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Amazon Sellers Complain Amazon Sellers Complain
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Amazon is encouraging their retailers to comply with new 24/7 buyer communication requirements, and is getting complaints from sellers, who say new policies are forcing them to stay open for business 7 days a week. One seller told Tamebay, “basically, …

Facebook Flash Sales Boost Fan Interest 368% Facebook Flash Sales Boost Fan Interest 368%

Flash sales may appear to be a fleeting trend in online commerce, but the recent success of the business model on Facebook might argue otherwise. If you don’t know, flash sales consist of sales featuring high discounts that are offered …

eBay’s Top Shopped List Reveals America’s Cultural Obsessions From 2011 eBay’s Top Shopped List Reveals America’s Cultural Obsessions From 2011
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You can tell a lot about someone by how they shop. In that same vein, can you also tell a lot about a country by how they shop? eBay has issued their 3rd-annual “Top Shopped” report, where they analyze all …

Black Friday Online Sales Jumped 26 Percent Black Friday Online Sales Jumped 26 Percent
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Black Friday online sales jumped over 26 percent this year, according to a report from comScore. Led by Amazon.com, online sales reached $816 million, making it the biggest spending day online so far in 2011. Just to put it in …

Choosing A Tablet For The Holidays Choosing A Tablet For The Holidays
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Prepare yourself – the holiday shopping season is upon us. While Black Friday, the deal-packed day following the Thanksgiving holiday, is the unofficial kickoff, folks are already thinking about what they’re asking for and what they’re going to buy their …

Could Shopping Be the Next Big Phenomenon on Facebook? Could Shopping Be the Next Big Phenomenon on Facebook?

With Facebook’s latest changes, a lot of developers are rushing to get a piece of the company’s new focus on applications. Sneakpeeq is one app that is partnering with Facebook as part of this new initiative and is excited about the opportunities with the Open Graph.

Amazon Will Eventually Pay Online Sales Tax, Says Analyst Amazon Will Eventually Pay Online Sales Tax, Says Analyst
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It has been an interesting few weeks for retailers, both online and offline, in the state of California due to the new law requiring online retailers to pay taxes on their affiliate advertising. In response, ecommerce sites such as Amazon and Overstock shut down their affiliate programs in the state, which did not go over very well.

Keepio to Threaten eBay and Craigslist? Keepio to Threaten eBay and Craigslist?
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We all know about eBay and Craigslist, but now there is new startup that hopes to shake up the commerce space. It is called Keepio, and it allows users to buy, sell, and trade while utilizing the social graph.

Snack&Munch: The First Online Vending Machine Snack&Munch: The First Online Vending Machine
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For those who’ve maintained the idea ecommerce has it’s limits, meet Snack&Munch. This start-up company has been receiving a lot of hype, being featured on both NBC.com and Mashable. The site is quite simple: Choose 24 snacks from a selection …

U.K. Leads Europe In Online Retail Visits

In January 2011, 270.6 million unique visitors in Europe visited sites in the retail category, representing a market reach of 74.5 percent of Internet users, an increase of 8.5 percent over the previous year, according to a new report from …

eBay Makes Listings Free For Up To 50 Items
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eBay said today, for the first time, it is making it free to list up to 50 items per month in auctions at any start price, and free to add the “Buy it Now” option to those listings. Starting on …

Online Retail Set For Continued Double-Digit Growth

 Online retail in the U.S. and Western Europe will continue to have double-digit growth over the next five years, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

Payvment Opens Social Shopping Mall On Facebook
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Social ecommerce platform Payvment has launched the first-ever shopping mall on Facebook.

Payvment says its “Shopping Mall” on Facebook offers over one million searchable products and includes a directory of ecommerce stores, from celebrity brands to local merchants.

 

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Amazon And Netflix Tops In Customer Satisfaction

Customer satisfaction with ecommerce websites is down 2.6 percent to 79.3 on a 100-point scale, it lowest score since 2004, according to a new report from The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) and ForeSee Results.

“Satisfaction with e-commerce and retail is off from a year ago overall, but the individual company results are mixed, and some organizations manage to find ways and resources to improve the customer experience,” said ACSI Founder Claes Fornell, professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Visa Buys Online Payment Platform For $190 Million

Visa said today it is buying online payment platform PlaySpan for $190 million in cash, “plus additional consideration for performance milestones.”

Visa Visa said the acquisition complements its further expansion into digital and mobile commerce.  The deal follows Visa’s purchase of another online payment company, CyberSource in July.

Online Retail Spending Tops Record $40 Billion

U.S. online retail spending reached a record $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 11 percent over a year ago, according to a new report from comScore.

This growth rate is the fifth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and second quarter of double-digit growth rates in the past year.

Meijer Launches Online Grocery Service

Retailer Meijer has introduced a new online grocery service called “MeijerDoorstepGrocer.com.”

"This is a very important step for our e-commerce operations," said Rick Keyes, executive vice president of supply chain operations and e-commerce for Meijer.

 

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ShopVisible Launches Social Commerce Platform On Facebook

Ecommerce company ShopVisible has launched a new platform called ShopVisible Social Commerce which allows people to research and browse retailers products on Facebook and then purchase items without having to leave the social network.

Online Holiday Spending Hits Record $32 Billion
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Online retail spending for the 2010 holiday season reached $32.6 billion, representing  an increase of 12 percent compared to last year and an all-time record, according to the latest report from comScore.

Online Holiday Spending Nears $22 Billion
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U.S. online holiday spending has reached $21.95 billion during the first 40 days of the season, an increase of 12 percent over the same time period as last year, according to the latest report from comScore.

The most recent week (week ending Dec. 10) reached $5.15 billion in spending, an increase of 11 percent versus the corresponding week last year, as two individual days each surpassed $900 million.

 

Online Holiday Spending Tops $17 Billion
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U.S. online holiday spending has surpassed $17.5 billion in the first 35 days of the November -December shopping season, up 12 percent, according to a new report from comScore.