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Amazon Leading All Retailers in Paid Search
December 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Amazon.com is leading the way in consumer electronics (CE) holiday paid search spend, according to a report from search intelligence provider Adthena. Adthena analyzed the search engine marketing activities of 179 CE retailers such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy over a two-month period, October-November 2017. More than 370,000 search ads were analyzed. According…

Amazon Launches Promotional Product Review Video Program
December 1, 2017 at 10:43 am

While currently almost all of Amazon.com product reviews are written by users, the online shopping behemoth is pivoting to video later this month by inviting some of its 2 million merchant partners to post promotional and instructional videos to the site in mid-December, according to a report from business research firm L2. According to the report, “this feature…

Amazon Launches Relay App to Improve Trucker Efficiency
November 20, 2017 at 11:39 am

Amazon.com has quietly launched an app designed to help delivery drivers get in and out of its warehouses faster, according to CNBC. The app, called Relay, debuted late last month and is available on Apple and Android devices. Drivers enter cargo information into the app, allowing them to check in with a QR code and…

Lord & Taylor to Launch Flagship Store on Walmart.com
November 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Lord & Taylor will launch a flagship store on Walmart.com in spring 2018, according to a joint announcement from the retailers yesterday. As part of the agreement, Lord & Taylor will introduce a specialized “flagship store” on Walmart.com, which essentially will be a section on Walmart’s website and an app dedicated to goods sold by…

Amazon to End AmazonFresh Delivery Service in Some Areas
November 3, 2017 at 11:12 am

Amazon.com is ending its Fresh grocery delivery service for select areas, though it will continue to operate in more than a dozen cities. Reuters reports AmazonFresh deliveries will stop for some people after Nov. 30 in suburban Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to messages sent to customers. AmazonFresh started more than a decade ago, but…

Wal-Mart to Host Holiday Parties in its Stores
November 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Wal-Mart is throwing 20,000 parties in its stores across the country in an attempt to attract more holiday shoppers. According to a company press release, the parties will take place on Nov. 4, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and will include 165,000 in-store toy demos, visits from Santa and other activities. The Nov. 4 party will…

Reports: CVS in Talks to Buy Aetna
October 30, 2017 at 10:56 am

CVS Health has proposed to buy health insurer Aetna for $200 a share or more, according to news reports. If the deal goes through,  CVS would become the first healthcare triple threat: a pharmacy, a pharmacy benefit manager and an insurer. The Wall Street Journal first reported the proposed deal. Acquiring Aetna would give CVS…

Nike to Drastically Cut Number of Retail Partners
October 27, 2017 at 11:52 am

Nike CEO Mark Parker said at the annual Investor's Day summit that the company will be favoring a small number of retailers in which its products will be sold. The company currently has 30,000 retail partners, but plans to favor a select few "differentiated retailers" like Nordstrom and Foot Locker — about 40 in all. These…

Stitch Fix Files for IPO
October 20, 2017 at 12:32 pm

Stitch Fix, the online personalized styling service, announced yesterday that it has filed for an initial public offering (IPO). While the company didn't state how much it expects to raise, sources familiar with the situation said the retailer anticipates it will be valued at roughly $3 billion to $4 billion. An IPO filing had been…

Amazon Launches Monthly Prime Student Service
October 11, 2017 at 10:24 am

Amazon.com is attempting to attract more more students into its lucrative Prime loyalty program. The retailer announced a new offer for college students: $5.49 monthly subscription plan bundled into a free six-month trial offer. So essentially anyone with an .edu email address can get Amazon Prime free for six months, after which they can elect…