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Studies are often pages-long and weighed down with numbers. We extract all the important data from studies or infographics and prepare it for our visitors. This always provides Handelskraft readers with all the relevant statistics, data, and facts at a glance. Apart from this, we also interpret the data and facts, identifying new trends or developments within the e-commerce scene.

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Digital business compass: Handelskraft 2019 »Digital DNA« now available for download!

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Twelve years ago Handelskraft saw the light of the virtual world as a blog. Since then we have been reporting day by day on topics and trends of the digital revolution. And six years ago we published our first trend book: Handelskraft 2013 »Trends, strategies and potential in everywhere commerce«.

Old but gold, because going through it, you realise how long so many trends actually last. In 2019, and more than ever before, it’s all about theory becoming a real-life success and how to turn trends into innovations.

To do this, companies need to write their own digital code, because »Digital DNA« is what they need to survive in a highly competitive online business. It’s their evolutionary
advantage in the digital age and our title for this year’s trend book: Handelskraft 2019.

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New white paper: »Customer Engagement: Digital Experience Platforms Compared«

Source: dotSource

Nowadays anyone can connect to anything and everyone through the Internet and exchange with different technology. Technological efficiency is often the key to success in these connections between people, but also between people and product or people and services.

82 per cent of marketers believe that they know how their clients want to interact with their business. The problem: Almost a quarter of all clients disagree with this statement.

In times when purchasing and sourcing have become commonplace across all touchpoints, it poses a major challenge for brands to provide their customers with meaningful information across all channels along the entire customer journey as well beyond to accompany. The tricky thing to remember: Customer engagement. But how can we create the most consistent, contextual and relevant customer experiences possible?

This is precisely where digital experience platforms come into play. Success stories such as Facebook, Spotify, or Zalando show that digital platforms are a meeting place between all stakeholders (customers, partners, employees) to generate exponential growth and high value.

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Online payment methods – Trends and challenges [5 reading tips]

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Digitisation is changing even most mundane things, like paying for things. Cash is almost a relic, while digital payments are multiplying and spreading. At the top is PayPal. Ever since the launch of Google Pay and Apple Pay in Germany, the enthusiasm for mobile payments is continuing to increase as the smartphone becomes the wallet of the future.

There’s no doubt that the way we’re paying for things is changing. Retailers have to act on this, especially if the complexity increases and the requirements as well. What should retailers, manufacturers, and brands in the DACH region pay attention to in order to best meet customer requirements and what does the future look like for payments?

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New white paper: Selecting Marketing Automation Systems

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Digitisation is now growing in Europe in sales and marketing departments. Marketing automation is getting said more and more often, but not many people know what that actually means.

Consumers have a strong buying power thanks to new technology, social media, and evaluation platforms. They’re more informed than ever before. Users’ expectations are increasing. They want an individual shopping experience, adapted to their interests. Marketing automation systems help marketing and sales automate processes to more effectively address potential and existing customers across all channels. It combines functions such as lead management, web tracking, campaign management, and workflows in a comprehensive software, and can be connected to existing systems such as a CRM or shop system.

In our new white paper, “Selecting Marketing Automation Software” we provide an overview of the basic characteristics of marketing automation, a guide to system evaluation, and a detailed overview of system vendors on the market. Entry-level solutions such as Hubspot, medium-sized solutions such as Evalanche, and enterprise systems such as Salesforce, Adobe and SAP Hybris are shown.

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Distributed commerce: Shop anywhere with fewer clicks

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Moments of inspiration strike outside online shops, which is what distributed commerce takes advantage of. From Instagram to Facebook and Snapchat to TikTok, users on the platforms are reluctant to leave what they were doing just to buy something. So how can companies get on the feeds of hundreds, thousands, or even millions and get them to make a purchase? We’ll take a look at some real-world examples.

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Digital patient records – The Danish example

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While in Germany we’re discussing paper organ donor cards, tormenting ourselves in crowded waiting rooms for hours to obtain a printed prescription, or looking in vain for our vaccination certificate, our neighbours in Denmark have been solving their health issues conveniently and successfully for many years in an app.

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Real added value thanks to real-time personalisation [New study]

eTail – Driving Decisions with Real-Time Data

»Time is money,« says Benjamin Franklin’s essay: »Advice to a Young Tradesman« published in 1748. And even over 270 years later, this famous quote hasn’t lost importance. On the contrary: More than ever before, the e-tailers – the “tradesmen” of today and tomorrow – need to make the most of their time, the time of their customers, and the signs of the times. Sounds philosophical, but leads to the central question of this fast-moving digital age: How do dealers manage to meet customer demands in light of the times?

And the answer – always presents companies with complex challenges: Almost everything has to be REAL. Real-time personalised offers, real-time for real relationship management from person to person, real content, promoted by real users, and not least, a true brand image. However, this will only succeed if companies “look for innovative and new ways” and integrate them – with the customer at the centre of all efforts – into their business strategy.

This is also shown by the study »eTail – Driving Decisions with Real-Time Data«, in which 100 e-commerce execs from Germany and Europe were asked at the end of 2018 about which challenges they currently face. Today, you’ll learn what the Worldwide Business Research Insights study in collaboration with dotSource, Looker Data Science Inc., and Algolia has revealed.

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From mobile commerce to science – What’ll PWAs conquer next?

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Anyone who wants to digitize today doesn’t need an app anymore. There’s long been a smarter solution to meet today’s user requirements: Progressive Web Apps. By combining the features of a mobile-optimised website with the usability of an app, they significantly enhance the user experience, not just from an end-user perspective, but also from a business perspective. Today we’ll show you the advantages of this new technology based on different use cases from the digital business, and also on a very special example from the successful cooperation of dotSource with science.

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No deal! What’ll Brexit do to online retail?

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30 March 2019 will go down in history. For the first time, the European Union is shrinking, as it’ll lose one of its members that day. In accordance with Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May led the exit process after almost 52 per cent of UK citizens voted to leave in 2016. The exit agreement between the EU and UK, which had been negotiated for years, failed before the British House of Commons. A consequence might be a so-called hard Brexit, without binding regulations between the two parties. What consequences does this have for the current state international online retail? Will this huge amount of chaos also hurt online shopping?

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The Holy Grail of Personal Data – Putting GDPR to the Test

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Amazon knows us better than most of our friends. Accurate product suggestions and personalised advertising ensure that your opinion of them is full of enthusiasm instead of irritation, because such features are expected when it comes to online shopping.

But what’s the price we’re paying for this convenience? Thanks to the GDPR, civil rights activist, journalist, and economist Katharina Nocun requested all her data Amazon collected about her then went through it, and was astounded by what she found.

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