6 Ways SMBs Can Meet Online Shoppers' High Shipping Expectations

For many online shoppers, shipping has become a pivotal issue, and one of the worst things an etailer can do is allow a shipment to be late. On-time arrival is such a high expectation that many shoppers find late delivery worse than other notoriously disagreeable things, a recent survey of online shoppers suggests. Here are some of the things a significant number of respondents preferred to getting a package late: a root canal; spending the weekend with in-laws; and telling their kids Santa is a myth. Also, consumers want shipping to be free.

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Ford, Microsoft Pour Cash Into Pivotal

Pivotal last week announced a $253 million round of Series C financing. Led by new investor Ford, together with Microsoft and previous investors GE, EMC and VMware, the deal is expected to close this month. Pivotal’s customers include seven of the top 10 U.S. banks, three global automakers and half the top 10 telecom companies. Its agile-based approach lets enterprises build and operate software rapidly, the company said. It’s teaming up with Ford and Microsoft to help introduce its cloud and analytics software to new customers.

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Samsung and GlobalFoundries buddy up for 14nm, while IBM heads for the exit

An IBM engineer standing outside a chip fab lab
GlobalFoundries has signed an agreement to license Samsung’s 14nm technology, but IBM is nowhere to be seen. Has the pivotal third leg of the vaunted Common Platform collapsed?

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/181136-samsung-and-globalfoundries-buddy-up-for-14nm-while-ibm-heads-for-the-exit

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