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September Retail Sales Rise; Holiday Looks Happy  Oct 07, 2010 9:39 PM By Tim Parry

It’s beginning to look like a happier holiday season for the retail industry. A day after the National Retail Federation said it’s projecting a 2.3% rise in holiday sales for 2010, several merchants reported better-than-expected numbers for September.

Are List Exchanges Making a Return?  Oct 01, 2010 9:30 PM By Tim Parry

As co-ops and conventional list rentals figure out how to co-exist in a changing market, some think that list exchanges are poised to make a comeback.

Online Gift Cards Pick Up Steam  Oct 01, 2010 9:30 PM By Tim Parry

Not only are gift cards still hot, the medium has quickly gone from paper to pixels, according to Lauren Freedman, president of ecommerce E-tailing Group.

Lists or Co-ops: Which Fits Your Prospecting Puzzle?  Oct 01, 2010 9:30 PM By Tim Parry

Even before the recession really kicked in two years ago, merchants were beating the co-op databases to death. And when the economy caused catalogers

Best Bets for Promoting E-gift Cards  Oct 01, 2010 9:30 PM By Tim Parry

If you’re going to embrace the growing e-gift-card business, you need to augment those efforts with the proper marketing program. Lauren Freedman, president

Crutchfield.com Simplifies Online Shopping  Sep 17, 2010 11:43 PM By Tim Parry

Computers and electronics merchant Crutchfield takes highly technical, potentially confusing merchandise and presents it on its Website in a way that makes it easy for the average consumer to understand and purchase. That’s why it was awarded a Silver in the 2010 MCM Awards Computer and High-Tech Equipment and Software category.

Green Mountain Buys Van Houtte  Sep 16, 2010 6:22 PM By Tim Parry

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters acquired LJVH Holdings, the parent company of Canadian gourmet coffee brand Van Houtte, for $890 million. The deal was announced Sept. 14 in Green Mountain

Silver Winner Performance Bicycle is on a Roll  Sep 07, 2010 6:59 AM By Tim Parry

Comprehensive product information and excellent merchandising, coupled with strong branding and a super multichannel strategy, make Performance Bicycle a 2010 MCM Awards winner. Buying guides and how-to sections make this site much more than just an online order form for the company

Gold-Winner eBags Keeps Getting Better  Sep 07, 2010 6:43 AM By Tim Parry

Niche e-commerce sites come and go, but online handbags and accessories seller eBags continues to be a powerhouse. 2010 marked the 10th-consecutive year that eBags took home a Gold in the MCM Awards competition; this time in the Consumer Specialty Products, Sales Over $20 million category.

Website of the Year  Sep 01, 2010 9:30 PM By Tim Parry

Is the Musician’s Friend site as loud as a garage band jamming to a Metallica tune, or as mellow as the lounge act strumming a Jason Mraz hit? It’s a little bit of both

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