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Australia Post is putting 500 parcel lockers in Woolworths stores

Australia Post has signed a deal with Woolworths to install its 24/7 parcel lockers in more than half its stores across Australia as the retailer continues to focus on becoming an e-tailing hub. The free Parcel Lockers will be installed in 500 Woolies stores over the next five years, starting […]
Australia Post is putting 500 parcel lockers in Woolworths stores
Tech

Here’s what happened in e-commerce this week

Here's what happened in e-commerce this week: Luxury retail is increasing its online presence in China -- Facebook adds shopping assistants to Messenger -- Prime Day plays into Amazon's long-term plan
Here’s what happened in e-commerce this week
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Major Online Retailers Say The Power Of Email Is Dying

Email is losing its power as a marketing tool for online retailers, according to senior-level executives at Gilt Groupe and Rent The Runway. Fewer consumers are opening promotional emails, especially since Gmail added a new setting in August that automatically archives promotional messages into a tab separate from users’ inboxes, […]
Major Online Retailers Say The Power Of Email Is Dying
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Revealing The Latest Retail Strategies For Today’s Consumers

This post is sponsored by SPS Commerce. Usually, when you buy something online, you read a brief description, look at a few images on-screen, and then use your imagination to fill in other details. You’re still left to wonder, though: How will that shirt fit? Just how white is “stone,” […]
Revealing The Latest Retail Strategies For Today’s Consumers
Markets

Online Consignment Shops Aren’t As Lucrative As They Are Convenient

[credit provider=”Flickr/Lorena Cupcake” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/julietbanana/4733238698/”] As consumers clean out their closets in the New Year—and perhaps try to determine what to do with ill-fitting clothing given by well-intentioned relatives—they can look to a growing number of online consignment shops that cater to fashion niches and offer more convenience than traditional brick-and-mortar […]
Online Consignment Shops Aren’t As Lucrative As They Are Convenient
Lifestyle

Most Buyers Don’t Have A Clue How To Buy A Car In The Internet Age

[credit provider=”Edmunds” url=”http://www.edmunds.com/”] It’s nearly two decades into the age of Internet car shopping, but despite the information explosion, most buyers don’t have a clue.In fact, at least one shopping expert argues, neither do some of the online services that a lot of people count on to guide them toward […]
Most Buyers Don’t Have A Clue How To Buy A Car In The Internet Age
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These Are America’s Worst Online Retailers

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=online%20shopping&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1317407206&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=d94a2685afb94cefbc88df66f6d5e2b6&dbm=PY2009&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] As a larger and larger portion of retail sales in the U.S. move online, customer service has become essential to e-commerce businesses that want to attract shoppers and keep them.E-commerce also has become critical to the profits of brick-and-mortar operations like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Best Buy Co. […]
These Are America’s Worst Online Retailers
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This Long Winter Will Separate The Smart Retailers From The Dumb

[credit provider=”AP Photo/Mel Evans” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=mfe&kw=NOT%20%22correction%22&id=648275&showact=results&sort=creationdatelower%3Areversealphabetical&cfas=SOURCE%2CTITLE&sh=10&dteaf=11%2F6%2F2012&kwstyle=or&adte=1352337180&moid=150109&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&SOURCE=AP&TITLE=%22Superstorm%20Noreaster%22&rids=faf92b2d8d4040a6bf372f4245759aaa&dbm=PThirtyDay&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] This has been an exceedingly grinchy holiday season thus far for retailers.  Despite expert predictions that total “holiday sales will be up 4.1%,” numbers out of the gate have been, thus far, exceptionally dim.Despite claims that this year’s sales would save retailers from what’s been […]
This Long Winter Will Separate The Smart Retailers From The Dumb
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New York Times Column Blasts Online Shopping For Destroying Gift-Giving

[credit provider=”Imgur/Reddit” url=”http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/14gas3/my_brother_got_the_399_gift_wrap_option_on_amazon/”] Author Delia Ephron has written an interesting column at The New York Times entitled “The Hell of Online Shopping.”In it, she relates a personal story in which she had a bad experience with J. Crew — the items weren’t wrapped as ordered, they were shipped to the wrong […]
New York Times Column Blasts Online Shopping For Destroying Gift-Giving
Markets

12 Reasons Christmas Is The Scammiest Time Of Year

[credit provider=”Flickr via perry-pics” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/perry-pics/5251240991/in/photostream/”] By Jill KrasnyAs more consumers pick up their smartphone and tablet to go holiday shopping, cyber crooks will try just about anything to dupe them out of their hard-earned money.
12 Reasons Christmas Is The Scammiest Time Of Year
Markets

20 Excellent Places You Can Still Find Holiday Deals Online

[credit provider=”Zara Home” url=”http://www.zarahome.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/category/zarahomeus/-15/80279977/371511/Accessories”] Didn’t have the energy to brave the crowds on Black Friday? Forgot to check out the sales on Cyber Monday?Don’t worry about it.
20 Excellent Places You Can Still Find Holiday Deals Online
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JCPenney Plans To Replace Cash Registers With Coffee And Juice Bars

[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider” url=”http://www.businessinsider.com.au/author/daniel-goodman”] JCPenney can offer shoppers something no online retailer can: food and drinks to enjoy while they spend money.CEO Ron Johnson said the retailer was planning on replacing traditional cash registers with coffee and juice bars, reports Sapna Maheshwari at Bloomberg News. A prototype […]
JCPenney Plans To Replace Cash Registers With Coffee And Juice Bars
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8 Ways To Engage Shoppers From Mobile To Aisle

[credit provider=”By antwerpenR on Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwp-roger/3155147413/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Many retailers seem to believe that the rise of “showrooming” — when consumers use a brick-and-mortar store to evaluate merchandise, but actually complete their purchases online at the lowest available price — represents a serious threat to their business.They may be right — especially […]
8 Ways To Engage Shoppers From Mobile To Aisle
Lifestyle

Why Guys Should Avoid Buying All Of Their Clothing Online

[credit provider=”Instagram/thecoopp” url=”http://statigr.am/p/325941627962991834_11284040″] In a recent article, I wrote about the rise of menswear, and attributed this greatly to the popularity of online retailer sites, specifically Gilt.com, Mr. Porter, and Park & Bond (a Gilt affiliate).I still strongly believe that. Privacy is a big part of a man’s life—as most girlfriends […]
Why Guys Should Avoid Buying All Of Their Clothing Online
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Retailers Are Letting Shoppers Virtually Measure Their Sizes Online

[credit provider=”Keith Williamson” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/elwillo/4789344613/”] Online clothes shoppers will be told exactly what size is best for them using new software which combines with their webcam or smart phone to form a “3D tape measure”.Scientists from Surrey University and design experts from the London College of Fashion are developing a programme […]
Retailers Are Letting Shoppers Virtually Measure Their Sizes Online