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March 19, 2013
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  • Online retailers offer past-season clothes
    Fashion fans living with regrets about past-season styles they didn't buy have a growing roster of options for tracking them down, including sites such as the Outnet and Paris-based Vestiaire Collective. "We deliberately don't list seasons on our site so that the customer can focus on the product, the brand and the quality," said Outnet director Stephanie Phair. The Wall Street Journal (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Online Retail Trends 
 
  • Why Prime is a big win for Amazon
    Amazon's Prime service, in which customers pay $79 a year for free two-day shipping and digital content, has proven a big win for the online retail giant. The cost to Amazon of Prime perks only marginally exceeds the fees it charges, and members increase spending by as much as 150%. The key, Brad Tuttle writes, is a price point that's not too expensive but is enough to spur increased spending to justify being a member. Time.com (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wealthy shoppers are going mobile, study shows
    More than half of wealthy shoppers now research products via mobile devices, and 38% make mobile purchases, according to a Unity Marketing study. That's a marked increase from the previous year's report, when about half as many affluent consumers made purchases or carried out research on mobile devices. "[R]obust interest among younger affluent consumers, in particular, suggests that mobile luxury shopping is on the rise," eMarketer notes. eMarketer (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Shoppers opt for mobile websites over apps, like reviews
    Nearly two-thirds of mobile users prefer visiting a retailer's website to downloading an application, a study by Siteworx said. Looking back to the holidays, only 3.4% of mobile users said they made purchases on their devices, while the equivalent number for tablets was 4%. The most popular shopping activity on mobile, however, was researching product reviews, which ranked just ahead of price comparisons. MediaPost Communications/MoBlog (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Companies in the News 
  • Fairejour showcases indie designers
    Former Zappos executives Alex Kirmse and Lianna Shen, who are husband and wife, have launched Fairejour, an online retailer that sells fashion, accessories and home decor from independent designers. Internet Retailer (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UGG to kick off online boot sales in China
    Deckers Outdoors will launch its first UGG Australia footwear store on China's TMall next month and debut a dedicated China e-commerce site for the popular boot brand in May, the company said. The company has hired Vincent Lau to oversee efforts in the new position of e-commerce director for the Asia-Pacific region. ClickZ.Asia (Hong Kong) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • Should online sales tax be separate from larger tax reform?
    Some lawmakers who support the Marketplace Fairness Act say the measure, which would let states require online retailers to collect sales tax, must remain separate from larger tax reform if it has a hope of passing. Others, including co-sponsor Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., say the measure must be part of the bigger effort to close loopholes. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How retailers can build a less "silo-ed" retail organization
    A members-only webinar on March 27 will review key findings from a new Shop.org study conducted with more than 40 retail executives, including heads of e-commerce, CIOs, CMOs, HR leads and CEOs. The study provides a snapshot of challenges and approaches by retailers in managing the influence of digital on their businesses, including how multi-brand companies or global brands are developing and using a shared services model. Learn more or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
 
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