Learn for FREE: 6 Best E-commerce Courses You Must Try in 2021!

Last year, digital commerce became a necessity! Needless to say, many people around the nation shifted from offline to online shopping. Not only has this changed the whole e-commerce landscape, but has also given an opportunity to many new players to enter the market. While there has been a rise in the industry, many people have become enthusiastic to give e-commerce a try!  

Are you willing to start your own e-commerce business? Or do you have an e-commerce business that has hit a plateau and now you can’t boost your sales? Well, to make the most out of this fast-paced industry, you should start with an e-commerce course. And what could be better than trying out a FREE course? 

“Commencing with an e-commerce business is slightly different from opening a brick and mortar shop.”

From learning site optimization to web analytics to content marketing, an e-commerce course can give you the chance to get along with like-minded people. Here we have curated a list of 6 FREE e-commerce courses to help you kick-start your career in this industry!

6 E-commerce Courses to try in 2021!

1. Sourcing and Customising Best Selling Products for E-commerce by Alison

In the world of digital retail, it has become too difficult to boost sales, particularly when there is vast competition. But if your approach is correct, no one can stop you from winning the race. With the same notion, this course helps you to add value to your products to gain high returns. Without needing assistance from a fancy designing boutique, you will be able to create your fully-functional store. Also, the course is free of cost if you register with Alison.

 After finishing the course, you will get an expertise in the following areas:

  • What are online marketplaces
  • How to customize products to elevate its value
  • How to make a successful single product store 

2. E-commerce certification course by eMarketing Institute

To help you understand the fundamentals of e-commerce in-depth, this course features detailed aspects of online business. From making a business plan to finding strategies to increase sales, you will get to know all the things e-commerce. With an increase in Mobile usage, businesses need to optimize their website for mobile devices. There’s another segment in the course featuring Mobile SEO to improve the user experience. 

 After finishing the course, you will get an expertise in the following areas:

  • How to create a business plan
  • How to optimize the website
  • How to choose a CMS (Content management system) platform to design website
  • How to sell on online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, etc.

3. E-commerce logistics and Last Mile by edX

If you are eager to know the logistics and operations process in an e-commerce business, this course is just for you! With a special focus on logistics and fulfillment, it is more on the practical side. Throughout the course, you will develop an understanding of operations and supply chain management with the challenges attached to virtual sales. 

*The course is free but to have the certificate you will have to pay.*

After finishing the course, you will get an expertise in the following areas:

  • What are the different stages of e-commerce logistics operation
  • What are the main challenges faced 
  • How to maintain relationships with customers with worldwide e-commerce logistics cases
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4. Get a Business Online by Google

To get the nitty-gritty of e-commerce websites and digital marketing, this course is suitable for you. Designed by Google, this course doesn’t put light on complex topics, however, if you are getting started in the industry, it will assist you. Along with niche topics, you will also explore some online marketing topics such as Google Analytics, SEO, online advertising, etc. With 7 modules, you will get a verified certificate at the end of the course. 

 After finishing the course, you will get an expertise in the following areas:

  • How to create an online strategy
  • How to stand out from the competition
  • How to build an online presence
  • How to manage online payments

5. Diploma in E-Business by Alison

Want to scale your already-existing online business? This course has the answers to all your queries. From building an online marketing plan to improving your site’s landing page, you will explore all the aspects of e-commerce and online marketing. You will also learn to write ads to entice your customer base while choosing the right keywords! Along with that, the course gives you a brief about tools such as Google Webmaster, Google AdWords, and Google AdSense!

 After finishing the course, you will get an expertise in the following areas:

  • How to create a website and make it look beautiful
  • How to connect with customers online
  • How to use local SEO tactics
  • How to navigate Google analytics report

6. Online marketing certification course by eMarketing Institute

In the age of digital technology, it is essential to get the knack of online marketing before you start your own business. This course allows you to explore several areas of the new marketing landscape including social media marketing, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, affiliate marketing, etc. After the inception of advanced technology, the lines have blurred and there has been a complete convergence. This course will make you understand that in-depth while keeping a well-balanced blend of art and science.

After finishing the course, you will get an expertise in the following areas:

  • How to make use of numbers in the digital era
  • How to reach out to potential customers
  • How to implement social media in your business strategy

How can we help you?

