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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 …

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel Steps Down Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel Steps Down

Target announced on Monday that Gregg Steinhafel is stepping down from the board, and from his positions as chairman, president, and CEO of the company. This follows a massive data breach, which occurred during the holiday season, which saw the …

Macy’s Theft Case Against Pakistani Woman Dropped

On Wednesday, charges were dropped against a Pakistani woman who was accused of stealing jewelry at the Macy’s flagship store in New York City. The incident happened last fall. Joweria Khalid was charged with misdemeanor theft after a security guard …

Square Launches New Business Features Square Launches New Business Features

Square announced the launch of several new offerings aimed at helping sellers drive more customers to their businesses and simplifying operations: Square Pickup, Offline Mode, and Inventory Tracking. Square Pickup is a new Square Market feature, which integrates with Square …

Amazon Unveils 'Prime Pantry,' A New Grocery Service Amazon Unveils 'Prime Pantry,' A New Grocery Service

In December, we heard that Amazon was working on a new offering called “Pantry,” which would offer Amazon Prime members about 2,000 grocery products (at first). Now, the company has revealed the offering under the specific brand name “Amazon Prime …

Google Tests New Ad Pilot Program For Retailers Google Tests New Ad Pilot Program For Retailers

Google is testing a pilot program to help retailers better figure out if their online ads are driving in-store sales, reports The Wall Street Journal, which says the company currently has six advertisers on board, and is using data from …

Groupon Adds In-Store Coupons To 'Freebies' Category Groupon Adds In-Store Coupons To 'Freebies' Category

Groupon is now providing in-store coupons in its Freebies offering, giving retailers another way to drive traffic to their stores. The company says it’s “providing national retailers with a programmatic way to reach millions of potential customers with targeted promotions …

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 …

Square To Offer More Custom Deals Square To Offer More Custom Deals

Square is reportedly looking to offer more merchants custom rates. According to TechCrunch, the company is “aggressively working to do more custom pricing for merchants, especially chains and big names” as a move to get bigger brands using its services. …

Square Teams Up With Whole Foods Square Teams Up With Whole Foods
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About a year and a half ago, Square announced a major partnership with Starbucks. Today, Square has announced another such partnership with Whole Foods Market, which will see select grocery stores implementing Square payment and checkout features. Whole Foods expects …

Penney Store Closings And Job Cuts For May 2014 Penney Store Closings And Job Cuts For May 2014
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This past Wednesday, J.C. Penney announced it would be closing down 33 stores throughout the nation and cutting 2,000 jobs. The changes are part of an effort to save nearly $65 million each year. J.C. Penney Ceo, Myron Ullman III, …

Microsoft Envisions The Future Of Retail Microsoft Envisions The Future Of Retail
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What’s been the most innovative technology in retail over the past few years? If you immediately thought of Square, you win. The POS hardware/software combo has made it easier than ever for small businesses to accept and process credit card …

Groupon Buys Fashion Retailer Ideeli For $43 Million Groupon Buys Fashion Retailer Ideeli For $43 Million

Groupon announced on Monday that it has acquired fashion retailer ideeli for $43 million in cash. The purchase, Groupon says, will extend its presence in fashion and apparel. “These types of offers have been very popular with Groupon customers, and …

Macy’s Job Cuts: Chain Aims To Save $100 Million Macy’s Job Cuts: Chain Aims To Save $100 Million

Despite its financial success over the holiday, Macy’s has announced plans for closings and layoffs for 2014. By early spring, the company will be closing five stores in Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, New York, and Utah – opening eight new ones …

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 …

Many Americans Still Putting-Off Holiday Shopping Many Americans Still Putting-Off Holiday Shopping

This year’s Black Friday was a sales success, with customers spending more money on a variety of heavily discounted prices. Not everyone has finished up their holiday shopping, however. In fact, a sizable chunk of the American population has yet …

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” …