Google is reaching out to small businesses by offering a discounted service for millions of Web sites without search engines. The Custom Search Business Edition costs as little as $100 per year to $500 per year, according to this article.
BikeSomeWhere.com's decision to use PayPal's Mobile Checkout service has resulted in some strong customer reviews. "We're trying to reach the customer who's shopping at a bike shop and who can do a price comparison and either purchase through the cell phone or come back to our e-commerce site and make the purchase," President Jeff Stone says. "We want people to purchase through this, but also to use it as a tool to compare prices and find we're selling the same product at a lower price."
E-commerce companies are constantly challenged to keep their Web sites current with technological and design enhancements. Companies following the latest trends include Abt Electronics, which recently added live chats for sales and customer service and made product-information improvements, and Circuit City, which has developed microsites to offer more product detail and interactive user forums that are hosted by Circuit City sales staff.
Sprint Nextel has inked a deal with Loopt that will allow Sprint customers to access Loopt's "friend finding" service. The deal marks a major expansion for Loopt, which has been providing service for Boost Mobile since last year.