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December 12, 2012
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  • HauteLook co-founder launches
    HauteLook co-founder Carlota Espinosa has created a new startup in partnership with more than 100 online retailers, including Target, Bloomingdale's and Banana Republic.'s tools let users search for and assemble individual products and complete outfits using descriptions or photos and connects them with the partner retailers' sites to make purchases. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Online Retail Trends 
  • Report: EU e-commerce to grow 20% in 2012
    European consumers are on track to spend $396.5 billion shopping online this year, 20% more than the $330.2 billion they spent in 2011, with the U.K., Germany and France generating about 70% of the total sales, according to Ecommerce Europe. Internet Retailer (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  New Media & Technology 
  • How leverages social media to drive traffic
    Half of's new customers come from social media recommendations by existing customers and 24% of the site's traffic comes from customers that click directly from social sites. The retailer landed the No. 1 spot on 8thBridge's Social Commerce IQ ranking. Internet Retailer (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumers value tips from Facebook friends more than brands
    About 70% of consumers want to get social media word-of-mouth on new products from their Facebook friends and not directly from the brands, according to a survey from 8thBridge. "Social sharing, curation and discovery of luxury products are the most important social media engagement activities for customers today," said Chief Product Officer Jon Kubo. Luxury Daily (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Companies in the News 
  • EBay and PayPal book another record mobile day
    U.S. mobile transactions on eBay jumped 133% on Sunday compared with Dec. 4, 2011, which was last year's biggest mobile shopping day, making Sunday the company's biggest mobile day ever. PayPal tripled global mobile business from the year-ago Sunday, giving the payment service its second-biggest mobile day in history. TechCrunch (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google ends shopping search in China
    Google stopped offering its shopping search service in China this week, citing slower-than-expected traffic as the reason for shuttering its second service in the country in three months. The U.S.-based search giant, which pulled its Google Music Search service in September, said its focus in China will be on building advertising services. Bloomberg (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Interactive Advertising 
  • Toys R Us turns to Pandora to win mobile sales
    Toys R Us has launched a campaign using Pandora's iPhone application to drum up holiday-season mobile sales. The retailer is running expandable and audio ads in the app, which can steer users to a customized mobile site where they can view promotions and featured products, create wish lists or shop online. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative & Regulatory 
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  • More retailers planning last minute shipping incentives for holiday shoppers
    Even after record online traffic to their sites over Thanksgiving weekend, many retailers will be saving the best standard and express shipping deals for the millions of Americans who finish shopping near the end of the holiday season. The latest results from’s eHoliday survey shows 45 percent of retailers surveyed will offer standard shipping through Dec. 17, and another four in 10 will offer free expedited shipping through Dec. 20 or 21. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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