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Circuit City to Be Resurrected Online
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Early this year, Circuit City announced that it was closing all of its stores after being in business for 60 years. Gizmodo is pointing to a screenshot from Circuit City’s website now, however, suggesting that the company will be back in online form.

No More PPC for Amazon Associates
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Amazon is ending the payment of referral fees to associates in North America using pay-per-click (PPC) to get traffic. This is effective beginning May 1st.

The change is not temporary. Amazon will not reinstate payment of referral fees to paid search associates. They say the decision to make the change is based on their review of how they invest their advertising resources.

UK Online Shoppers Want Sales

UK retailers are benefiting online from the beginning of spring sales. Accroding to research from Hitwise, UK Internet visits to sites in the shopping and classifieds category increased by only 0.9%, while the "traditional" category, which features UK High Street department store sites like John Lewis, Debenhams, Littlewoods, etc. saw an increase of as much as 21%.

Many of these sites saw their first big increase since the Holiday Season. This is illustrated in the following graph:

Amazon To Shutdown 3 Distribution Centers
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Amazon.com is closing three of its fulfillment centers in Munster, Indiana, Red Rock, Nevada, and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, the first time the online retailer has closed a warehouse since 2006.

Amazon said the move is part of a reorganization of its distribution network so it can "better balance product mix and customer orders."

eBay Removes Items-Per-Seller Limit in Search Results
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eBay has announced that starting this week, they will be displaying every listing according to their Best Match sort order, even when they come from the same seller. That means there is no longer a ten-listing-per-customer-per-page limit.

Hitwise Records Drop In Retail Traffic
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It would be less than shocking if a certain Pink Floyd song has become stuck in the minds of online retailers recently; "Is There Anybody Out There?" seems like a semi-appropriate question as a new Hitwise report explains that fewer people are swinging by their sites.

You Better Get Comfortable with eBay’s New Search
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eBay is 86ing its old search engine in favor of its newer one. Up until this point, users have been able to choose the one they prefer, but according to eBay the majority are using the new one, so you can kiss the old one goodbye.

eBay Highlights Trusted Sellers (and Other Tidbits)
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Matt Olson from eBayeBay recently announced a change to product pages for books, music, movies, and video games last week – a change that will likely give sellers yet another reason to complain.

Hitwise Weighs In With Holiday 2008 Data
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While the news may not be enough to cause encore performances of "Joy to the World," a new report from Hitwise on Christmas and Boxing Day search and traffic stats isn’t all bad.  Interpreted in a certain way, it even provides signs that the UK’s economy is doing all right.

Online Advertising’s Relationship with Holiday Traffic
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Nielsen Online has shared some interesting data regarding advertising on the web during the holiday season. This look comes after finding that there was 10% growth in retail site traffic.

Nachi Lolla at the Nielsen Blog wondered if the advertising strategies of these retailers had anything to do with that traffic. Lolla writes:

Report: Online Retailers Moving In Right Direction
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The news may be a little hard to believe today – the Dow has closed down about 221 points – but a fresh report from Compete says that online retailers aren’t having such a bad holiday season.  In fact, thanks to a charge led by Amazon, the latest unique visitor stats are pulling ahead of the levels set in 2007.

Nielsen Looks at Online Retail Category Performance
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Nielsen is sharing some interesting data today regarding online retail web traffic during the holiday season. This data shows that both Black Friday and Cyber Monday traffic were up by 10% each when compared to last year.

Black Friday Traffic Proved Too Much For Some Sites

Pessimistic onlookers believed retailers’ websites would do little more than attract tumbleweeds this Black Friday.  A sort of reverse situation came into being, however, as stampede-worthy traffic levels were significant enough to cause slowdowns and at least one crash.

Cyber Monday Tips from the Google AdWords Crew
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And Cyber Monday edges closer still. We’re at about five days now. Of course, we’ve still got Black Friday to deal with and last year shoppers spent around $531 Million online just on that day. Follow Amazon’s example and get ready for that.

Google Makes it Easier To Get Found in Product Search
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Last week, we looked at ways you can use Google to boost your clicks and conversions for the holiday season. One tip we discussed was submitting your products by data feed to Google Product Search.

Hitwise Issues Online Retail Warning
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Common sense says that online retailers are in a better position than their brick and mortar counterparts; consumers will be able save time, gas, and possibly the money that would go towards sales taxes by just shopping from home this season.  Still, according to a new Hitwise report, the winter is shaping up to be pretty harsh.

Moody

Moody’s Investors Service has announced that it will consider online sales when determining the credit rating of retailers.

"As online sales become a larger percentage of total sales for individual issuers, and as online spending gains a bigger share of overall retail spending, a retailer’s Internet strategy is becoming a more important factor in Moody’s credit analysis," said vice president and senior credit officer Margaret Taylor in a report.

Moody

Moody’s Investors Service has announced that it will consider online sales when determining the credit rating of retailers.

"As online sales become a larger percentage of total sales for individual issuers, and as online spending gains a bigger share of overall retail spending, a retailer’s Internet strategy is becoming a more important factor in Moody’s credit analysis," said vice president and senior credit officer Margaret Taylor in a report.

Moody

Moody’s Investors Service has announced that it will consider online sales when determining the credit rating of retailers.

"As online sales become a larger percentage of total sales for individual issuers, and as online spending gains a bigger share of overall retail spending, a retailer’s Internet strategy is becoming a more important factor in Moody’s credit analysis," said vice president and senior credit officer Margaret Taylor in a report.

Moody

Moody’s Investors Service has announced that it will consider online sales when determining the credit rating of retailers.

"As online sales become a larger percentage of total sales for individual issuers, and as online spending gains a bigger share of overall retail spending, a retailer’s Internet strategy is becoming a more important factor in Moody’s credit analysis," said vice president and senior credit officer Margaret Taylor in a report.

Online Retailers Cautious About Global Expansion

U.S. online retailers have an interest in expanding internationally, but few currently have a global presence according to a new report from JupiterResearch, "Global Online Retail: Navigating Successful International Expansion."

The report found that low dollar values, a slowdown in the U.S. economy, and a shifting global Internet population have all contributed to online retailers considering international markets as important to their growth strategies, but many remain cautious about global expansion.