Wal-Mart's $3B purchase of Jet.com seems like a pretty good deal for a fledgling startup that prompted premature obituaries as recently as seven months ago. Jet started with grand ambitions, hoping to usurp - or come very close to competing with - Amazon, but started to fade as Amazon users proved more loyal than strong discounts could sway. The company launched with steep discounts and a $50 fee, the fee was waived to drive growth. Much like many startups, the company - which has raised $570M - has been losing money, and Jet.com's one-year anniversary (late July) brought many somber think pieces about its uncertain future.
Berkley Bowen, CEO of Cue Connect, talks about the importance of social sharing and 'wishlists' for online retail marketing, and avoiding multitudes of meaningless messages
PayPal, Google Wallet, and Apple Pay will vie against a known quantity as Amazon offers its payment system to other merchants.
Sprint wireless users will be the first Amazon Prime members able to take part in the program though their wireless carriers on a monthly basis.
On Friday the state will order remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax. Catalogers want to mount a legal challenge.
Walmart Pay marks the retailer's exit from the Merchant Customer Exchange consortium that includes Target, Best Buy, and CVS.
Forcing Internet sellers to collect local taxes is "misguided and destructive," say Marco Rubio and three others in a letter to leadership.
The most highly capitalized Web startup in memory just became more so as it steers a re-engineered business plan into the holidays.
They're willing to part with data for deals, even though their budgets are higher this year, according to Accenture.
It applies for a flight exemption from the FAA, intending to use drones to monitor its distribution network as well as to deliver packages.
A new study shows that the number of items a consumer purchases in his first visit to an e-tailer is telling of his future buying behavior.
A study finds that 44% of consumers bypass all other sites and head directly for Amazon when searching for products.
Third-party sellers "same store sales" increased 30% on Amazon, a four-point rise over June. Sales on eBay and other online marketplaces declined.
Not all social mentions were kind to Amazon, but mentions were up 50% and sales increased 80%. Most of all, Jeff Bezos and company got the jump on the competition.
Buy buttons blooming on Instagram and Pinterest will have an immediate impact on purchase volume, says a British researcher.
The remote sales tax bill introduced this week by Rep. Jason Chaffetz would handicap Web retailers and catalogers, says an industry coalition.
More data, more tools, and more opportunity for marketers in retail. Here's a quick breakdown of eTail's latest report on digital marketing trends.
Willingness to pay for it could be the reason. Price is number four on their list of considerations, says a study.
Real Food retailer Cultures for Health uses targeted email to reclaim revenue from abandoned online shopping carts and site visits.
Both Walmart and Toys R Us dropped prices after Black Friday and raised them after Super Saturday. But Amazon held steady throughout.
Tiffany, Hot Topic, and Macy's follow close behind for social marketing skills. Needing more polish are 7-Eleven, Guess, AutoZone, and Coach.
Average order sizes fell 3.5% on the biggest day of the year for Web sellers, but legions of consumers willing to buy via mobile sent total sales up nearly 9%.
Shoppers are using deals and digital methods to buy more items, according to IBM's Digital Benchmark, and they're largely relying on desktops to do it.
Shoppers aren't spending more on the Web, but a bigger base of digital shoppers—especially via mobile—posted a 17% increase in online sales over the weekend.
Consumers will take greater advantage of digital deals, while retailers will see more click-throughs thanks to improved application of data analytics.
The senator from Texas charges they would penalize catalogers and Internet retailers to support big brick-and-mortar retailers.
Santa's not the only one making holiday lists for young folks. Accenture is, too, and here's its handicapping of millennial shopping for Thanksgiving and the day after.
Though they lack confidence in their mobile strategies and apps, retailers list mobile commerce ninth on their Christmas to-do lists, an eBay study reports.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others side with the Direct Marketing Association in its tax jurisdiction case against Colorado.
The nation's highest court will weigh in on whether or not marketers have the right to appeal state tax regulations in federal courts.
Optimove, a retention marketing company focused on the gaming industry, announces a version of its software aimed at e-commerce companies.
Durbin and Enzi attach MFA to Internet Tax Freedom Act; Majority Leader Reid could introduce the combined bill on the Senate floor next week.
A new tool aims to combine personalized content and online shopping into a visually appealing package that focuses on experience over mere transaction.
Get a load of this—or not, as the case may be. A new study finds that the average load time for the top 100 e-com sites is nearly double what Google recommends.
Remote sellers' hopes for paying a single tax rate based on their business locations may have been dashed in a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Working with partners, IBM expects to deliver 150 digital marketing solutions that aim to accelerate campaign deployment and maximize ROI.
The eyeglass seller's director of online experience, Tim Riley, talks about the company's explosive growth.
General merchandise site Fuugo consummated more than a third of its sales in Australia and Scandinavia last year.
Websites' bells are ringing because in-store registers aren't; half of shoppers plan to wrap up holiday shopping online.
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