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Etsy has unveiled a new plan to offer free shipping across its site

Etsy announced on Tuesday a new initiative to encourage its sellers to offer free shipping on orders over $US35. The cost of shipping would be baked into the purchase price. Sellers would be rewarded with enhanced visibility in customer search. CEO Josh Silverman said that free shipping is now “table […]
Etsy has unveiled a new plan to offer free shipping across its site
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‘What is Google Express?’: A guide to Google’s online shopping service

Google Express is an online shopping site with a selection similar to Amazon, but the shopping experience is more akin to searching with Google than browsing on Amazon. There’s no subscription or membership fee, and most orders over about $US15 can include free delivery. Most Google Express items are delivered […]
‘What is Google Express?’: A guide to Google’s online shopping service
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Amazon tops Wall Street’s holiday expectations, but offers weak sales guidance

Amazon beat Wall Street’s expectations with its fourth-quarter results. But the company said its first-quarter sales won’t match analysts’ forecasts. Amazon’s results were boosted by its cloud-computing business. Amazon’s holiday results topped Wall Street’s heady expectations, but the Seattle company warned that it might not do the same in the […]
Amazon tops Wall Street’s holiday expectations, but offers weak sales guidance
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Free returns are the new consumer expectation that’s gutting retailers

Retailers are in a “race to the bottom” when it comes to free returns, a retail expert told Business Insider. Customers are expecting free returns when they order online, but that’s costly for retailers themselves. As a result, many are consulting with third-party “reverse logistics” firms on how to keep […]
Free returns are the new consumer expectation that’s gutting retailers
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There’s still only one real reason why people pay for Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime members still overwhelmingly cite free two-day shipping as the most important perk of the membership, according to a new survey by The Diffusion Group. 79% of the Prime members who were surveyed cited the perk as most important. The second-highest was Prime Video, with 11% saying it’s the […]
There’s still only one real reason why people pay for Amazon Prime
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Target just signalled how it plans to compete with Amazon Prime

Target is rolling out free two-day shipping for the first time ever. The perk is available for orders of $US35 and over. All orders placed by holders of Target‘s in-house credit and debit cards, known as the Redcard, now have free two-day shipping without an order minimum. It’s a direct […]
Target just signalled how it plans to compete with Amazon Prime