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Why American Shopping Malls Are Going the Way of the Dodos

Brace yourselves: a new beast is about to be added to the rapidly growing list of extinct species, only this time it won't be a bird, fish, or any other animal. No, if current trends continue, the great American shopping mall, that omnipresent pinnacle of our love to eat food court offerings and shop until we drop, will be a thing of the past. Since 2006, not a single new enclosed mall has been built in the United States. By 2024, approximately 50% of all our once beloved malls will be closed, never again to let the ring of a cash register echo through their venerable halls. That's Not to Say All Malls Are Dead, but... Of course, this shouldn't be read to mean that all malls will go the way of the dinosaurs. If you take anything away from this, it should be that the shopping center will become more of a novelty, instead of a consumerist utopia that every big city has. As of now, there are 109,000 shopping centers peppered throughout the United States, most of which will be closing in the very near future. However, as with anything, innovation and novelty will play a huge part in...
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Points to Ponder Before Choosing Magento as Platform for Your Web Shop

Magento is a highly powerful and considerably flexible e-Commerce platform that develops fully functional e-stores giving your business an edge over competition. Magento is being currently used by around 2,00,000 merchants globally, each recommending this platform further. Businesses feel powered when they are set up using Magento. If facts are anything to go by than 1 in 4 online businesses prefer to set their web shop using Magento. Businesses love to choose Magento to develop their eStore for its flexibility, ease in functioning and the amount of extensions it provides. Magento community and partner eBay Inc. are just added advantage. Is Magento a Good Option for you? There are many shopping cart platforms available in the market at present. Many of them are highly easy to use and do not have the complexities that Magento comes with. In most the platforms you don’t even  need a developer to build your store. Why then do most businesses consider using Magento as the stand essential platform to develop their eStores? Most businesses use Magento because they are referred to this platform but are not aware of its functionality. If a business is planning to migrate to Magento, it should ideally consider a few...
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Features Your Shopping Cart Shouldn't Be Without

5 features that an Online Shopping Cart Should Include When considering your shopping cart CMS and the features that savvy merchants rely upon to give their shoppers a better experience and to create less administrative work, it becomes apparent that there are a few common features that you will not want to be without. Integrated Shipping Calculation This is fairly basic, but is not implemented in several commercial shopping carts without customization. There is nothing worse for a customer to checkout with their shopping cart and then find out that they will incur extra charges that did not get totalled into the final price because their shipping costs were not included. Some carts offer the capability of choosing among multiple shipping vendors. The convenience of having multiple vendors, however, can be offset by the increase in the complexity of the transaction for the customer. Integrated Sales Tax Calculation For those sites that are shipping goods to different states in the United States, the standard used to be that a customer that owed tax, would need to remember and individually report their purchases, paying the sales tax for their state after the transaction was complete. In practice, this never worked as most...
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