Struggling Sears Looking to Sell DieHard Brand

| Daniela Forte

Sears could potentially sell off select assets including its popular DieHard battery brand, according to The Wall Street Journal, with parent company Transform HoldCo hiring Guggenheim Partners to advise it after receiving inquiries from potential buyers.

To Meet Consumer Expectations, Retailers Must Fight Against Counterfeits

| Sanjeev Sularia

The retail industry has a counterfeit problem and it’s threatening brands across the world. According to the International Chamber of Commerce, the global economic cost of counterfeiting and piracy could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022. Here are measures retailers should take to prevent 3P sellers from offering counterfeit goods.

Struggling Hudson’s Bay Co. Going Private

| Daniela Forte

Hudson’s Bay Co., parent of Saks Fifth Avenue, is being taken private in a share buyback plan, paying a 65% premium over the original offer in June, according to various media reports. Regulators and shareholders need to formally approve the deal later this year.

Consumers Expected to Favor Cyber Monday Over Black Friday

| Daniela Forte

Consumers of all ages are more likely to shop on Cyber Monday than Black Friday, according to a Deloitte survey, spending 59% of their holiday budget online, compared with just 36% in store as ecommerce takes a bigger bite. Here is what Deloitte predicts for holiday 2019.

Report: Amazon Delivering Expired Food to Customers

| Daniela Forte

While Amazon is the go-to marketplace for an increasing number of consumers today, it is reportedly delivering unsafe food products past their expiration date, according to CNBC. This is on top of continuing allegations about the sale of counterfeit goods on the leading marketplace.

How to Build a Company That Won’t Lose Customers

| Chemi Katz

Aside from the key challenge that growing tech companies face – creating products that address real-world problems – getting customers and then keeping them for the long term may be one of a growing business’s greatest hurdles.

The Implications of a Phased Approach to UK’s SCA Payment Rules

| Mike O'Brien

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is opting for an 18-month phased implementation of the Secure Customer Authentication rules for ecommerce transactions, instead of an action date of Sept. 14. Eric Christensen of Digital River provides some context in this latest MCM CommerceChat podcast.

Walmart Takes on Amazon with New Pricing Program

| Daniela Forte

Walmart is launching a program called “Competitive Price Adjustment” that will temporarily lower the prices consumers pay for some items on its marketplace. Here is how Walmart is competing with Amazon with this new program.