Best of the Blogosphere: September 2016

Hannah Gierosky

Sometimes we come across a blog that is so good that we just have to share it. We will highlight a few of our favorites each month here on the blog, but don't forget to see what else we are sharing on Twitter and Facebook.


UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper Whitepaper

The UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper Study takes a look at today’s shoppers’ motivations for purchasing in order to help retailers take advantage of opportunities and prepare for challenges. In this year’s fifth annual study, the growing role of technology in commerce takes center stage. Customers have come to expect a unified shopping experience across all channels, from online to in-store. In addressing that challenge, UPS came across four key takeaways that, when applied correctly, can help retailers meet the demands of the modern shopper.

Evolved Shoppers

UPS has identified two major groups of shoppers who are taking more and more control over their own retail experience: Power Shoppers and Millennial Marvels. Both are technologically savvy and impacting the way retailers use technology.

Shiny New Objects

Everyone loves new things, but how are customers finding new products? Understanding that can help retailers reach a new customer base. 

Channel Dynamics

Mobile devices continue to shape the eCommerce industry and shopping behaviors of customers. How can retailers keep up with the changing nature of eCommerce?

The Ready Retailer

“Retailers not ready to step up their game will fall behind.” It’s that simple. Your organization's fundamentals must be exceptional in addition to your adoption of tech advances.

Read more in depth about these findings by downloading the entire study.

Tax Compliance Webinars with Avalara

Join us in learning more about sales tax within your eCommerce organization from the experts at Avalara. They are hosting two upcoming webinars that go in depth on sales tax compliance. Read on to learn more about these webinars. Busy on either of those days? Sign up anyway and Avalara will send you the recording.

10 Sales Tax Rules to Live By

Date: Thursday, September 8

Time: 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT 

Sales tax compliance can be a nightmare, but it doesn't have to be. Just knowing some of the fundamental rules will clear up what many businesses struggle with every month.

Sales tax expert Scott Peterson will explain: 

  • How the simplest of activities can create nexus in other states
  • The tax implications between “bill to” and “ship to”
  • Why collecting exemption certificates is an auditor's red flag
  • New sales tax rules that determine whether your business is compliant

Click to Register for Avalara's 10 Sales Tax Rules to Live By Webinar

The Field Guide to Use Tax

Date: Tuesday, September 27

Time: 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT 

Tax experts often call use tax the "forgotten" tax. That's because many companies unknowingly neglect managing it properly. The fact is use tax is a big deal. That must be why errors in use tax are the number one red flag for state auditors. Attend the Field Guide to Use Tax presentation to set you down the right path.

Sales and Use Tax Expert Christine Martin will explain:

  • The major difference between sales tax and use tax
  • How to identify examples of use tax in your business
  • How to easily file and report use tax for a safe audit
  • Adding use tax compliance in your business (without disrupting business as usual)

Click to Register for Avalara's Field Guide to Use Tax Webinar

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