Walgreens Web Pickup, BJ’s Acquired, K-VA-T Cuts Prices

Published 2 years, 9 months ago

Walgreens will roll out its Web Pickup service at 480 locations throughout the Chicago area.

Chicago is the first full market rollout for Web Pickup, which enables consumers to shop online at Walgreens.com and pick up orders at a Walgreens store in as little as an hour, with the service... Continue Reading »

Macy’s Facebook Fans, Wal-Mart ‘American Idol’ CD, Canadian Tire Appliances

Published 2 years, 9 months ago

Macy’s doubled its number of Facebook fans from 900,000 to 1.8 million as the result of its "Million Dollar Makeover" campaign this year, according to executives quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Macy’s dedicated $120 million of its $1 billion marketing outlay in each of the past two years to... Continue Reading »

Canadian Tire Mobile Media, Radio Shack to Sell Verizon Wireless, Wal-Mart Canada Goes Urban

Published 2 years, 9 months ago

Two Canadian Tire stores in Toronto, as well as a Calloway shopping center in Etobicoke, Canada, have launched the Bee Media personal mobile media service.

Bee Media offers an opt-in service that delivers location-specific, relevant offers and information to its member shoppers on their mobile devices while they are shopping.

M-commerce

Independent RadioShack stores will begin...
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Promotional Email, Sears Spinoff, Skechers Cloud Database

Published 2 years, 9 months ago

The top online retailers sent each of their subscribers three promotional emails on average during the week ending June 24, 2011, according to the Retail Email Blog.

That’s down 3% week-over-week, down 5% from where it was four weeks ago, and up 13% year-over-year.

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

Companies with names like Klout, PeerIndex and Twitter Grader are in the...
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EU Data Breach Rules, Best Buy Subleases Stores, Google Antitrust Investigation

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

The European Union will soon require all companies doing business in Europe to notify customers "as soon as they become aware" of a data breach, according to StorefrontBacktalk.

Store Operations

Best Buy Co. Inc. is planning to segment off portions of its brick-and-mortar stores in an effort to sublease the units to smaller retailers. Dollar General is optimizing pricing...
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Newegg Shell Shockers, Wal-Mart Online Gaming, Amex-foursquare Deal

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

Newegg is launching time-sensitive promotions to consumers via the mobile channel using the Responsys Interact Suite.

Newegg delivers daily mobile “shell-shocker” alerts about specially discounted products that are available until they sell out, enabling consumers to make a purchase quickly.

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

Wal-Mart is partnering with game streaming company...
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Promotional Email, Big Y Digital Loyalty, Netflix Stops 3rd-Party Access

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

The top online retailers sent each of their subscribers 3.1 promotional emails on average during the week ending June 17, 2011, according to the Retail Email Blog.

That’s up 2% week-over-week, down 4% from where it was four weeks ago, and up 6% year-over-year. That was the smallest year-over-year increase since last July.

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

Lately Big Y is...
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Pier 1 In-store Pickup, Potential Borders Buyers, Wal-Mart Suit Dismissed

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

After a successful nationwide soft launch of its new buy online/pick up in store program, Pier 1.2Go, the retailer will begin actively marketing its capability next week, according to RIS News.

Pier 1 is also on track for a summer 2012 launch of its e-commerce enabled website, Pier 1.2You, which will allow customers to order products online and choose from among multiple delivery...
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Flash Sale Sites, Netflix-Sony Dispute, BJ’s Buyout Offer

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

Flash sale web sites started as a way for brands to unload excess inventory in a controlled, high-end place.

But now the New York Times reports they have become something else: a way to advertise and find new customers, many of whom visit the sites of the brands and buy full-price merchandise soon after the sales.

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

Sony and Starz have to...
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Staples M-commerce, Wal-Mart Market, Whopper Lust

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

Staples is launching a new mobile Staples.com website.

The new mobile site features enhanced product ratings and reviews, one click to an optimized ink and toner finder, a Staples retail store locator with automatic GPS, store inventory lookup and enhanced on-site search, including an auto-suggest feature.

Store Openings & Closings

Wal-Mart plans to accelerate the opening of...
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T-Mobile Daily Deals, Nickelodeon Partners with Wal-Mart, McDonald’s Eyes Bosnia

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

T-Mobile USA has unveiled an Android application that will aggregate daily deals by location from a variety of sources, including the established social couponing company LivingSocial, according to the New York Times.

The app, called More for Me, features group deals across a variety of categories, including upscale meals, health and beauty services, clothing offers, concert tickets,...
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Starbucks Android App, VF Buys Timberland, Top Luxury Stores

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

Starbucks’ mobile payment app is now available for Android smartphones, according to ZDNet.

Users can tether a gift card to a credit card for autoload or choose to reload funds to the gift card manually, paying by scannable barcode at the register.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Footwear and apparel retailer Timberland was purchased by VF Corp for approximately $2 billion; Timberland...
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