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Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax Nationwide on April 1
March 28, 2017 at 10:40 am announced it will begin collecting sales taxes from all states with a sales tax as of April 1, 2017. After years of fighting the imposition of sales tax on a state-by-state basis — from court battles to corporate exemptions — Amazon has been pursuing a different tack of late. The online retailer has been adding, not fighting,…

Coach to Acquire Kate Spade, Reports Say
March 28, 2017 at 9:50 am

According to sources inside both companies, Coach’s acquisition of Kate Spade may be announced in a matter of weeks, if not days. The price of acquisition is not yet known, although analysts suggest it could be north of $2 billion. In a March 2017 report, Cowen & Company said that there was an 80 percent chance…

LuLaRoe Subject of Sales Tax Lawsuit
March 28, 2017 at 11:12 am

Popular online fashion company LuLaRoe says it has fixed the problem that led to a class-action fraud lawsuit and issued refunds, but plaintiffs attorneys object to the company's actions and are moving forward with the case. Rachael Webster filed her complaint Feb. 17 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleging LuLaRoe…

Harry's Founders on Disrupting the Razor Industry
March 28, 2017 at 11:22 am

Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeff Raider founded Harry's Shave Club after too many frustrating experiences buying razors. The co-founders and co-CEOs sat down with Total Retail's Joe Keenan at Shoptalk in Las Vegas last week to discuss the startup brand's growth strategy, expansion into brick-and-mortar, and where they see the retail industry heading in the future.

Third-Party Services: The Ultimate E-Commerce Friend or Foe?
March 28, 2017 at 9:24 am

External third-party services can be a tremendous asset for online retailers. They allow sites to quickly and easily incorporate critical core functionalities — e.g., reviews, payments, site search, analytics — as well as “nice to haves” that help sites stand out — e.g., A/B testing, social plug-ins, product tours. Brands can implement these functionalities with…

A Look Into the Future
March 28, 2017 at 11:22 am

To help you prepare for what figures to be another volatile year, Total Retail sent its editorial advisory board a series of questions about what they expect to be the biggest trends, technologies and disruptors that will impact retail businesses in 2017. In addition, our board members offer their advice on how to make 2017…

GameStop to Shut Down 150 Stores
March 27, 2017 at 12:21 pm

GameStop is the latest retailer to announce that it will be closing stores this year. USA Today reports the video game retailer had a drop in fourth-quarter sales and announced plans to close at least 150 of its 7,500 stores worldwide. GameStop reported a 13.6 drop in global sales year-over-year. The company cites its recent…

Amazon Looking Into More Brick-and-Mortar Retail Concepts
March 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm

E-commerce goliath is looking to expand its footprint in brick-and-mortar retail, according to reports. Featured products in the possible new locations would consist of groceries and appliances, items that, traditionally, have a hard time selling online. This is another move on Amazon's part to start to grow within the grocery vertical. Within its expansion strategy,…

The Black Tux to Open Showrooms in 6 Nordstrom Locations
March 27, 2017 at 11:57 am

Nordstrom is unveiling showrooms for the tux rental startup The Black Tux in six stores over the next six weeks, starting with its Mission Viejo, Calif. location. The partnership could expand more widely if the initial rollout goes well. None of the Nordstrom stores are located in cities where The Black Tux has, or has immediate…