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A new IBM study of more than 30,000 global consumers released at the 2014 National Retail Federation convention found consumers are willing to share their personal information with retailers, particularly if they get good value in exchange.
While Overstock.com announced last week that it has begun accepting Bitcoins as an online payment option, not all merchants are embracing the crypto-currency. The Chinese ecommerce platform Alibaba Group said in a statement that it has banned the controversial payment option from all its Taobao marketplaces.
Overstock.com has announced it is now accepting the controversial cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, as a form of payment along with Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.
It was a record setting year for the sellers on Amazon who use the Fulfillment by Amazon service. According to a release from the marketplace, the number of sellers using the fulfillment service grew more than 65% in 2013 compared to 2012. Also, Fulfillment by Amazon shipped more units worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2013 than the total number of FBA units combined in all of 2009 and 2010.
In response to the ever changing and digitally connected customer, Canada Post had decided to phase out its door-to-door delivery service and replace it with community mailboxes within the next five years. Not surprisingly, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., supports the measure to “modernize” mail delivery.
An earlier holiday season, a big global push and more a big year for the United States Postal Service. These are just a few of Multichannel Merchant senior content manager Tim Parry’s fearless predictions for 2014.
Toys R Us’ sales continue to decline and the net loss is continuing to grow in the third quarter, according to its earnings release. Comparable store net sales were down 5.2% in the domestic segment primarily resulting from decreases in the learning, juvenile (including baby) and core toy categories.
Staples Europe announced the launch of its new websites in both Germany and Netherlands. The newer websites are offering consumers a fresher look and feel and many new features to improve the overall multichannel shopping experience, according to a press release.
A recent report by Kenshoo provides insights by advertisers and documents the growing role of mobile search. The report found there was a 19% year-over-year increase in global sales revenue and 31% in the U.S. driven by search advertising.
To the catalogs Herschell Gordon Lewis criticizes here, he apologizes…but only for their unfortunate positioning. Except for this column—and probably despite this column—they probably can skirt their way into the arena of ongoing acceptance.