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USPS Package Business Shining Light Amid Record Loss  Nov 16, 2012 3:31 PM By Jim Tierney

Although the U.S. Postal Service incurred its worst net loss ever — nearly $16 billion for fiscal year 2012 — there was at least one shining light: its shipping and package business. Find out how the USPS has grown this segment.

Direct Sales, Ecommerce Key Big 3Q for Williams-Sonoma  Nov 15, 2012 11:03 PM By Jim Tierney

Kitchen/home goods merchant Williams-Sonoma posted impressive numbers for its third quarter ended Oct. 28, punctuated by a 14.7% rise in direct-to-customer sales and a 16.7% increase in ecommerce revenue. Direct-to-customer sales accounted for 47% of the company’s total third-quarter revenue.

Amazon.com Launches Amazon Wine  Nov 10, 2012 2:27 AM By Jim Tierney

Online giant Amazon.com launched Amazon Wine on Thursday

Stony Creek Brands COO Guiding Light Through Superstorm Sandy  Nov 08, 2012 7:26 PM By Jim Tierney

Thanks largely to its chief operating officer, Stony Creek Brands survived Superstorm Sandy through precise preparation and team execution.

Neiman Marcus Goes Global with FiftyOne  Nov 07, 2012 6:36 PM By Jim Tierney

Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus has extended its ecommerce reach to more than 100 countries, thanks to a partnership with FiftyOne Global Ecommerce. John Koryl, president of Neiman Marcus Direct, said the partnership with FiftyOne allows Neiman Marcus to

Sandy Caused Service Delays for New Pig  Nov 06, 2012 9:34 PM By Jim Tierney

Industrial cleanup supplies B2B merchant New Pig experienced some delivery service delays

Oriental Trading CEO Says Berkshire Hathaway Deal Is Right Fit  Nov 05, 2012 9:00 PM By Jim Tierney

Berkshire Hathaway, the Omaha, NE-based holding company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett, announced Friday it had acquired Omaha, NE-based gifts and novelties merchant Oriental Trading Co. in an all cash deal for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close by the end of November.

October Sales Up Slightly  Nov 03, 2012 1:40 AM By Jim Tierney

When October sales figures were released Thursday, they showed many companies posting impressive same-store results and minimal monthly and quarterly gains.

Things Look Brighter for Carolina Rustica  Nov 01, 2012 10:58 PM By Jim Tierney

After being acquired by Mattress USA last month, Richard Sexton, president and CEO of furniture and home decor merchant Carolina Rustica,said his business can now focus on what it does best.

Inbound Freight Could Be Affected by Hurricane Sandy  Nov 01, 2012 12:41 AM By Jim Tierney

As much of the East Coast seeks to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the storm’s wake could have a significant impact on inbound freight as Black Friday looms less than a month away.

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