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Online floral retailer 1-800-Flowers announced it has acquired specialty gift retailer Harry & David Holdings Inc. for $142.5 million, according to a press release.
It will be scary, it will be difficult, but going global with your business is definitely an opportunity that retailers should be considering.
While online retail has seen rapid growth, an overwhelming majority of U.S. retail sales take place offline (92%) according to Forrester Research. A survey done by Ripen eCommerce took a look at why consumers would most likely make the purchase in-store vs. online.
While Best Buy saw its domestic revenue decline by 2.4%, its online revenue increased by 22% or $581 million in the second quarter, the company said in a press release.
It is hard to believe the summer is nearly over and Labor Day is just days away. Retailers know that this time of the year is a unique opportunity for sales, according to this infographic by Nextopia. Here is a look what consumers are buying this Labor Day.
Catalogs are alive and well for retailers in both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business sectors today. While catalogs may no longer be thought of as a selling channel, they are still considered an excellent marketing tool.
Amazon plans to develop its own software that will enable companies to place targeted online ads that tap the power of Amazon’s vast store of buyer data, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Jewelry led the way with online sales up 18%, followed by clothing accessories at 17% and packaged goods at 16%. Books and magazines saw 7% growth in July.
When it comes to going global with your business, retailers will find that there are several “moving parts” to the entire process as it relates to delivering international orders. This is why retailers may want to consider working with a service partner to make the global transition an easy one.
Staples announced it would close approximately 140 of its North American stores in 2014, according to its Q2 earnings call.
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