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Mobile Product Browsing, Wal-Mart Expands Assortment, Promotional Email

Published on April 11, 2011
Forty-eight percent of all US consumers are using their mobile devices to research and browse products and services, according to the 2011 Oracle “Mobile Trends: Consumer Views of Mobile Shopping and Mobile Service Providers” report. In addition, 29% of consumers have made at least one purchase via a mobile phone, more than double the number reported in a similar ATG consumer survey...
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Digital Coupons, March Spending Pulse, A&F Expansion

Published on April 07, 2011
The number of digital coupons available at major online distribution sites increased by 33.6%, and the number of manufacturers offering them (290) grew by 17% in 2010, according to Supermarket News. The figures come from Marx, Minneapolis, a division of Kantar Media. Stats & Research Electronics sales and department stores showed modest gains while luxury and e-commerce recorded...
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Wal-Mart E-Delivery, Epsilon Breach, Sbarro Bankruptcy

Published on April 05, 2011
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to test its first web-based fresh grocery delivery service in California, looking online for new sources of revenue growth, a person familiar with the project told Bloomberg. The web service, internally dubbed “Project Titan,” hasn’t yet been approved and may not happen, said the person, who declined to be identified because plans aren’t final. Fraud,...
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Google Mobile Payment, Facebook Investments, P-Fresh Expands

Published on March 28, 2011
Google is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter, according to the Wall Street Journal. Google is reportedly aiming to make mobile payments easier in a bid to boost its advertising business. Business &...
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Williams-Sonoma E-commerce Push, Office Depot Apps, Starbucks WiFi

Published on March 24, 2011
Williams-Sonoma will invest $75 million in e-commerce and the information technology and supply chain solutions to support it in fiscal 2011, with $25 million earmarked specifically for long-term international e-commerce growth, according to RIS News.In large part because of fast online growth, Williams-Sonoma's direct-to-consumer channel already contributes an impressive 41% to the...
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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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Wal-Mart In-Store Pickup, Amazon Taxes, Facebook Fans

Published on March 14, 2011
Wal-Mart will introduce a program nationwide called “Pick Up Today” that allows customers to submit orders online and pick up their items a few hours later in their local store, according to the New York Times.In Wal-Mart’s program, which is expected to be nationwide by June 2011, customers can select from among 40,000 items online. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Across the...
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Home Depot Mobile POS, Amazon Toy Sales, Starbucks Meets Challenges

Published on March 07, 2011
Home Depot store associates are complaining about shortages, bulky hardware, buggy software and lack of training related to the new First Phone mobile POS system, according to StorefrontBacktalk.Employee consensus appears to be that First Phone works, but it still has a long way to go. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Amazon is looking to sign up toy retailers to join its...
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Retail Email Up 16% YOY, Dollar Tree Plans New Stores, Personal Income Rises

Published on March 01, 2011
The top online retailers sent each of their subscribers 2.9 promotional emails on average during the week ending Feb. 25, 2011, according to Chad White, research director at Responsys and author of the Retail Email Blog.That’s down 1% week-over-week, down 1% from where it was four weeks ago, and up 16% year-over-year. Store Openings & Closings Dollar Tree will open 300 Dollar Tree...
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7-Eleven TV, Shop Rite Mobile App, E-commerce Sales

Published on February 25, 2011
7-Eleven is partnering with Harris Corporation to expand its digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising network, 7-Eleven TV, to full nationwide deployment. Launched in 2010, 7-Eleven TV provides 24/7 programming in 7-Eleven Inc.'s convenience stores, featuring national and local entertainment, and news and weather, as well as advertising highlighting 7-Eleven proprietary brands, in-store...
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