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November 15, 2012
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  • Retailers cater to Black Friday's growing online crowds
    Online sales grew to 40% of the $52.4 billion shoppers spent on Black Friday weekend last year, up from 23% of the total in 2006, as more consumers traded long pre-dawn lines for the comforts of shopping from home, according to NRF. Retailers including Wal-Mart and Best Buy are recognizing the shift, with some Black Friday deals that will only be available online. The Wall Street Journal (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Online Retail Trends 
  • Pinterest woos brands with designated business pages
    Pinterest is hoping to encourage brands to sign up by offering designated pages for businesses. The pages don't currently differ much from existing user pages, but will feature more streamlined authentication and sign-up services, and will help Pinterest add other brand-friendly services in future. "We hope to add more tools and features that are geared toward this audience," says product manager Cat Lee. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does smart site design mean following the crowd?
    Navigating online retail sites is easier for many consumers these days, both because they've become accustomed to shopping online and because, after several redesigns, many sites follow very similar navigation patterns. In this story, experts chime in on whether following the crowd when it comes to navigation makes sense. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why are price-matching programs so popular?
    A growing number of multichannel retailers including Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us are offering to meet rivals' lower prices on popular gifts this holiday season, driven in large part by the mobile technology that lets shoppers do real-time price comparisons, writes's Artemis Berry. In addition to matching competitors' prices, some are also adjusting in-store prices to match their own online prices in an effort to meet customer expectations. Blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  New Media & Technology 
  • Researchers bring real-time sentiment mapping to Twitter
    Researchers from SGI and the University of Illinois have developed a sentiment-mapping engine, dubbed the Global Twitter Heartbeat project, that plots the mood of Twitter users in real time. The tool samples 10% of the 500 million or so tweets posted every day, assigns locations based on content and geotagging, and plots them on a map according to tone and intensity. CNET (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PayAnywhere lines up to rival Square
    PayAnywhere has signed up national retailers including Wal-Mart Stores, Home Depot and Amazon to sell its mobile credit card reader, and the company expects to go head-to-head with Square, founder and CEO Marc Gardner said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Gardner said. "The days of the traditional credit card terminal are waning." USA Today (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Companies in the News 
  • Aeropostale acquires online fashion site GoJane
    Aeropostale has bought, an online fashion and footwear retailer that earned about $19 million in sales last year, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will help Aeropostale expand its online offerings in new categories, said CEO Thomas P. Johnson. Internet Retailer (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Moda Operandi to debut in-season online boutique
    Online trunk show site Moda Operandi is branching out with in-season fashion collections when its revamped site launches early next month. The move aims to capture sales from fashion fans who don't want to wait months for the latest designs. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amazon Webstore adds 2 seller services
    Amazon Webstore started letting third-party sellers purchase discounted shipping for merchandise they ship. The company also is letting Fulfillment by Amazon users send goods in plain, unmarked boxes. EcommerceBytes (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • French officials take up online-tax issue
    The French government is considering how best to close loopholes that allow Web companies to avoid paying taxes by locating their headquarters in European countries with lower taxes. Officials are making plans based on a recent report on value-added sales tax from cross-border online sales. The Hartford Courant (Conn.)/Reuters (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story Spotlight 
  • Survey: Digital promotions to rise ahead of Black Friday Weekend
    Up to 147 million plan to visit stores and retailers’ websites this Black Friday Weekend, according to NRF’s preliminary Black Friday survey, and online retailers are planning to stay ahead of the holiday rush. Three in 10 multichannel retailers will promote in-store Black Friday deals with mobile alerts, and another 80% using Facebook to publicize promotions -- both up from last year’s eHoliday survey. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mango's winning multinational expansion strategy
    To successfully expand into new markets, retailers need innovative concepts that exceed customer expectations in the global arena. In a keynote at Retail’s BIG Show, Jan. 13 to 16 in New York, Mango's SVP of Business Development Jose Gomez will share lessons learned in the Spanish apparel retailer’s path to multinational growth, which has resulted in the opening of thousands of stores across 107 countries worldwide. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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