Gilt Groupe

Flash-sales online retailer Gilt Groupe recently announced that it would be offering discounts based on users' Klout scores. It's all very sexy, using online media to rank customers and their word-of-mouth reach and influence, then reward them based on that ability. Combine that with Gilt's business model of online flash sales, and you're in the white-hot center of trendy marketing.

Online luxury clothing retailer Gilt Groupe plans to launch an initial public offering late next year or possibly in 2013, the company's chief executive told the Financial Times. "I think it's entirely possible that in 2013, depending on the markets and depending on how things are going, that we would look to go public," Chief Executive Kevin Ryan was quoted as saying.

HIT Entertainment partnered with online retailer Gilt Groupe for an exclusive Thomas & Friends three-day sale on Gilt Children through the Gilt mobile app Aug. 26-28, followed by a retail event on Aug. 28-Sept. 2. Curated by Gilts buyers, the sale offerings include Thomas & Friends apparel, footwear, toys, books, and home furnishings available at a discounted price. Thomas & Friends is the type of classic, iconic brand that appeals to our consumers and we are glad that we had the opportunity to work with HIT Entertainment on this very special promotion, says Rachel Jarrett, general manager, Gilt

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