November 30, 2011




Service Providers See Opportunities In 2012

In the Dec.-Jan. issue of Multichannel Merchant magazine, we focus on the many opportunities in 2012 for multichannel marketers as told to us by a wide range of sources. Here is a sample of what some of those opportunities are …

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In Channel Integration, Operations & Fulfillment

November 26, 2011




Thanksgiving Grew as a Cyber Shopping Day in 2011

Consumers bought more online this Thanksgiving Day than last, but reports from ecommerce platform providers indicate it will still be dwarfed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday… and November in general.
Platform provider ChannelAdvisor said its clients’ saw its overall …

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In multichannelmerchant.com/ecommerce/news

November 11, 2011




Infographic: Ecommerce Will Be “Merry and Bright”

Online marketplace Alibaba.com surveyed 1,200 online retailers to find out their plans to lure online holiday shoppers. Here are the highlights of the survey:

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In Ecommerce

November 2, 2011




Brands balance paper quality with costs

When the economic going gets tough, catalogers get going on cost cutting. One of the first places they look to cut costs is in catalog paper, scaling back on grade quality and/or basis weights.
But the trend toward cutting …

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In Catalog

October 31, 2011




9 Ways to Leverage Your Brand Difference

The poet e.e.cummings wasn’t writing for brand leaders and merchants when he wrote this, but I’m certain there’s a lot those of us in the business world can learn from his wisdom:
“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world …

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In Catalog, Channel Integration

October 25, 2011




Inventory Planning Crucial To Holiday Success

Steve Edelstein, CEO of brand management/marketing consultancy The Logical Step, says a merchant’s manufacturing must be always be in line with product min/max levels during the pressurized holiday season.
“It’s crucial to understand your inventory replenishment …

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In Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013, Warehouse/Distribution Center

October 19, 2011




Can EquaShip Compete With FedEx, UPS?

There’s a new shipper in town and its name is EquaShip.
Billed as America’s fourth parcel carrier, EquaShip targets small- to medium-sized ecommerce shippers and claims potential savings of 26%-77% compared to FedEx and UPS Residential Ground retail …

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In Operations & Fulfillment

October 6, 2011




How Steve Jobs Changed the Catalog and Ecommerce Industries

As the accolades pour in for Steve Jobs, who died yesterday after an epic battle with pancreatic cancer, it’s clear how much the Apple cofounder and his creations have changed the world.
Most of the attention focuses on Jobs’ …

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In Affiliate, Catalog

October 1, 2011




How to Negotiate Software Agreements

Let’s face it: Getting to the point of signing an agreement for a new order management, warehouse management or website system requires a massive amount of work and time.
The systems research and selection process can take four months or …

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In Channel Integration, CRM

September 8, 2011




News of the Week: Coldwater, Frederick’s and More

Home fragrance and decor products marketer Blyth reported its total net sales for the quarter ended July 31 increased $27.6 million to $185.5 million. Net sales in Blyth’s catalog and Internet segment, which includes the As We Change, Easy Comfort, Exposures, Miles …

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