Author Archives: alankent

Small business tip: Grow with Google resources for COVID-19

With COVID-19, you might like to check out the “Grow with Google” resources. “Work, teach, and learn from anywhere To slow the spread of COVID-19, many employees, educators, and students are working remotely. To help, we’ve gathered some free tools and resources to keep you connected and productive. LEARN MORE“ I would particularly note keeping […]

Small Business Tip: Pay it forward weekly livestream

Just noticed Verizon is starting a weekly livestream giving small business advice. https://www.verizon.com/pay-it-forward-live/ “#PayItForwardLIVE is a weekly livestream starring the biggest names in entertainment supporting small businesses. Let’s tune in together every Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm PST/8pm EST to watch our favorite artists stream live from their living rooms.” Nothing to do with Google, […]

How agile is your ecommerce site?

As Coronavirus news continues to dominate the headlines, I found it interesting to see how China coped with change (since they had to face the issues first), such as asking whole cities to suddenly work from home. Many of the big name apps have added new sections with updates on the virus, online tools to […]

Sunday musings: The Future of Physical Retail Experiences

I have read a number of articles on retailers experimenting moving their stores to focus on delivering great customer experiences, not stock levels. For example, have a smaller volume of products in stock, but improve the opportunity to experience those items. Then ship the products to the person’s home. That way you can have less […]

Headless Commerce vs Microservices

I was reading an interesting article from Digital Commerce 360, “Heard at NRF: Contradictory conversation from ecommerce tech vendors”. One of the topics that came up was inconsistent definitions of what headless ecommerce is. I thought I would share my thoughts on the topic and article in general. Inconsistency and Change The first remark that […]

Do all these cloud services make designing e-commerce platforms easier?

Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Azure… its never been easier to spin up a new server. Then comes the raft of managed services: databases, message queues, scheduling, and more. And this is before you get to Kubernetes orchestration and automatic restarts or serverless programming models. But using these tools is it easier to build an […]

Google Spot and existing e-commerce sites

Google Spot “enables merchants to create branded commercial experiences that bridge the offline and online worlds”. The Google Pay team recently announced opening their early access program to the broader community. This blog post is intended for e-commerce platforms or merchant developers to give them a bit more information to decide if they should look […]

Web Components for e-Commerce

TL;DR: In previous posts I described common web storefront performance issues and provided a quick introduction to web components. This post continues the series by exploring applying web components to the field of web e-commerce. So what are some of the benefits of using web components on an e-commerce site? (Many of these benefits are […]

Web Custom Elements for Content Markup

TL;DR: Custom elements (a web standard for extending the set of HTML tag names) provide an interesting way to support rich content markup while decoupling presentation from content, but still have challenges in search engine support. Custom Elements (a key technology underpinning web components) allow developers to extend HTML with their own set of tags […]

The Case for Web Components

TL;DR: This blog provides a quick introduction to web components. A later blog will show how web components can be used on e-commerce sites, including how to address common web storefront performance issues. Web components allow frontend developers to extend the set of available HTML tags a browser understands. For example, a <pinch-zoom-img> web component […]