September 2, 2011




Selecting the Right Payments Processing Platform

The payment transaction is becoming a core part of the online shopping experience. The right payments-processing platform can provide the operational infrastructure that creates and supports a truly agile ecommerce business.
But the whole payments arena is experiencing some fairly …

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In Channel Integration, Ecommerce

August 30, 2011




Study Shows Merchants Still Aren’t Multichannel

You may sell through multiple channels, but are you really a multichannel merchant? Most merchants aren’t, according to a study conducted in April by cross-channel commerce solution provider CrossView.
The study examined 25 retailers across four channels: online, in-store, mobile and …

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In Uncategorized

August 25, 2011




3 Tips to Avoid Daily Deal Disasters

We’ve all heard the horror stories of daily deal disasters: a merchant signs up for a 90% off deal on a giant group buying site, sells a bazillion and two vouchers, and goes out of business. Yes, it happens. But, …

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In Ecommerce

August 18, 2011




Will Chico’s Take Boston Proper Into Retail?

Retail stores may be in the cards for women’s apparel cataloger Boston Proper, now that cataloger/retailer Chico’s has agreed to acquire it.
In the deal announced yesterday, which is expected to close within 45 days, Chico’s will …

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In Retail

August 9, 2011




Making Sense of Google+ and the +1 Button

It’s no secret that the folks at Google are usually hard at work on new ideas. But until recently they focused on getting the math right with their search algorithms, leaving the socializing to mere humans.
During the past …

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In Social Media

July 26, 2011




Studies Show Search Apps More Popular Than Retail Apps

Usage of mobile apps for mobile search far outweighs mobile app offerings by merchants, according to a pair of studies released in July.
A survey by multichannel platform provider CrossView shows that just 12% of large retailers offer mobile apps to …

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In Mobile Commerce

July 2, 2011




Borders Accepts Stalking Horse Deal From Direct Brands

Bankrupt books and music merchant Borders Group has accepted a stalking horse bid from direct music and books seller Direct Brands worth more than $435 million.
(PHOTO GALLERY: Who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the first half of 2011)
Direct Brands, …

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In Uncategorized

July 1, 2011




How Mobile Connects The Multichannel Customer

While it’s taken longer than many expected for U.S. consumers — and merchants — to connect with smartphone technology, mobile devices are now changing the way people shop. The phones offer the power of a PC in the consumer’s palm, plus …

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In Affiliate, Catalog

June 30, 2011




Apple’s Johnson Will Have Work to Do at J. C. Penney

Earlier this month, general merchant J. C. Penney announced its succession plan: Apple senior vice president-retail Ron Johnson has come on board, and will replace Myron “Mike” Ullman as CEO on Nov. 1.
Though J.C. Penney, back in 2006, was one …

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In Uncategorized

June 22, 2011




How RadioShack Connects With Foursquare Users

Several merchants with bricks and mortar locations have turned to location-based apps like Foursquare to help build a mobile following. But old-school electronics merchant RadioShack may have cracked the Foursquare code last fall.
Speaking at Realtime NY in New York …

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In Social Media

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