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With Christmas right around the corner, shoppers are making a mad dash to ensure all their holiday shopping is complete and shipped before next week. And while ecommerce merchants are pulling out all the stops to try to grab shopper’s attention and dollars, many, if not all, are finding it tough to compete with Amazon.
With six less shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, 87% of shoppers said in a recent PriceGrabber survey that they will conduct most of their holiday shopping in December. Why? According to the survey, because that is when consumers believe they will find the best deals and discounts.
In five years, new innovations will make buying local du jour once again, according to IBM’s 8th-annual IBM 5 in 5 list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years. Here’s why IBM predicts the decline of ecommerce and the rebirth of the in-store shopping experience.
With the addition of three new distribution centers in California, Atlanta, and Ohio, Home Depot announced plans on Dec. 11 to develop same-day shipping capabilities.
As we wrap up another year, merchants are now looking into what they can expect for 2014 in the ecommerce world. This article will look back at what was hot in 2013, and what merchants should focus on moving into 2014, including creating targeted, personalized and seamless shopping experience for consumers.
What will retail look like in 2014? Contributing writer Jonathan Levitt sees two major emerging trends occurring in the New Year: the rise of the ubiquitous shopper and wide-scale retail automation.
Backcountry.com, an online outdoor retailer, has expanded its global reach with the acquisition of Bergfreunde.de, an ecommerce company that caters to outdoor enthusiast in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
The Cyber Weekend holiday was one for the record books for online merchants. The influx of holiday shoppers also meant and increase in holiday contact center calls. However, according to a recent survey conducted by StellaService, a majority of consumers spent most of their holiday weekend on hold.
Omnichannel, customer-centric, social, and big data filled the headlines in 2013. So, what will the latest buzzwords and game changers be in 2014? While there won’t be any surprises, a few trends will expire in 2014, and a few will be forced further into the lime light.
The terms omnichannel and multichannel are more often than not used all too frequently and often interchangeably in the ecommerce world. However, have two completely different meanings. Here is a breakdown of what they mean and how you can use both, separately, to execute them flawlessly in order to create the best ecommerce brand.