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Best Buy Hires New CEO Following Scandal Best Buy Hires New CEO Following Scandal

Best Buy today announced that it has appointed Hubert Joly as the company’s CEO. Joly is currently the CEO of Carlson, a worldwide hospitality and travel company. “Hubert was an outstanding candidate for this position and I am confident he …

Retail Sales Up 4.1% From Last Year At $403.9 Billion For July Retail Sales Up 4.1% From Last Year At $403.9 Billion For July

The U.S. Census Bureau released its monthly retail sales report on Tuesday, indicating that sales for July (adusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes), were up 0.8% from June, and up 4.1% from …

Facebook and Walmart Are Up to Something This Week Facebook and Walmart Are Up to Something This Week
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Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team of senior managers is set to meet with Walmart CEO Mike Duke and a bunch of his senior guys. This marks the first time that this has ever happened. Then, Facebook COO …

How Beauty Chain Sephora Is Taking Retail Digital How Beauty Chain Sephora Is Taking Retail Digital

Cosmetics retailer Sephora is known for the very hands-on, but pressure-free experience it offers to consumers in its physical stores. The company, however, is also making a name for itself in the online world as it ramps up its digital …

Experian Hitwise Launches AudienceView Experian Hitwise Launches AudienceView

Experian Hitwise, the online measurement service from Experian Marketing Services, has announced the launch of AudienceView, a new audience targeting service that provides retailers with a comprehensive view of demographic, psychographic, transactional and behavioral insights on their target consumers or …

Pinterest Infographics Reveal Marketing Potential Pinterest Infographics Reveal Marketing Potential
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The good folks at Modea, a branding and technology agency from Blacksburg, VA, produced this Pinteresting infographic on important Pinterest demographics. (say it five times, fast) Photographers and fine artists are showcasing their work on Pinterest with descriptions on where …

Study: Retailers Not Optimized for Tablets Study: Retailers Not Optimized for Tablets
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According to a study released today by Zmags, most retailers are not ready for the tablet revolution. While many businesses are aware that mobile is the way to go when trying to reach their customers, apparently quite a few are …

Valentine’s Day Infographic Shows How Expensive Love Is Valentine’s Day Infographic Shows How Expensive Love Is

Whether you’re doing your Valentine’s Day shopping online or off, it’s going to cost you. If you’re in the right business, it’s a good time to profit from the love (or at least affection) of other people. LiveScience put together …

Mini Apple Stores Coming To Target Mini Apple Stores Coming To Target

Target has confirmed rumors that it was getting dedicated in-store Apple displays like those currently found in many Best Buy stores. Reuters is reporting that Target will begin a 25-store test program that brings larger displays of Apple products into …

Apple Retailers Siding With eBizcuss In Legal Dispute Apple Retailers Siding With eBizcuss In Legal Dispute

Late last week we brought you news of a lawsuit brought against Apple by French retailer eBizcuss, the largest Apple Premium Retailer (APR) in France. The suit accuses Apple of anti-competitive behavior. Specifically, eBizcuss says that Apple unfairly gives preferential …

Google Apps Retail, Alfred & Will Ferrell Google Apps Retail, Alfred & Will Ferrell

Today’s video round-up features some Old Milwaukee ads with Will Ferrell and a webinar about retail using Google Apps. What more do you want? View more video round-ups here. Alfred: The app that Groupon is rumored to be in talks …

Social Network Retail, NFS-Enabled iPhone 5 & iPad 3 Social Network Retail, NFS-Enabled iPhone 5 & iPad 3
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Today’s infographic round-up features the increase of importance for social networks in retail, and the prospect of a NFC-enabled iPhone 5 and iPad 3. View more infographic round-ups here. The Importance of Social Networks in Retail: ++ Click Image to …

Apple’s New Retail App To Enable In-Store Pickups, Self Checkouts Apple’s New Retail App To Enable In-Store Pickups, Self Checkouts
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An all new Apple retail store app is coming on Thursday, and with it will come two major changes in the way Apple customers interact with the Apple Store. According to BGR, the new app will bring easy in-store pickup …

Online Retail Set For Continued Double-Digit Growth

 Online retail in the U.S. and Western Europe will continue to have double-digit growth over the next five years, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

Email Drives More Traffic To Retailer Websites Than Social Media
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Traditional marketing provides a better return on investment (ROI) for retailers than social media, according to a new report from ForeSee Results.

Online Retail Spending Tops Record $40 Billion

U.S. online retail spending reached a record $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 11 percent over a year ago, according to a new report from comScore.

This growth rate is the fifth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and second quarter of double-digit growth rates in the past year.

More People Adopting Mobile Shopping
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People are using mobile phones to access websites and apps more than ever before, with 33 percent using their phones to access a retailer website, and an additional 26% indicated they plan to access retailer websites or mobile apps by phone in the future, according to a new report from ForeSee Results.

Retailers Increasing Paid Search Ads Ahead Of Black Friday
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U.S. paid search spend from retailers has increased nearly 37 percent ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, compared to last year, according to a new report from SearchIgnite.

The increase in retailers’ online PPC spend appears to be paying off as the economy bounces back from the recession; the rate at which consumers converted after clicking on a paid search advertisement was up 28.7% and their Average Order Values from online shopping were up 20.7% YoY.

Google Launches Resource to Prepare Retailers for Holidays

Google has launched a new site called "ThinkHoliday", which counts down the days until Christmas, and provides information for businesses and marketers that will help them prepare for the holidays. According to the site, 71% of consumers have started researching their holiday purchases, and 89% of them have started shopping online.

Google Calls Upon Retailers to List Inventory
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Google announced today that it is making public its help documentation for Local Shopping inventory for Google Merchant Center. This is a feature that allows retailers to let consumers know about what they have in stock right from the web. 

What Coupon Searchers are Looking For

Retailers generated nearly $31 million in online coupon sales through RetailMeNot.com in May, according to the site. That’s over a 42% increase compared to the same time last year, and that’s just through RetailMeNot.

The company has released a report looking at coupon usage and search behavior in the month of May. RetailMeNot says it’s in a unique position to track trends in the coupon industry, as it is the most highly trafficked coupon site and the only site with over 450,000 coupons for both online and in-store offers.