Half of U.S. Consumers Visiting Amazon During Prime Day Experienced Issues

| Mike O'Brien

A survey by JDA Software found that more than half of U.S. consumers – 52% – ran into technical difficulties during Prime Day. Of that group, 27% either gave up without making a purchase or bought less than they had planned. Amazon is also facing allegations of raising prices on some products, with the FTC looking into it.

Amazon Prime Day Sales Up 24% from Last Year

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon said Prime Day was another big winner, calling it the biggest shopping day in its history, with more than 100 million products purchased by Prime members during the 36-hour extravaganza that stretched from mid-afternoon on July 16 to the early morning hours of July 18 on the east coast.

Merchants Looking to Strike Gold Inside, Outside Prime Day

| Mike O'Brien

As Amazon Prime Day 4.0 is set to run for 36 hours Monday and Tuesday, merchants are making last-minute preparations on ads, promotions, pricing and Prime eligibility. Others are looking to create their own buzz, drafting on an extended ecommerce holiday projected to grow by 40% to $3.4 billion. See what else is in store.

Jet.com Will Use New Bronx FC for Same-Day Grocery Delivery in NYC

| Mike O'Brien

As the battle heats up for same-day grocery delivery in urban markets, Jet.com is opening a new fulfillment center this fall in the Bronx, NY to service New York City customers with not only food in a flash but other merchandise as well. See what other players are up to in the hyper-competitive market.

Same-Day Delivery App Curbside Acquired by Rakuten

| Mike O'Brien

Tokyo-based marketplace and logistics supplier Rakuten has acquired Curbside, a startup with $50 million in funding that powers same-day store and restaurant pickup of online orders, for an undisclosed amount. See what this deal means for the retail and restaurant customers of Curbside.

Target Reports 28% Q1 Growth in Ecommerce

| Daniela Forte

Target reported a healthy 28% gain in ecommerce sales in the first quarter, while same-store sales rose 3%, helped by a 3.7% growth in traffic. Strong categories included home goods, household essentials and food and beverage. Here is what Target has implemented that led to the success of the first quarter.

Amazon Suddenly Drops Out of Google Shopping PLAs

| Mike O'Brien

After testing the waters, Amazon has stopped bidding on product listing ads on Google Shopping, according to data from marketing agency Merkle, opening the door for home goods sellers in their absence. See what this decision means for sellers, and what might be behind it.