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February 8, 2013
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  • Samsung fashions an alliance with Alexander Wang
    Samsung is partnering with Alexander Wang on a fashion project that will highlight the collaborative capability of the Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones. Wang will coordinate work from other designers to arrive at a print that will be used for a limited-edition bag sold for charity. Samsung released a two-minute video showing Wang in action, coordinating the release with the start of Fashion Week in New York. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/7) 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 
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  New Media & Technology 
 
  • Stores seek to match online tracking
    Online merchants have an advantage when it comes to tracking every move their visitors make, but retailers have security cameras and other equipment in place to help them boost their ability to track customer trends. At American Apparel stores, sales are up since managers began using data from cameras to analyze traffic patterns and staff accordingly, says tech chief Stacey Shulman. The Economist (tiered subscription model) (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile targeting is about more than just location
    Mobile targeting should include more than a shopper's location, analysts say, with factors such as a consumer's purchasing history enhancing any campaign. "We believe that geolocation is a great opportunity, but it's really just a component of personalization. Location is a type of personalization, but it really becomes impactful when combined with other personalization criteria, namely past purchase behavior," said Patrick Moorhead, vice president for mobile at Catalina Marketing, St. Petersburg, Fla. MobileCommerceDaily.com (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Companies in the News 
 
  • Online yoga retailer takes aim at lululemon
    Online-only athletic wear startup Ellie touts less-pricey yoga togs and other gear that's equal in quality to industry leader lululemon. The trick? Keeping design in-house and overhead low by eschewing brick-and-mortar stores, says co-founder Marcus Greinke. Mashable (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amazon faces major challenge in China
    Amazon launched the Kindle Store late last year in China, but customers have to use an iPhone, iPad or Android application to read e-books because the store doesn't sell Kindle devices. The situation illustrates a bigger challenge for the e-commerce giant in China, where online retail growth is skyrocketing and Amazon has invested heavily, but where Alibaba Group Holding dominates, with 76% of the market. Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Louis Vuitton handbags join Twitter, start flirting
    Louis Vuitton is seeking to humanize its handbags and men's accessories by having them post love poems to one another on Twitter. "Louis Vuitton is being inventive and creative by essentially giving their handbags a personality," Social Muse Communications CEO Christine Kirk said. Luxury Daily (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  Interactive Advertising 
 
  • Facebook is expected to buy Microsoft's Atlas ad business
    Facebook is reportedly poised to snap up Microsoft's Atlas ad-serving platform for less than $100 million. That would bring Facebook closer to end-to-end control of its ad business and would facilitate its progress toward running a third-party, whole-Web ad network. "Essentially, Facebook is looking to build a full array of digital-advertising technologies to rival Google," writes Jason Del Rey. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/7), CNET (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Retailer's Guide to 'Demand-Driven' (+Gartner Research)
Consumers today have access to endless input and decide in moments. Discover how the demand-driven supply chain responds quickly to changing consumer preferences and supports demand shaping, while pre-emptively positioning inventory. This has far-reaching impacts on the enterprise and supplier community, not to mention the top and bottom line.

  Legislative & Regulatory 
 
  • Amazon may strike a sales tax deal in Ga.
    Amazon is reportedly in talks with Georgia taxing officials to craft a deal that would bring an Amazon fulfillment center to the state and set a date for the retailer to start collecting sales tax under a state law that took effect Jan. 1. "I'm very comfortable saying Amazon will build a distribution center in Georgia," Georgia Retail Association CEO Rick McAllister said. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  Shop.org Spotlight 
  • Shop.org regional dinners coming to a city near you
    Sign up now to enjoy dinner on us and network with multichannel retailers interested in talking all things e-commerce. Shop.org's regional dinners head to the West Coast this month, with stops in Seattle on Feb. 20 and Palm Desert, Calif., on Feb. 25. Space is limited for this popular series so reserve your seat at the table today. View the schedule or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • How Amazon, Nordstrom and Wal-Mart lead the pack in digital retail
    ShopRunner Chief Strategy Officer Fiona Dias has been involved in and observing retail's evolution from senior leadership vantage points, ranging from GSI Commerce to Circuit City. At Shop.org's First Look at Retail's BIG Show last month, Dias boiled down how these companies are innovating in four key areas: leadership, perseverance, product and customer experience. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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