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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.

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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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Mobile Payment, Wal-Mart EDLP, Promotional Email

Published on June 02, 2011

One-quarter of consumers are likely to pay for groceries with their phone instead of a credit or debit card, according to Compete research.

In addition, approximately 20% of consumers indicated they would be likely to pay for clothes, phone charges, and coffee with their phone instead of a card.

International Expansion

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Mobile Fast Food Access, Amazon Sells Mac Software, Debenhams Eyes US

Published on May 31, 2011

A new study released by Equation Research in partnership with QSR shows that consumers are less likely to use a mobile device to access information on fast food restaurants than they are for all other segments of the restaurant industry.

The study shows that only 36% of consumers are very or somewhat likely to use their mobile device to access information on fast food restaurants,...
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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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E-commerce Sales, Wal-Mart Eyes Europe, Best Buy Closes DC

Published on May 22, 2011

U.S. retail e-commerce sales [pdf] for Q1 2011, adjusted for seasonal variation but not for price changes, were $46 billion, a 3.4% increase from $44.5 billion in Q4 2010, according to estimates from the Census Bureau.

On a year-over-year basis, adjusted retail e-commerce sales rose almost 18% from $39.1 billion.

International Expansion

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reportedly plans to...
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Cinemark Mobile App, Amazon E-Book Sales, Wal-Mart Hispanic Marketing

Published on May 20, 2011
Motion picture exhibitor Cinemark is introducing a new iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad application that enables movie fans to securely purchase Cinemark movie tickets "on the go."The app also allows users to locate the nearest Cinemark theater, watch trailers, read film synopses and share information via email, text and social networking. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing In the latest...
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Netflix Android App, Promotional Email, Smaller Kohl’s Stores

Published on May 16, 2011
Netflix has begun to roll out a Netflix application for the Android platform. The online movie rental retailer is making the free app available for download from Android Market. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing The top online retailers sent each of their subscribers three promotional emails on average during the week ending May 13, 2011, according to the Retail Email Blog. That’s...
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Nordstrom Mobile Checkout, Wal-Mart China E-commerce, Blockbuster Kiosk Change

Published on May 13, 2011
Nordstrom will roll out mobile checkout devices to its stores nationwide by the start of its anniversary sale in July 2011, according to Chain Store Age. The retailer, which has tried a variety of different devices, is currently testing the iPod Touch in its downtown Seattle and Bellevue Square, WA stores. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Wal-Mart will acquire a minority stake in...
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Amazon Flash Sales, Forever 21 Holograms, Mobile Dining App

Published on May 04, 2011
Amazon introduced a new members-only flash sale site, Myhabit, yesterday. Myhabit sells high-end apparel at deep discounts for men, women and children. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Fashion retailer Forever 21 is using holograms in the place of live models in a series of fashion shows being held this summer and fall. eBay predicted its mobile business will double mobile gross...
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