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Promotional Email, Sears Spinoff, Skechers Cloud Database

Published on June 27, 2011

The top online retailers sent each of their subscribers three promotional emails on average during the week ending June 24, 2011, according to the Retail Email Blog.

That’s down 3% week-over-week, down 5% from where it was four weeks ago, and up 13% year-over-year.

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

Companies with names like Klout, PeerIndex and Twitter Grader are in the...
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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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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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Kohl’s Kiosks, B2C Innovations, Citigroup Breach

Published on June 09, 2011

Kohl's is on target to deploy customer service kiosks to all its stores by this fall following successful testing and pilot kiosk programs held this year, according to Kiosk Marketplace.

The kiosks will let store shoppers order any item not in stock and have it shipped to their home at no charge.

CRM

trendwtaching.com  has developed an “Innovation Extravaganza,” a collection...
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Walgreens Completes drugstore.com Purchase, Wal-Mart Priorities, Old Navy Store Revamp

Published on June 06, 2011

Walgreen Co. has completed its acquisition of drugstore.com.

The transaction includes all websites directly owned and operated by drugstore.com, as well as its corporate office and customer service and distribution center operations.

Business & Finance

At the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. President and CEO Mike Duke discussed Wal-Mart’s priorities...
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Tesco Mobile Pilot, Wal-Mart Small Stores, Target Canada Mediation

Published on June 03, 2011

In what may be a first in retail IT, the UK-based Tesco chain chose the mobile platform it would experiment with based on a determination that it was the least secure, according to StorefrontBacktalk.

Tesco is piloting a Wi-Fi system that will map the closest routes between selected products in stores. Tesco wanted to do extensive beta testing with customers before offering the final...
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Daily Deal Growth, Target Canada Stores, Donut Day

Published on May 27, 2011

Unique visitors to leading daily deal sites Groupon and LivingSocial.com grew by triple-digit rates between April 2010 and April 2011, according to analysis from Compete.

Groupon still leads the way with nearly 24 million unique visitors for the month, increasing 5.4% month-over-month (MOM) and 655.8% year-over-year (YOY).

International Expansion

Target has revealed the first...
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Promotional Email, sneeqpeeq Social App, Safeway Personalized Pricing

Published on May 23, 2011

The top online retailers sent each of their subscribers 3.2 promotional emails on average during the week ending May 20, 2011, according to the Retail Email Blog.

That’s up 7% week-over-week, down 4% from where it was four weeks ago, and up 22% year-over-year.

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

sneeqpeeq, a social shopping company that brings the in-store shopping experience...
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