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Convenience stores are adding web lockers in the San Francisco area. has been expanding its Locker system after testing services in c-stores in the Seattle, NYC, London and the Virginia-area. The addition of the Northern California locker locations brings the total to at least 50 locker sites in the U.S., according to the company’s Website. The lockers allow customers to have their online purchases delivered and stored at convenience stores until they pick them up. The locker banks have been placed at c-stores and drug stores so that consumers can pick up packages at a time that’s

AmazonLocal launched yesterday in Boise a day after Google officially launched its local deals site Google Offers in beta testing in Portland, Oregon. Both sites are take-offs on Groupon, a local-deals site that launched in November 2008. AmazonLocal's page for businesses interested in using the site to offer deals to potential customers states that Amazon customers spend 70% more money online every month than the average Internet user and $55 billion in offline purchases every month. Amazon charges businesses a referral fee for the customers they acquire through the service: "We don't charge for running your promotion on AmazonLocal.

Tags: Marketing, Online Retailing, Retail - Electronics, Specialty Stores According to, Apple Inc. is suing Inc., claiming the retailer’s use of the term “App Store” is trademark infringement. On March 18, Apple filed a complaint in a U.S. District Court in northern California, citing trademark infringement and unfair competition. Apple requested a court order to stop Amazon from using the term and for unspecified damages. “Amazon has begun improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile-software developer program,” Apple said in the complaint. Apple’s App Store offers downloads to users of its iPhones, iPods

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