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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.
The global shoe designer and retailer Clarks Americas teams up with Invodo Video Solutions to further expand their online channel to create the best in-store experience. The videos engage consumers, drive purchases and its content demonstrates value. The benefits of the video creates a unique shoe shopping experience tailored for each consumer’s lifestyle.
Ecommerce sales in B2C have soared to new heights in 2012. According to eMarketer.com, ecommerce sales topped $1 trillion for the first time. The B2C sales grew from 21.1% last year to $1 trillion.
The modern day merchant must have an intimate understanding of the importance of online and mobile commerce, access to a vast array of customer data, and a strategy for transforming this analytical data into winning online experiences. The question is: who inside the company can embody these traits and help the CEO rule the roost?
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.
The Search Agency, an online marketing firm and independent search marketing agency, released its quarterly State of Paid Search Report, which, among other findings, reports that smartphones and tablets drove 23 percent of total clicks in the fourth quarter of 2012, an 89 percent increase year over year.
Ten thousand Facebook fans are not translating into 10,000 eager customers. And 50,000 Twitter followers don’t necessarily mean a ready supply of buyers. The hard truth is that most retailers haven’t a clue about the bottom-line impact of social marketing. Meanwhile, efforts to acquire fans and followers aren’t getting any cheaper.
Nearly half of online purchases in studied categories resulted from showrooming. Significantly, nearly a quarter of these online shoppers intended to buy their item in the store, but ultimately purchased online – primarily due to price and convenience.
This week, there are more up-and-down results coming in from crosschannel retailers. And two reports indicate spending overall was down in December.
NetSuite Inc. today announced that it has acquired Retail Anywhere, a provider of multichannel retail management solutions designed to improve the retail customer experience. The acquisition builds on NetSuite’s SuiteCommerce platform.