Live From Six Signs The Retail Landscape Is Changing

Las Vegas – Notice anything different on the retail landscape? Chapter 11 filings by well-known retailers have slowed, and both merchants and vendors are beginning to announce some major moves and changes.

Speaking Sept. 22 at the annual summit at Mandalay BayResort and Casino, Richard Last, vice president – new business development for general merchant J.C. Penney, said there have been several game-changing events over the past 60 days that are making retailers think about the future.

And in each of the six Last outlined, he said it’s more proof that e-commerce is the shining star of retail.

First there was the July 22 purchase of by Amazon, which Last said gave Amazon a greater presence in apparel.

What followed about a week later was a 10-year partnership between Yahoo and Microsoft that would allow Yahoo to focus more on its pay-per-click ad platform and also give Microsoft another channel for its relaunched Bing search engine.

At the end of the summer, mega discount retailer Walmart announced it was going to open an online marketplace and open it up to third-party retailers (Sears announced a similar plan last week). also this summer announced it would not renew its partnership with Amazon, and would launch on its own platform by holiday 2010.

European advertising firm Publicis also made an announcement that it would acquire interactive firm Razorfish from Microsoft, which would allow the traditional advertising firm to grab a better footprint in the digital world.

And just last week, Adobe announced its plans to buy online analytics firm Omniture in an attempt to enter that field.

Multichannel Merchant is Tweeting live from

Partner Content

Hincapie Sportswear Finds Omnichannel Success in the Cloud - Netsuite
For more and more companies, a cloud-based unified data solution is the way to make this happen. Custom cycling apparel maker Hincapie Sportswear has leveraged this capability to gain greater visibility into revenue streams, turning opportunities into sales more quickly while gaining overall operating efficiency. Download this ecommerce special report from Multichannel Merchant to more.
The Gift of Wow: Preparing your store for the holiday season - Netsuite
Being prepared for the holiday rush used to mean stocking shelves and making sure your associates were ready for the long hours. But the digital revolution has changed everything, most importantly, customer expectations. Retailers with a physical store presence should be asking themselves—what am I doing to wow the customer?
3 Critical Components to Achieving the Perfect Order - NetSuite
Explore the 3 critical components to delivering the perfect order.
Streamlining Unified Commerce Complexity - NetSuite
Explore how consolidating multiple systems through a cloud-based commerce platform provides a seamless experience for both you, and your customer.