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January 4, 2013
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  • Meet the kings of QR codes
    Brands in a variety of industries have been making imaginative uses of QR codes recently, writes Ekaterina Walter. The codes have been employed to help commuters make supermarket purchases as they wait for trains, offer fashion tips for clothes shoppers, provide audio tours for museum visitors and offer food suggestions via codes on wine bottles. Tesco's Home Plus, J.C. Penney's Santa Tags, Macy's and Columbia Sportswear all make the list. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Social Media (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Online Retail Trends 
  • 2012 holiday season totaled $42.3 billion in online sales
    Online shoppers in the U.S. spent about $42.3 billion during the last two months of 2012, according to a comScore analysis, an increase of 14% from the same period the year before. Thanksgiving Day and "Free Shipping Day" saw particularly strong sales, although the end of December was relatively weak for online retailers. TechCrunch (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Some consumers still don't shop online
    Some 12% of consumers still don't shop online, with about one-third of them saying that they prefer to see and touch the goods before making a purchase, and 26% citing concerns about the security of their personal information, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. Additionally, 20% of those who don't shop online cite high shipping costs as the reason. Internet Retailer (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  New Media & Technology 
  • Survey offers bullish sentiments on mobile payments
    The mobile wallet will finally come of age in the U.S. this year, say 200 industry executives, who also believe that consumers will look to social networks and location-based applications in large numbers, according to a Chetan Sharma Consulting survey. A panel of executives, developers and other insiders predicts banks, credit card companies and online payment outfits such as PayPal will dominate the arena. GigaOm (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Companies in the News 
  • EBay tests pickup and drop-off for sellers
    EBay has launched two pilot projects in a few markets. One offers to pick up goods people want to sell and deliver them to professionals who will try to sell them for a cut of the price. The other lets consumers drop off goods, including clothing and small appliances, at a mall, where registered sellers make offers on the goods. All Things D (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FTC won't charge Google in antitrust investigation
    The Federal Trade Commission's 19-month investigation into a claim that Google engages in anti-competitive practices by favoring its products and services in search results has ended without a lawsuit. The commission determined that the main reason to change search results is "to improve the user experience." The Wall Street Journal (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Interactive Advertising 
  • Mobile-ad spending soars in U.S.
    The U.S. leads the world in mobile-ad growth, with search and display spending up 220% in 2012, according to an eMarketer analysis. Globally, mobile-ad spending reached $8.41 billion, compared with slightly more than $4 billion in 2011. eMarketer (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • What do new child-protection rules mean for retailers?
    New online child-protection rules approved by the Federal Trade Commission just before Christmas contain vague language likely to create confusion for retailers, starting with the question of how merchants should determine which sites are aimed at children, writes Evan Schuman. StorefrontBacktalk (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story Spotlight 
  • kicks off free regional dinners this month in New York
    Sign up now to enjoy dinner on us and network with multichannel retailers interested in talking all things e-commerce.'s regional dinner series for 2013 begins in New York on Jan. 14 during Retail's BIG Show, with several more scheduled across the country throughout the year. Space is limited for this popular series so reserve your seat at the table today. Register or learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • From online to Main Street: Small business owner shares her retail story
    For Kim Williams, owner of the Polka Dot Press in Tallahassee, Fla., working retail -- and owning a small business -- has always been a passion. But starting her stationery business was a gradual process, beginning in her dining room and selling online-only seven years ago and now to her newly expanded storefront on Main Street. In a recent interview, Williams explains how mentors in the industry fueled her passion and the biggest challenges when hiring for her store. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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