Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

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Amazon dot buy forward slash … what? Our minds are spinning with the possible creative uses might get out of its latest purchase — the entire top-level domain name .buy, which recently sold for a cool $4.59 million to the online retail giant. Other top-level domain bidders included Google, Uniregistry, Nu Dot Co, Donuts, and Minds+Machines. Only two bidders, however, offered to spend more than $1.5 million for .buy. Google also missed out on the other two domain names offered as part of ICANN's latest "auction of last resort." 

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For cross-channel retailer Quiksilver, which designs, produces and distributes a mix of branded apparel, footwear, accessories and related products for outdoor sports lifestyle enthusiasts, the launch of 10 new e-commerce sites in Europe signaled the growth of the brand beyond its traditional markets of the United States and Australia. Consumers in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom — not exactly surfing hotbeds — now can purchase Quiksilver gear and apparel online.

Quiksilver recently launched e-commerce sites in 10 countries over just a few months’ time. The outdoor sports lifestyle retailer's use of the Demandware cloud-based e-commerce platform made possible rapid rollouts of sites in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. "Quiksilver had a very aggressive market expansion strategy and we needed a platform that would allow us to roll out multiple sites across geographies in a fast, efficient way," said Quiksilver's Senior Vice President of Digital Nicolas Foulet in a statement. 

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