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Are QR codes dead or making a comeback in the US?

QR codes are everywhere in many asian countries. But they are almost nowhere to be found in the US. Why? The following is my Friday afternoon thoughts. Why did QR codes fail to take off initially in the US? I suspect in part because they were hard to use. You had to get another app […]

Headless, PWA, SPA or MPA for Ecommerce?

(Yes, I was going for buzz word density in that title!) There has been increasing talk about concepts like “headless”, “PWA”, “SPA”, “MPA” in the context of ecommerce. In the following I provide a high level introduction to these concepts. (Disclaimer: If you want a deep technical evaluation of the alternatives, this post is not […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Server Side Caching Strategies for Modern Web Applications

Modern web application design patterns bring exciting new opportunities for faster and better user experiences. Client Side Rendering (CSR) allows web pages to be more interactive in the browser; Server Side Rendering (SSR), for the first page of a CSR site, can improve indexability and first page load times; Progressive Web Applications can support push […]

Getting into Machine Learning

I am not a deep machine learning expert. This post is intended for those who wanted to learn more about the practical aspects of machine learning – where is the effort really? This series of posts are my experiences as I explore the space.  What is Machine Learning?  So what is Machine Learning in practice? […]

Why My Microsoft Surface Pro is not an iPad

I got a Microsoft Surface Pro as my new laptop replacement. Why did I go with a Surface? It was light (the same weight as my 12.9” iPad Pro so is good for traveling), has good specs (I have the 16GB RAM model which can drive a high a good resolution monitor), and it can […]

Amazon Echo 2?

Last November there were rumors of an Amazon Echo 2 coming with a 7 inch touch screen. I’m not sure I want one. I want one with a 20 inch screen instead! Wall mounted. Is 20 inches too big? For me I want to load up my family photos as well – so its a […]