Home Depot Gives 56 Million Customers a Heads Up

Via: eCommerce Times
Author: Jack M. Germain
September 19, 2014 at 11:58AM

Home Depot on Thursday said it had excised the malware demon from its computerized payment system after its recent discovery of a security breach in which thieves stole records of 56 million credit cards. Home Depot stopped short of admitting that an ongoing security upgrade may have contributed to the breach. Efforts to harden the system with enhanced encryption and new technology will not be completed in some areas until early next year. Cybercriminals used a custom-built malware attack to evade detection for at least five months.

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Introducing Yahoo Stores: Turn Your Idea Into a Business in Less Than 2 Minutes

Amit Kumar, Head of Yahoo Small Business

Today, we’re excited to introduce Yahoo Stores, a completely reimagined, next-generation version of our eCommerce platform that will help anyone start, build and grow a successful business online. Yahoo Small Business took the best of everything we’ve learned from our million+ customers over the past 16 years, and applied it to Yahoo Stores to give small business owners a more powerful, streamlined and beautiful way to turn their ideas into a business.

For most retailers, an online store is crucial, but getting it started is an arduous task that can take weeks. With Yahoo Stores, you can have an online store up-and-running and accepting orders in less than a couple of minutes. Our platform offers a seamless payment processing experience that is automatically PCI compliant, connecting you directly with a payment service provider in just a few clicks.

A great website can only attract customers if they can find it. Yahoo Stores provides automatic SEO - so from day one, your store will have the same serving technology used on Yahoo.com, including relevant keywords in your website URLs, concise descriptions of your website’s content and more. Yahoo Stores also has a powerful product catalog schema and tools for merchants to organize and promote their products. The setup is simple, with powerful capabilities informed by years of experience working with major retailers.

It’s also faster and easier to create a beautiful website with Themes, new online storefront designs with color and style guides that go beyond templates to automatically respond and adapt across mobile phones, tablets and desktop. We’ve also introduced a simple editing process, so changes can be made directly to your website with no preview required. You don’t need to be technical or know html to make easy edits — change titles, pictures, descriptions and more with no second guessing.


For the many small business owners who are on the go, Live Web Insights for mobile lets you manage your website from anywhere. And you can learn more about how to grow your online store through the apps and services in the Yahoo App Gallery, while real-time analytics for web and mobile help you monitor traffic and sales closely.

Yahoo Small Business is for anyone with an idea, and with Yahoo Stores we’re making it even easier to turn those ideas into successful businesses.

Check out the new Yahoo Stores today. 

Ebola, Boko Haram and E-commerce; An Unlikely Partnership

The logic is simple; with the pervasive fear of the Ebola Outbreak and apprehension over the Boko Haram insurgency, more people are turning to online retail platforms where they get what they need- from wares to accessories and gadgets, and even foodstuffs, ask ahiaonline.com.

They also get these goods delivered at the convenience of their homes or work-places, can pay with their ATM cards via the internet or PoS, thus no need to even go to the bank to withdraw money. This means the much feared crowded places can be avoided with its attendant risks and hassles inspired by Ebola and Boko haram, especially for the very cautious.

Twitter Slowly Wades Into E-Commerce With 'Buy Now' Button


Twitter is now a shopping platform. On Monday, the social media company introduced its Buy Now button, a feature that allows users to make purchases directly on Twitter.com and through its mobile-app.

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Ellison Hands One Rein to Catz, the Other to Hurd

Via: eCommerce Times
Author: Erika Morphy
September 19, 2014 at 10:01AM

Larry Ellison, founder and CEO of Oracle since 1977, has passed the torch to not one but two successors: copresidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Ellison will remain part of the executive cadre in the position of CTO. He also will serve as chairman of the board. The announcement, which came late Thursday, prompted equal parts reflection and speculation. Ellison is credited with helping to usher in computing and enterprise software’s golden age. He was one of corporate America’s most colorful CEOs, entertaining legions with his various exploits.

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I’ve been encouraged to start selling my crochet stuff online as well as on consignment in this awesome local handmade boutique… 

But I’m not convinced I want to sell on etsy. It’s not the most economical way to sell, and I don’t feel like it’s the best place to sell stuff because it’s over saturated and now people can have stuff manufactured to be sold there… it has a great reputation but that’s in part due to the photography of the products rather than actually quality of product perhaps…

Does anyone have any recommendations for handmade selling online? Perhaps something I can link with a facebook page for ease of selling?