Amazon's mobile wallet finds a quick end after only 6 months

The company Tuesday sent Amazon Wallet users an email that said the beta program for the mobile wallet had concluded and that the app would no longer be available for new downloads.

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Five things to look for next week at NRF

The BIG Show is bigger than ever, so where do you begin? Start with our checklist of five things to look for at retail's biggest gathering.

The basics of bitcoin for retail

E-commerce and brick-and-mortar retailers targeting millennials and other tech-savvy consumers should give serious consideration to accepting the virtual currency.

Survey names 'naughty,' 'nice' online retailers when it comes to security

Criteria for judgment included password requirements, personal information requested and how much effort they put into helping their customers follow good security practices.

Webinar spells out five big mistakes retailers are making with mobile this year

As the holiday shopping season really gets underway, retailers need to make their online shopping experiences as frictionless as possible. This presentation explores some ways they can.

Retail in 2015: The age of uncertainty

Results of a new survey show a disconnect between what customers say they want, and what retailers think they want.

Macy's omnichannel strategy: Moving engagement as well as sweaters

Do bricks and mortar cost more than bytes and channels? For Macy's, the question may not matter as much as whether the two investments, combined, sell more sweaters, suits and shoes.

Seven disruptive trends that will kill the 'dinosaurs of retail'

Retail evolution is speeding up, and it waits for no one.

Why the Alibaba IPO is a golden opportunity for online retailers

For online retailers, Alibaba’s enormity is a good illustration of the vast size and opportunity presented by Chinese e-commerce, which has recently been deemed the biggest e-commerce market in the world.

Is the Amazon Fire phone the ultimate showrooming machine?

Amazon's first smartphone combines visual product recognition with one-click shopping from the online giant's inventory. Should other retailers be scared?

An in-depth look at Apple Pay, and what it means for retailers

Apple introduces mobile wallet capabilities that combine NFC, Passbook and Touch ID. The company has support from banks, major card issuers and retailers.

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Amazon to make original movies for theatrical release

The endeavor will be led by Ted Hope, who co-founded the production company Good Machine, which created films such as "Eat Drink Man Woman" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

December shopping activity up from November, but down from last year

Although traffic dropped year-over-year as the shift toward online shopping accelerated, it was buoyed by a highly promotional month.

Grid Dynamics offers intelligent search for e-commerce

The company said its Sercato tool delivers more precise results by recognizing and reporting the concepts included in search phrases rather than just lists of words and phrases.

SCORE research says most smaller e-commerce sites have no call to action

SCORE, which has provided mentoring services to small businesses since 1964, has gathered statistics concerning how much online activity consumers engage in prior to a purchase and how well small businesses' websites are rising to the challenge of fulfilling these consumers' needs for information.

Second consecutive week sees $5B weekdays of online desktop spending

The online desktop spending season-to-date remains up 15 percent, still ahead of forecast.

Study says more people buying beauty and personal care products online

The research found that Beauty and Personal Care, an industry traditionally rooted in the ability to touch, smell, sample and experiment with products in stores, is being played by a new set of rules.

Survey says online shoppers lack trust in credit cards

Connexity's Bizrate Insights finds U.S. shoppers most trust their personal bank, PayPal and Amazon.

Luxury brand Sabon boosts e-commerce holiday sales by 35 percent via personalization

Sabon said it saw dramatic improvements across key performance metrics including user engagement, total page views, time spent on site and most importantly, sales.

Three-quarters of all online purchases made within the first 60 minutes

Within the first minute of an online shopping session, brands lose 30 percent of their site visitors.

Report says mobile shoppers prefer Sundays

In the U.S., Amazon is the most popular shopping destination for mobile users, with a 36.3-percent market share of traffic; eBay comes in second with 16 percent, followed by Craigslist with 11.5 percent.

Reflektion launches visual site search for online retailers

The solution is generating an average of 315 percent more revenue per search term compared to standard site search.

Amazon adds 'make an offer' feature to its marketplace

Amazon has added a feature to its third-party marketplace that calls to mind the spirit of weekend yard-sale trips: haggling.

MTA pilots digital signage shopping on Amazon in NYC subways

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, New York City MTA's "On the Go" digital signage information kiosks will showcase transactional Amazon.com ads to subway riders

Twitter set to test card-linked offers

Social network also is still testing a Buy button as it enhances position as an e-commerce portal.

Survey: Online shoppers have become deal-hungry

Eighty-one percent of survey respondents said the accessibility of discount, deal and coupon sites have affected their willingness to pay full price. In fact, 35 percent said they never pay full price for items online.

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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.