60 Stats & Trends That Will Define The Future of E-Commerce (Infographic)

60 Stats & Trends That Will Define The Future of E-Commerce (Infographic)

We at Pod Creative have been working with a few clients that own and manage e-commerce stores. In our experience, the learning curve is steep when there is so much riding on the performance of your online activity. We encourage you to read through the infographic below as It helps to keep things in perspective. Pieter Vorster Trying To Keep Up With The Current Ecommerce Trends The ecommerce industry is showing no signs of slowing down. Probably spurred by hopes of competing with brick and mortar shops that currently rule the market, ecommerce displays a strong willingness to align with technological advancements of our day and age. And, judging by the statistics, this readiness to mesh with the new technologies seems to be working great for the e-market. In 2017, retail ecommerce sales on a global level amounted to just over $2.3 trillion. According to the infographic by Subscriptionly, the number is projected to grow to $4.88 trillion by 2021. If this estimate turns out to be true, the market share for ecommerce will be far from marginal when compared to brick and mortar shops. What awaits ecommerce down the line will have a major impact on our everyday life as its implementation could instigate some radical changes going forward. Defining precisely what these changes are could be is a hard feat. However, we can analyze the current state of the e-market and try to use the data to determine what future has in store for ecommerce. The following infographic manages to do exactly that. It examines 60 interesting trends projected to have a direct impact on the future of ecommerce. By...
Funds roll in for Kus-kus-sum, Project Watershed hopes to restore former Field Sawmill site

Funds roll in for Kus-kus-sum, Project Watershed hopes to restore former Field Sawmill site

SCOTT STANFIELD ,  Apr. 17, 2018 11:30 a.m. – NEWS A number of groups and individuals have contributed to Project Watershed’s efforts to purchase and restore the former Field Sawmill site on the Courtenay River near the 17th Street Bridge. The Cumberland Community Forest Society has raised thousands at trivia nights, attendees at Doug Hillian’s retirement party raised a few thousand, and two boys raised more than $100 at their sixth birthday party. Alexandra Calland and the Estuary Angel (who is matching funds raised) have also contributed significant sums to the project dubbed Kus-kus-sum, in reference to an ancient K’ómoks First Nation village. “People do amazing things,” said Paul Horgen, board chair of the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society. “There’s a lady who lives in Comox who brought in a jar of coins. She says every day she takes a toonie from her purse and sticks it in a jar, and at the end of the month she donates it to Kus-kus-sum.” Horgen said Interfor Corporation, the property owner, wants to see some sort of conservation solution at the site. “They’ve been one of our biggest donors, too,” he said. “We’re hoping to convince the professionals to step up. It’s looking pretty good, but we’ve got a long ways to go. We’ve made some contacts with some of our political leaders, and hopefully that’s going to move in the right direction.” The entire project will cost about $6.5 million, including restoration, which is a few years down the road. The society has raised $140,000 from the community for land acquisition. It will soon receive another $400,000 from the Fish and Wildlife...
5 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas from Pod Creative

5 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas from Pod Creative

Not usually a fan of being told what to do, this post is stepping outside of my comfort zone. That having been said, the following 5 ideas for Holiday Gifts bring value beyond the product you are left with. Have a look, hopefully you will agree. If not, leave us a comment to let us know about some of your personal favourite Holiday Gift ideas. Pieter Vorster 1.) Unpave Paradise by Donating to Kus-kus-sum “Not done Christmas shopping yet? Do the charitable “alternative giving” with us – either online or at the office. Studies show that the majority of Canadians prefer a gift like this, rather than a traditional one.” Kathy Haigh, Project Watershed Director You can find our more about the Field Sawmill Restoration project and how you can contribute at:  kuskussum.ca 2.) Buy a copy of Tales of Kona the Guide Dog “Kona will quickly find her way into the hearts of children of all ages, while teaching everyone a bit about how to behave around guide dogs while they’re on and off duty.” A portion of the sales from this book will go towards BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Services. Another portion will go towards Comox Valley Project Watershed Society. 3.) Become a Member of Tidechange.ca (or donate) “Tide Change is continually adapting to the changing face of the Internet.  Knowing full well that people are deluged with news from around the world, leaving local stories and events overlooked. That’s where Tide Change comes in.  Our primary focus is the Comox Valley and surrounding areas.  Our news is updated regularly, highlighting local events and local interest stories.  We also post stories...
Where the Heart Is: Benefit for Supportive Housing December 14th

Where the Heart Is: Benefit for Supportive Housing December 14th

The Comox Valley is warmly invited to be part of a special benefit night dedicated to supportive housing efforts in the Comox Valley on Thursday December 14th at the Waverley Hotel.   Join Elevate the Arts and a host of musicians, friends and neighbours for a night of music, compassion, kindness, joy, knowledge building and connection! 100% of funds raised go to Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness and the Comox Valley Transition Society.   Did you know there is currently NO publicly funded supportive housing in the Comox Valley for those dealing with mental health, disability, addiction, recovery, or the formerly homeless to live with dignity in our community? Join us in raising our voices, raising funds, and focusing our advocacy for change. The closest thing we have to supportive housing in the Comox Valley (housing with staff support) is managed by community organizations with bare bone budgets who rely on donations and goodwill from local property owners. This is a massive load for local non profits to carry alone and they need our support.   ‘Where the Heart Is’ will feature non stop music from 7:00-12:30. Admission by donation. $2 from every Philips or Hoyne Beer goes to the pot. Performers confirmed for the special community event include PK Tessmann, Henri Fabergé, Chad Pabianek, The Wits, Helen Austin, Amy Muloin, Tereza Tomek, Reesa Schorno, Jilli Martini with Farley & Kat, Kevin Jay Flesher, Anela Kahiamoe, Emily Cars and Perseverance Creek. Stay tuned for other special surprises to come!   Cash donations of any size are requested at the door. In-kind donations for special draw baskets can be delivered to Rare Bird Books or Tarbells Deli in Cumberland up until end of day December 13th. Larger items ($200 + value) for Online Silent...
Expanded Elevate Bazaar this Weekend!

Expanded Elevate Bazaar this Weekend!

For the sixth year in a row, lovers of art, crafts and the curious will gather in the dark belly of the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay for the annual Elevate Winter Bazaar! This Friday and Saturday, December 8th and 9th, 40 carefully selected creators of beautiful, breathtaking and bizarre art and craft will descend on Downtown Courtenay. This highly anticipated craft fair offers attendees the opportunity to discover enticing, intriguing and unusual works from inspired local artisans. A NEW special Friday evening event features the sounds of DJ Selector Sproutsonic, delicious elixirs, a card-making cavern and a unique night-time craft fair shopping opportunity! The Elevate Bazaar runs Friday Dec 8th from 5-9 pm. Then on Saturday Dec 9th the Bazaar runs from 10 am-4:30 pm and features tasty snacks and hot beverages infused with delicious local flavours, hands on art and craft activities, readings, DJ’s, and incredible offerings from the talented hands and minds of our community. From leather, woodwork, stones, metal work, jewelry, bones, screen prints and art to heavenly libations, candles, honey, oils, buttons and clothing – there is something for absolutely everyone on your shopping list at the Bazaar! “If you’re looking for the place to inspire the fire your creative heart and to discover unique creations from local artists, the Elevate Winter Bazaar is the perfect destination this weekend. Stay for while and make some art yourself in our hands-on art cave, visit with friends and neighbours and enjoy the diverse creative talent that calls the Comox Valley home. Admission to the Bazaar is by donation. 100% of donations support the barrier free, street...

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