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Walgreens Web Pickup, BJ’s Acquired, K-VA-T Cuts Prices

Published on June 29, 2011

Walgreens will roll out its Web Pickup service at 480 locations throughout the Chicago area.

Chicago is the first full market rollout for Web Pickup, which enables consumers to shop online at Walgreens.com and pick up orders at a Walgreens store in as little as an hour, with the service currently available at 27 stores in San Jose, Calif.

Mergers & Acquisitions

BJ’s Wholesale...
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Macy’s Facebook Fans, Wal-Mart ‘American Idol’ CD, Canadian Tire Appliances

Published on June 29, 2011

Macy’s doubled its number of Facebook fans from 900,000 to 1.8 million as the result of its "Million Dollar Makeover" campaign this year, according to executives quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Macy’s dedicated $120 million of its $1 billion marketing outlay in each of the past two years to digital media.

Marketing & Advertising

"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery's debut...
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Canadian Tire Mobile Media, Radio Shack to Sell Verizon Wireless, Wal-Mart Canada Goes Urban

Published on June 27, 2011

Two Canadian Tire stores in Toronto, as well as a Calloway shopping center in Etobicoke, Canada, have launched the Bee Media personal mobile media service.

Bee Media offers an opt-in service that delivers location-specific, relevant offers and information to its member shoppers on their mobile devices while they are shopping.

M-commerce

Independent RadioShack stores will begin...
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EU Data Breach Rules, Best Buy Subleases Stores, Google Antitrust Investigation

Published on June 24, 2011

The European Union will soon require all companies doing business in Europe to notify customers "as soon as they become aware" of a data breach, according to StorefrontBacktalk.

Store Operations

Best Buy Co. Inc. is planning to segment off portions of its brick-and-mortar stores in an effort to sublease the units to smaller retailers. Dollar General is optimizing pricing...
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Promotional Email, Big Y Digital Loyalty, Netflix Stops 3rd-Party Access

Published on June 22, 2011

The top online retailers sent each of their subscribers 3.1 promotional emails on average during the week ending June 17, 2011, according to the Retail Email Blog.

That’s up 2% week-over-week, down 4% from where it was four weeks ago, and up 6% year-over-year. That was the smallest year-over-year increase since last July.

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

Lately Big Y is...
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Staples M-commerce, Wal-Mart Market, Whopper Lust

Published on June 17, 2011

Staples is launching a new mobile Staples.com website.

The new mobile site features enhanced product ratings and reviews, one click to an optimized ink and toner finder, a Staples retail store locator with automatic GPS, store inventory lookup and enhanced on-site search, including an auto-suggest feature.

Store Openings & Closings

Wal-Mart plans to accelerate the opening of...
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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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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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Twitter Product Updates, Wendy’s Sells Arby’s, Williams-Sonoma Global Shipping

Published on June 14, 2011

While those who follow a brand on Twitter and "Like" a brand on Facebook do so to learn about discounts and available free products to a similar degree, Compete analysis shows Twitter followers are much more likely to use the platform for "updates on future products."

Eighty percent of Twitter followers employ the social network for this purpose, compared to 64% of Facebook...
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Retail Email, Amazon Sales Agreements, Best Buy Postpones European Expansion

Published on June 13, 2011

The top online retailers sent each of their subscribers three promotional emails on average during the week ending June 10, 2011, according to the Retail Email Blog.

That is  down 4% week-over-week, on par with where it was four weeks ago, and up 9% year-over-year,

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

Amazon.com sent notices Friday to the owners of Connecticut websites saying the...
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