All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Retail’

Report: Retailers Not Ready For Cross-Channel Integration

Report: Retailers Not Ready For Cross-Channel Integration

There’s a new report out form Yesmail. The main conclusion is that in general, retailers are not ready for cross-channel integration. They polled about 200 retailers at the Shop.org summit. The report finds that nearly a third of retailers indicate that integrating email with other digital channels is a top priority for this year, but many are failing to properly …

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A Timely Glimpse At Ecommerce Habits And Numbers

A Timely Glimpse At Ecommerce Habits And Numbers

It’s the time of year when people are using a lot of their hard-earned dollars to get things for the people they care about. In other words, it’s the best time of year for ecommerce businesses. Now that it’s the Tuesday after the big weekend, let’s check in and see how things have been going. What are your thoughts about …

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Google Shares ‘Surprising’ Black Friday Findings

Google Shares ‘Surprising’ Black Friday Findings

Google is sharing some research it conducted about foot traffic patterns in stores across the United States during Black Friday last year. The company says it uncovered some “surprising” findings that should help businesses better connect with shoppers in and near their stores. “Contrary to the notion that most people head to stores in the morning, we found that Black …

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2 Million People Have Pinned Black Friday & Cyber Monday Content On Pinterest

2 Million People Have Pinned Black Friday & Cyber Monday Content On Pinterest

Well, it’s just about that time. The biggest shopping days of the year – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – are less than a week away (not to mention Small Business Saturday). Pinterest is sharing some statistics about how its users prepare for these events. Two million people have already saved pins about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it says, …

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Etsy Announces Wholesale Guidelines To Benefit Sellers

Etsy Announces Wholesale Guidelines To Benefit Sellers

Etsy announced that starting today, Etsy Wholesale will begin requiring all retail partners to agree to specific guidelines. These are as follows: – Pay the price listed on the seller’s Etsy Wholesale line sheet for at least the first six months. – Offer Etsy sellers quick and fair payment terms. – Provide Etsy sellers with a personal point of contact …

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Google’s NYC Retail Store Is Reportedly Dead

Google’s NYC Retail Store Is Reportedly Dead

Google is not going through with its New York City retail store, which would’ve been the first of its kind. The company is currently looking to sublease the 5.442 square-foot location it leased last year. According to Crain’s, Google want’s $2.25 million a year. The store would’ve allowed customers to browse and purchase a wide array of Google products and …

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Amazon Is Ramping Up TV-Commerce

Amazon Is Ramping Up TV-Commerce

Amazon is about to make a huge push into TV-commerce. Here’s the scenario: You’re using your Amazon Fire TV, catching up on episodes of The Good Wife. You spot an incredible pair of shoes. OMG, you say. I must have those. Then, with the help of Amazon, you have them at your doorstep in an hour. Amazon has already started …

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Amazon Could Launch Its Own Clothing Line

Amazon Could Launch Its Own Clothing Line

Amazon has spent years building up its Fashion division, providing a marketplace for other companies’ clothes. Now, Amazon is looking to sell their own clothing. Remarks from VP of clothing at Amazon Fashion Jeff Yurcisin indicate that Amazon wants to fill in the gaps, and offer its own private label items when other brands have declined to sell on the …

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Over Half Of Retailers Struggle To Identify Most Valuable Customers Despite Data

Over Half Of Retailers Struggle To Identify Most Valuable Customers Despite Data

Yes Lifecycle Marketing has a new study out finding that half of retailers are struggling to identify and and engage their most valuable customers, even though they know information like full names, phone numbers, and purchase histories. It also found that 42% claim their store associates know nothing about in-store customers, which the company says indicates that a lack of …

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Google Merchant Center Gets New Feed Enhancements

Google announced a pair of data feed enhancements for Google Merchant Center in an effort to help merchants better update their ads. One of them is geared toward large retailers while the other is for small ones. For large retailers, Google has added a new feed type called Online product inventory feeds, which let you quickly update price, availability, and …

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Microsoft’s Flagship Fifth Avenue Store to Open This Fall

Though Microsoft opened its first retail store in 2009, the company has never had a true flagship location. Last year, the company announced that it had singed a lease at 677 Fifth Avenue in New York City. That’s about five blocks away from Apple’s flagship NYC store, by the way. Now, that store will apparently open in the fall. The …

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Study Looks At Most Used Digital Shopping Tools And Their Influence

A recent Epsilon study (via MarketingCharts) looked at which digital tools shoppers are using and how these tools are actually impacting their shopping behavior. The firm surveyed over 2,800 people on 16 digital shopping tools, and measured the usage of these tools over 12 channels and 12 product categories. Epsilon says the study is unique because it included questions about …

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Facebook Follower Growth Has Stalled For Retailers

Most brands are on Facebook, but that doesn’t mean they’re getting followers. A new study out from Yesmail’s Yes Lifecycle Marketing finds that out of nearly 250 retailers, 98% maintain a Facebook presence, but follower growth has plateaued. It found that only big box and home goods categories saw an increase in followers last year. Meanwhile, the study also found …

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Your Customers Want More Of This From Your Business

