Is US to Canada e-commerce about to get easier?

When a relevant news story comes around we like to make sure our customers get wind of it sooner than later, and this story could certainly benefit our American based e-commerce clients. The Canadian government allows retail goods that cost less than $20 to cross the border tax and duty-free, recently a push has been made to increase that limit to $800, as the limit has been in place for decades and its value has been decreased by inflation and other factors. Many big e-commerce companies are pushing for the change to go through, but there are many in Canada that worry about the affect it will have on their retail businesses. 50,000 Canadian eBay users have written letters to the Canadian Finance Minister urging him to approve the increase. Currently, Canadian customers can be charged as much as 35% in fees for imported consumer goods.

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Loaded Commerce: high-risk friendly payment options

Great e-commerce software for any online business

There are many different software suites out there for various online businesses. Whether you are in a low-risk industry like home goods – or a high-risk industry like online firearms, vape and electronic cigarettes, online wine and spirits, or premium cigars. Loaded Commerce is a powerful tool no matter what type of online business you are in, which is why we make a real effort to help Loaded Commerce retailers like you find a perfect payment gateway and merchant account. For smaller low-risk businesses, it comes with payment a feature built in, but for those who are ready for the big bucks, it is also compatible with all the major payment gateways such as Authorize.Net and NMI. High-risk merchants need to ensure their payment gateway is connected to a high-risk friendly processor, so if that sounds like you, please contact us for a recommendation. Loaded Commerce comes in three different packages so you can choose the best bundle for your needs. There isn’t much that Loaded Commerce doesn’t do.

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House moves to reduce FDA burden on vape and premium cigar merchants

We work with e-commerce vape and e-juice clients almost daily, and also help online premium cigar merchants accept payments. Although we can easily place these merchant types with appropriate payment gateways and recommend merchant accounts, we are often asked for our take on bigger issues. Issues such as pending FDA regulations would affect, or already have affected, both of these very different merchant types dramatically. Because of this, we are especially in tune with the news as it relates to the FDA and Congress.  There seems to be good news coming from Congress all around as it relates to the proposed regulatory burdens placed on these two regulated online industries, especially from the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.

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How do I find my Processor ID in NMI?

We were recently asked “where do I find my processor ID in NMI?” and realized it is a bit hidden. If you have a full featured, modern CRM like Konnektive and you are entering NMI payment gateway information you may need to enter something called a “Processor ID”. This is because NMI allows you to access multiple merchant accounts through one login. Learn more about NMI here. For steps on accessing your processor ID continue reading below.

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E-commerce tips and tricks July 2017

Below is our monthly installment of e-commerce links, tips, and tricks we think may be helpful. This month we touch on SEO, auditing, summer marketing, shopper profiles, customer service ROI, full e-commerce optimization and modern backlink advice. Enjoy!

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High-risk merchants and GoECart

High-risk compatible software spotlight:  GoECart

GoECart is a cloud-based platform that some of our high-risk payment gateway clients have mentioned so we wanted to write up a few thoughts, discuss some features and go over how it works with high-risk payment options we commonly recommend such as NMI or high-risk specific Authorize.Net accounts. In addition to nearly unlimited low-risk business types, GoECart provides a nice option for omnichannel e-commerce businesses like e-commerce FFL dealers, wineries, breweries or distilleries, and online vape stores that sell face to face or wholesale in addition to online. Its e-commerce features alone include almost every tool you could think of for an affordable yet premium e-commerce software suite. It’s ready for multichannel marketing, b2b and b2c business, SEO and mobile, analytics and reporting, customization, and so much more.

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High-risk friendly software spotlight: eBlox

Attract new customers with eBlox

Trying to build up your brand? It can be difficult to break out of the mold when you are stuck using templates with little ability to customize.  Why not have something custom made that won’t break the bank? eBlox is an affordable and painless solution for those who want to stand apart from their competition. Not only are there a plethora of customizable templates to choose from but you can also have your website custom made to cater to your brand and company needs. We have eBlox listed on our third party shopping carts list for compatibility with Authorize.Net, ePN, and NMI, 3 of our preferred payment gateways for e-commerce and “high-risk” industry payment processing.

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E-commerce tips and tricks 6-23-17

Below is this month’s installment of e-commerce tips and tricks!

If somehow you were not aware -SEO is CRAZY important. Do everything you can to help customers find your site.

7 SEO tips for online businesses

If you are looking for the high stakes table, you need to be thinking on an international scale.

Why cross-border e-commerce is the future of the industry

Personalized marketing is not always easy, but it can be a really effective marketing strategy.

5 extreme personalization examples that actually worked

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E-commerce spotlight: Sytist and Authorize.Net

Software platform for professional photographers

If you are a professional photographer you are likely well aware of how complex the process can be from shoot to finished product. While to many it may seem you just shoot a camera and hand out the shots, we know it’s much more than that. First, there is the type of event, what you are trying to capture, the differences in lens usage and lighting based on what you want the end product to be. Then you have to edit and polish all the photos in an editor and correct and minor flaws. You may then have to get approval from your client, with green screen sessions you may provide a plethora of extra options for them to choose. Lastly, you need to get paid, without chasing checks, without accepting peer to peer payments that make you look “small time”. This only scratches the surface. If you are looking for an online, e-commerce photographer focused solution you might want to check out a software suite called “Sytist”. You can read more about them here.

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Clear info on Authorize.Net and TLS 1.0 & 1.1

E-commerce security encryption changes: PCI mandate to retire TLS 1.0 and 1.1

As a service to all our customers, past, present, and future, we like to make sure you are ready for some important changes in the industry. TLS 1.0, this is an issue that is likely to affect many e-commerce businesses if they don’t take care of it before it becomes an issue. So what’s the problem? Internet encryption. If you have been on the web and have done any work on your site you are probably familiar with SSL (Secure Socket Layer). If you are in the e-commerce industry, you should remember that basic SSL became in many ways obsolete after a fundamental flaw was discovered in its core programming. This flaw made the previously powerful internet security tool all but useless for e-commerce depending on the application as it was no longer a secure method of encryption. Basic SSL support was discontinued after June 30th of 2016, forcing every reputable card processor and payment gateway to adopt TLS 1.0 or 1.1.

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P.S. We're happy to help even if you just have a quick question - even if you are "not ready yet" and just want a little free advice. We regularly earn clients' business years after we first speak.

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