How to Win the Holiday Shopping Season in 2020? 4 tips

Whilst Black Friday and Cyber Monday, or “Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Week” do not mean as much as, say, 2-3 years ago and according to experts in 2020 we’re experiencing “the lockdown effect” which means lower interest and less overall spend, the pre-x-mas shopping spree is still among the key determinants of the thickness of your top line. Even if you sell digital goods or subscription plans. Here’s how to – in the realm of intangible merchandise – make the most of all holiday season sales even though this time – due to the COVID-19 – is going to be like no other.

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TOP 5 FinTech Podcasts Worth Tuning In To

Podcasts are considered to be one of the most impactful media of the digital industry. As of July 2020, there were over 850 000 active podcasts in more than 100 languages (!). It’s impossible to try out every single one, that is why we’ve curated the top 5 fintech-related podcasts with a solid “recommended by Straal” label, including FinTech legend’s podcast Brett King’s Breaking Banks, 11:FS experts and much more.

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Merchants to follow #2: Cateringoo. A simply delicious business idea

Get the inside look at the catering industry with our second ‘Merchants to follow episode’ preseting Cateringoo – a simply delicious business catering brand. Discover, how has the pandemic affected the online on-demand food delivery services market and what did the Cateringoo team do when, due to the lockdown, the number of orders almost dropped to zero?

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Lexical functional programming — jargon and naming convention

“Everything flows”, said Heraclitus. The reactive paradigm followers like to say that “everything is a stream”. The phrase attributed to Heraclitus is valid for both functional and reactive paradigms. In the first one, we have pipelines, in the second one – streams. That testifies to the significant similarity between these paradigms and shows that reactive programming (but more FRP) is, in fact, an asynchronous implementation of a functional flow.

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Ecommerce Management Issues Most Entrepreneurs Forget About: Part II

In my previous entry, I listed several strategic ecommerce issues omitted by most mid-sized businesses when launching online sales. You already know that most of the starting-point mistakes result from treating an online shop just like another physical store. Here goes the second part where you’ll find even more topics to tick on your strategic to-do list.

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Ecommerce Management Issues Most Entrepreneurs Forget About: Part I

Ever more companies develop online sales channels, also in traditionally offline industries. Big players apply advanced ecommerce management strategies, which increase the chances of e-success, but smaller entities tend to neglect the strategic part. In this entry, I explain why it’s a mistake and what strategic issues to mind in the context of ecommerce management.

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Choosing Payment System for MaaS App: What to Remember

The MaaS market is one of the most prominent beneficiaries of the development of digital economy. MaaS apps have not only changed the way people commute but also how they pay for it. Increasingly often, payments affect the competitiveness of MaaS companies. What makes payment solutions so important for the MaaS industry, and what to mind while choosing a payment platform for a mobility system?

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