Fri.Jan 08, 2021

Shopify vs Amazon (Jan 2021): Which Should You Choose?

Ecommerce Platforms

When it comes to selling products online, there are tons of options to consider these days. Business leaders can choose to build their own online store, complete with access to a payment processor, subscription, and membership options, and so much more.

eCommerce Returns: What To Expect From The 2020 Holidays

Groove

If you thought that the fulfillment, shipping and delivery process was difficult during the 2020 holiday season, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise the weeks following the holidays.

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How One Furniture Brand Brings the Circular and Service Economies Together

Retail Touch

The pandemic has normalized working from home, creating a ripple effect in the business world. It has encouraged many organizations to rethink their telecommuting practices, shrink the size of office spaces and, in some cases, shutter offices completely.

Christopher & Banks inches closer to the brink as it defaults on multiple obligations

retaildive

Financial distress deepens at the apparel seller as it misses payments on the lease of its headquarters and other financial commitments

Retain Valuable Customers with Loyalty

Learn how to effectively retain your most valuable and profitable customers. Download Annex Cloud's 2020 Customer Retention white paper.

UPS Forecasts 23% Increase in Returns Compared to Peak 2020 Period

Retail Touch

UPS expects to handle 8.75 million returns during the week of Jan. 4, 2021, a 23% rise from the highest volume return period in the 2019 peak-season cycle, according to Freight Waves.

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Retail Therapy: 6 retail moments we're happy to have left in 2020

retaildive

While the pandemic disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives, there was one thing we all could count on: brands cashing in on absurdity

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Nisa unveils SodaStream partnership

TalkingRetail

Nisa has signed a retail partnership with SodaStream which will enable its partners to sell SodaStream supplies. The partnership, which began its rollout in December, will enable consumers to buy and exchange gas cylinders with ease from select Nisa stores.

Apparel Brand Daily Paper Debuts New York Flagship

Retail Touch

Amsterdam-based clothing brand Daily Paper opened its inaugural New York flagship store, located on the Lower East Side, in October 2020.

J.C. Penney revamps activewear private brand as the category surges

retaildive

The department store, fresh out of bankruptcy, is upgrading its private labels and introducing new ones, a strategy Target has pursued with great success

Realizing ROI in an Omnichannel Rich Retail 4.0 Environment

Welcome to Retail 4.0. This is the land of opportunity where retailers connect with shoppers and drive sales in a way like never before. With this eBook, you’ll learn about the advanced technologies that are available to create a seamless integrated omnichannel experience.

It’s 2021. Do you know who your website visitors are?

Liveintent

This is a PSA for publishers and brands who want to survive as competition for attention heats up in the new year. According to a study conducted by WBR Insights, 51% of US retail professionals identified website personalization as a top goal going forward.

Starbucks Promotes Finance Veteran to CFO

Retail Touch

Starbucks has promoted Rachel Ruggeri, currently SVP of Finance, Americas, to EVP and CFO. A 16-year Starbucks veteran, Ruggeri succeeds Patrick Grismer, who will be retiring from the CFO position effective Feb. 1, although he will remain with the company as an advisor through May 2.

High street footfall halved in December

TalkingRetail

High street footfall fell 49.5% year-on-year in December, new research reveals. The latest data from the British Retail Consortium’s ShopperTrak shows December’s total footfall fell by 46.1% year-on-year, marking a 19.3%

Amazon shuts down its Pantry service

retaildive

The move to close one of its earliest grocery programs comes as the company prioritizes its stores and same-day e-commerce service

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Real-time Personalization Guidebook: 10 Tips to Improve eCommerce Conversions

Conversion rate remains the most important metric for measuring success. This guidebook reveals 10 tips to improve eCommerce conversion rates, and insight into how an AI-powered personalization platform can dramatically improve performance.

Campaign aims to encourage growth in dried fruit category

TalkingRetail

Leading dried fruit businesses are teaming up again to communicate the benefits of eating dried fruit as part of an everyday diet, in order to drive category growth.

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Why You Should Audit Your YouTube Channel

Neil Patel

How do you ensure your YouTube channel is reaching the right audience and helping you achieve your marketing objectives? By performing a YouTube audit. With over 2 billion active users , YouTube is among the world’s most popular social media platforms.

Coca-Cola celebrates 2021 campaign with limited edition packs

TalkingRetail

Coca-Cola is launching an “Open To Better” campaign to “inspire people to embrace change and pledge to do this differently in 2021”.

How to Launch a Lifestyle Business in the Age of Social Distancing

Retail Touch

There’s no escaping it. Our lifestyles have been severely impacted by the novel coronavirus. Redundancies, layoffs, school closures — these are the reasons we find ourselves at home, unable to live the lifestyles we desire, and why many are seeking alternative avenues of income.

Tips For E-Commerce Best Practices

An infographic listing the best practices companies can follow to bolster their e-commerce website.

Employee Training Is Broken - You Can Blame Google or You Can Fix It

Retail Doc

Employee training has devolved because of the always-on Google or Siri solution to all inquiries. Unless employees are learning and holding onto information, their brains are not challenged - they will continue performing at rudimentary levels for basic tasks, such as filling orders.

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Swansea store finds new owner

TalkingRetail

Retailer Kawal Singh has secured the sub-lease of West Cross Supermarket, a Nisa-branded convenience store and post office in West Cross, Swansea. The new head lease was secured by AF Blakemore & Son, who will now supply the store.

LVMH shakes up Tiffany ranks as the ink dries on $15.8B deal

retaildive

Louis Vuitton executive Anthony Ledru has replaced Alessandro Bogliolo as CEO, while Rimowa CEO Alexandre Arnault joins the American jeweler

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Ceder’s kicks off digital wellness campaign

TalkingRetail

American Express expands small business perks as it reportedly falls under federal investigation

retaildive

As the credit card issuer caters to merchants migrating online, multiple agencies are scrutinizing its sales practices, The Wall Street Journal reports

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Budgen’s store fights back after Christmas Day fire

TalkingRetail

The Budgen’s store at Daff-Y-Nant service station, Whitchurch in Ross-On-Wye, is working to reopen after it lost most of its stock to a fire on Christmas Day.

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Brand Awareness Strategies for Retailers and Small Businesses

Korona

No business can rely entirely on their current customer base. Instead, there must be a constant pursuit of looking for new ways to scale and attract audiences that have not heard about the brand before.

M&S reports robust Christmas trading

TalkingRetail

M&S has reported a 2.6% increase in like-for-like food sales in the 13-weeks to 26 December. The retailer called the performance strong, given the reduced food-to-go sales and lower footfall in town and city centres.

The Ultimate List of Ecommerce Terms

Shopping Signals

What is ecommerce? In the most broad sense, ecommerce is the purchasing and selling of goods and services online. But in reality, when most people refer to ecommerce they are referring to buying and selling physical products online.

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Research says Amazon sellers hiked prices on essential goods during pandemic

RetailWire

An analysis of 750 “essential supplies”, such as hand sanitizers, pulse oximeters and toilet paper, sold on Amazon.com rose substantially between Dec. 1, 2019 and Dec. 1, 2020, according to a report issued by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.