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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.

More Merchants Report Soft December Finish  Jan 11, 2013 12:04 PM By Tim Parry

This week, there are more up-and-down results coming in from crosschannel retailers. And two reports indicate spending overall was down in December.

Will Price-match Promise Help Boost Target?  Jan 09, 2013 4:37 PM By Tim Parry

If a customer buys a qualifying item at a Target store and then finds the identical item for less in the following week’s Target circular or within seven days on Target.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Bestbuy.com or Toysrus.com or in a local competitor’s printed ad, Target will match the price.

Killough Out as Delia’s CEO  Jan 08, 2013 9:49 PM By Tim Parry

Delia’s CEO Walter Killough has agreed to step down on April 1, four months before his contract is set to expire. The company has begun a search for a new CEO, and Killough may agree to continue to serve as CEO of Delia’s for a limited period of time after April 1, according to a press release.

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