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Trump Again Goes After Amazon on Taxes
August 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

President Trump renewed his attack on Amazon.com Wednesday, tweeting that the e-commerce giant is "doing great damage to tax-paying retailers" and removing jobs in cities. Trump's blistering tweet was issued hours after The Washington Post — the newspaper owned by Amazon chairman Jeff Bezos — ran an editorial with the headline, "Mr. Trump gives comfort to racists." Total…

Target's Small-Format Stores Are Working
August 18, 2017 at 10:37 am

On the company’s second-quarter earnings call, Target Chief Executive Brian Cornell said the retailer would be nearly doubling the number of small-format stores it has this year, with the ultimate goal of having more than 100 open for business over a three-year period. The plan is to have 30 in 2017, said Chief Operating Officer…

2 Reasons Why Retailers Need to Leverage Amazon
August 18, 2017 at 8:49 am

How can small and midsized merchants succeed in an Amazon.com-first world? Wow, I get this question a lot! With Amazon Prime Day having passed and the retail giant putting almost $3 billion in sales on the board, this is definitely a hot topic and one I don’t see going away anytime soon. The answer to…

Scaling on Tmall and Beyond: How Online Retailers and Brands Are Winning in China
August 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

Global e-commerce leaders are winning in China by revisiting their early “hands off” strategies in favor of a more direct approach that includes a growing number of key players. Instead of just prioritizing growing sales, winners are stepping back to focus on profitably scaling online retail operations in China. Via our China E-Commerce online survey…

Smartphone Cameras: Let Your ‘Digital Eyes’ Capture Real-Time Data
August 18, 2017 at 8:40 am

We’re at the point where the majority of consumers have a smartphone with them at all times, meaning they also carry a camera wherever they go. Whenever something noteworthy happens in the world, there's almost always a picture or video available immediately. And with each year that passes, camera technology continues to improve while the…

Home Depot Enjoys Record Profits in Q2
August 17, 2017 at 11:44 am

Home Depot is having a a great year. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the home improvement retailer's sales are up 6.2 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Home Depot's profit for the quarter was $2.7 billion, up from the net earnings of $2.4 billion a year earlier, and the highest quarterly profit the…

Amazon FBA Sellers Can Avoid Paying Back Sales Taxes Starting Today
August 17, 2017 at 11:17 am

Amazon.com sellers owing an estimated $2 billion in uncollected sales taxes are being offered a chance to waive those charges. CNBC reports 13 states have come together to announce a new sales tax amnesty program for online merchants who sell on Amazon and other online sites. Starting August 17, sellers with potential tax liability can…

Retailers Ramp Up Social and Mobile Initiatives to Reach Back-to-School Shoppers
August 17, 2017 at 10:00 am

As the second-largest spending season among consumers — and, at three months, the longest — back-to-school (BTS) brings big opportunities for retailers to connect with shoppers. RetailMeNot recently released a study conducted by Kelton Global that found 85 percent of retail marketers plan to invest more in their BTS marketing in 2017 compared to the…

From ‘Shark Tank’ to Amazon, Spikeball's Inventory Management Strategy Shines
August 17, 2017 at 9:42 am

Appearing on the television show “Shark Tank” can be a dream come true for many startups and SMBs — that is if you have a strong inventory management strategy. With millions of viewers, brands featured on the show run the risk of selling too much product with too little inventory. When Spikeball, a manufacturer, distributor…