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.

Since the dawn of e-commerce, successful retailers have taken for granted that digital was the future and scrambled to claim the space. Indeed, shoppers have moved online; but much like home video didn't kill movie theaters, e-commerce has interwoven itself among the retail fabric alongside brick-and-mortar and formed a symbiotic relationship. We call it omnichannel.

Are you still ho-ho-hoping to connect with last-minute shoppers this holiday season? You're not alone. Many retailers are looking to cash in on procrastinating consumers. Unfortunately, the closer we get to the holidays, the more difficult it is to gain inbox traction. Consider the following three tips:

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is not liable for selling bullets to an underage customer who then used the ammunition to commit murder. The lawsuit was filed by the relatives of Robert Williams, who was shot and killed by his girlfriend's son in 2006. The son, Xavier Zurndell Moore, was 20 years old at the time, and shot Williams with ammunition purchased at a local Walmart store. Federal law requires that a person be 21 to buy pistol ammunition.

Pittsburgh --- Dick’s Sporting Goods will open a store in Conway, Ark., on Oct. 19. It will be the retailer's second store in the state of Arkansas. On Oct. 20, Dick’s will open a store in Hattiesburg, Miss. It will be the retailer's fifth location in the state of Mississippi and its 469th nationwide.

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