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Google Cloud for Ecommerce?

Google Next, the Google Cloud conference, just finished up. (Videos of most sessions are available online.) It left me asking a question – is Google Cloud getting better for commerce? Yes! Well, what did you expect me to say? I work at Google! But more seriously, here are my reasons why. If you are running […]

Divante’s Ecommerce Trends Report for 2021

If you have not seen it yet, Divante has published their “ecommerce trends report” for 2021, which I always find a good read. I am not going to go through the whole report here, but thought I would share my point of view on a few points that caught my eye. The full report can […]

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? […]