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Starbucks Android App, VF Buys Timberland, Top Luxury Stores

Published on June 15, 2011

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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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.

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

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Daily Deal Demographics, ‘New Breed’ E-commerce, JCPenney Opens Big & Tall Store

Published on May 02, 2011
Visitors to Groupon and Living Social are similar in that nearly two-thirds are female and more likely than the average U.S. internet user to be affluent, according to Nielsen Company data. Living Social’s visitors trend slightly more affluent and more educated than Groupon’s, with 46% having a bachelor’s or post-graduate degree, compared to 39% for Groupon (the national average...
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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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Amazon Prime Free Streaming, American Airlines Facebook Promotion, Wal-Mart Express to Open Q2

Published on February 23, 2011 has launched a new benefit for Amazon Prime members: unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of more than 5,000 movies and TV shows. This new benefit is being added at no additional cost; Prime membership will continue to be $79 per year. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing To celebrate the recent launch of social media channels dedicated to earning miles in the...
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JC Penney Kiosks, Zipcar on Campus, Super Bowl Ads

Published on February 08, 2011
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. has rolled out its findmore smart fixture wireless touchscreen kiosk to more than 120 select stores across the country. In addition, in conjunction with the launch of its Modern Bride concept, the company will begin rolling out a findmore experience using iPad to 50 fine jewelry departments. Store Openings & Closings Zipcar Inc., the car-sharing company, said...
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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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Wireless Customer Care, Daily Deal Sites, BJ’s May Sell

Published on February 04, 2011
Wireless customer service issues that are personally handled by a service representative, either over the phone or at a retail store, are significantly more satisfying to customers than are automated response interactions, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Wireless Customer Care Performance Study, Volume 1. T-Mobile ranks highest in wireless customer care performance...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ Super Bowl, Twitter, JCPenney

Published on January 25, 2011
The average US consumer is expected to spend $59.33 on Super Bowl game-related merchandise, apparel and snacks this year, up from $52.63 last year, according to a new survey by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, conducted by BIGresearch. Total Super Bowl spending is expected to reach $10.1 billion. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing After a year or so of hit and misses,...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ JCPenney, Blockbuster, Online Coupons

Published on December 22, 2010
JCPenney is the latest retail partner for Outlier’s recently released mobile application, SWAGG. Members of the JCP Rewards customer loyalty program will be able to view their account directly from their smartphone, as well as access their $10 monthly reward coupon. Store Openings & Closings Blockbuster is planning to close 182 stores by early 2011, leaving the retailer with around...
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