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March 4, 2013
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Free White Paper: Ecommerce and Sales Tax Legislation
The definition of "nexus" between states is confusing & ecommerce retailers often assume they don't have to collect and remit sales tax unless they have a physical presence. This unwittingly increases the risk of tax audits and associated penalties. In our new whitepaper, we will show how your business will be affected by new sales tax legislation and what you can do to be ready. Read it now!
  Online Retail Trends 
  • Tesco to launch e-book, music sites
    Tesco has hired former executives from Facebook and EMI to launch e-book and music e-commerce sites to operate alongside Blinkbox, the movie site the retailer acquired in 2011 in an effort to compete with Amazon. "I don’t think you compete head on against Amazon. I think you compete around Amazon and leverage the strengths you have," said Blinkbox founder and CEO Michael Comish. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Secret menu items drive online chatter for quickservice chains
    Secret menu items at quickservice chains help make in-the-know customers feel special and make it more likely those fans will take pictures of their food to post on social media, writes Chris Morran. The hunt for those special items can also get fans talking about their experiences looking for secret dishes, he adds. The Consumerist (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  New Media & Technology 
 
  • Gartner: Mobile-app business sees continued growth
    The mobile-application business is expected to achieve revenues of $25 billion in 2013, a 62% increase compared with last year, Gartner says. The industry has changed in recent years as online app markets have tightened their rules to prevent scams, although developers are still trying to figure out the most profitable models to pursue. The Wall Street Journal (3/3) 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.

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Top five news stories selected by Shop.org SmartBrief readers in the past week.

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  Companies in the News 
 
  • Amazon adds TV spots to show off new styles
    Amazon has launched its first-ever TV commercials to promote the online retailer's fashion offerings. "Because we know our customers are everywhere, consuming media across the board — online, media, print, TV or even two or three at once — we want to be where they are," said Amazon Fashion president Cathy Beaudoin. Women's Wear Daily (free content) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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.

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Whitepaper: SDN: How do you get there from here?
Are the growing data needs of mobile, cloud, big data and social threatening today's enterprise networks? Scalable processes, a phased integration approach and the appetite to optimize over time are key components of a modern network. It's how agile organizations prepare for the data needs of tomorrow.
Explore the whitepaper to start down the path toward SDN.

  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • Minn. merchants push for collection of online sales tax
    Minnesota auto-parts retailer Larry Lucast blames tax-free online shopping for an increase in showrooming, which ultimately drove him to close his doors last month. Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing that online retailers be required to collect sales tax, and state officials are joining a growing roster of retailers, including Amazon, that support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Shop.org Spotlight 
  • Online Merchandising Workshop: Call for speakers ends March 15
    From optimizing website design to improving the customer experience, the Shop.org Online Merchandising Workshop, July 15 to 17 in Huntington Beach, Calif., is known for providing actionable takeaways for digital retailers. Send in fresh ideas for session content and you could be the next to share your industry insights and successes with your peers. Proposals accepted through March 15. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • The Walgreens path to omnichannel success
    From redesigned flagship stores to enhanced fulfillment options such as same-day delivery, Walgreens has diligently repositioned the 112-year-old company to be a model 21st-century retailer. During Retail’s BIG Show, Walgreens' vice president of e-commerce shared a glimpse of the company’s omnichannel evolution and how investments both online and offline have helped meet the demands of the digital age. Read more. Shop.org Blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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