine work can be diversified with IT camps.

Those of you who are involved in WordPress development, and who are simply fans of this cool CMS will be interested to know about must-visit WordCamp events. These informal and community-organized events are hold by WordPress users who want to share their ideas and get acquainted with each other. Today we offer you to check out January and February schedule of WordCamp events. So, what are the Top WordPress Events Not to Miss Out in Winter 2013? when and where will they take place? Learn more from the following post.

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WordCamp Jerusalem 2013

 

Start: February 20, 2013 8:00 am
End: February 20, 2013 5:00 pm
Address:
Saint George 9, Jerusalem, Israel


Image Source: Tower of David and The Dome of the Rock Shrine by Shutterstock

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WordCamp Bologna 2013

 

Start: February 9, 2013 8:00 am
End: February 9, 2013 5:00 pm
Address:
via Sario Bassanelli, 9/11, Bologna, 40129, Italy


Image Source: Bologna, Italy by Shutterstock
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