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January 25, 2013
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  • Software-maker Ivona is acquired by Amazon
    Amazon has purchased Ivona Software, which supplies text-to-speech technology used in the Kindle Fire, for an undisclosed amount. Ivona provides products and services in 17 languages, using 44 voices, to thousands of clients worldwide, Amazon says. The Wall Street Journal (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Future of Drop Shipping: DropShip Commerce
Connect the endless aisle to the virtual supply chain: Learn how drop shipping can ensure a great customer experience without inventory risk. Dropship Commerce provides SaaS solutions for Retailers, Brand Manufacturers, and Distributors to manage and scale drop shipping operations. See how DropShip Commerce can help your business.
  Online Retail Trends 
  • Does same-day shipping pay off?
    Moosejaw Mountaineering tested same-day shipping in two markets in the days leading up to Christmas, but no shoppers opted for the service, says CEO Eoin Comerford. Whether consumers are likely to use same-day delivery depends on how badly they need the product and whether it's convenient to go to the store and get it without having to pay for shipping, says ShopRunner's Fiona Dias. Internet Retailer (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Argos boosts online results with same-day delivery: U.K.-based multichannel retailer Argos is winning e-commerce customers with same-day delivery in urban markets. Argos works with delivery service Shutl to provide same-day service to customers within 10 miles of one of its 730 stores. Internet Retailer (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  New Media & Technology 
  • The pros and cons of responsive design
    Companies are rushing to embrace responsive design as a way of providing a consistent experience on a variety of digital devices. But it's important to recognize the limitations of the technology, and that in the end, it's really about providing the best experience on any screen, some say. Mobile Marketer (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The mobile apps that are changing retail
    Several mobile applications have helped lead a transformation in the way consumers shop, including the Price Check App from Amazon that introduced the concept of showrooming and a mobile payment app from Starbucks that incorporates customers' loyalty cards. Business Insider (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Companies in the News 
  • PayPal plans to revamp its anti-fraud system
    PayPal's anti-fraud policies, which allow the company to freeze funds when suspicious activity occurs, can be a headache for small businesses that may be forced to wait a long time to access their money. PayPal is now saying it will overhaul its system, but it's not yet clear exactly how it will do so. "These are not minor -- these are aggressive changes," said Anuj Nayar, the company's senior director of communications. "This is a fundamental shift in our business operations." FindLaw/Free Enterprise blog (1/23), CNNMoney (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why Seamless is willing to pay $7 per Facebook fan
    Food-delivery service Seamless is offering a $7 discount to potential customers who "like" the brand on Facebook -- a significant markup on the $1-to-$4 valuation marketers typically use for Facebook fans. "$7 is a sweet spot for us. It's not giving away the farm, but it will attract people to try our service for the first time," Marketing Director Steven Young says. Adweek (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

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  • Why company culture and young talent are key to omnichannel success
    Finish Line and Cabela have a rich history in their respective fields. But in order to meet new challenges of the “channel-less” world that customers expect, success starts with talent. At’s Annual Summit in Denver, Cabela’s Scott Williams and Finish Line’s Chris Ladd explained how their companies are building high-performance digital teams through a company culture that young professionals can be committed to and proud to work for. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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