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Supply Chain

How a sports apparel retailer hit World Series sales out of the park

Away packs in a big first year

E-retailer ASOS plans more UK production as the pound plunges


Vendor Financials

Shopify adds another Amazon connection

Magento raises $250 million from a Chinese investment firm

E-retail tech vendor Neustar will go private following $2.9 billion acquisition


Industry Statistics

Amazon intends to increase its US employee rolls by 55%

Online shoppers show they're far from done with their holiday spending

Online spending picks up as the holiday season advances


Content Management

Lipton Tea’s add-to-basket ratio soars thanks to A/B testing

Personalization vendor BloomReach buys content management company Hippo

Linen Chest cuts the time it takes to resize images


Customer Service

The Limited limits sales to its website and will close its stores

Bed Bath & Beyond tests a membership program

Wal-Mart taps more Jet execs as its Amazon battle escalates


E-commerce Platforms

Magento raises $250 million from a Chinese investment firm

Magento opens its extension marketplace to retailers on its older e-commerce platform

Sales grow 89% for e-commerce platform provider Shopify in Q3


E-Payments & Security

Amazon offers a 5% cash-back credit card to Prime members

How JM Bullion mines a rich metals market online

Akamai buys a vendor that helps e-retailers stop malicious bots



A fortune teller looks ahead: A conversation with tech exec Dave Evans

Shipping delays plague e.l.f. Cosmetics

E-commerce gives FedEx growing pains


Marketing Technology

A snapshot of how Top 1000 retailers approach analytics

Bots steal online advertising dollars in elaborate ‘Methbot’ scam

Wayfair updates its app with a 2-D visualization tool


Order Management revamps its order evaluation

A Cubs-focused sports retailer halts online orders after demand surges

Wal-Mart’s marketplace now hosts more than 1,000 sellers


Performance Management

J.Crew extends a promotion to make up for its site outage

Site upgrades dull jeweler Signet’s holiday e-commerce sales

Site speed holds steady in December



Personalization vendor SmarterHQ raises $13 million

Personalization platform provider Dynamic Yield raises $22 million

Bed Bath & Beyond acquires


Web Site Analytics

A snapshot of how Top 1000 retailers approach analytics

Cyber Monday brings site slowdowns, but no calamities

Black Friday traffic surges slow retailers’ e-commerce sites


In-store Systems

Ikea builds a pop-up showroom on a digital premise

Chinese consumer electronics retailer Suning brings the web into its stores

How Nike will grow e-commerce to $7 billion from $1 billion in 5 years



The USDA picks 7 retailers to test food stamp use online

Troubled e-retailer Choxi awaits bidders amid bankruptcy

eBay aims to get a better handle on fake handbags and other fashion items


Client Contracts

Read Amazon’s lawsuit against a former vice president, Arthur Valdez

Search results could send Amazon to trial

Salesforce scores a 23% increase in Q1 revenue


Technology Newsmakers

The National Retail Federation’s Big Show: News and tech from #NRF17

E-commerce drives global sales for a Chinese smartphone brand

Fitbit stumbles in the new year as devices pile up



From The IR Blog


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