5 reasons why e-commerce has blown away other sectors

December 13, 2017 DESIGNirvana 0

The e-commerce sector has grown by leaps and bounds. It continues to progress and evolve while experiencing high levels of growth both in developing and developed markets. A number of non-banking players have entered the fray, which are aiding the e-commerce market in its growth. Asia has become the biggest e-commerce industry in the world with sales increasing at a rate of 20.7% per annum.

The craze of online shopping has increased beyond expectations. The use of smartphones, ingenious payment products, and broadband connections, has helped in its growth. However, security still remains a big concern.

Merchants are endeavoring to associate with banks and non-banks to conceptualize innovatively, and consumer-oriented payment options. Their key challenge is to effectively assimilate offline and online channels, increase the modes of payment and customize online shopping for consumers. Banks too are helping in this process by providing faster, cheaper and more secure payment solutions. They have become open to change and are modifying their retail payment business.

Although we as consumers can see all positives, the e-commerce industry is not devoid of its own share of challenges. Since it is a relatively new enterprise, not many online retailers have the correct online marketing skills to sell their products. A sorted governance structure is also lacking. With an increase in the number of online frauds, security is but a major source of concern for this industry.

Despite all these issues, the Indian e-commerce sector is flourishing day by day. Here is why:

Increased employment opportunities

According to a poll by Assocham, most of the engineering and management students are opting to work in the Indian e-commerce sector as opposed to industries like finance, marketing, FMCG, infrastructure and consulting. E-commerce recruitments have gone up by 65% as compared to last year. This sector has created about 18 million online jobs with over 3 million Indians working under its tutelage.

It is predicted that this industry will increase its hiring activity by 60-65% and will possibly create about 5-8 lac job opportunities in the next five years. According to the poll, e-commerce companies are offering a package of about 10-25 lac per annum, which is far greater than the average salary of 4-7 lac offered by other companies to engineering and management students.

Unprecedented growth

The revenue generated by e-commerce has increased by 60 times in the last four years. The growth has been massive. No wonder that online marketing jobs have become so popular suddenly. Flipkart and Snapdeal have succeeded in raising funds from many investors, aiding the growth of Indian e-commerce sector by $3 billion.

Moreover, Amazon, the world’s leading online retailer has agreed to invest about $2 billion in India over the next couple of years. According to a report by Technopak, the size of the e-commerce market in India will reach $32 billion by the year 2020.

Focus on consumer needs

E-commerce is one industry where special preference is given to consumer needs and behavior. Online retailers are constantly vying to understand the psyche of customers pertaining to shopping behavior in order to serve them with the best of products and services. Customers are being targeted not only because of their demographics but also because of their spending patterns. An analysis of the same allows retailers to market their products in a much better manner. This focussed targeting is assisting online retailers in converting maximum leads into profitable sales.

Smart use of social media platforms

Social media platforms have taken the World Wide Web by storm. Every individual, whether old or young, is active on at least one social media website. E-commerce industry has employed the assistance of these websites to the best of their abilities.

They have but opened new channels for online retailers to effectively advertise and promote their products. An important platform for loyalty and branding, social media websites are normally accessed by individuals in the age group of 18-34 years. This has made them quite useful for constructive exploitation by e-commerce enterprises. These websites also provide an efficient forum for amassing customer feedback.

It is all about the profit

With e-commerce, it is all gain with minimum pain. The cost incurred initially is not much. All one needs is an empty garage, one IT guy, a good internet connection, and you are good to go. No rentals need to be given for workspace. Products are sourced and delivered directly from the manufacturer to the consumer, hence eliminating additional costs to retailers. In short, with e-commerce, there is a minimum investment and maximum output.

Top quality free jquery plugins for web designers

December 1, 2017 DESIGNirvana 0

Jquery is becoming one of the most sought-after skill-set for any web designer, it is such a powerful tool these days for front end development. It can provide more interactive user experience with very limited effort. Jquery plugins are becoming more and more popular among the web design community mainly because of its simplicity and effectiveness. Anybody with very basic programming knowledge can easily customize and install a jquery plugin in his web design project. There is a huge repository of free jquery plugins online, new plugins are being added constantly each day.

Finding quality fresh jquery plugins from the huge repository can often be a tough task for a common man. Here we are doing the research part for you and here is a showcase of more than 15 high quality fresh free jquery plugins for web designers and developers. All these plugins are linked to its original source.

