Posts on May 2020

Books are hot right now!

If you have been looking for a new product to add to your store to attract a customer who is spending more time at home, books are one of the hottest products right now and could be the product you are looking for.

Research has shown that after wars and recessions in the past reading books has boomed as a pastime.  Researchers from the UK’s literacy charity, The Reading Agency, have reported that almost a third of people are reading more as a result of quarantine.  45% of 18 to 25 year olds reported reading more, and overall 31% of those who took part in the research said they had read more since the restrictions began in March.

Print sales in the US have also remained stable, and it is believed that the impact of Covid-19 will increase demand for reading material over the coming weeks.

Books can complement your current range of online products in your retail store and can be curated by you to be sold with the types of products you offer.  For example, if you sell sportswear you could add books on nutrition, physical fitness and sports personalities.

xocbox can work with you to set up your store in a way that works for you, with an emphasis on book meta data, author information and book release dates.

The xocbox Ingram EDI compliant solution means that publishers and retailers can offer customers the choice of purchasing ebooks, print or bundles and have print versions shipped directly from Ingram, and orders are managed in the xocbox order manager.  Managing data an easy process, with user friendly screens and drop-downs.

If you are interested in adding books to your store and learn more about our products contact xocbox at, or read more about our book seller solutions here.



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How the pandemic is shaping tech decisions

There is no doubt that the decisions that retailers made early this year about where to focus their tech spending are changing rapidly as the year unfolds.

Whether it’s trying to attract a new, shelter-at-home shopper, the addition of new more relevant product lines, or how to carry out regular retail processes more efficiently with a smaller number of employees all working remotely, retailers large and small have been struggling to meet the challenge of COVID-19.

We have found that the pandemic has affected our retail customers differently, with some becoming busier than they were during the holiday season and looking for ways to automate more of their processes, some looking to boost their supply chain processes and source new products, and others trying innovative new marketing strategies such as live webinars, allowing them to connect on a more personal level with their customers.

xocbox has also been working to find innovative solutions to help our customers by working with their existing websites and technology, and introducing new integrated custom solutions to enable them to remain competitive and keep selling products during these difficult times.

If you are looking for cost-effective ways to manage your retail operation with the help of technology, we would love to help you – call us today at 858-752-3803.

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