How the Internet of Things Uses Data-Based Insights to Create a Better World

Fitbit fitness tracker. Nest home thermostat. Philips Sonicare toothbrush. LIFX light bulbs. Caterpillar tractors. The Port of Hamburg. What do all these have in common? They’re all part of the Internet of Things, or IoT, where “smart” devices collect and transmit data, which can then be used by either the manufacturer or the consumer to make changes or improvements to the device or to how it’s used.

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New Infographic: How Subscriptions are Fueling the E-Commerce Juggernaut

Subscriptions are not only changing how retailers do business and how consumers buy, but the model’s popularity is also a key factor in fueling the continued growth of e-commerce. These days, there’s an abundance of subscription products and services from which to choose, meeting nearly every need and every niche interest. From everyday necessities like razors, soap, and dog treats, to gourmet snacks, handmade tea, curated beauty products, designer jewelry, even airline flights and legal counsel – there’s a subscription service to meet a wide range of wants and needs.

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Year of the Monkey Brings E-Commerce Opportunities in Asia-Pacific

February 8th marks the start of the Chinese New Year and ushers in the Year of the Monkey. According to Chinese horoscopes, the Year of the Monkey will be marked by many financial events. If merchants want to see good returns on their financial investments, then they need to “outsmart” the monkey.

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7 Lessons From Innovative and Creative Subscription Companies

The subscription business model, being as flexible as it is, supports a wide range of businesses—from SaaS companies, to box-of-the-month clubs, to myriad service and product offerings aimed at consumers as well as businesses. But a subscription model alone doesn’t guarantee success.

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All You Need is Love – and a Little Chocolate (Preferably Delivered Monthly)

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”  Charles M. Schulz

This Valentine’s Day, the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that consumers will buy more than just a little chocolate, with individuals spending on average over $140 on gifts for their sweeties. Those gifts – of cards, flowers, chocolate, jewelry, romantic dinners, and whatever other creative ideas people come up with – will total around $19 billion!

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Limitless! Subscription Businesses Take Flight and Build Their Case

Disposable razors, luxury watches, handmade tea, designer jewelry, Japanese candy, Archie comic books, and of course, music, movies, and software—these are some of the things consumers and businesses can now obtain via subscription. The proven success of such a broad range of subscription businesses shows that the model can be applied to nearly any type of product or service. All it may take is identifying some untapped need, paired with some innovative thinking, and of course, a subscription billing solution to power your success.

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“Terms and conditions apply” – Subscription Businesses Face Lawsuits for Violating California’s Auto-Renew Law

Smart businesses aspire for transparency in their interactions with their customers and employees. In practice, complete transparency can sometimes be difficult to achieve. Unfortunately, not doing so can have significant negative repercussions.

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The Results Are In: Mobile Gains Ground, Eats Brick-and-Mortar

The growth of mobile over the past few years should come as no surprise, and many analysts have been wondering whether e-commerce sales via mobile devices will one day overtake sales completed on desktops and laptops. If the 2015 holiday season is any indication, that is a distinct possibility.

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Live Webinar: Get on the Fast Track to Subscription Billing Success

The subscription business model delivers predictable revenue and customer loyalty across industries, from entertainment and consumer goods to business services and tech. But how can you cut through subscription billing complexity and get your business on the fast track to revenue?

Please join Recurly for a complimentary, one-hour webinar on how IT leaders can get up and running quickly with their subscription business.

Subscription Revenue Technology: Getting on the Fast Track
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 10am PT / 1pm ET

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SaaS Solutions Brings a Sunny Forecast to Enterprise Businesses in 2016

The forecast for SaaS companies in 2016 is a sunny one. Why? Because the cloud has become the platform of choice and the de facto delivery model for more and more businesses, large and small. Although the cloud as we know it today has been around since the 2000’s, 2015 has proven to be a watershed year due to the widespread adoption of cloud-based business solutions and infrastructure for the enterprise, as outlined in this recent article from ZDNet.

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