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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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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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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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Newegg Shell Shockers, Wal-Mart Online Gaming, Amex-foursquare Deal

Published on June 23, 2011

Newegg is launching time-sensitive promotions to consumers via the mobile channel using the Responsys Interact Suite.

Newegg delivers daily mobile “shell-shocker” alerts about specially discounted products that are available until they sell out, enabling consumers to make a purchase quickly.

E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing

Wal-Mart is partnering with game streaming company...
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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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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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