Amazon Retailer Listings Initative

Amazon offering traditional retailers a lifeline they can’t refuse

By on February 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

Amazon offering traditional retailers a lifeline they can’t refuse

If you can’t beat them, join them. At least that’s what Amazon is hoping its brick-and-mortar competition will say as it extends an olive branch to retailers that could be beneficial for everyone involved. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is currently in talks with several popular brands, such as Ralph Lauren and J. Crew, along with ten major retailers to start showing listings of their merchandise on Amazon.com. According to the Journal, “Amazon wouldn’t sell the goods directly; the listings would be links to the retailers’ own sites.” More →

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Apple Store Smells Bad

The stink continues: Apple investigating smelly retail stores

By on February 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM.

The stink continues: Apple investigating smelly retail stores

A week ago, we shared Rocco Pendola’s story over at The Street about the body odor problem at the Santa Monica Apple store. After speaking to a couple anonymous Apple retail employees, Pendola was able to confirm that store management recognizes the problem. The employees blamed the smell on poor positioning of high-tech “sniffers” that Apple stores use to activate a ventilation system if stores become too smelly. However, in the Santa Monica store, the “sniffers” are placed too high on the wall, which means the stores stink until the body odor reaches the sensors late in the morning. More →

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Amazon iOS Shopping App

Amazon comes up with an ingenious way to get you to buy more stuff

By on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Amazon comes up with an ingenious way to get you to buy more stuff

Remember how we asked ourselves a little bit earlier how Apple, Google and Microsoft all make money? Well, we’re about to ask the same thing about Amazon and the answer is incredibly obvious: Amazon makes money by getting you to buy as much stuff through Amazon at all hours of the day for any conceivable reason. More →

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Apple retail stores smell

Apple retail stores stink… literally

By on January 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Apple retail stores stink… literally

Apple is known for sweating the smallest details in its retail stores: the floors come from a family-owned quarry outside of Florence, Italy; the glass staircases are made with the help of companies from Massachusetts, New York and Germany; and the glass cube that makes up the entrance of the Fifth Avenue store cost Apple $6.7 million. However, it appears new Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has one more thing to worry about: body odor. More →

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Amazon Kindle Tablets Mobile Payments

Amazon plans to kill brick-and-mortar stores with kindness

By on January 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

Amazon plans to kill brick-and-mortar stores with kindness

Amazon has been not-so-secretly trying to put brick-and-mortar stores out of business but now it looks like the company is planning to launch a charm offensive against its brick-and-mortar rivals. Unnamed sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Amazon “plans to offer brick-and-mortar retailers a checkout system that uses Kindle tablets as soon as this summer” that might involve giving the stores “Kindle tablets and credit-card readers” to use free of charge. More →

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Amazon Anticipatory Shipping Patent

New patent shows how Amazon plans to kill box stores once and for all

By on January 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

New patent shows how Amazon plans to kill box stores once and for all

Amazon has already been doing massive amounts of damage to big box retailers and now it’s working on a new system that could be its final knockout punch. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon last year was granted a patent for what it describes as “anticipatory shipping” that will look at consumers’ past buying habits and ship products that it thinks they will buy to nearby warehouses in anticipation of their orders. So for instance, if you’ve already bought all five A Song of Ice and Fire books from Amazon, the company will make sure to have the sixth book shipped to a warehouse near you so that when you order it the company can get it to you on the same day. More →

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Amazon Holiday Season Sales 2013

Amazon sold 426 items per second during its ‘best ever’ holiday season

By on December 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM.

Amazon sold 426 items per second during its ‘best ever’ holiday season

As if it could have ended any other way, Amazon managed to once again set sales records this holiday season. Amazon announced on Thursday that more than 1 million Amazon users became Prime members during the third week of December, and on the biggest shipping day of the year, more Prime items were shipped than any single day in the past. Amazon customers also ordered more than 36.8 million items on Cyber Monday alone — a jaw-dropping 426 items per second — including more Kindles than ever before. More →

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Holiday Shopping Late Delivery

Shoppers or shippers – who’s to blame for ruining Christmas?

By on December 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM.

Shoppers or shippers – who’s to blame for ruining Christmas?

Online shopping can be both a blessing and a curse during the holiday season. On the one hand, we can avoid all those pesky lines and slow-moving consumers at brick-and-mortar retailers. But on the other, we have to rely on retailers and delivery companies to ship all of those gifts and deliver them on time. Unfortunately, at least one major shipping service has admitted that it was caught off guard by unprecedented demand. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, a UPS spokeswoman said that “the volume of air packages in the UPS system did exceed capacity.” More →

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Samsung Hires Apple Store Designer

Samsung robs Apple of retail executive to help spice up its stores

By on December 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

Samsung robs Apple of retail executive to help spice up its stores

Apple manages to generate an incredible amount of business from its brick-and-mortar locations every year. Other technology companies have tried and failed to replicate Apple’s success, but Samsung is pulling out all the stops to ensure their renewed focus on retail won’t be in vain. According to The Information, Samsung “recently hired a senior Apple store designer, Tim Gudgel, as it ponders a deeper investment in U.S. retail, according to two people close to the company.” More →

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Amazon Prime Spending

Amazon’s secret weapon (no, it’s not drones)

By on December 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM.

Amazon’s secret weapon (no, it’s not drones)

A new report from market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reveals Amazon’s not-so-secret secret weapon. The weapon itself — Amazon Prime — is hardly a secret, of course, but CIRP’s new study has seemingly uncovered just how big Prime is for Amazon’s business. According to CIRP’s study, which surveyed 300 Amazon Prime subscribers who made purchases over a three-month period ending in November, Prime account holders shop on Amazon twice as often as non-Prime Amazon customers. More importantly, they spend more than twice as much — CIRP found that Prime customers spend an average of $1,340 per year with Amazon while non-Prime shoppers spend $650 annually. More →

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Google Barge Construction Stopped

Google barge plans run aground

By on December 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM.

Google barge plans run aground

Google’s plan to invade the shores of major American cities with floating retail outlets has hit a snag. CNET has learned that construction of Google’s barges has been put “on hiatus” in San Francisco after both the Coast Guard and at least one other public safety agency raised concerns about the company’s plans. Brad McCrea, director of regulatory affairs for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, tells CNET that the Coast Guard has requested some design changes to the interior of Google’s barges and that Google will likely finish building the boats by the end of spring in 2014. McCrea also says that his commission is investigating whether Google will need to a permit to run floating retail stores off the city’s coastline.

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Apple Store iBeacons

iBeacons invade the Apple Store

By on December 6, 2013 at 9:15 AM.

iBeacons invade the Apple Store

Apple’s new iBeacon technology has tremendous potential in the retail space. Retailers can use the technology, which allows for the creation of a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon that emit signals iOS 7-powered devices will automatically react to, for a variety of important functions ranging from discount notifications to tracking consumer habits. There’s also a darker side to iBeacons, should the technology be misused. While a handful of companies have already begun adopting the technology in their stores, The Associated Press on Friday reported that Apple itself will now be rolling iBeacons out in its 256 U.S. retail stores beginning immediately. To coincide with the move, the Apple Store app for iOS has been updated to support iBeacons and related notifications. Screenshots of the new iBeacon alert configuration screens from 9to5Mac follow below. More →

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