Twittersphere is Abuzz with the Marketplace Equity Act

| MCM staff

Congress is scheduled to bring the Marketplace Equity Act up for discussion on Tuesday. If it passes, merchants who sell goods online will be required to collect sales tax from their customers. Here’s a look at Twitter talk about #efairness.

Ecommerce M&A Action is Vibrant and Focused

| MCM staff

While there are numerous ecommerce transactions in the news, one should not assume that every available company is being gobbled up quickly. To the contrary, most sellers of ecommerce companies are finding it difficult to find interested strategic buyers, but these

What Lies Ahead for AmazonSupply?

| Tim Parry

How will AmazonSupply.com will play out in the business-to-business marketplace? Here’s Monsoon Commerce vice president of marketing Casey Carey’s take.

Bazaarvoice to Acquire PowerReviews in $151.9 Million Deal

| MCM staff

Bazaarvoice will pay $31.0 million in cash, issue up to 6.4 million shares of common stock and assume vested and unvested options to purchase the common stock of PowerReviews equivalent to 1.6 million options to purchase the common stock of Bazaarvoice.

Direct Sales for Staples Rise 2% in 1Q

| MCM staff

First-quarter sales for Staples slipped 1%, to $6.1 billion, for the three months ended April 28. Direct sales from its North American Delivery Business — which includes the Staples and Quill catalogs and online businesses as well as the Staples contract delivery business — grew 2%, to $2.6 billion.

4 Ways to Personalize Your Customers’ Experiences

| MCM staff

Knowing who your customers are is what changes their experiences from merely adequate to delightful, and can turn a customer into a raving advocate. Here are four things that you should start to do over the next three to six months to improve customer engagement in an incremental fashion while strategizing for the long run.