Article from Canadian Business Oct 24, 2013 By Peter Nowak    Two numbers regarding Canadian e-commerce caught my eye the other day, given that they were almost perfectly complementary. The first was an item from the Business Development Bank of Canada, which notes that about 30% of Canadian small businesses still don’t have a web presence. The second was a new report from trend tracker NPD Group, which finds that about 63% of Canadians like to shop online in order to save money. Advertisement The two figures do much to illustrate that while Canadians are great on the demand side of online transactions, they’re not so good on the supply side. The reasons why are varied, but ultimately unknown. The BDC findings are especially poignant, since they highlight a big problem. “It is critical for small business to get ahead of Internet trends and manage their image, including managing online reviews,” said Pierre Cléroux, chief economist for the BDC. “And it’s not just having a website. They need more than that – they also need a strategy on the web.” While Canadians would like to buy local, they inevitably turn to foreign e-tailers when they find no Canadian options, which means that a good chunk of money is leaving the country and thus not necessarily contributing to the economy. Read More at Canadian Business