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‘Daily Wrap:’ Online Holiday Sales, BJ’s, Pizza Hut

Published on December 30, 2010
For the holiday season to date, $30.81 billion has been spent online, marking a 13% increase from the corresponding days last year, according to comScore. The most recent week (ending Dec. 26, 2010) witnessed $2.45 billion in spending, an increase of 17% from the corresponding week last year. Mergers & Acquisitions Leonard Green, which bought 9.5% of BJ's Wholesale Club last summer,...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ Crate & Barrel, Blockbuster, Severe Blizzard

Published on December 29, 2010
Furniture/housewares retailer Crate & Barrel will be rolling out mobile check-in devices at all of the chain’s 160 U.S. stores, according to Storefront Backtalk. Instead of the typical handful-of-stores trial followed by a wider rollout and then perhaps a chain-wide expansion, Crate & Barrel is committing to a chain-wide effort immediately, with full implementation expected by February...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ Wal-Mart, Holiday Sales, Fradulent Returns

Published on December 28, 2010
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, has invested in China's top online consumer electronics and communication products retailer in a push to extend its reach to more Chinese buyers, according to Business Times. Chinese online business-to-consumer company 360buy Jingdong Mall has secured $500 million USD in funding from six strategic partners, including Wal-Mart. Stats & Research Early reports of...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ Best Buy, Holiday E-commerce, Wal-Mart

Published on December 23, 2010
After more than three-and-a-half years of courtroom battles with the Connecticut Attorney General’s office, Best Buy has admitted that its in-store kiosks tricked consumers out of web price-matching and agreed to pay consumers in that state $399,000. StorefrontBacktalk reports Best Buy also said it would stop showing higher prices on its in-store kiosks and would “conspicuously...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ JCPenney, Blockbuster, Online Coupons

Published on December 22, 2010
JCPenney is the latest retail partner for Outlier’s recently released mobile application, SWAGG. Members of the JCP Rewards customer loyalty program will be able to view their account directly from their smartphone, as well as access their $10 monthly reward coupon. Store Openings & Closings Blockbuster is planning to close 182 stores by early 2011, leaving the retailer with around...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ Petco, Coca-Cola, Holiday Shoppers

Published on December 21, 2010
Specialty pet retailer Petco has launched a new mobile commerce site. The site, based on the Digby mobile commerce software platform, offers mobile access to thousands of products, as well as product photos and reviews, full site-search capabilities and a store locator. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Google’s AdMob team and Coca-Cola have produced a live wallpaper for the...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ Google, Free Shipping Day, Walgreens

Published on December 20, 2010
Google TV has just enacted its first programming cancellation, according to the New York Times. Google has reportedly asked major TV makers including Sony, Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp to delay their introductions so that it can refine the software, which has received a lukewarm reception. Stats & Research The most recent holiday shopping week (week ending Dec. 17) reached $5.15...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ GameStop, Tim Hortons, Best Buy

Published on December 17, 2010
GameStop Corp.and Jolt Online Gaming have launched a new free-to-play Facebook game, "Utopia Kingdoms." The game is currently available to anyone with a Facebook account and is completely free to play. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing Canadian coffee retailer Tim Hortons has opened a new online store for the US market selling ground coffee, boxed tea, various travel mugs and...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ eBay, Amazon.com, Google

Published on December 16, 2010
Imagine walking down the street, pointing your smartphone every which way, and seeing overlays of items people in the neighborhood have posted for sale on eBay. USA Today reports that's just what you can do through an "augmented reality" mobile browser called Junaio, available for free for the iPhone and Android devices. M-commerce Amazon Windowshop, the retailer’s “complete...
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‘Daily Wrap:’ Amazon.com, CVS, Home Depot

Published on December 15, 2010
Research In Motion (RIM) and Amazon.com have launched Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry smartphones in beta in the U.S. The new app gives BlackBerry smartphone users access to Amazon’s entire music catalog of more than 14 million songs for purchase and download. E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing CVS/pharmacy has introduced the CVS Express Photo App which allows Facebook users to order...
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