Arctext.js – Curving Text with CSS3 and jQuery

While CSS3 allows us to rotate letters, it is quite complicated to arrange each letter along a curved path. Arctext.js is a jQuery plugin that let’s you do exactly that. Based on Lettering.js, it calculates the right rotation of each letter and distributes the letters equally across the imaginary arc of the given radius.

Responsive Img – a jquery plugin

Using a PHP file, Responsive Img creates new images on the fly the first time they’re needed and puts them on your server.
Therefore, you can add Responsive Img to any site, without creating new images.
Responsive Img takes pixel ratio into account and uses larger images for Retina display and displays with other pixel ratios.

typeahead.js – a fast and fully-featured autocomplete library

Twitter has open sourced a very nice project named Typeahead.js for building smart auto-complete form fields.
It comes as a jQuery plugin shows suggestion as-users-type and can feature top suggestions with the help of styling.

Jquery Joyride

Joyride is extremely flexible and lets you take control of how people interact with your tour. We programmed it to be cross-browser compatible with modern browsers and even used some fancy CSS to avoid images. Now let’s see just how easy it is to take your first ride without getting the fuzz involved.

FitText – Jquery Plugin

FitText makes font-sizes flexible. Use this plugin on your fluid or responsive layout to achieve scalable headlines that fill the width of a parent element.

Reveal: jQuery Modals Made Easy

Reveal Jquery Modal Window Plugin – Reveal is awesome because it’s easy to implement, is cross-browser compatible with modern browsers (with some graceful degradation of course) and lightweight coming in at only 1.75KB. What that means for you is that it’s fast, sexy and just works. Now let’s see how easy is can be to get Reveal working!

Orbit: A Slick jQuery Image Slider Plugin

Orbit: A Slick jQuery Image Slider Plugin
Sick of confusing and bloated image sliders that never work?
Rock ZURB’s Orbit for a mere 4KB
Note: Works best in Chrome, Safari, FF3.5+ ( but is tested for IE7+, FF3.5+, Chrome, and Safari )

Tablecloth.js – Making HTML tables suck less

We’ve all been there. Either you’re redesigning a large site or working on a completely new one… styling tables is typically tedious and time-consuming. If you’d rather spend your valuable time making the other elements of your site pretty, use a tablecloth to do the heavy lifting.

Picker

A jQuery plugin for replacing default checkboxes and radios. Replace those boring default checkboxes and radio inputs with a custom picker.

ResponsiveSlides – Responsive slider plugin

ResponsiveSlides.js is a tiny jQuery plugin that creates a responsive slider using elements inside a container. It has been used on sites like Microsoft’s Build 2012 and Gridset App. ResponsiveSLides.js works with a wide range of browsers including all IE versions from IE6 and up. It also adds CSS max-width support for IE6 and other browsers that don’t natively support it. The only dependency is jQuery (1.6 and up supported) and that all the images are the same size.

Custom scrollbar plugin that’s fully customizable with CSS. Features vertical/horizontal scrolling, mouse-wheel support (via jQuery mousewheel plugin), scrolling buttons, scroll inertia with easing, auto-adjustable scrollbar length, nested scrollbars, scroll-to functionality, user-defined callbacks and much more.

Flipping Circle Slideshow

A simple circular slideshow where we flip the image in order to navigate.
It’s an experimental concept and the idea is to flip a circle in a specific angle depending on which spot of the circle we click. There are three different possibilities for each side: top, middle, and bottom. For example, when clicking on the top right part of the image, the circle will flip in the associated angle, making it look as if we press down that part and reveal the next image that is on the back face of the circle.

stickyMojo – contained sticky sidebar jQuery plugin

stickyMojo is a contained sticky sidebar jQuery plugin brought to you by MojoTech. It is lightweight, fast, flexible and compatible with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and IE8+. It will degrade gracefully in older versions of IE.

PageSlide

Clicking on a button or link slides the page over to reveal a hidden pane,
one that usually contains secondary navigation, a form, or additional information.

Sidr – jQuery plugin for creating responsive side menus

Sidr – The best jQuery plugin for creating side menus and the easiest way for doing your menu responsive.

Spectrum – The No Hassle jQuery Colorpicker

The No Hassle jQuery Colorpicker which is lightweight and easily customizable.

Super Scroll Orama

Superscrollorama is powered by TweenMax and the Greensock Tweening Engine. Go to greensock.com for documentation on how to use it. Why Greensock/TweenMax? Great performance, ease-of-use, expandability and basically because it is awesome.

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