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January 18, 2013
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  • Target debuts 6 online-only brands
    Target has rolled out six brands, including fashion label Labworks, that are available only on its website, the company says. Home-decor brand TOO by Blu Dot has pieces on display at the chain's five CityTarget stores, and shoppers can scan a QR code to access more information and make a purchase. Retailing Today (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Mobile payments in U.S. will increase to $90B in 2017
    It's predicted that $90 billion will be spent in the mobile payments market in 2017, compared with $12.8 billion spent last year, according to Forrester research. The fastest growing segment will be proximity payments, including those made with near-field communication, Forrester reports. TechCrunch (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Amazon makes it easier for Apple users to buy music
    Users of Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch can buy music from their gadgets via Amazon's MP3 mobile website, the company says. "Since the launch of the Amazon Cloud Player app for iPhone and iPod Touch, a top request from customers has been the ability to buy music from Amazon right from their devices," Amazon Music Vice President Steve Boom said. The Wall Street Journal (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lundgren: Struggling states will drive online sales tax
    Eventually, all online retailers will collect sales tax from their shoppers, as states continue struggle to shore up their coffers, Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren said at an event during Retail's BIG Show. "We pay tax on our Internet sales. Pure play merchants don't. There should be fewer loopholes, there should be fewer exceptions." Multichannel Merchant (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Privacy bill would put app users in the driving seat
    The House is considering a mobile privacy bill floated by Rep. Hank Johnson. The Georgia Democrat's "Apps Act" would require application makers give consumers prior notice about how their data will be collected, stored and used, and would also give consumers the right to opt out of data collection and to have their personal data deleted. Adweek (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • And NRF's awards go to ... Amazon, Crocs and lululemon
    At NRF's Annual Retail Industry Awards Luncheon on Monday, Crocs CEO John McCarvel was awarded the Retail Innovator of the Year award, EVP Delany Schweitzer received the International Retailer of the Year award on behalf of lululemon, and Amazon's CEO Jeffrey Bezos was given the Gold Medal award. In his acceptance speech, Bezos remarked, "We like to invent, we like to pioneer, and we like to go into dark alleys that turn out to be wide vistas. And we’re still having fun." Watch the video. Retail's BIG Blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
 
  • Forging the right path to international expansion
    Building bridges into new and emerging markets requires the right expansion framework and a critical analysis of market dynamics. A white paper by L.E.K. Consulting posted in the Shop.org library explains the hot target markets, modern-day examples within the industry, and entry strategies all companies should know to create both global brand consistency and tailor products for local appeal. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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