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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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Online Sales Tax, Blockbuster Express, QR Codes

Published on June 10, 2011

Close to 49% of respondents to a Compete consumer survey indicated that they would change their online spending habits in some way if they were required to pay an online sales tax.

When asked why they might shift their spending from online-only retailers to offline retailers, the majority of consumers indicated that they would be more price-sensitive if online-only retailers were...
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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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Big Y Groupon Deal, Wal-Mart Mobile Shops, Conborn’s Mobile Apps

Published on June 08, 2011

Groupon is making its first foray into the grocery industry, partnering with New England supermarket chain Big Y on a test program, according to the Hartford Courant.

The new partnership with Big Y is the first time a multi-store grocery retailer has run a Groupon deal, and Big Y is the only retailer in any industry that has fully integrated Groupon deals into its loyalty card...
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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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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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