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January 28, 2013
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  • New tools help customers track online retail prices
    Companies including Citibank and Dynamite Data have launched new tools that scour the Web and keep up with fast-changing online prices, which can vary not just from one site to another but also from one browser to another. Hukkster, created by two former J.Crew merchants, lets users set up e-mail alerts while they're shopping to let them know when the prices drop on the items they've selected. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Webinar: Prioritizing Omnichannel Store Integration Initiatives
Join us on Thursday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m. EST as Jeff McCall, Sr. Vice President of GSI's Consulting Services group, explores how retailers should be planning and prioritizing omnichannel store integration initiatives like Ship-From-Store, Associate Ordering, In-Store Pick-Up and In-Store Email Capture.
  Online Retail Trends 
 
  • Study: Americans are more likely than Europeans to use QR codes
    American mobile-device users are markedly more likely than their European counterparts to have used a QR code in the past year, according to a Pitney Bowes study. U.S. consumers were more likely to have used QR codes across a variety of media, with consumers more likely to have used print-based codes than website, e-mail or TV-based codes. eMarketer (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Social Media ROI Cookbook: Six Ingredients Top Brands Use
In this free report, industry expert Altimeter explores the most effective "ingredients" for measuring the revenue impact of social media, providing insights and case studies from an array of top companies. Offerpop is happy to make this penetrating study available to SmartBrief readers. Download it for free!
  New Media & Technology 
  • Tool helps online shoe shoppers find the best fit
    Workers from startup Shoefitr spent hours in shoe stores trying on different styles to create a tool that online shoe sellers can use to reduce returns. About 20 online retailers now use the Shoefitr tool, which recommends sizes and styles based on the best-fitting shoes the user already owns. Internet Retailer (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Shoppers turn to retail apps more often
    Consumers spent six times more time using retailers' mobile applications in December than they spent in the same month in 2011, according to analytics provider Flurry. Apps from retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's and Saks saw the biggest jump in usage and comprised the largest share of overall app use in the month, the survey found. TechCrunch (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Top five news stories selected by Shop.org SmartBrief readers in the past week.

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  Companies in the News 
  • Will grocery unit AmazonFresh move beyond Seattle?
    Amazon's grocery-delivery business, AmazonFresh, has been limited to the Seattle area since its launch. The online retailer's rapid increase of fulfillment centers is fueling talk of expanding the service to other cities. "The fact that they've been so slow to push it out of Seattle is a testament to how challenging the business model is," Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Mulpuru said. The Seattle Times (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • North Face mobile campaign is keyed to m-commerce
    The North Face's latest mobile campaign is aimed specifically at driving mobile commerce, with an ad on ESPN's site that links users directly to an m-commerce-enabled site. Once on the brand's mobile-optimized site, consumers can sort and shop by several criteria, including activities and collections. MobileCommerceDaily.com (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Shop.org Spotlight 
  • Solid growth projected for online sales in 2013, according to Shop.org
    NRF released its 2013 economic forecast today, projecting a subdued 3.4% increase for retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) over the course of the year. However, Shop.org forecasts an increase between 9% and 12% for online sales this year, as retailers are responding to wavering levels consumer confidence by focusing on providing greater value for shoppers through unique online promotions and customer experiences. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • 6 ways retailers are investing now for Holiday '13
    On the heels of final results from 2012 holiday sales, retailers aren’t missing the chance to dissect results from last year to prepare for the year ahead. Conducted with research partner BIGinsight, Shop.org’s recently released eHoliday results polled both retailers and shoppers for lessons learned during the holiday season. Top priorities include a strong focus on creating a more holistic customer experience and a greater investment to enhance shipping services. Read more. Shop.org Blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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