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J.C. Penney’s Web Sales Dropped 33% in 2012  Feb 28, 2013 9:00 AM By Tim Parry

The $1.02 billion in ecommerce sales for the year were the lowest for JCP since 2005, when it became the first retailer to break the $1 billion mark in online sales. Will the March 15 launch of Canadian fashion line Joe Fresh, and a revamped home store in May, help JCP differentiate itself online?

Is Google Shopping Making a Move to the Marketplace?  Feb 18, 2013 11:55 AM By Tim Parry

Google has made two announcements in February that leads to speculation that it will try to make Google Shopping a cross-device comparison shopping engine and a full-fledged ecommerce marketplace. The first involves enhanced AdWords campaigns, the second the acquisition of ecommerce data firm Channel Intelligence. See why this may mean a move to the marketplaces for Google Shopping.

Storch Out as Toys R Us CEO, Rubin in at Michaels  Feb 14, 2013 1:41 PM By Tim Parry

Following a slow fourth-quarter, Jerry Storch has decided to step down as CEO at Toys R Us. Meanwhile, Chris Vickers has been named president and CEO at Vermont Country Store, Victor Luis will eventually replace Lew Frankfort as Coach’s CEO, and Ulta Beauty president and CEO Chuck Rubin has been named CEO at Michaels Stores.

Gardiners Furniture Wins Super Bowl Bet  Feb 08, 2013 9:06 AM By Tim Parry

Jacoby Jones returned the second half kickoff 108-yards for a touchdown, and Gardiners Furniture, which sells online and through Baltimore-area showrooms, was on the hook for a reported $600,000 worth of free furniture. Fortunately Gardiners Furniture owner Gary Mullaney, he is no stranger to promotions such as this one. It’s the third time he’s run a traffic-driving Super Bowl promotion, and he’s had each one insured, just in case he’s had to pay out.

Catalog Mailers Fine with 5-day Delivery  Feb 06, 2013 3:32 PM By Tim Parry

Under the new United States Post Office plan announced on February 6, catalogs and other forms of mail will no longer be delivered on Saturdays. Direct-to-customer merchants who mail catalogs told Multichannel Merchant they are fine with the United States Postal Service’s 5-day delivery plan, which is scheduled to go into effect the week of Aug. 5.

Amazon Grew Net Sales 27% in 2012  Jan 29, 2013 7:10 PM By Tim Parry

Amazon.com’s net sales increased 27% to $61.09 billion for the year ending Dec. 31, compared with $48.08 billion in 2011. Excluding the $854 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the year, net sales grew 29% compared with 2011.

Why USPS is a Viable Alternative to FedEx and UPS  Jan 23, 2013 9:17 AM By Tim Parry

According to MCM Outlook 2012-13, 56% of respondents said they felt the United States Postal Service is a viable alternative to UPS and FedEx. Here’s what industry experts from Shipware, Endicia and LJM Consultants have to say about the pros – and cons – of USPS vs. FedEx and UPS.

Retail Partners See NRF Show as Golden Opportunity  Jan 21, 2013 7:21 AM By Tim Parry

Vendors and suppliers to bricks and mortar retailers saw the NRF Annual Convention & EXPO in New York, which was attended by more than 27,000 people last week, as a golden opportunity to get 2013 off on the right foot.

Ship-from-store Helps Macy’s Compete With Pure-plays  Jan 16, 2013 10:15 AM By Tim Parry

Speaking with Multichannel Merchant during an off-site event held in conjunction with the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York, president and CEO Terry Lundgren made it clear Macy’s will roll ship-from-store out to all its 800+ department stores. Here’s why ship-from-store helps Macy’s compete with Amazon, and helps its bottom line.

Lundgren Says States Will Benefit from Online Sales Taxes  Jan 15, 2013 1:31 PM By Tim Parry

Macy’s president and CEO Terry Lundgren says he doesn’t know when it will happen or how. But ultimately, he believes every consumer – and ecommerce merchant – will have to pay an online sales tax.

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