If you’re still confused and want e-commerce advice for your brandstore then you can approach ANS Commerce, India’s #1 full-stack e-commerce enabler. We help our partner brands from giving warehousing and fulfillment services to sales-centric performance marketing to brandstore designing to marketplace management. If you want to know more, request a free DEMO now!

There you have your six e-commerce courses! Before you start the course, here’s a tip for you! Don’t let the knowledge slip through your mind! Make your notes and practice your concepts to build your own brandstore. Initiate the new year with a new beginning and new learning! Enroll yourself today! 

Bid Adieu To 2020 With Top 20 E-commerce Trends!

Did we ever think classroom sessions will be replaced by video call applications? Did we ever think sanitizer will be given more priority over a bottle of water? 

Whatever they say, 2020 has been quite a momentous year! 

With a pocket full of technology and free time, we have faced many challenges. Not to mention FOMO has finally become our best buddy! But still, it would be a shame to say that the year was boring. There was a time when we were a bit skeptical to shop online. But, this year, has clearly changed that too, as we were left with no choice but to buy everything we had abandoned for months. 

So, can it be any better than 2020? Well, to kick off your year-end blues, we have curated a list of 20 e-commerce trends to wave our goodbyes. Also, if you are planning to start your online business, or you already have an established e-commerce business, you must capture the recap of this beloved year!

Top 20 E-commerce Trends of 2020! 

1. Spike in the contactless payment options

The pandemic has surely seen a decrease in the percentage of cash on delivery orders! According to our data, the contribution of the COD payment options has decreased from 47% in 2019 to 27% and the share of online payment modes has increased to 73% this year. Seeing this trend, e-commerce businesses have included a plethora of social payment options such as Apple pay, Google wallet, Facebook payments, Twitter Buy, etc., to let customers make seamless payments. 

2. The increasing demand for Mom & Babycare products

There is no doubt in saying that health has been a major concern this year, especially for new mothers and infants. This need has surely upsurged the demand for the Mom & Babycare products. If we talk in numbers, there has been an 8X increase in the sales contribution from this segment in 2020!

3. Devouring healthy snacks and counting their nutritional value is the new norm

The outbreak of pandemic has increased the importance of food and nutrition in our lives. But now, people have become more conscious about their health. Soy milk, whey ice cream, protein bars, dried berries, roasted seeds, etc, have become their go-to snacks. Marketplaces such as Amazon, Flipkart, etc. have been flooded with nutritional products.  

4. Increase in the sales contribution from non-metro cities

According to ANS Commerce partner brands data, the sales contribution of tier-2 cities has increased from 44% in 2019 to 65% this year. Buying patterns of consumers all around the nation seem to have changed significantly with categories such as health & nutrition and FMCG & agriculture making a surge. Further, with an increase in the number of mobile users, tier-2 city users seemed to become more confident and aware of online shopping. 

5. The importance of the user-generated content


With the emergence of social media, the pandemic has failed to keep people distant mentally. They have been using social media sites more than ever. Taking the advantage of this trend, brands have been using engagement marketing tactics such as contests and giveaways by motivating users to generate content. 

6. The rise of independent local businesses in shaping customers’ journey

Local businesses, on one hand, are the backbone of our nation’s economy, while on the other hand, they serve with a plethora of inexpensive options, not to mention the fact that they keep us close to our culture. People’s preferences for local and small brands have increased in the year 2020. Not to mention how our social media news feeds are flooded with users giving shoutouts to their favorite brands.

7. An increase in the service-based subscription model

The subscription model has been preferred by almost all e-commerce businesses, given the fact it has the leverage to boost sales. Coming over to the specific type in the e-commerce business, the service-based subscription model seemed to hold a great value. This business model generally controls pricing based on the value, giving users flexibility. Extra benefits such as free delivery, quick delivery, etc, add more value to the customers’ lives. Almost all the platforms are indulged to position their brand through these tactics.

8. Loyalty programs to establish long-term relationships

In entrepreneurs’ marketing toolbox, loyalty programs hold a certain value to enhance long-term relationships with customers. With deeply personalized offers, brands try to make sure their customers are rewarded.

9. A surge in the sales of Sustainable products

People all around the nation have seen to pay more attention to their purchasing decisions. More sustainable ways of production are fabricating ways into shopper’s marketing strategies. Some of the popular sustainability trends include the production of homegrown food items, cruelty-free makeup products, sustainable & slow fashion apparel, etc.

