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November 13, 2012
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  • Orbitz sees mobile bookings take off
    Bookings via mobile devices have grown quickly during the past three years, with 20% of Orbitz' business now originating from mobile. Gross bookings via mobile for Orbitz are expected to top $700 million by year's end, which would rank the company fourth behind Amazon, Apple and Marriott. Mobile is proving especially appealing for users making last-minute plans, this article notes. ClickZ (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
REVEALED: Amazon Pricing Strategies from 2011 Holiday Season
Did Amazon have the lowest pricing last year? In which categories were their prices least competitive? How did shipping factor? This report uses data and charts comparing Amazon to two other large retailers and reveals pricing trends and strategies. Full Report.
  Online Retail Trends 
  • How Instagram is influencing demand for spring fashion
    Pictures of fur footwear, a hula hoop bag and other fashions and accessories tweeted and posted to Instagram from Celine's and Chanel's spring collection shows last month are driving demand and influencing what retailers will carry next season. “I always sell a ridiculous amount of product on Instagram and it doesn’t stop at jewelry or $850 shoes," said Fivestory owner Claire Distenfeld. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Daily deals lose popularity among small retailers
    Some small retailers say daily deal sites allow them to spend less to acquire new customers, but a growing number are leaving Groupon, LivingSocial and other daily deal sites out of their holiday marketing plans this year, with many saying the services drive largely unprofitable business. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  New Media & Technology 
  • Visa officially debuts digital wallet
    Visa ended a yearlong beta and officially launched PayPal-like service, which lets users pay online with a username and a password. The service debuted with about 50 merchant partners including Blue Nile, and 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. All Things D (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why location info is key in retailers' mobile campaigns
    More than 4 in 10 mobile campaigns for the retail and restaurant sector the first half of the year included a store locator, according to a Millennial Media study, indicating the importance of mobile in driving in-store traffic. The large share of campaigns with location information for the sector "was significantly higher than our platform average and shows how advertisers are dedicated to ensuring consumers can always find the closest location, no matter where they may be," said Marcus Startzel, general manager of North America at Millennial Media. Mobile Marketer (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Winning Strategies to Compete with Online-Only Players
APT with research from The Economist Intelligence Unit: How is online competition shaping traditional retailers' strategies? 250+ global executives weigh-in. Download the full report to read more.
  Companies in the News 
  • Lazada aims to beat Amazon in emerging markets
    Online marketplace Lazada raised $40 million to build out its shopping platform in Asia. Lazada, launched by German incubator Rocket Internet, aims to succeed with an Amazon-like model in emerging markets, including Vietnam and Malaysia, where the online retail giant doesn't yet operate. TechCrunch (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EBay teams to create fashion portal in China
    EBay has teamed with Chinese online retailer to create eBay Style, a fashion portal aimed at expanding the U.S. company's share of China's large and fast-growing e-commerce market. BBC (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • Online retailers turn to software for sales tax help
    Calculating and remitting sales tax gets increasingly complicated for national online retailers that must comply with each state's rules and calculate a variety of municipal tax rates in addition to the state tax. Many are turning to software from companies such as ADP to help ensure compliance. Internet Retailer (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story Spotlight 
  • Survey: More Americans to go digital for holiday gift ideas this year
    More shoppers looking for top value and the ideal gift this holiday season will find motivation online this year, according to a new NRF survey. Slightly less than half of holiday shoppers said they will browse online to build out their gift lists, and a combined 18% will head to Facebook and Pinterest to gain inspiration. Consumers ranked clothing and clothing accessories as the most popular item this year, with gift cards and toys rounding out the top three. View the survey. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How consumers and online retailers are gearing up for holiday 2012
    Three in five retailers said they were dedicating over 20% of their total online marketing budgets to the holiday season, according to’s eHoliday 2012 pre-holiday survey. Head of Research Fiona Swerdlow explains how retailers are responding to savvy shoppers who are turning to social media and mobile optimized sites before making a purchase, and how online retailers’ promotional budgets align with customers' expectations. Read more. Blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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