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December 3, 2012
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  • Congress may pass online sales tax as part of bigger bill
    Sen. Dick Durbin has attached the Marketplace Fairness Act as an amendment to a defense spending bill that could come to a vote before the end of the year. The measure would allow states to require online retailers to collect sales tax. “The current collection disparity has tilted the competitive landscape against local stores, creating a crisis for brick-and-mortar retailers around the country," said NRF senior vice president David French. The Washington Times (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Online Retail Trends 
  • The pros and cons of free shipping
    Many online retailers say they have to offer free shipping, especially on holiday orders, both because customers expect it and competitors offer it. Some say the perk is an investment that promotes good will and spurs higher spending. Customers spent an average of $137 per order with retailers offering free shipping last week, compared to $91 at merchants that charged for shipping, according to NRF data. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Holiday shippers face seasonal worker shortage
    Amazon, UPS, FedEx and other companies that ramp up their employee rosters to fulfill holiday orders say they're finding it hard to fill all their job openings this year. Nationally, UPS has about 5,000 seasonal jobs still vacant, and the company said it's especially tough to fill positions in competitive markets and areas of the Northeast that were ravaged by Superstorm Sandy. The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Online price wars ramp up for the holidays
    Retail prices online can rise and fall within seconds as merchants increasingly use high-tech tools to check competitors' prices and compete in real time. Rivalries were especially fast and fierce during Black Friday weekend, experts say, as merchants used algorithms and other pricing tools to undercut each other by as little as 2 cents. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How AI is Transforming Telco, Retail and Financial Services
NVIDIA invites you to download the AI Across Industries eBook, developed in partnership with O'Reilly Media, to learn how AI is transforming telco, retail and financial services. The eBook also explains how AI and Deep Learning is moving toward mainstream adoption. Download eBook
  New Media & Technology 
  • After 20 years, SMS is still a strong marketing platform
    Experts agree that SMS messaging tools, now 20 years old, has been key in proving the value of marketing via mobile devices. SMS remains a powerful way to reach consumers, even as it faces an array of attractive competitors with the growing popularity of smartphones and free messaging services. Mobile Marketer (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Companies in the News 
  • Amazon creates high-end U.K. fashion store
    Amazon launched a new online fashion store in the U.K. in time for Mega Monday, expected to be the year's busiest online shopping day. The new site will include styles from brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Pringle, and Black Orchid, the company said. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • FCC clarifies SMS rules, clears way for mobile marketers
    The Federal Communications Commission has ruled that marketers can send a one-time mobile text message confirming users' opt-out requests. That should close a legal loophole that had sparked several class-action suits and left many companies wary of using SMS-based marketing strategies. Adweek (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story Spotlight 
  • NRF honors upcoming retail leaders with $178,000 in scholarships
    Through the NRF Foundation’s University Partner Program, 24 students today were awarded a $5,000 scholarship and a stipend to attend Retail’s BIG Show in January. The Fall 2012 class of recipients were nominated by educators at their schools based on high scholastic achievements and passion for a career in retail in areas including marketing, merchandising, analytics, and more. The Ray Greenly Scholarship is dedicated in memory of the vice president of research and member services who passed away after a year-long fight with cancer in 2005. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The science of shopping cart abandonment
    SeeWhy research shows that an average of 71% of shopping carts are abandoned without a purchase. But what are the unique predictive factors that determine the likelihood of someone who abandons their cart becoming a buyer? In a new white paper on the library, SeeWhy presents analysis of more than 600,000 shoppers and a quarter of a million online transactions to explain why shopping cart abandonment is part of the normal buying cycle for many customers, and provides steps to bring an e-commerce site back on the path to conversion. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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