10. Influencer marketing is the new sales model

With an increase in the consumption of social media, influencers have attained enormous power to guide their audience. Through influencer marketing campaigns brands are trying to make use of the creativity and control that the influencers have made over time with their audience.

11. New ways of gifting loved ones

The idea behind giving e-gift cards to loved ones has become popular these days. And e-commerce players are well acquainted with it. So, if you want to grab the notice of your prospects, invest in e-gift cards to give your customers flexibility! ANS Commerce has been in close contact with their partner brands and decided to expedite a module in our product roadmap given its increased relevance. We had enabled the gift cards feature on Kartify this year – it’s an easier way to boost a brand’s sales.

12. Chatbots have become a new way to communicate

Be it tracking your product, or asking queries regarding product exchange, communicating with chatbots have increased more than ever! Chatbots have been there forever, but with the surge in online sales, their usage has also increased. 

13. ROPO (research online purchase offline)

Forecasters and marketers have forecasted last year that ROPO (research online purchase offline will continue to rise. But looking at the current scenario, the trend seems to have disappeared in the year 2021.

14. Mobile commerce in 2021

To let people enjoy the perks of quick shopping, businesses are engaging in mobile/ social commerce. Also, brands have looked to integrate WhatsApp & social commerce as another online sub-channel. Due to a tremendous increase in online shopping, Instagram has come up with a new option to sell. It has expanded its shopping services across IGTV. You can sell and merchandise your products by showcasing your range of products via IGTV. 

15. An increase in the Omni-channels tactics

Customers are present everywhere. Be it website, mobile applications, social media platforms, you won’t see a single platform that doesn’t have a social presence. Omni-channel is an approach that provides a fully-integrated experience to the customers. Warehousing and fulfillment also play an eminent role when it comes to e-commerce sales. Not to mention how omni-channel tactics can improve inventory depth! Along with the drift, the preference of brands has also seemed to change with the rising number of stock-keeping. To enable simple, fast, and reliable delivery, brands are seen to get fascinated by multi-city warehouses and omnichannel delivery options.

16. The rise of AR and VR

Virtual reality has been there before this year, but it has continued to pick up speed in 2020.  Virtual reality and augmented reality have increased to enhance the e-commerce experience for customers with online assistance/ recommendations, virtual trial rooms, etc. 

17. Most preferred product segments of 2020

Fashion & Lifestyle was always a major contributor to e-commerce sales. But this year, the festive season in the wake of coronavirus has upsurge the demand for other segments as well. Beauty & personal care segment contribution has also increased. In the current scenario of washing and sanitizing each item, there is a surge in the hygiene and germ control category too.  

18. Unstoppable growth of B2B e-commerce

In the age of digital technology, B2B e-commerce is growing with an accelerated speed. The days of supplies needing to be ordered via fax order forms or other offline methods are seen to be shrinking. Both new and established brands have started to value their customers online.
By automating B2B through their e-commerce site, the businesses also seem to reduce their operating costs. 


19. Country of origin norm

100% of brands around the nation have this information on the mandatory guidelines of using ‘Made in India’ as a product attribute. This has risen in both the production and consumption of Indian goods. Kartify – our brandstore tech – is made in India to deliver exceptional e-commerce experience to Indian brands. We are striving to increase India’s e-commerce presence by assisting brands! Request your free DEMO now!

20. Voice Commerce has introduced us to voice search

With Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Amazon’s Alexa, shopper’s reliance on voice assistants has increased. Simply commanding a voice assistant while indulging in the routine chores helps you save time. People have seen to use voice search more rapidly in 2020. 

While these are some of the biggest trends of the year 2020, we can see many other trends impacting the industry. We are super excited to see what next year brings in, are you?

Festive Season 2020 Trends: ANS Commerce facilitates 2.5X more festive sales at 25-30% lower cost for its partner brands

In inclusion with sentiments and happiness, the festive season comes with deals and offers for buyers to swear by. But with the COVID-19 still being the reason for the forbiddance of offline purchase, usage of e-commerce websites and marketplaces have increased.

Undoubtedly, the Indian e-commerce industry has surged, especially after the onset of this pandemic. Not only has established e-retailers boosted their businesses over this time, but we can see many Direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands entering the market and earning profits. To showcase the same, the Indian festive month has solely witnessed a huge difference in terms of sales figures that e-retailers have acquired.

