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Amazon Has Worked With Vendors To Eliminate 24.7 Million Pounds Of Packaging

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” comes to mind, but even still, who doesn’t want opening a new toy to be as easy as possible? The …

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Desktop Holiday Ecommerce Spending Up 14% From Last Year So Far

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 of the report, Tuesday, November 19th was the heaviest online spending day of the season, reaching $963 million. Both the …

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Google Shopping & Google Trusted Stores Expand To More Of The World

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. Google started testing pilot programs in the UK and France last week, and is also introducing one in Australia. “Our …

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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 24 percent to $17.09 billion. The retailer notes that net sales would have increased by 26 percent if it excluded …

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eBay Experiments With ‘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 the company. Reuters first reported on the upcoming windows, indicating that the screens will sell 30 items from Kate Spade …

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Should The Senate Pass Online Sales Tax Legislation? [Updated]

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 online retailers that don’t reside in their state. Should online retailers have to pay taxes to states where they don’t …

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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 the most searched-for items on Google Shopping.” Granted, Google Shopping has only been in full swing in the U.S. since …

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Google Is Giving Credit To Merchants To Use Google Shopping

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 countries can apply to create Product Listing Ads (the basis for the Google Shopping model) for their products by April …

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Online Holiday Spending Surpasses $21 Billion So Far In The U.S.

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 the U.S. is up 14% year-over-year, according to the firm. For the time period, sales have hit $21.4 billion. The …

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Etsy iPad App Is Now A Reality

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 launching in 2011. “Early on at Etsy, we saw our number of visitors from mobile devices growing, so we began …

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Black Friday Saw Online Retail Traffic Jump 60% Year-Over-Year

As previously reported, this year’s Black Friday was a record one for e-commerce, having surpassed a billion dollars in spending, according to comScore. Experian Hitwise has also released some data, indicating that Black Friday online retail traffic in the U.S. increased 60% in 2012 copmared to last year, as the top 500 retail sites received over 179 million total U.S. …

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Following Huge Black Friday, Amazon Begins A Whole Week Of Cyber Monday Deals

Amazon was the top retail site on a record breaking Black Friday. Not exactly a surprise, but we can also expect similar results for Cyber Monday, which Amazon began participating in at midnight. That’s when Amazon opened its Cyber Monday Deals Store. Through the store, Amazon is offering thousands of limited-time deals.This includes items like televisions, digital cameras, home theater …

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