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Google Expands Merchant Promotions

Google Expands Merchant Promotions

By Chris Crum November 19, 2014

Back in 2012, Google launched Merchant Promotions, which enabled retailers in the United States show promotions alongside their Product Listing Ads on Google’s search results pages and on Google Shopping. Google announced this week that it is now expanding this …

Census Bureau Releases Online Shopping Stats Census Bureau Releases Online Shopping Stats

The U.S. Census Bureau released some new stats on Thursday, including that online shopping establishments were up 27.4% between 2011 and 2012. It says the number of electronic shopping and mail-order houses establishments grew from 23,697 to 30,185 in that …

Amazon Now Has A Store Just For Collectible Coins Amazon Now Has A Store Just For Collectible Coins

Amazon just launched a new store for Collectible Coins at amazon.com/collectiblecoins. It claims to offer direct access to over 10,000 unique U.S. coins from over 75 dealers. According to the company, shoppers will be able to peruse a “wide variety …

Report Finds Consumers Making Purchases More Quickly Report Finds Consumers Making Purchases More Quickly

Parago has a new report out indicating that consumers are shopping across channels more quickly than ever before, thanks to brick-and-mortar, online, mobile and social channels enabling them to quickly find good deals which can be be taken advantage of …

Amazon Revenue Up 20 Percent To $25.59 Billion In Q4 Amazon Revenue Up 20 Percent To $25.59 Billion In Q4

We all knew that Amazon had a great holiday season. The online retailer put out multiple press releases before and after Christmas patting itself on the back. Now that its Q4 results are, we can finally see that Amazon did …

Amazon Sold 36.8 Million Items on Cyber Monday Amazon Sold 36.8 Million Items on Cyber Monday

In less than two decades Amazon has managed not only to become the internet’s largest retailer, but also a major competitor to traditional retailers such as Walmart. The success of the website continues to grow each year, and this year’s …

Kmart Returns To "Ship My Pants" For Christmas Kmart Returns To "Ship My Pants" For Christmas

Earlier this year, Kmart surprised everyone with a new advertising campaign called “Ship my pants.” I won’t go into detail as you presumably know about the infamous, and frankly wonderful, advertising campaign already. What’s important today is that the same …

Amazon's Frustration-Free Packaging Hits Milestone Amazon's Frustration-Free Packaging Hits Milestone

Back in 2008, Amazon announced its “Frustration-Free Packaging” initiative, working with nineteen manufacturers, including Fischer-Price, Mattel, Microsoft and Transcend, to make product packaging easier to get into so the whole buying-and-receiving process is less annoying. The phrase “first world problems” …

Desktop Holiday Ecommerce Spending Up 14% Desktop Holiday Ecommerce Spending Up 14%
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A report out from comScore says $18.9 billion has been spent online during the first 24 days of the November-December 2013 holiday season, using desktop computers. This is up 14% from the same time period last year ($16.6 billion). Ahead …

Google Expands Shopping, Trusted Stores Google Expands Shopping, Trusted Stores
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In two separate announcements, Google revealed that it is expanding Google Shopping into 8 more countries and Google Trusted Stores into 3. Google launched Trusted Stores in the U.S. two years ago, but they have not gone international until now. …

Amazon Announces Q3 2013 Results, Sales Up 24% Amazon Announces Q3 2013 Results, Sales Up 24%

Back in June, Amazon announced that its quarterly sales were up 22 percent. That growth has now been confirmed to have continued into its third quarter this year. Amazon announced this afternoon that its net sales for Q3 2013 increased …

eBay Launches 'Shoppable Windows' In New York eBay Launches 'Shoppable Windows' In New York

eBay has been beta testing “shoppable windows” for physical retail stores for several months, and will officially launch the first ones in Manhattan this Saturday. While this is only a month-long experiment, it could turn into something much bigger for …

Should The U.S. Pass Online Sales Tax Legislation? Should The U.S. Pass Online Sales Tax Legislation?
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Update: It passed. Currently in the U.S., state governments are only obligated to collect sales taxes from online retailers that are based in their own states. If an online sales tax bill makes it to law, states could collect from …

Google Shopping Gets Some Year-End Lists Too Google Shopping Gets Some Year-End Lists Too

Google updated its Zeitgeist site today, showing the top search trends of the year in a variety of countries and across a variety of different categories. Google also put out some year-end lists for Google Shopping, looking at “some of …

Google Gives Credit For Using Google Shopping Google Gives Credit For Using Google Shopping
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Google announced that it is offering promotional credit to merchants in Australia, Japan, Brazil, Italy, France, The Netherlands, The UK, Germany, and Switzerland to make the transition to Google Shopping as it rolls out to these countries. Merchants in said …

US Online Holiday Spending Surpasses $21 Billion US Online Holiday Spending Surpasses $21 Billion
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We knew that it’s been a ridiculously good holiday season for online retail sales, but comScore has provided a new update today about the first 32 days of the November-December season, and the amount of money being spent online in …

Etsy Has Now Launched An iPad App Etsy Has Now Launched An iPad App
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Etsy announced the launch of a new iPad app today. It’s been available for iPhone, but now there’s an iOS version that caters to Apple’s enormously popular set of tablets. Etsy’s iPhone app has been downloaded 3.5 million times, since …