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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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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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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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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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Pepsico Social Vending, Social Shopping Influence, Blockbuster Acquisition Approved

Published on April 29, 2011
Pepsico is launching the Social Vending System, a t networked unit that features full touch screen interactive vending technology, enabling consumers to better connect with PepsiCo brands at the point of purchase. Using digital technology, PepsiCo’s Social Vending System enables any user to gift a friend by selecting a beverage and entering the recipient’s name, mobile number and a...
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Mobile Product Browsing, Wal-Mart Expands Assortment, Promotional Email

Published on April 11, 2011
Forty-eight percent of all US consumers are using their mobile devices to research and browse products and services, according to the 2011 Oracle “Mobile Trends: Consumer Views of Mobile Shopping and Mobile Service Providers” report. In addition, 29% of consumers have made at least one purchase via a mobile phone, more than double the number reported in a similar ATG consumer survey...
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Wal-Mart E-Delivery, Epsilon Breach, Sbarro Bankruptcy

Published on April 05, 2011
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to test its first web-based fresh grocery delivery service in California, looking online for new sources of revenue growth, a person familiar with the project told Bloomberg. The web service, internally dubbed “Project Titan,” hasn’t yet been approved and may not happen, said the person, who declined to be identified because plans aren’t final. Fraud,...
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Walgreens Buys drugstore.com, Starbucks Eyes New Stores, Wal-Mart Eastern Unit

Published on March 25, 2011
Walgreens will acquire online pharmacy retailer drugstore.com in a transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $409 million. “Over the past two years, we’ve established the infrastructure from which to grow our multi-channel products and services, and by combining drugstore.com’s capabilities we are well on our way to achieving our goal of becoming the most...
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Neiman Marcus Fashion Blog, Facebook Film Rental, Walgreens Mobile Rx

Published on March 09, 2011
Neiman Marcus has launched NMdaily, a fashion blog providing daily updates from the design world. NMdaily delivers exclusive information and advice on women’s and men’s fashion, beauty and lifestyle. NMdaily delivers exclusive information and advice on women’s and men’s fashion, beauty and lifestyle. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Warner Bros. will begin offering select...
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