All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘ecommerce’

New Payvment Product Aims To Ease Facebook Advertising Pain

Facebook ecommerce platform Payvment announced a new one-click Facebook ad buying service today, which essentially gives merchants a way to turn promotional Facebook posts into ads. The service automatically targets ads based on historical social shopping data. The company says it boosts clickthroughs by as much as 25% (compared to standard Facebook ads). Payvment’s algorithm predicts which audience segments are …

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How Beauty Chain Sephora Is Taking Retail Digital

Cosmetics retailer Sephora is known for the very hands-on, but pressure-free experience it offers to consumers in its physical stores. The company, however, is also making a name for itself in the online world as it ramps up its digital efforts. Sephora recently rolled out a “digital makeover,” which included a new website, a deep integration with Pinterest, and an …

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E-Commerce Spending Up 17%

Internet marketing research company comScore released its first quarter, 2012 U.S. internet retail sales estimates today, recording a 17% sales increase over last year, totaling roughly $44.3 billion. The latest numbers mark the tenth instance where quarter-over-quarter sales have risen. comScore cites that in Q1, 2012, digital content and subscriptions, computer software, consumer electronics, jewelry and watches and event tickets …

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U.S. Consumers Expect Integrated Retail

With the expansion of mobile retail, multichannel shopping has become commonplace, and a recent study has shown that U.S. consumers identified “entering payment, billing and shipping information” as one of the main pain points of the online shopping experience. Now hybris, a leading provider of multichannel commerce and communication software, has conducted their U.S. 2012 Multichannel Shopping Survey, which sheds …

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BigCommerce Launches Pinterest Integration

BigCommerce, the world’s fastest growing e-commerce platform, has announced the launch of its new Pinterest integration. The company, which presently hosts roughly 25,000 clients, was established in 2009 in Sydney, and currently has offices in Austin, TX. Merchants who use the service will be able to drive sales by using Pinterest as a primary tool for generating sales traffic. Online …

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eBay Releases App v2.0 for iPad

Internet auction giant eBay has just released it app for iPad version 2.0, presently available at the Apple iTunes store, allowing users to better sell, search, bid, buy, browse and pay in an interface built around the tablet. Below is a clip of eBay VP of Mobile Steve Yankovich showing off the new app: Key features include an updated, customizable …

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8thBridge CEO on New Tool for Social Shopping

Back in 2009, 8thBridge was the first company to enable “f-commerce” through the launch of the 1-800-Flowers Facebook store. There was a lot of excitement as many other brands came on board with their own Facebook storefront, but, unfortunately, the concept has yet to really take off.

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Amazon Web Services Announces Partner Network

Amazon’s Web Services Blog just announced its new web services partner network, and is launching a public beta version of the global platform, the AWS Partner Network (APN). The APN seeks to afford users of the AWS partner network the technical information and the sales and marketing assistance needed to advance their AWS-based business ventures. While the Amazon Partner Network …

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Social Networking Drives Ecommerce [Infographic]

Engaging customers through social networking sites has to be one of the best forms of marketing to come out since TV commercials. This time they’re not brainwashing us with a repetitious jingle or colorful images, they’re just getting us to engage in the products. What does that mean? To the consumer it means an opportunity to get special discounts and …

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China’s Online Sales to Triple by 2015

According to The Boston Consulting Group, China is on a trajectory to become the world’s largest online retail market, and is expected to achieve $364 billion in sales by 2015. Current projections for U.S. online retail offered my Forrester Research come in at about $304 billion. The almost $60 billion discrepancy must be applied to the fact that the U.S. …

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New Publishing Feature for Yahoo! Stores

In the summer of 2011, Yahoo! released an incremental publishing feature on certain Yahoo! pilot stores. It has been announced that this same publishing feature will be applied to all Yahoo! Merchant Solutions and Yahoo! Store accounts, in phases beginning today, and on April 10th. The new feature alters how users publish their stores, and adds new publishing buttons to …

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eBay to Inform Sellers of Protection from Buyers

eBay Inc. will commence informing sellers of proactive protection from buyers, beginning April 3rd, and every month thereafter, according to an official message from the eBay announcement board. eBay proactively protects sellers from unfair or undeserved feedback, as well as in buyer protection cases. If the company notices an atypical pattern of low detailed seller ratings (DSRs) or negative or …

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LivingSocial Launches Takeout & Delivery

LivingSocial has just announced the launch of Takeout & Delivery, an online restaurant platform which allows users to order food from thousands of local diners for pickup or delivery. LivingSocial has used its Instant service as a testing ground for Takeout & Delivery, and will be transitioning to and expanding upon all of its markets nationwide. Greg Mazanec, GM of …

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Social Networking Drives Product Discovery

In a new study called Social Impact by social commerce solutions company Sociable Labs, it’s been found that 62% of online shoppers read product-related comments posted by Facebook friends. The study also has shown that 75% of these shoppers click on the link referrals. Sociable Labs’ study queried 1088 online shoppers/Facebook users, and investigated the influence social media sharing has …

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Interview: New Startup I-ELLA Takes on eBay Model for Fashionistas

Multiple services put their own spin on eBay and Craigslist, and new startup I-ELLA is no exception. The company is based in New York, and it allows consumers to buy, sell, swap, and borrow designer clothing and accessories.

