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JCPenney YouTube Promo, Local Amazon Deals, eBay Buys Magneto

Published on June 07, 2011

JCPenney is running a YouTube promotion in conjunction with fashion brand Bisou Bisou and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, according to Frequency.

Consumers can view the designs of different student designers on JCPenney’s YouTube channel and vote for their favorite, with the winner receiving a $2,000 scholarship.

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Daily Deal Growth, Target Canada Stores, Donut Day

Published on May 27, 2011

Unique visitors to leading daily deal sites Groupon and grew by triple-digit rates between April 2010 and April 2011, according to analysis from Compete.

Groupon still leads the way with nearly 24 million unique visitors for the month, increasing 5.4% month-over-month (MOM) and 655.8% year-over-year (YOY).

International Expansion

Target has revealed the first...
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Amazon Flash Sales, Forever 21 Holograms, Mobile Dining App

Published on May 04, 2011
Amazon introduced a new members-only flash sale site, Myhabit, yesterday. Myhabit sells high-end apparel at deep discounts for men, women and children. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Fashion retailer Forever 21 is using holograms in the place of live models in a series of fashion shows being held this summer and fall. eBay predicted its mobile business will double mobile gross...
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eBay Buys Where, Best Buy Video Games, Weis Facebook Coupons

Published on April 21, 2011
eBay will purchase Where Inc., a company that makes location software for smartphones, according to the Boston Globe. Where’s software, which helps mobile phone users find retail business such as shops and restaurants, will allow eBay’s PayPal online payments division to extend and enhance its services to merchants, the company said. CRM New desks, expanded selections and staff...
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Wal-Mart Buys Kosmix, eBay Trade-In, Wilton QR Code

Published on April 19, 2011
Wal-Mart has signed a definitive agreement to acquire social media tech provider Kosmix. Kosmix has developed a social media technology platform that filters and organizes content in social networks to connect people with real-time information, and also operates TweetBeat, a real-time social media filter for live events, as well as health/medical data site RightHealth. E-commerce &...
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Home Depot QR Code, eBay Acquires GSI, Gap Chinese E-commerce

Published on March 30, 2011
Home Depot has launched a new in-store service and ad campaign incorporating mobile barcodes, according to RIS News. Using the ScanLife app from Scanbuy, Inc., shoppers can scan QR (Quick Response) codes using their smartphones, enabling them to purchase products from their mobile devices. Mergers & Acquisitions eBay Inc. has agreed to acquire GSI Commerce, a provider of e-commerce...
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Amazon Top Retail Site, BJ’s Buyout, Google Hits E-Book Snag

Published on March 23, 2011 was the 11th-most-visited US website (and most-visited retail site) in February 2011 with about 75 million visitors, according to [pdf] new data from comScore. eBay was the 16th-most-visited site (and second-most-visited retail site) with about 63.5 million visitors. Mergers & Acquisitions Private-equity firm Leonard Green & Partners LP is looking into buying BJ's Wholesale...
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Urban Outfitters Mobile POS, eBay Free Listings, Gas Prices

Published on March 16, 2011
Specialty apparel retailer Urban Outfitters is testing mobile POS technology in its stores, according to RIS News. Urban Outfitters been working with Starmount to develop a mobile POS solution since mid-2010, and the in-store pilots began late last year. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing eBay is making it free to list up to 50 items per month in auctions at any start price, and free...
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Online Retail Spending, Staples Peak Management, Borders May Delist

Published on February 07, 2011
US online retail spending reached a record $43.4 billion during Q4 2010, up 11% compared to a year ago, according to new data from comScore. This growth rate represented the fifth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and second quarter of double-digit growth rates in the past year. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Staples says the Cognizant Intellipeak e-commerce...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ Mobile Phone Retailing, eBay, Winn-Dixie

Published on January 11, 2011
Consumers are using mobile phones more than ever for retail purposes, according to new research from ForeSee Results. Data indicates shoppers are using mobile phones to access websites and apps more than ever before, mobile purchase behavior is exploding, and customers use mobile phones to check competitors’ websites. M-commerce eBay is upgrading the mobile apps for its various...
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