Turning ‘Showrooming’ to the Retailer's Advantage
By Janet Valenza
From Retail Online Integration
Janet Valenza   Brick-and-mortar retailers are howling about "showrooming" — i.e., consumers browsing in-store to see, touch and experience products, only to return home to buy those some products online at a cheaper price. But what if retailers could turn showrooming into an advantage?... more »
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Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar for $8.5B
From USA Today
Dollar_Tree_logo   Dollar Tree is buying competitor Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $8.5 billion. The boards of both companies unanimously approved the merger, announced Monday. The transaction is valued at $74.50 a share. Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser called the deal a "transformational opportunity." "This acquisition will extend our reach to lower-income customers and strengthen and diversify our store... more »
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Destination Maternity Drops Bid for British Retailer Mothercare
From The New York Times
mothercare   Destination Maternity, the operator of A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity stores in the United States, approached Mothercare, a British retailer of maternity and children's products, about a takeover this year but was repeatedly rebuffed. Destination Maternity said late Friday it was abandoning those efforts. Destination Maternity had hoped to join a growing number of American companies that have sought to... more »
RadioShack Notified That it's Out of Compliance With NYSE
From Bloomberg
Radio_Shack_logo   RadioShack, the struggling electronics retailer, was notified by the New York Stock Exchange that it's out of compliance with requirements because its stock has traded below $1 for 30 straight days. Under the exchange's rules, RadioShack has six months to get back into compliance by boosting its stock price to at least $1 on the last trading day of the... more »
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Free Report: 5 Global Marketplaces All Brands Must Know
Free Report: 5 Global Marketplaces All Brands Must Know   The global expansion process has changed significantly over the past five years. It's now relatively easy to sell your products in other countries. This Forrester Research report focuses on five of today's leading marketplaces across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Find out what options are available for extending your global footprint. Download this free report today!... more »
Free Report: 39 Reasons the Future of Retail Marketing is Evolving
Free Report: 39 Reasons the Future of Retail Marketing is Evolving   The Forrester Wave: Email Marketing Vendors Q3 2014 report uses 39 different factors to rank and compare best-of-breed platforms for enterprise email marketers. Download this independent research report, courtesy of StrongView, to gain insight into the future of email marketing and learn who has "the most visionary strategy of the evaluation."... more »
USPS Says Click-N-Ship Technical Issues Are Over
From Ecommerce Bytes
USPS Logo   A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service told EcommerceBytes that a database migration on the agency's Click-N-Ship website on July 16 was the cause of technical issues that online sellers experienced, and she extended an apology to customers. The USPS extends a discount to sellers who purchase postage online. So when its Click-N-Ship service went down earlier this month, it... more »
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Amazon Launches a 3-D Printing Store With Customizable Goods
From TechCrunch
Amazon logo   Amazon.com has launched a new store for 3-D-printed goods, which include items that can be customized to change their size, color, material and even aspects of their design. The store covers a range of types of products, including jewelry, electronics, toys and games, home decor, and kitchen supplies, and items are supplied by a number of partners including Mixee, Scupteo... more »
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Williams-Sonoma Streamlines Leadership Team as Part of Growth Strategy
From Retailing Today
Williams-Sonoma logo   As part of its continued growth strategy, Williams-Sonoma made several organizational changes to its management team. Chief Marketing Officer Pat Connolly has been elevated to chief strategy and business development officer. Connolly will work closely with senior management to refine the company's long-term strategy, including the development of new businesses and the evaluation and execution of acquisitions and alliances that can... more »
Free Webinar: 3 Things You Can Still Do to Prepare for Holiday Traffic Spikes
Free Webinar: 3 Things You Can Still Do to Prepare for Holiday Traffic Spikes   Getting ready for holiday traffic spikes can create a lot of stress and anxiety for teams responsible for making sure everything goes perfectly. Luckily there are still three things you can do to prepare — even after code lock. Make sure you're ready for holiday traffic spikes by registering for this free webinar today. ... more »
Free Whitepaper: Tips and Tricks for Saving Money on Shipping
Free Whitepaper: Tips and Tricks for Saving Money on Shipping   Download this whitepaper to gain a clear understanding of the various Priority Mail packaging options available from the U.S. Postal Service, an overview of the different pricing models, and the ways in which Endicia's shipping solutions can help you achieve the greatest possible cost savings for your business.... more »
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