Google has made two announcements in February that leads to speculation that it will try to make Google Shopping a cross-device comparison shopping engine and a full-fledged ecommerce marketplace. The first involves enhanced AdWords campaigns, the second the acquisition of ecommerce data firm Channel Intelligence. See why this may mean a move to the marketplaces for Google Shopping.
Following a slow fourth-quarter, Jerry Storch has decided to step down as CEO at Toys R Us. Meanwhile, Chris Vickers has been named president and CEO at Vermont Country Store, Victor Luis will eventually replace Lew Frankfort as Coach’s CEO, and Ulta Beauty president and CEO Chuck Rubin has been named CEO at Michaels Stores.
Ebay’s CEO John Donahoe said during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference that he believes the ecommerce company can provide same-day delivery at scale. Donahoe said it can be done in a similar to the way the on-demand private driver company Uber conducts its business where private driving companies attempt to outbid each other for fares.
Under the new United States Post Office plan announced on February 6, catalogs and other forms of mail will no longer be delivered on Saturdays. Direct-to-customer merchants who mail catalogs told Multichannel Merchant they are fine with the United States Postal Service’s 5-day delivery plan, which is scheduled to go into effect the week of Aug. 5.
Innotrac Corporation announced the results of its latest SmartHub eCommerce benchmark analysis, which was based on a sampling of orders placed in August of this year. The report evaluated over 100 merchants across 56 data points, tracking the entire eCommerce experience from ordering, to shipping, packaging, customer service, and returns.