Covering and comparing all the e-commerce festive trends, ANS Commerce’s report throws light on the sales volume along with new marketing ideas and warehousing trends, its partner brands have followed this festive season. Right from the difference in the sales volume from that of the last year, to new marketing trends including digital products, to segment-wise changes, we have curated a whole bunch of trends for you. So let’s dive deeper and take a look at the festive season sales insights!

Increased Adoption Of Online! How and Why? 

Comparing offline sales and online sales, many rational minds are opting for the latter than the former. To count a few reasons, no contact delivery is the major intention for people to go online. Not only can you get your products on time, but can also avoid the transmission of the virus. This notion has gotten said popularity from online retail brands, especially amid the Diwali season. 

Hoarding clothes and other items was a trend amidst Diwali, but this year, there is an upsurge in the trend, especially on e-commerce websites including both marketplaces and independent brandstores. There is seen 2.5X more sales at 20% – 30% reduced cost with the assistance of marketing optimization, multi-city logistics, and lower order return.

Decoding the Sales: Thousands of offers, millions of sales, and countless excitement!

Let’s unpack the sales volume exhibited amid the festive season. The sales have turned out to be a megahit this year as our partner brands reported to have done sales of ~34 Cr. Gross Merchandise Value (GMV). Enumerating the volume of items shipped this year, brands have pegged shipment volume of ~5.7 lakhs of products this year. The upsurge unravels how new-age digital channels such as D2C and omnichannel have become a necessity for e-commerce businesses.

How was this festive season different from last year?

No one can forget the first four months of this year when there was an absolute fear of the pandemic, resulting in a lower number of sales. But did we ever imagine that this Diwali will bring light and prosperity to e-retailers? 

To add in the facts there is a clear-cut difference between 2019 and 2020. The report counts in the average order size with an increase of ~20% from that of last year’s. From this. you can absolutely sense how individual customers have spread the hype of online purchases this year. 

The major upside to online sales during this pandemic is the non-COD payment option. In fact, there are many brandstores that are declining the option of cash on delivery as cash transfers can potentially become a carrier of infection. This has resulted in a rise of ~58% of the share of pre-paid (non-COD) payments.

“The proportion of orders from non-metropolitan cities have solely increased by ~11%, making a contribution of more than 50% to the festive sales. With metropolitan cities such as Delhi and Mumbai contributing to only 35% sales.”

Warehousing and fulfillment also play an eminent role when it comes to e-commerce sales. With an almost ~155% increase in the GMV as compared to the year 2019 for the same set of brands, it’s quite obvious that warehousing and supply must have played an incredible role to execute the operations. So, talking about the trends, the Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) on brandstore has increased by 20% – 25%, resulting in better depth and breadth of inventory.

Along with the drift, the preference of brands has also seemed to change with the rising number of stock-keeping. To enable simple, fast, and reliable delivery, brands are seen to get fascinated by multi-city warehouses and omnichannel delivery options.

New Marketing trends observed with a special focus on D2C segments!

With sales and warehousing, there’s another aspect to e-commerce that’s been transitioning amid the festive season. Marketers around the nation have come up with seasonal marketing ideas to change the digital attire of their brandstore. Offers and discounts sound like traditional concepts when it comes to incorporating them into marketing ideas, especially in 2020. Each year brands perform something new in terms of marketing, but this year the creativity seemed to go a step further. And, the result has been fruitful as the share of new shoppers has increased.

To head towards victory, marketers, and e-retailers have introduced many digital products to encourage their prospects. This year, there is an upsurge in E-gift cards and warranties. 

The main focus remained on customer-loyalty plans, the brands have chosen to use loyalty programs and payment offers to lower customer acquisition costs. 

Loyalty programs are a great way to engage your customers with you. Click here to know more about it among other ideas to get customers reviews and ratings!

Diwali is the season where you can come up with new offerings as it’s the peak time of the year when people look for new and creative options to gift their loved ones. Keeping that in mind, many new and established brands have expanded their product portfolio and introduced a varied combination of product mix for their customers.

“Brands also witnessed a boost in the sales of gift packs and combos, especially in the dry fruits and beauty & personal care segment.”

Sectors in specific that saw major sales!


We are well aware of festive traditions – buying new clothes is one of them. Like each year, this year also Fashion & Lifestyle continued to win the race as it is the major contributor in sales.  

Health has been a major concern this year especially for new mothers and infants, leading to a spike in the Mom & Baby Care category with 14X.

