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Merchants Hope for Back-to-School Rebound  Jul 15, 2010 10:30 AM By Tim Parry

The average U.S. family is expected to spend 10.5% more during the 2010 back-to-school shopping season than they did last year, according to the National Retail Federation

Food for Thought: Q&A with 5th Food Group’s Tony Cox  Jul 15, 2010 2:25 AM By Tim Parry

Food and gift merchants face unique challenges with shipping costs, profit margins and seasonality. We asked Tony Cox, founder of multichannel food consultancy 5th Food Group, to share his thoughts and discuss some of the latest trends in the food and gift industry.

Merchants Are Antisocial With Marketing Spend: Most Goes to Search  Jul 13, 2010 6:36 PM By Tim Parry

Did social media jumped the shark before it could make inroads with merchants? Maybe not, but the results of’s The State of Retailing Online 2010 conducted by Forrester Research show why marketers spend much more on search than social.

Green Mountain Thinks Small with New B-to-B Branch  Jul 01, 2010 10:19 PM By Tim Parry

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters hopes to make a splash selling to small businesses with its new Business Coffee Express Website and catalog.


The Gardening Catalog Market Lost about 100,000 active names in the first quarter of 2010, according to New York-based list brokerage firm ParadysMatera.

MCM Awards: Site Search Helps EPromos Win Silver  Jun 30, 2010 12:54 AM By Tim Parry

The ePromos Promotional Products Website is user-friendly and does a great job of guiding customers through the ordering process. That’s in part why ePromos took home a Silver Award in the Business Specialty category in the 2010 MCM Awards competition.

Survey Says Few Merchants are Mobile-Savvy  Jun 29, 2010 9:34 PM By Tim Parry

Mobile browsers are generating 2.8% of overall site traffic and 2% of Web revenue, according to the results of the Forrester Research and survey “The State Of Retailing Online 2010.” But merchants have been slow to get in gear with m-commerce strategies.

How Whole Foods and LiveStrong Measure Twitter’s ROI  Jun 16, 2010 12:45 AM By Tim Parry

Merchants like to throw out the numbers of followers they have on Twitter, or how many times they tweet per day. But are marketers getting the most out of their tweets?

IRCE 2010: How User Reviews Can be a Web Asset  Jun 10, 2010 7:36 PM By Tim Parry

Still not sold on adding user ratings and reviews to your site? Maybe you should listen to’s story.

IRCE 2010: Sears Exec Extols the Magic of Mobile  Jun 10, 2010 12:30 AM By Tim Parry

Is mobile commerce a vital channel for retailers? Yes, according to Imran Jooma, president of e-commerce for Sears Holdings.

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