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Walmart Offers Same-Day Delivery, but Only as a Test

Good news for impatient holiday shoppers: retail giant Walmart is in the middle of launching same-day delivery of thousands of products. Bad news: it’s only a test going off in select cities for now. According to the AP, somewhere around 5,000 different products are going to be available for same-day delivery this holiday season. Walmart kicked off the test program …

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Facebook Tests New “Collections” Feature

Facebook has begun testing a new feature called “Collections,” which will let retailers provide new ways for Facebook fans to share products they like with their friends. It comes in the form of a new type of Page post that is eligible to appear in the news feed. For the test, people will be able to engage with Collections by …

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Google Adds Catalogs To Google Shopping

Google has launched Google Catalogs on the web, after over a year of having it available only as an app for tablets. It was first launched for the iPad in August of last year, until an Android version was launched in November. The web version is accessible via Google Shopping at google.com/shopping/catalogs. “From here, you can browse our editor’s weekly …

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Amazon Rumored To Be Working On Square-Like Service

Rumor has it that Amazon is working on a service that could compete directly with Square and others in the mobile payments space. Leena Rao at TechCrunch reports: “A tipster and an industry source both tell us that Amazon is going after smaller chains of retailers for the product, and could be offering significantly lower credit card processing fees for …

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Barnes & Noble Continues Nook Expansion in UK

Last month, Barnes & Noble announced that it would begin selling its Nook products in the UK, marking the company’s first international expansion. Today, the company announced a partnership with Dixons Retail, owner of PC World and Currys, which will see these stores carrying Nook products. “We are very excited to work with a company that, just like Barnes & …

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Facebook Is Tracking What You Buy to Provide Marketers Better Ad Analytics

Facebook’s already tenuous relationship with its users over privacy and the sharing of personal information has a new wrinkle, as it looks like Facebook has waded into the retail sales tracking business. According to The Financial Times, Facebook has already measured the effectiveness of a few dozen ad campaigns with the help of a data mining company called Datalogix. Measuring …

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Groupon Launches Its Own Payments Service

As reported a few months back, Groupon has been testing its own payments service and Square competitor. Today, the company officially unveiled it. It’s called Groupon Payments. A Groupon spokesperson tells WebProNews that it “guarantees to be the cheapest and simplest option for local businesses to accept credit cards,” and that it “will beat any other available rates — offering …

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Oracle Acquires SelectMinds, Launches Retail Mobile PoS, Banking Platform

Oracle announced that it is acquiring cloud-based talent sourcing app maker SelectMinds. The company’s apps provide tools for businesses in recruiting, hiring, and employee social connections. “Recruiting candidates through employee referrals is widely acknowledged as the most effective method to find talent through trusted contacts. Making recruiting efforts efficient and seamless by leveraging social connections and through mobile applications helps …

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Facebook Drives Most Retail Traffic, But Pinterest Drives the Big Spenders

Any retail site knows that social media is their friend. Not only do sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest have the massive user bases to drive traffic, but they also have the opportunity to drive traffic based on the trust factor. If one of your friends recommends a product (as opposed to a typical ad), you’re much more likely to …

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PayPal Payment Option Coming To Millions More Stores

PayPal has partnered with Discover to make PayPal a payment option in millions of stores across the United States. Any store that accepts Discover, will accept PayPal as an option. PayPal already has over 50 million active users in the U.S. 16 national retailers already accept PayPal. These include: Home Depot, Abercrombie & Fitch, Advance Auto Parts, Aéropostale, American Eagle …

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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 will be a great fit for Best Buy,” said Hatim Tyabji, chairman of the Best Buy Board. “Hubert’s range and …

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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 the July 2011. Sales reached $403.9 billion for the month. Also noteworthy is that total sales for the May through …

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