June 2, 2005




School Specialty Sold for $1.5 Billion

This week, in “As the Private Equity Money Turns,” Boston-based Bain Capital Partners agreed to buy multititle educational supplier School Specialty for $49 a share, or roughly $1.5 billion in cash. As of Tuesday night, when the deal was announced, School Specialty’s …

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In News

November 1, 2008




Get ready to be rich: Rich media technology and techniques

Rich Internet applications (RIAs) aren’t all about fun and games. They offer an effective and market-tested way to tackle the chief ongoing challenge of retailing, online or off: satisfying the customer.
When designed and developed correctly, rich media feeds the …

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In Channel Integration, Ecommerce

May 29, 2008




Lillian Vernon Catalog Back in the Mail

Nearly two months after the personalized gifts merchant was acquired by Current USA, the Lillian Vernon catalog is back in the mail. As part of a “soft launch,” the new owner mailed about 600,000 catalogs to the Lillian Vernon house file …

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In Catalog, Channel Integration

Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Curbside, curbside pickup, in-store pickup, omnichannel, omnichannel fulfillment, omnichannel strategy, mobile app, mobile commerce, m-commerce

May 6, 2013




Best Buy to Sell its Stake in Europe

Best Buy has entered into an agreement to sell 50% of its interest in Best Buy Europe, according to a statement issued by the electronics retailer, back to Carphone Warehouse.

Best Buy bought 50% of Carphone Warehouse’s retail operations for $2.1 billion …

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In Ecommerce, Ecommerce

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January 6, 2015




Merry Valentine’s Day! Holiday Strategies to Drive Valentines Sales

Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and huggable teddy bears have already filled the aisles. Shoppers have shifted away from searching for the perfect gift to put under the tree to hunting for romantic gifts for that special someone. While Valentine’s …

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In Blog, Marketing

FedEx, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, FedEx Smartpost, FedEx, Freight, UPS, Shipping/Delivery, Operations and Fulfillment, fuel surcharges

January 6, 2015




FedEx to Increase Fuel Surcharges Effective Feb. 2

As it is losing money from fuel surcharge revenue due to falling oil prices, FedEx plans to increase its fuel surcharge rates on Feb. 2, effectively putting them in line with rates from rival UPS.

Assuming current prices hold, the fuel …

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In News, Operations & Fulfillment

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February 22, 2015




Cool New Technology Showcased at eTail West

The exhibit hall, or “Solutions Zone” as it was called at eTail West, was buzzing with activity.

Sure, there were things like mimosa breaks and Xbox tournaments to lure eTail West attendees into the Solutions Zone. But attendees also made …

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In Blog, cross-border

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May 1, 2013




Getting the Multi-Device Customer to Purchase

There are data points that can encourage you to test or try something new, and then there are data points so compelling you will lose sales if you ignore them.   Let’s talk about one of those that should make …

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In Cross Channel, Ecommerce

Dockworkers, ILWU, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, labor dispute, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Pacific Maritime Association, PMA, port owners, President Obama, West Coast port shutdown, West Coast ports

February 20, 2015




Forget The Rotting Fruit on West Coast Docks – Where’s My Order from eBay?

The boondoggle that is the West coast port labor dispute is causing massive damage to the U.S. economy, as shipping companies have cut back operations by suspending vessel loading and unloading for night shifts, holidays and weekends at the …

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In Blog, Inventory

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April 29, 2013




How to Convince Shoppers to Buy on their Phones

[caption id="attachment_23465" align="alignleft" width="197"] To reassure mobile shoppers who are hesitant to become mobile buyers, merchants should highlight the availability of alternative payments within their mobile shopping environments, as NeoStrata does.[/caption]

While shopping on mobile phones is …

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