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Merchants Need to Differentiate to Succeed  May 17, 2011 3:01 AM By Tim Parry

Brett Niemuth said merchants need to look at a different set of four Ps than they focused on in marketing school: Now it’s all about purpose, point-of-difference, persona and police.

Facebook and Google Getting In On Daily Deals  Apr 19, 2011 10:39 PM By Tim Parry

When it comes to Daily Deal sites, the question used to be, When will Facebook and Google be major players? Well, it seems the social network and search engine giant are more than ready to play in that space.

High Gas Prices May Boost Ecommerce Growth  Apr 07, 2011 9:24 PM By Tim Parry

The sharp rise in gas prices may put a hold on overall economic growth, and that’s bad news for spending on entertainment, home improvement and travel, according to Discover Financial Service’s U.S. Spending Monitor. But based on historical results, ecommerce should see a lift.

Why Catalogers Should Try QR Codes  Apr 05, 2011 9:32 PM By Tim Parry

Most of the emphasis on 2D barcode usage has been on delivering a better in-store experience, and not on driving away-from-store traffic. And with a few exceptions, such as like Pottery Barn and Sears, most are not using their catalogs to connect smartphone users to content. Here’s why J. Schmid & Associates president Lois Brayfield has become an evangelist for QR codes in catalog.

How to Prevent an Email Security Breach  Apr 05, 2011 1:36 AM By Tim Parry

So what did we learn from the latest email security breach? That is can happen to any company

Harry & David Bring in Turnaround Pro  Apr 01, 2011 9:30 PM By Tim Parry

TROUBLED FOOD GIFTS MERCHANT HARRY & DAVID HAS BROUGHT IN A TURNAROUND SPECIALIST AS ITS NEW CEO. Kay Hong, a managing director at global turnaround specialist

Pros and Cons of Making Free Shipping Standard  Mar 30, 2011 10:40 PM By Tim Parry

Shipping is the second largest cost center for most direct merchants, with labor being number-one, says Bill Kuipers, president of operations consultancy Spaide, Kuipers & Co. But if a merchant has a handle on its shipping contracts, it can make such free shipping offers work, he says.

Ebay Buys GSI Commerce for $2.4 Billion  Mar 29, 2011 1:21 AM By Tim Parry

Internet auction site eBay announce today that it will acquire ecommerce platform provider and online marketer GSI commerce for $2.4 billion. As part of the transaction, eBay said it will divest GSI

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.

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