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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.

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 …

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