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Report: Fulfillment Improvements Boost Holiday E-commerce Sales

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New York—E-commerce flourished within a moderately strong 2014 holiday season, growing 16% year-over-year to $72.03 billion, according to  eMarketer’s “Holiday Shopping Preview” report. Retail overall had more moderate success, with sales rising 3.5% to $850.58 billion. Similar growth patterns should repeat next year, when e-commerce will grow 14.4% and retail …

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Shopbop.com: Wanted a Few Good Designers

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New York—Shopbop, the online shopping site “curated for the chic, modern woman,” is looking for a few good (great?) jewelry and accessories designers. In a spin of the traditional open call, Shopbop is soliciting potential new vendors in an online application through March 15. Applicants can submit their designs to accessories@shopbop.com to get direct …

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Data Security, Omnichannel Initiatives Top Retail CIOs’ Priority Lists

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Washington—With recent high-profile data breaches and the growing need to deliver a unified and differentiated customer experience, retail CIOs agree that security and digital innovation are top priorities for 2015. According to the 2015 National Retail Federation/Forrester Research Inc.’s Retail CIO Agenda 2015: Secure and Innovate report, managing data security …

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Omnichannel Retail Guide to Help Bricks and Mortar Retailers Rise to Online Challenge

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Cambridge, England–To help bricks-and-mortar retailers rise to the online challenge, leading FACT-Finder has published an e-book detailing five key steps to blending digital and physical sales channels most effectively. The Omnichannel Playbook – 5 Steps to Digitally Linked Retailing states that the “future belongs to those who combine online and offline sales …

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ShoeBuy.com Acquires Minority Stake in Boston Boot Company

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Boston— ShoeBuy, an online retailer of shoes and apparel, today announced it has acquired a minority stake in Boston Boot Company. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition marks ShoeBuy’s expansion into the footwear manufacturing business, and provides an opportunity for the company to directly deliver products to …

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NPD’s Cohen: “Holiday 2014 Better than Reported”

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Port Washington, NY—Holiday 2014 was better than reported. Black Friday and holiday sales are not the same as we remember from past years, so traditional measures and apples-to-apples comparisons will not accurately report true holiday sales performance anymore. The 2014 holiday season did just fine–it just looked a lot different. …

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Macy’s Inc. Merging Store and Online Buying, Closing 14 Stores

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New York–Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are restructuring their merchandising and marketing teams to combine online and in-store functions. In a wide-ranging announcement released Thursday by Macy’s Inc. detailed adjustments included in-store staffing, several new stores openings and 14 existing stores closing. “Going forward, one unified merchandising and marketing organization – a …

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Loehmann’s, Reborn as Off-Price E-Commerce, Names Advisors

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New York–Off-price retailer Loehmann’s, which was recently resurrected as an online retailer after a hedge fund acquired its intellectual property out of bankruptcy, has named Tony D’Annibale to its advisory board. D’Annibale, who was EVP of merchandising at the retailer’s previous incarnation before leaving for e-commerce retailer Rue La La, …