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7 Undeniable risks you need to pay heed when launching your eCommerce business in 2018

7 Undeniable risks you need to pay heed when launching your eCommerce business in 2018
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The avalanche of complaints of cyber fraud and risks in eCommerce business is truly overwhelming. No doubt, as complaints continue to pour in at an unprecedented rate, cyber fraud has been the subject of much debate.

It behooves, therefore, to learn about the risks involved in eCommerce business.

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Risk #1: It is an uncontested fact that eCommerce businesses are prone to phishing and hacking attacks, credit card fraud and data errors.

Solution: To minimize the incidence of credit card fraud, request your users for non-storable CVV. To mitigate online attacks, deploy multilayered security and PCI scans along with SSL certifications

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Risk #2: Ecommerce Intellectual Properties (IP) such as product description, logos and mission statements are vulnerable to unauthorized use and infringement

Solution:  Accost a business attorney and perform an IP audit. If required, file a patent(s) to safeguard your IP(s)

Risk #3: Customer disputes and charge-back claims can impede your sales

Solution: Check the validity of cashback claims. Until and unless the item is shipped, do not charge your customers. If your refund policy is at fault, acknowledge your mistake(s) and rectify the same

Risk #4: Delay in product delivery can negatively affect customer satisfaction

Solution: Develop expertise in logistics, drop shipping and inventory management. Inventory management entails aspects such as safety stock management, cycle stock management.

Risk #5: Poor customer service can take its toll on your brand reputation

Solution: Customers are delighted when their expectations are met. To enhance customer service, use chat-bots. Professionally respond to their queries and TAT (Turn – Around – Time) should be minimum.

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Risk #6:  Tax management can be a head-ache

Solution: Sales tax varies across different delivery locations. Identify all your stakeholders – location, personnel, inventory, affiliates, drop shippers etc. Apportion taxes accordingly.

Risk #7: The ever-changing Google algorithm can mess with your website SEO

Solution: Stick to fundamentals. Product titles and descriptions should contain keywords. Keyword density should be optimum. Devise a social media strategy. Bet your chances on organic and paid traffic. Maintain consistency and keep monitoring your results

Found this useful? Keep watching this space for informative content. Cheers!

7 undeniable risks you need to pay heed when launching your ecommerce business in 2018


Jessica BrucI am a professional blogger, guest writer, Influencer & an eCommerce expert. Currently associated with ShopyGen as a content marketing strategist. I also report on the latest happenings and trends associated with the eCommerce industry.




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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article 7 Undeniable risks you need to pay heed when launching your eCommerce business in 2018 was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: May 24th, 2018

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