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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.
Shoppers today expect and demand a streamlined experience and are expecting an easy access to information and integrated online and in-store tools, according to Baynote’s 4th Annual Holiday Online Shopping Survey.
The Barnes & Noble retail segment, which includes traditional brick-and-mortar stores and BN.com, released its 2013 holiday sales results which show a 6.6% decline compared to last year.
In an effort to save nearly $100 million annually, Macy’s has laid out a cost reduction plan which includes laying off 2,500 workers and the closing of a handful of its brick-and-mortar stores.
Amazon had the highest score in mobile customer satisfaction with mobile with a score of 87, according to the The ForeSee Experience Index 2013 U.S. Retail Edition.
During the 2013 holiday shopping season, Amazon and L.L. Bean tied for the highest company-level satisfaction, according to a recent report by ForeSee.
But despite the best efforts of retailers, if Mother Nature throws a wrench in shipping plans there is little that can be done to control the last mile of the online shopping experience. Here are seven tips for customer service teams that need to communicate a delay in shipping to customers.
comScore said that holiday season U.S. retail ecommerce spending from desktop computers for the full November-December 2013 holiday season, showing that $46.5 billion was spent online from desktop devices, an increase of 10% vs. year ago.
Retailers should not fear the showrooming customer. Shoppers who use mobile devices for showrooming are actually almost twice as likely to purchase from the same retailer in-store or online than buy elsewhere.