The Perfect Storm headed towards eCommerce

Not unlike meteorologists, we’ve been closely watching the eCommerce climate so that we can help those using Drupal Commerce prepare for what’s coming next to online selling.

…and the forecast could be trouble for many eCommerce merchants.

In the U.S., the new PCI 3.0 Standard puts more responsibility on the shoulders of merchants starting Jan 1. According to Rick Manelius, one of the co-authors of a Drupal PCI white paper, the new standard “will be a complete game changer for most Drupal eCommerce sites”. Take a look at what is coming and get prepared by downloading the white paper on PCI for Drupal.

In the EU and UK, collecting VAT on electronic services becomes mandatory in 2015. Now for virtually every order a merchant takes, you will need to know if the buyer is resident in the EU, and if they are, you will have to know which country they are in and calculate the VAT and new price accordingly. It’s a pretty rigorous standard, and Commerce Guy’s General Manager for Europe, Kieron Sambrook-Smith has some insight into tackling the necessary changes.

The U.S. House is poised to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, effectively ending the perceived “Tax Holiday” for online-only merchants. Jonathan Barsade, CEO of Exactor, recently gave a talk on how the act will affect merchants. We’ve got a recording of the session for you to take action for this big change for merchants selling in the U.S.

In France, the new Hamon Law provides greater consumer protections, but means more regulations and complications for online merchants when it comes to product returns. Commerce Guys’ Project lead, Julien Dubreuil explains the new law and provides an 8 item checklist for your French eCommerce site to make sure you’re ready to comply.


Stephen Weinberg's picture
Online Marketing Manager
Posted July 22, 2014

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