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January 17, 2013
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  • Amazon's award illustrates retail's evolution
    The retail industry is changing in significant ways, a fact on display when NRF gave its highest retail award to Amazon's Jeff Bezos at Retail's BIG Show this week. Forbes contributor TJ McCue cheers the decision to recognize the online retail pioneer. "Amazon is a worthy competitor and one that is setting the stage for retail’s future, or, its demise." Forbes (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tablets are more natural shopping devices than phones, survey finds
    Tablet owners are almost twice as likely as smartphone owners to use their devices for making purchases, with 55% in an Adobe Systems survey saying that they had done so. And 44% of tablet owners cite shopping as one of their normal activities on the device, compared with 20% of smartphone owners. "So the message to retailers should be ... when you're thinking about driving that purchase decision and purchase intent, you need to think about how tablets play into your strategy," said Lynly Schambers-Lenox, Adobe group product marketing manager, digital publishing. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smartphone sites see heavy holiday traffic
    The mobile commerce sites of 84 national retailers saw 77 million unique visitors and booked $52.5 million in sales from Thanksgiving to Christmas, according to mobile site developer Branding Brand. The firm's clients include a slew of retailers including American Eagle, Costco, Crate & Barrel and Steve Madden. Internet Retailer (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: China's mobile users go shopping
    Mobile web use is skyrocketing in China, and about 55.5 million Chinese consumers now use their mobiles for shopping, according to a report from the China Internet Network Information Center. The number of mobile shoppers in China grew 136.5% in the second half of last year, the report said. China Daily (Beijing) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Groupon targets small merchants with payments service
    The mobile payment sector continues to heat up as Groupon enters the market by making its Groupon Payments, a credit card processing service, available for Android phones. It became available for iPhone last year. Users are expected to be small businesses with mobile employees. ClickZ (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 3 essential truths, golden rules to live by in the digital age
    Pulling off on omnichannel approach is complex, but it has quickly become an expectation of shoppers everywhere. Industry guru Oliver Walsh, whose creative agency has provided thought leadership for luxury fashion brands such as Tory Burch, Balenciaga and Armani, neatly outlined areas that retail executives should be planning for in this new digital reality, and why delivering a singular experience of your brand online and offline can no longer be an exception to the rule. Read more. Blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should online retailers embrace third-party advertising?
    The success of Amazon’s customer-centric model was the crux of several sessions at Retail’s BIG Show this week, and one of’s First Look sessions looked exclusively at the company’s advertising strategy. Executives representing Expedia Media Solutions, Robert W. Baird & Co., and ChannelAdvisor explained why more retailers should consider this emerging trend because of the opportunity to reach an audience a business is likely already targeting. Read more. Blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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