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Walgreens-Drugstore.com Deal Under Investigation  Mar 29, 2011 12:59 AM By Tim Parry

Is the $409 million price pharmacy chain Walgreens is willing to pay to acquire online counterpart Drugstore.com not enough? On March 24, the same day Walgreens and Drugstore.com announced the deal, at least two shareholder litigation firms said they …

L.L. Bean Makes Free Shipping Standard  Mar 24, 2011 11:51 PM By Tim Parry

L.L. Bean announced that starting tomorrow, it will offer its customers free standard shipping to all U.S. and Canada addresses.

Gilt Groupe Buys Decorati  Mar 24, 2011 11:46 PM By Tim Parry

To help it launch a broader home decor business, private sale ecommerce merchant Gilt Groupe has acquired social shopping site Decorati. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fourth Quarter Drags Talbots Sales Down  Mar 24, 2011 11:42 PM By Tim Parry

A poor fourth-quarter performance hurt the annual sales of women

Romano Named President/CEO at Charming Shoppes  Mar 24, 2011 10:10 PM By Tim Parry

Anthony M. Romano has been named president/CEO of multititle cataloger Charming Shoppes, the company announced today

Harry & David Faces Two Lawsuits  Mar 24, 2011 9:10 PM By Tim Parry

Troubled multichannel food gifts merchant Harry & David is being sued by a contact center vendor and by a former employee

Consumers Making Most of Mobile Search  Mar 22, 2011 9:43 PM By Tim Parry

Mobile search is on the rise, and this is a missed opportunity for merchants. According to a study released March 21 by performance marketing agency Performics, more than three-quarters of smartphone owners who use the mobile web more than once a day …

Social Skills: Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh’s Baby Steps are Big  Mar 22, 2011 9:01 PM By Tim Parry

When it comes to children’s apparel and accessories, you don’t get more old-school than Carter’s or OshKosh B’gosh. But the brands, both owned by Carter’s, are hip to 21st-century social media.

Too Much External Coding Can Slow Your Site  Mar 22, 2011 7:18 AM By Tim Parry

Script coming in from Facebook is not the only thing that can slow a site down, though it’s evident in this case when you load Shop Rite’s circular pages. Any time you add third-party coding, you have to deal with additional sets out outside servers.

New Bill May Delay Swipe Fee Reform  Mar 17, 2011 8:56 PM By Tim Parry

The federal government’s swipe fee reform may be tabled for two years if a Senate bill introduced March 15 passes. This means a potential delay in financial relief for merchants who accept debit cards issued by Visa or MasterCard as a form of payment.

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