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Why Are Retail Stores Open on Thanksgiving Day?  Nov 25, 2013 1:09 PM By Tim Parry

Like it or not, retail stores will open their doors on Thanksgiving Day (or Thanksgiving Night) so mobs of consumers can get great deals on flat panel televisions, iPads, toys, apparel and more. Here’s why bricks-and-mortar feels the need to compete with ecommerce.

McMillon to Replace Duke as Walmart CEO  Nov 25, 2013 10:30 AM By Tim Parry

Walmart Stores Inc’s board of directors has elected company veteran Doug McMillon to succeed Mike Duke as president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 1. McMillon was also elected to the company’s board of directors effective immediately.

Click Here for Cyber Weekend Email Updates  Nov 23, 2013 10:46 PM By Tim Parry

The Multichannel Merchant editorial staff will be working through Thanksgiving weekend to bring you the latest Cyber Weekend news, features and opinions you need. Click here to get them by email.

JCPenney and Kmart Tweet-off the Holiday Season  Nov 23, 2013 8:43 AM By Tim Parry

Kmart and JCPenney tweeted off in a battle of wits, holiday hashtags and, well, pants and this cute and possibly un-staged merchant match-up. It was fun, and deserved the slow-clap, until Wrangler chimed in.

UPS Rates to Rise an Average 4.9%  Nov 22, 2013 11:33 AM By Tim Parry

UPS Ground, Air and International, and Air Freight rates within and between the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico will increase an average net of 4.9%, UPS announced Nov. 21.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s 3Q DTC Revenue Reaches $511 Million  Nov 21, 2013 2:23 PM By Tim Parry

Williams-Sonoma Inc.’s direct-to-customer revenues for the third quarter were more than $511 million, a 14% increase compared to the same period in 2012. Direct made up 49% of all revenues for the comapny.

Sears Holdings’ Ecommerce and Multichannel Sales Up 17% YTD  Nov 21, 2013 8:03 AM By Tim Parry

Sears Holdings said in its third-quarter earnings release that it has seen 17% year-to-date growth in its online and multichannel sales over the prior year. However, total sales for the parent company of Sears and Kmart was down 3.1% for the quarter.

Gap Inc. Expands Reserve in Store Availability  Nov 20, 2013 7:04 PM By Tim Parry

Gap Inc. announced Nov. 20 that it has expanded its reserve in store capabilities to all U.S. Banana Republic stores and more than 200 Gap stores in 15 major U.S. markets.

The ProFlowers Personalization Fail  Nov 20, 2013 2:20 PM By Tim Parry

This morning, my wife asked me if I got the email she forwarded me from ProFlowers. I know she doesn’t like to receive flowers (this is a documented fact, not a cop out excuse by a husband), so I was figuring maybe she wanted me to order a gift for someone. Then I saw the […]

More Consumers Shopping from Couch This Holiday Season  Nov 20, 2013 1:17 PM By Tim Parry

More shoppers will engage in couch commerce since they know that they can find the widest selection at the best price without leaving their couch or dealing with the masses.

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