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Facebook and Twitter Sales Possible With Gumroad

Former Pinterest iOS engineer Sahil Lavingia has launched Gumroad. In essence, Gumroad is a payment company. But, as with all great ideas online, it takes something that you think you know about and makes it simple, different. With Gumroad, you don’t spend time setting up an Internet “store”. You upload or link to an item you want to sell, get …

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Amazon Sellers Complain

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, they are now forcing us to respond to 90% of messages within 24 hours. We already work 6 days of …

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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 for a short amount of time. Aside from being an effective way to move a lot of products and offer …

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eBay’s Top Shopped List Reveals America’s Cultural Obsessions From 2011

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 of their sales data to come up with what pop culture forces captivated the nation throughout the year. The data …

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Black Friday Online Sales Jumped 26 Percent

Black Friday online sales jumped over 26 percent this year, according to a report from comScore. Led by, online sales reached $816 million, making it the biggest spending day online so far in 2011. Just to put it in perspective for you, last year’s online Black Friday sales only increased 9 percent from the previous year. comScore data showed …

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Choosing A Tablet For The Holidays

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 loved ones this holiday season. Why not a tablet? Recent studies suggest that everyone is tablet crazy these days, and …

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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.

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Amazon Will Eventually Pay Online Sales Tax, Says Analyst

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.

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Keepio to Threaten eBay and Craigslist?

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.

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Snack&Munch: The First Online Vending Machine

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 and Mashable. The site is quite simple: Choose 24 snacks from a selection of 250, and pay $24 (shipping is included) to have the snacks delivered to you. The site is well designed, …

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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 comScore. Retail sites also had a significant reach in individual markets, representing at least 75 percent of the total online …

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eBay Makes Listings Free For Up To 50 Items

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 April 19 the new options will be available. “As we look toward the future of commerce, eBay is positioning small …

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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.

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Payvment Opens Social Shopping Mall On Facebook

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.

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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.

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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.

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Meijer Launches Online Grocery Service

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

"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.

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Online Holiday Spending Hits Record $32 Billion

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.

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Online Holiday Spending Nears $22 Billion

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.


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Online Holiday Spending Tops $17 Billion

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.

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More Than Half Of Americans Say Best Deals Are Online

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of Americans feel that the easiest way to complete their holiday gift purchases is online, while 87 percent favor brick-and-mortar stores, according to research firm StrategyOne.

When it comes to finding the best deals overall, Americans are divided — with 52% stating they found the best deals online, while 48% say they could find the best deals in retail stores.

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Online Holiday Shoppers More Satisfied With Price

Shopper satisfaction with online retailers during the holidays indicates they are more satisfied with prices this year than they were at the same time last year, according to a new report from ForeSee Results.

Customers’ ratings of prices this year (72.1 on the study’s 100-point scale) are more than half a point higher than they were in 2009; though still slightly lower than on Cyber Monday, due to fewer online incentives and specials. Satisfaction with price still remains far below pre-recession levels, which was as high as 75.1 the week of Thanksgiving, 2007.

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Online Holiday Shoppers More Satisfied So Far

Customer satisfaction with online retailers on Cyber Monday matched last year with 73.1 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s (ACSI) 100-point scale, but overall satisfaction during the Thanksgiving holiday week and weekend was higher than in 2009, according to a new report from ForeSee Results.

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Online Holiday Sales Top $13 Billion

Online holiday spending for the first 29 days of the season has reached $13.55 billion, representing a 13 percent increase over the same time period last year, according to the latest report from comScore.

Cyber Monday reached $1.028 billion in online spending, up 16 percent versus year ago, representing the heaviest online spending day in history and the first to surpass the billion-dollar threshold.

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Online Holiday Shoppers Plan To Spend More This Year

Online shoppers  plan to spend more on holiday gifts this year, with 66 percent indicating they will spend over $500, according to a new report  from PriceGrabber.

Last year, more than half (59%) of shoppers spent $500 or more on gifts. This year, the average amount that holiday shoppers plan to spend on gifts is $845.

According to survey data, the average 2010 holiday shopper will make 57 percent of their holiday purchases online, 40 percent in brick-and-mortar stores and 3 percent from a mobile phone.

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Online Retail Spending reached $32 Billion In Q3

Online retail spending reached $32.1 billion in the third quarter, up nine percent over the third quarter of 2009, according to a new report from comScore.

The growth rate represents the fourth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth after a year of flat or negative growth rates.

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Online Retailers Losing Revenue Due To Website Issues

Online retailers may have lost as much as $44 billion dollars over the past year due to transaction problems on their website, according to a new report released by Tealeaf and conducted by Harris Interactive.

The report found more than a quarter (27%) of online shoppers would turn to an online or offline competitor if they had an online transaction issue.

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Comparison shopping site has introduced a new shopping application on Facebook.

The new shopping application can be accessed on’s Facebook Fan page withing the “Shop” tab. The app allows users to compare prices from 2,000 stores from the fan page via a search box.


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eBay Partners With The National Federation Of The Blind On Ecommerce Jobs

eBay and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) have formed a partnership to increase ecommerce job opportunities for blind Americans.

John-Donahoe-eBay eBay now includes improved features for users to buy, bid and sell using the keyboard only, along with better ways to navigate content using assistive technologies such as screen access software.

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Amazon Makes Checkout Easier On Third-Party Sites has introduced “Checkout by Amazon” (CBA) that allows people with accounts to make purchases on third-party sites using their Amazon account credentials without having to leave the merchant’s site.

Amazon says by streamlining the checkout process for customers that it reduces the potential for shopping car abandonment for merchants.


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Rumors surfaced recently that Google was buying Those rumors have now been confirmed, as has announced the news on their site. Founder and CEO Munjal Shah writes:

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Online Retail Spending Up 9%

Online retail spending in the U.S. reached $32.9 billion in the second quarter, up 9 percent over a year ago, according to a new report from comScore.

The growth rate represented the third consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth following a year of flat or negative growth rates.

"The second quarter’s continuation of the first quarter’s strong retail e-commerce growth rates is encouraging," said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni.

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