“Beauty and Personal Care segment contribution has increased by 2.2X as compared to last year, making it the fastest-growing category.”

In the current scenario of washing and sanitizing each item, there is a surge in the hygiene and germ control category itself. The brands under this segment have forced people with their aggressive marketing campaigns to stockpile products such as vegetable wash, surface disinfectants, and sanitizers.

This indicates the fact that this year has been full of prosperity and happiness for e-commerce brands. ANS Commerce has supported its brand partners with brandstore tech, warehouse & fulfillment, performance marketing, and marketplace management. 

If you’re planning to claim your stake in e-commerce real-estate and want to be one step ahead of your competitors, then request your free DEMO now!

Binge – Read 5 Ultimate E-Commerce Books To Unleash The Entrepreneur In You!

With a surge in the e-commerce industry, a lot of new players have come up in the market to gain momentum. While some of them fail to achieve new horizons, many have been doing quite well in their own niche. And we on the other side, having read tons of success stories, often get inspired and motivated to earn the same level of fame and triumph. 

Reading a few blogs, and case studies, or watching a few documentaries is a great way to gain motivation. But dedication and sincerity come along with a good book that offers in-depth knowledge of trade and business you’re passionate about.

From learning the ‘technicalities’ of e-commerce to knowing about ‘how to develop strategies to boost online sales’, a good business guide book will enhance your overall knowledge in the world of online entrepreneurship and e-commerce. Here we are presenting you with a list of 5 epic books to help you kick-start your career in the landscape of e-commerce!

Snag these 5 best books to get the knack of e-commerce

1. Boost E-Commerce Sales and Make More Money by Alex Harris

Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or have an established enterprise, this book delivers everything from e-commerce sales to online marketing. With a specific focus on lead generation and conversion, you will be astounded to learn 300 actionable tips that the book offers you. Starts off with website marketing advice, you will explore some out of the box methods that can help you drive sales and scale your business.

“Give away something for free. People want to say yes to people that have done something for them. So giving away something for free will help influence people to purchase from you later down the road.”

― Alex Harris

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2. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

Not everyone has plenty of money to start a business. With the inception of e-commerce, the myth of having a huge amount of capital is blown away. As the name suggests, the book put a specific emphasis on the journey of Jeff Bezos and how he created Amazon from a bookstore to an everything store. This book unravels the path to success with a detailed biography of him, including some hacks to start your e-commerce business from scratch. 

“Most companies are not those things. They are focused on the competitor, rather than the customer.”

― Brad Stone

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3. The Complete E-Commerce Book by Janice Reynolds

Giving the headstart from beginners’ level to advanced level, this book gives you in-depth insights about how to design, develop, run, and manage your own e-commerce business. The book opens the gateway to starting an e-commerce business with just an internet connection and very little capital. Along with that, you will also explore many hidden rules and principles in the world of online business through this book.

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4. Convert by Ben Hunt

As the name suggests, this book is organized around the elements of how to convert your prospects into actual customers. Obtained from Ben Hunt’s personal experience, you will understand the aspects of website designing along with learning the basics of UI/UX and navigation shortcuts. The book explores the detailed principles of classic optimization strategies, appropriate analysis, including product page copies, and marketing content.

“So web design does not start with graphics. It starts with understanding the challenge. Who am I communicating with? What do they want? How can I attract them? And how can I get them to do what the site needs them to do?”

― Ben Hunt

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5.  Get Rich Click by Marc Ostrofsky

Having featured a detailed guide to earning money via the internet, the book delivers all the important how-to-dos in the world of online marketing. From letting you discover the path of a social media platform to learning the tips to earn money via it, the book has it all when it comes to boosting your online sales.

“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten!”

― Marc Ostrofsky

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If you’re still confused and want e-commerce advice for your brandstore then you can approach ANS Commerce, India’s #1 full-stack e-commerce enabler. We help our partner brands from giving warehousing and fulfillment services to sales-centric performance marketing to brandstore designing to marketplace management. If you want to know more, request a free demo NOW!

An e-commerce read can help you get the hang of the fast-paced industry by giving in-depth knowledge of website traffic conversion, and lead generation. If you’re not new in the industry and have earned quite well then also the above-mentioned books are going to help you by giving you a shot to achieve new boundaries. Also, we might have missed some of your best-book recommendations, but all the books on the list are carefully chosen and thoughtfully organized.