Archive for the ‘Security’ Category

Check your elogistics before going Online

April 7, 2009

Logistics are a vital part of customer satisfaction. A large part of logistics today is being impacted by the ecommerce industry, especially in its customer to business segment. In the last few years many companies have shifted their focus from ecommerce to outsourcing elogistics.

Elogistics can be defined as an IT-enhanced function that stretches right from the front end of your online store all the way to the backend where the customer is located. This entire process includes the following functions:

•    Order Management
•    Warehouse Management & Fulfillment
•    Transport & Delivery
•    Returns Management
•    Customer Service related issues

Here are a couple of tips designed to make your online business run easily:

•    For ecommerce stores, customers’ expectations differ greatly. Thus, you must start building an adequate elogistics infrastructure before you get started with building up your business. Analyze and understand the market requirements and try to adjust all your distribution channels in accordance with the requirements of the ecommerce industry.
•    Start by creating a checklist that covers all the important areas – from Business Plan Development and Supplier Management to Order Management, Returns Management and Inventory Management, and so on and so forth. This is very useful. When selling your products online, you should look further into Information Management as the ecommerce industry of today demands for the integration of diverse systems in the net.

Ecommerce business owners with already existing websites are now concentrating on elogistics, as a far more convenient and intelligent way to get their products and services to their customers. Transportation eMarketplaces and the likes have now started facilitating transport by putting the carriers and shippers together in the same allotted space. If you don’t have a proper elogistics plan in mind, you can always turn towards outsourcing in order to solve all your elogistics challenges. When starting off with my own ecommerce business, I was clueless about the inner details of the industry. It was through the undivided support and guidance of my ecommerce service provider – Devix Corporation (Devix V.5) that I learnt enough to survive and prosper in this trade.

The Indispensible SSL Certificate: A Must for your E-Commerce Website

February 20, 2009

Ecommerce is all about raking in the money and finding new ways to make more money. But making more money is not as simple as you may think it to be, especially when your consumers don’t feel safe performing online transaction on your website. This is where the Secure Socket Layer or SSL comes into play. Understanding how SSL works and impacts your ecommerce website can potentially help you make more money. When first starting out my own ecommerce company, I availed the services of Devix Corporation – a highly skilled and reliable ecommerce service provider. And it was through them that I first heard of the SSL certification for enhanced security.

SSL is the standard for security that establishes a sort of encrypted connection between the web server and the web browser. A SSL certificate would serve as a guarantee that the information being transferred between the web server and the browser will be kept confidential and private and above all – secure.

Ecommerce websites provide some very exciting opportunities but at the same a lot of Internet users nowadays have started facing a number of security issues and have started becoming conscious about the integrity of their private information and data, especially in matters related to their payment. But when you read about the risks involved in online transaction, you wouldn’t really blame them would you?

As an ecommerce site owner, one of your greatest needs would be to get an SSL certificate. SSL certification for an ecommerce site proves that the site is not a fraud. In addition, it also contains information, which inspires trust and faith in any consumers mind. Right from the name of the certificate Authority who issued the certificate to information about the certificate holder, from the domain that the certificate was issued to right to the root and country that it was issued in – the SSL certificate indeed goes a long way in making your consumers feel safe and secure.

The SSL certificate comes in two varieties – the 40-bit or the 128-bit varieties. However, since the 40-bit encryption is hacked, it is advisable to look for the 128-bit SSL certificate.

How can the SSL Certificate help your ecommerce website?

The SSL certificate can truly help build for your site a solid level of confidence amongst you consumers and web visitors. It is true that visitors to your site feel more secure when they realize that your SSL certified – that golden padlock is a mark of authentication and goes a long way in setting minds at ease. So, start realizing the benefits of ecommerce and get more competitive and comprehensive about your site by first securing it.

The SSL certificate is extremely important if your ecommerce site or online store accepts cash transactions or other forms of payment online. If you ask your consumers to submit any sort of confidential information like addresses or email addresses or if you happen to process any private data like logins or passwords, then the SSL certificate comes into play.

There are essentially two types of SSL certificates – the dedicated certificate that can be obtained from any of the official certificate vendors, and the shared certificate that is offered for free by your web hosting provider.

In an age where Internet scams run rampant and trust is the most important factor in any business, getting a SSL certificate may well be your solution to ecommerce success.