Amazon sneakily introduces barebones mobile wallet app

Amazon Wallet appeared on the Amazon Appstore and Google Play store late last week, but a number of Android fan blogs are just noticing it exists. Amazon's new app, which is a beta version, does not support mobile payments, but...

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Amazon's Fire Phone: Will it succeed?

The sprawling online retailer has finally unveiled its smartphone. But is the company too late to a game that is well underway?

Big data, value pricing and fairness

Value pricing has long recognized that products and services have different utilities and, consequently, different values for customers.

Alibaba goes boutique: What we can learn from 11Main

Although most retailers don’t have the resources of an Alibaba-sized parent company, we can use key insights from Alibaba’s newest venture to aid our own strategies.

Amazon teases 'amazing' new device coming later this month

Amazon has uploaded a brief video, showing the reactions of various consumers to a new mystery product.

The one thing about Big Data that retailers aren't talking about enough

The collection of consumer data is not just transactional – there is an emotional component that is being ignored.

How data design can take the pain out of purchases

Owning new things is supposed to give us pleasure, but the process of acquiring them can come with pressure.

Is Olapic a vision for the future of multi-channel retailing?

Retailers can now create "look books" from consumer photos in real time.

Retailers launch comprehensive cyber intelligence sharing center

The R-CISC is an independent organization, the centerpiece of which is a Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Retail-ISAC).

Learning from Heartbleed: 5 ways online retailers can stay safe and ready

Even with protections in place for standard security events, online retailers must understand that Heartbleed was truly an acute event.

How new top-level domains will impact retail

The Internet will be facing its biggest makeover yet as branded domain names like .nyc, .shop and .tiffany enter the fray.

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Canadian shopping site SHOP.CA launches mobile app

SHOP.CA, a site offering daily sales events for Canadian shoppers, has announced its first mobile app for iPhone and Android devices. According to the company, the new app will feature the same exclusive daily sales on products from 27 categories...

Retail websites are loading 49 percent slower than last year

Software firm Radware has announced the release of its latest quarterly study titled "State of the Union: Ecommerce Page Speed & Web Performance, Summer 2014." According to the company, of the top 100 retail websites, the median page has grown...

Facebook is testing a "buy" button

Facebook announced in a blog post this week that it is testing "a new feature to help businesses drive sales through Facebook in News Feed and on Pages." In other words, the social networking giant is adding a "buy" button....

NRF applauds introduction of the Marketplace and Internet Tax Freedom Act

The National Retail Federation has issued a statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the introduction of The Marketplace and Internet Tax Freedom Act, which was introduced by Senators Michael Enzi, Richard Durbin, Lamar Alexander, Heidi Heitkamp, Susan Collins and Mark Pryor.

Steve Madden selects Certona for e-commerce

Certona, a provider of real-time omnichannel personalization, has announced that it was selected by Steve Madden, a leading designer and marketer of fashion footwear and accessories for women, men and children, to deliver integrated, hyper-personalized experiences to its customers as...

World Cup has led to a 280 percent increase in soccer-related online shopping in the US

The 2014 World Cup appears to have kicked up more than a sea of Tim Howard fans in the United States.

Woot founder launches new daily deal site Meh

In 2004, Matt Rutledge and his colleagues launched the pioneering retail site Woot.com, the first "daily deal" site — only one product was available every day, and when inventory was gone, it was gone. Shoppers would then have to wait until midnight to see what the next day's offering was.

Report says most retailers lag Amazon in strategic use of analytics

The retail industry is rich in data, yet retailers struggle to derive significant value from their analytics investments, according to a new research report from EKN Research. Results show that while 4 in 5 retailers use enterprise-grade analytics, they cite analytics interpretation as their biggest challenge.

Amazon merchants get a new loyalty option

Software firm Clutch has announced a new loyalty solution for Amazon Webstore merchants. Through the solution, Amazon Webstore merchants can use the Clutch Customer Success (CS) platform to issue customer loyalty program rewards and enable rewards redemption during checkout. According...

Sears, Kmart announce cross-store pickup

Sears and Kmart have announced an online/in-store collaboration to allow pickup of sears.com or kmart.com orders at any of each other's stores.

Mobile site redirects add 8 seconds to page loads for online retailers

Severe inefficiencies in how some of the top e-retailers' sites load on a mobile device add more than 8 seconds to the page load process, according to new data analysis from Yottaa. In its ongoing study of the top 500...

For the first time, Amazon is in the Top 10 largest retailers

For the first time since STORES Media began reporting on the Top 100 largest retailers in America, Amazon.com has joined the ranks of the 10 largest companies, rising to No. 9 from 11 last year.

Kroger buying healthy living e-tailer Vitacost.com

The Kroger Co. and Vitacost.com, an online retailer of healthy living products, have announced a definitive merger agreement under which Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of Vitacost.com for $8.00 per share in cash, or approximately $280 million. According to...

Overstock.com offering free Club O memberships to first responders

Overstock.com, Inc. announced that it now offers free Club O loyalty program memberships to active police officers, full-time firefighters, paramedics and certified emergency medical technicians.  According to the company, Club O members receive free shipping and Club O Rewards equal to at least 5 percent of all purchases.

Retailers still far from 'omni-channel maturity'

Retailers have barely reached the halfway mark in their journey to omni-channel maturity, according to the results of a new report from Starmount and Retail Systems Research.

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The Internet boom changed the way people shop, and today it is rare to find a retailer that does not have an online presence of some sort. But online sales are very different from real-world sales — and making sure the experience is consistent with in-store is crucial.