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February 20, 2013
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News about digital retail commerce

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  • Celeb style site PopSugar streamlines blog network
    Popular celebrity and style site PopSugar has been redesigned to bring all the blogs together under a single banner, with posts that offer readers more ways to shop for the items mentioned. "We were a blog network, and what we’re trying to be is a real destination that women check on a daily basis," said co-founder Brian Sugar. About half of the company's revenue is derived from e-commerce. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Online Retail Trends 
  • How the Internet influences buying decisions
    The Internet plays an increasingly important role in several ways when consumers make purchasing decisions, with a range of content from Web page articles and ads to social media to consumer message forums, according to Nielsen. The Internet had the biggest influence when it came to purchases of electronics and appliances, the survey found. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Companies in the News 
  • Wayfair adds flash sales to drive traffic
    Online home goods retailer will add daily deals to raise brand awareness and entice more shoppers to visit, said co-founder and CEO Niraj Shah. The new feature, called Daily Fair, will offer seven sales each day of the week, with each sale lasting for 72 hours. Boston Herald (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amazon debuts Entertainment Collectibles store
    Amazon has launched a store that sells more than 350,000 collectibles connected to celebrities. Items include signed movie posters and photos as well as clothing, including a tank top worn by Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook." CNET (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Interactive Advertising 
  • Bloomingdale's new digital ads tout Marc Jacobs fragrance
    Bloomingdale's has launched video ads on New York magazine's The Cut blog to promote Dot, the fragrance from Marc Jacobs. Other luxury retailers including Nordstrom and Cartier have used similar methods to promote product categories with takeover video ads, experts say. Luxury Daily (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • States start to reap rewards of online sales tax
    California collected $96.4 million in online sales tax between September and December, and a handful of other states also are seeing a revenue bump as they begin collection. However, revenue is falling short of an estimate in a 2009 University of Tennessee study that said states would miss out on $11.4 billion in 2012 by not collecting online sales tax. Reuters (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story Spotlight 
  • Students share their favorite Retail’s BIG Show moments
    An inaugural Students Program was held last month in New York, bringing more than 200 students and educators face-to-face with retail CEOs including HSN’s Mindy Grossman and Rent the Runway’s Jennifer Hyman. Students participated in speed networking and get-hired programs and heard from recent graduates on their transition into careers with Victoria’s Secret, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Belk. According to a student survey after the show, 66% now know more about careers and retailers, and 78% are more excited about a career in the retail industry. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 50 ways to navigate and design in a multi-screen mobile world
    The macro shift to mobile web browsing has been predicted for years, and the rate of mobile web usage is on track to surpass those who surf the web on desktops by 2014. To balance this exponential growth, along with keeping up with the world’s steady march toward greater device diversity, Mobify identifies five proven ways to deal with these two major problems for long-term strategic success. Included are 50 tactical tips for web designers and developers on how to build for a mobile, multi-screen Web. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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