Personalization. Consumers want offers from businesses to be more personalized. The question is: are you doing your part? And to what degree? Are you making efforts to ensure your offers are highly personalized for your potential customers? What are your most effective personalization methods and/or channels? Discuss. Consumers want more relevant offers, but they’re also not really into being tracked, …

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How Shoppers Use Twitter During The Buying Process

Twitter is sharing some research from studies it conducted with Millward Brown and Crimson Hexagon about Twitter’s role in the buying process for shoppers. Twitter says its findings can help businesses maximize sales by “sending Twitter shoppers the right message at the right moment.” The Millward Brown study was commissioned by Twitter last summer, and utilized a ten-minute online questionnaire …

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Apple Watch Is the Only Thing Apple Wants You Wearing on Your Wrist

Apple is clearing the way for the Apple Watch. According to Re/code, Apple stores across the country have begun to pull items from their shelves that could possibly compete with the Apple Watch, which is set to launch next month. Both the Jawbone Up band and the Nike + FuelBand are no longer carried in Apple’s retail outlets. Apple stops …

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Amazon Launches New Store for Shark Tank Stuff

Ok, not just Shark Tank stuff – Amazon wants to sell you all the hot new gadgets and gizmos. The company has just launched a new storefront called Amazon Exclusives, which “gives customers direct access to innovative new products from popular up-and-coming brands [including] electronics accessories, toys, sporting equipment and much more.” Amazon’s “exclusives” are products from companies that have …

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Target Job Cuts: Company Outlines Plan to Restructure, Invest in Technology

Target has announced a corporate restructuring plan that will see it ax several thousand jobs – but the focus will be at the headquarters level and not at the company’s 1,800+ retail locations. In order to “fuel growth and drive profitability”, Target is looking to cut costs to the tune of $2 billion. “These savings will be realized through operations, …

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Apple Stores Revamp: Are They Getting Even Swankier?

One could say that Apple, and thus its many retail stores, already cater to the wealthy – or at least those with a bit of disposable income. But could Apple make its stores feel even more exclusive – especially ahead of the big Apple Watch launch? The New Yorker ran a lengthy profile on Apple design guru Jony Ive, and …

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eBay Enterprise Hits New Sales Milestone

eBay announced that eBay Enterprise clients have hit the $1 billion sales milestone. This is across over 6,500 stores, 42 brands, and three continents. eBay merged Magento with eBay Enterprise just over a year ago. They’re showcasing their solutions at the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City this week. eBay Enterprise counts Ace Hardware, Shoe Carnival, Destination …

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Google Expands Merchant Promotions

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 offering to retailers in more countries. Now, retailers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia and India will be able …

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Walmart Is About to Start Price-Matching Amazon at All Its Locations

One of the only things consistently cheaper than Walmart is Amazon, and in order to make sure people are buying their holiday doo-dads and knick-knacks in-store instead of online, Walmart is about to start matching Amazon’s prices. Everywhere. Reuters reports that Walmart has told the managers of its roughly 5,000 stores nationwide that they are now allowed to fully match …

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Amazon Will Open Brick-And-Mortar Stores Next Week

Amazon will reportedly be opening a physical retail store in San Francisco next week, just in time for the holiday season. This one is only temporary, however. Geekwire first reported the news, saying that Amazon will be opening a pop-up store at Westfield San Francisco Centre, which is a mall in the downtown area. It will open on October 22nd. …

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Here’s A Look At Which E-Commerce Categories Are Growing The Fastest

E-commerce is booming, and the coming holiday season will only fuel the fire. New research finds that consumer purchase intent is skyrocketing for many e-commerce categories. Do you expect your own online sales to increase significantly this year? Let us know in the comments. Nielsen says online purchase intention rates for over half of the twenty-two consumer product categories it …

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Google Reportedly Killing Zavers Coupon Service

Google is reportedly killing off its Zavers by Google offering, which was described as a “smart, simple real-time digital coupon solution for retailers and manufacturers.” Google announced the service in early 2013 as a way for retailers to extend their existing incentive programs. “Unlike traditional media, Zavers’ real-time data gives manufacturers new ways to measure coupon redemptions and analyze consumer …

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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 compromise of 40 million credit and debit cards, and the theft of information from a reported 70 million people. Stenhafel …

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Macy’s Theft Case Against Woman Dropped Due To False Arrest

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 at Macy’s reported that she stole $193 worth of jewelry. After the incident, Khalid was detained for a couple of …

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Square Launches Pickup, Offline Mode, Inventory Tracking

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 Register, and lets sellers fulfill orders customers place either in-person or online. It’s available to all sellers at 8% processing …

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Amazon Unveils ‘Prime Pantry,’ A New Grocery Service For Prime Members

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 Pantry,” and it is indeed a new way to order groceries from the online retail giant. Here’s Amazon’s official description: …

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Google Reportedly Testing ‘In-Store Attribution Transaction Reporting’

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 Acxiom, DataLogix, LiveRamp, and Epsilon. The program is reportedly an AdWords feature called In-Store Attribution Transaction Reporting. The data companies …

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