‘The Daily Wrap:’ Mobile Coupons, Staples, Borders
Will retailers see an advantage in mobile coupons
As reported by The Boston Globe
, some applications that consumers may already be using have started to weave in special offers, although they may have to download the latest version to see them.
E-commerce & Multichannel Retailing
- Staples, which entered the Australian office products market when it purchased Corporate Express in July 2010, has launched an Australian e-commerce site targeting 750,000 small businesses.
- Facebook growth dramatically outpaces other socnets.
- Is a Groupon acquisition Google’s answer to Google Offers?
- Americans increase their online shopping, reading reviews and value opinions shared online.
- Darkness ahead for Black Friday.
Store Openings & Closings
- Borders is closing about 17 stores in January 2011, including four in California, two in New Jersey, and units in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina.
- Crocs plans to increase store count by 25% in 2011.
Research & Stats
- ‘Harry Potter’ has $330 million debut weekend.
- Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, declined to 9.2% during the first half of November; down from 9.4% during the last half of October and 10% in mid-October, and one of the lowest levels of the year.
- A considerable proportion of owners of factory-installed navigation systems also use portable navigation devices and smartphone navigation, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. Navigation Usage and Satisfaction Study.
Business & Finance
- Dollar Tree grew consolidated net sales about 14% during Q3 fiscal 2010.
Marketing & Advertising
Legal & Regulatory
- The Coca-Cola Company is enacting a voluntary withdrawal of 22,000 sets of themed drinking glasses for quality reasons.