Why the Alibaba IPO is a golden opportunity for online retailers

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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.

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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.

#CONNECTsummit14: Jack Philbin on mobile marketing best practices

During this year's CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit, Vibes CEO Jack Philbin led the opening panel on the future of mobile and what it means for retail.

Seven critical questions required for business decision precision

Today's retail stakes are too high for "lies, damned lies, and statistics."

Embracing big data, technology and omni-channel operations to enhance the customer experience

The retail world today is epitomized by near-global access to the Internet and speedy adoption rates of smartphones.

Four considerations for providing the best mobile customer experience

Is it harder to deliver a positive customer experience via mobile platforms? Forty percent of e-commerce executives say yes.

Winning the online retail war with merchandising

Online merchandising is still evolving, and many e-retailers are overlooking invaluable tactics.

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.

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Feedvisor launches repricing dashboard for online retailers

According to the company, the Revenue Intelligence Dashboard utilizes self-learning algorithms to present the seller with in-depth business information and adaptive alerts, enabling smarter decision making and optimized business operations.

E-receipt analytics app Slice opens its API

Slice, which offers an eponymous shopping app that extracts and organizes online shopping data from e-receipts, announced it has opened its API to web publishers.

More than 60 percent of consumers are increasing their online shopping activity

The SmartFocus survey also reveals a significant age-related gap in digital shopping preferences. Nearly half of all millennials spend more time shopping online than in stores while only 27 percent of baby boomers prefer to shop online.

Foot Locker adding same-day delivery

Shoppers can select same-day or next-day delivery for $5. Customers will also have the option of shopping in the Foot Locker store and having their items delivered to a local destination of their choice.

Twitter adding a 'Buy' button

The initial partnership consists of deals with Burberry, DonorsChoose and GLAAD, and also with a variety of big names in entertainment, including Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato, Eminem, Pharrell, Paramore, Ryan Adams, Soundgarden and others.

IBM unveils back-to-school online shopping numbers

Overall, U.S. retail online sales for August were up more than 11 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Target also adding shopping via Instagram

Just days after Nordstrom announced that it was partnering with Curalate to allow its customers to shop via the social network Instagram, Target announced that it too is adding the social shopping service.

Home Depot names new CEO, continues shift to e-commerce

Home Depot Inc. recently named longtime company executive Craig Menear as its new CEO, effective Nov. 1, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Nordstrom adds Instagram shopping

Nordstrom Inc. announced that it is partnering with Curalate as the first company to launch Like2Buy, a platform that it says will enable a more seamless shopping experience for its customers through Instagram.

Amazon acquiring streaming service Twitch

In July, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, including individual gamers, pro players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and e-sports organizations.

Companies partner to expand WordPress e-commerce capabilities

WooThemes and 2Checkout collaborate to offer online payment technology in nearly 200 countries to accept payments in 26 currencies.

Diane von Furstenberg testing 'clickable/actionable' videos on Facebook

The shopping-via-video experience allows customers to make a purchase by clicking on individual items within the video.

ChannelAdvisor publishes new Multichannel E-Commerce Study

Study finds that 90 percent of retailers surveyed are selling on marketplaces, 64 percent are using digital marketing.

Global Payments to offer bitcoin acceptance

Payment solution provider Global Payments Inc. announced that it has signed a referral agreement with BitPay that will allow Global Payments to incorporate cryptocurrency into its product suite and to offer bitcoin payment acceptance to its worldwide merchants.

Amazon expands same-day delivery to six more cities

Amazon.com announced it has expanded Same-Day Delivery with new “Get It Today” capabilities for customers in Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC metro areas, with more than a million eligible items now available for same-day delivery.

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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.