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December 13, 2012
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  • Many online retailers prepare to end holiday shipping deals Monday
    Almost 46% of online retailers will end their holiday standard shipping deals Monday as Christmas draws near, but 85.7% will offer express two-day shipping until Dec. 21, according to a survey of 40 retailers. "For some procrastinators, express and standard free shipping offers could be the deciding factor in whether or not they purchase something," said executive director Vicki Cantrell. Internet Retailer (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What's new about same-day delivery?
    In-store pickup of online orders has been around since Circuit City started it in 1999, and florists mastered same-day delivery even before that, but only recently have the two features begun to transform the way consumers shop, writes executive director Vicki Cantrell. Retailers from Toys R Us to Office Depot are adding same-day delivery and pickup offers, which require the right infrastructure, robust data and store associates ready to support the services. Blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online retail sales see steady double-digit growth
    Online retail sales are up almost 13% so far this holiday season, hitting $29.26 billion between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10, a day also dubbed "Green Monday," according to comScore. "What we've seen over the past few years is a tendency for heavy spending to continue late into the week of Green Monday and right up until Free Shipping Day, which this year falls on Dec. 17," said chairman Gian Fulgoni. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Maluuba debuts updated Android app to rival Siri
    An updated version of Maluuba's Siri-like mobile application for Android users has teamed with Wal-Mart and Best Buy to offer expanded shopping options. Users seeking specific product information will also have access to results from several other retailers, including Amazon, IKEA and Zappos. TechCrunch (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amazon rolls out social gift-suggestion app
    Amazon has debuted Friends & Family Gifting, a Facebook application that makes gift suggestions based on information shared on the social network. The app is similar to ones launched by Wal-Mart Stores and CafePress, but it goes a step further by tying information to Amazon wish lists. Internet Retailer (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How Tmall is taking the lead in China
    Alibaba's 5-year-old online marketplace Tmall is proving popular with the fast-growing legion of online shopping fans in China. The site has already grown larger than eBay and is expected to hit $100 billion in sales by 2016, eclipsing Amazon's projected $94 billion in sales, according to research firm Euromonitor International. CNBC (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mobile, Web channels to play big role in final holiday shopping push
    The average U.S. shopper has crossed off 56% of the items on their holiday gift lists, according to NRF’s latest holiday survey, but just one in 10 have completely finished shopping. More Americans will go digital over the next week and a half to wrap up their purchases, with 60% of those who own tablets utilizing their device to browse, compare prices and purchase products, and another 51% will use a smartphone in a similar fashion. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SmartStat: Dec. 13, 2012
    More than half of Americans will shop online for gifts this holiday season, up from 46% last year and a record for the survey. Source: NRF survey conducted by BIGinsight. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10 tips to drive more revenue through paid search
    Paid search for retailers is a complex process, requiring a deep understanding of not only consumer behavior but also managing the different aspects of product categories and leveraging promotions in real-time. In a new white paper in the library, adlucent breaks down metrics, search engine offerings, the development of a mobile strategy and much more for retailers to make the most of paid search operations. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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