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Flash Sale Sites, Netflix-Sony Dispute, BJ’s Buyout Offer

Published on June 20, 2011

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.

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T-Mobile Daily Deals, Nickelodeon Partners with Wal-Mart, McDonald’s Eyes Bosnia

Published on June 16, 2011

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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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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Mobile Payment, Wal-Mart EDLP, Promotional Email

Published on June 02, 2011

One-quarter of consumers are likely to pay for groceries with their phone instead of a credit or debit card, according to Compete research.

In addition, approximately 20% of consumers indicated they would be likely to pay for clothes, phone charges, and coffee with their phone instead of a card.

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Mobile Fast Food Access, Amazon Sells Mac Software, Debenhams Eyes US

Published on May 31, 2011

A new study released by Equation Research in partnership with QSR shows that consumers are less likely to use a mobile device to access information on fast food restaurants than they are for all other segments of the restaurant industry.

The study shows that only 36% of consumers are very or somewhat likely to use their mobile device to access information on fast food restaurants,...
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Netflix Android App, Promotional Email, Smaller Kohl’s Stores

Published on May 16, 2011
Netflix has begun to roll out a Netflix application for the Android platform. The online movie rental retailer is making the free app available for download from Android Market. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing The top online retailers sent each of their subscribers three promotional emails on average during the week ending May 13, 2011, according to the Retail Email Blog. That’s...
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Nordstrom Mobile Checkout, Wal-Mart China E-commerce, Blockbuster Kiosk Change

Published on May 13, 2011
Nordstrom will roll out mobile checkout devices to its stores nationwide by the start of its anniversary sale in July 2011, according to Chain Store Age. The retailer, which has tried a variety of different devices, is currently testing the iPod Touch in its downtown Seattle and Bellevue Square, WA stores. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Wal-Mart will acquire a minority stake in...
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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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Mobile Retail Strategies, White Castle Online Ordering, Sunflower Market Apps

Published on May 03, 2011
Ninety-one percent of retailers currently have a mobile strategy in place or in development, up from 74% a year ago, according to “The State Of Retailing Online 2011: Marketing, Social, and Mobile” report conducted by Forrester Research Inc. for Shop.org. In addition, 72% of retailers say they will increase their spending on social networks this year compared to last...
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Mobile Shopping, Yum Eyes Chinese Chain, JCPenney RFID

Published on April 27, 2011
Consumers connected to the mobile internet prefer browsing and buying goods and services from their mobile device more than from their PC, according to data from InMobi. A study reveals half of mobile shoppers still prefer hitting the stores (49%) but 35% are now comfortable with shopping from a mobile device and only 16% prefer shopping from their PC or laptop. International...
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