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Best Buy shopkick, Home Depot Multichannel Mktg, Starbucks UK Contactless Payment

Published on May 25, 2011

Customers using the shopkick shopping app will be rewarded for walking into any of the almost 1,300 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores nationwide.

Best Buy says the rollout will make it the first of shopkick's launch partners and first consumer electronics retailer to provide this mobile shopping experience for consumers through targeted offers and rewards on a national...
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Amazon Considers M-Payment, Premium On-Demand, Blockbuster Bids

Published on April 04, 2011
Amazon.com is considering the introduction of a service that would let consumers pay for goods in brick-and-mortar stores using their mobile phones, according to a report from Bloomberg. The company’s Amazon Payments unit is exploring whether to start a service based on so-called near-field-communication technology, anonymous company sources told Bloomberg. E-commerce & Multichannel...
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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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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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Raley’s Facebook App, Grandparent Consumer Niche, Home Depot Spring Black Friday

Published on February 15, 2011
Raley's Supermarkets has introduced Family Table, a new Facebook app that provides a week's worth of meal ideas using sale items, according to Supermarket News.Family Table subscribers get breakfast, lunch and dinner recipe recommendations directly on their Facebook pages. Stats & Research There are currently 69.6 million grandparents in the US, a figure expected to grow another 11% to...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ Promotional Email, Macy’s, Borders

Published on January 31, 2011
The top online retailers sent each of their subscribers three promotional emails on average during the week ending Jan. 28, 2011. That’s up 3% week-over-week, down 6% from where it was four weeks ago, and up 18% year-over-year. Store Openings & Closings Contemporary departments, called Impulse, will mushroom from the current 200 Macy’s doors to 220 this year, and up to 400 over...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ Online Retail Traffic, Starbucks, Toys R Us

Published on January 26, 2011
More than 85% of Americans online visited a retail site in December 2010, up from 80% in December 2009, according to comScore Media Metrix data .With the holiday season in full swing, December 2010 saw increased traffic within several content categories including e-cards and shipping, as well as retail. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Coke and Starbucks are among the first...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, Home Depot

Published on January 21, 2011
Amazon.com sold about 1.3 million gift cards in a single day using the discount coupon site LivingSocial, according to MediaBistro. The one-day deal allowed consumers to buy a $20 gift card for $10. Business & Finance Wal-Mart is launching a major initiative to make healthy food more affordable and improve the healthiness of its private label food and CPG products. Save-A-Lot broke...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ QVC, Amazon.com, Winn-Dixie

Published on January 13, 2011
QVC has selected the IBM Netezza TwinFin appliance to analyze user-generated content from its web forums. CBR Software Business Intelligence reports QVC selected Netezza TwinFin appliance because of its ability to execute a broad set of analytics across large volumes of data. M-commerce Amazon.com is introducing Amazon Deals, a free iPhone app that offers access to the Gold Box...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ GameStop, Tim Hortons, Best Buy

Published on December 17, 2010
GameStop Corp.and Jolt Online Gaming have launched a new free-to-play Facebook game, "Utopia Kingdoms." The game is currently available to anyone with a Facebook account and is completely free to play. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Canadian coffee retailer Tim Hortons has opened a new online store for the US market selling ground coffee, boxed tea, various travel mugs and...
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