Sears Launches Pilot Appliance Store in Colorado

| Mike O'Brien

Looking to play to a core category strength, Sears Holdings announced plans to open a pilot standalone appliance store in Fort Collins, CO on May 19. If the concept is a success, it would quickly be rolled out in other markets.

In Through The (Direct-to-Customer) Outlet Door

| Luke Frandrup

When manufacturers have inventory to move, many are tempted to liquidate it – which may be quick and easy, but also has many disadvantages. Luke Frandrup, associate vice president of client success at Digital River, discusses how opening a direct-to-consumer outlet can help maximize merchants’ online sales.

retail logistics, supply chain optimization, retail supply chain

Why You Should Use Third-Parties to Enter Cross-Border Ecommerce

| Tim Parry

U.S.-based ecommerce merchants have to figure out how to take this very small part of its business and grow their cross-border sales. And unless you’re a global brand, and you already have some sort of global distribution in place, you should seriously consider using a third-party partner to get your cross-border strategy in place.

Turning Site Search into a Personal Shopper

| Daniela Forte

Retailers need to rethink the search box on their website. Several major brands are seeing big results after converting the site search box on their site and turning it into a powerful merchandising tool. See which brands are experiencing great results from the site search box.

The Top 10 Stupid Gifts of 2013

| Tim Parry

Bacon scarves, butt towels, and a Santa-kini? They’re just a few of the outrageous gifts that made this year’s 7th annual list of the Top 10 Most Stupid Gifts of year, compiled by online retailer Stupid.com.

5 Ways Site Search Data Creates Better Merchandising

| Geoff Brash

By understanding your customers’ intent – in their own words – you are better able to merchandise your site (and search results pages) with compelling offers and messages – in a visually optimized way – that will help improve a customer’s likelihood of making a purchase. Here are 5 tips for how you can better use your site search reporting data to create more relevant and engaging online experiences.