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Do you offer college students a gift registry? Allison Zisko encourages you to in this month’s HFN. The average college room decorating bill is $942, just shy of what the average wedding registry produces in sales. Ms. Zisko shares that Amazon is making big inroads and investments in the college market. What are you doing to keep pace?

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Shared: July 18, 2019
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Is Amazon abusing its power? The EU is going to investigate, shares today’s WSJ.

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Tags: Amazon, European Union, anti-trust
Shared: July 18, 2019
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What is your abandoned cart rate? This and other factors arose in a shipping survey conducted by BigCommerce.

Some survey findings:


+ Fifty-eight percent stopped shopping certain retailers because of a negative shipping experience.

+ Amazon Prime has set a high bar with free two-day shipping. In the past 12 months, 84 percent of global survey respondents made an online purchase specifically because it offered free shipping, and half said they avoid shoppi...
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Tags: bigcommerce, survey, shipping
Shared: July 17, 2019
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Is offering a big sale in July a good idea? With the competition offering this, I don’t know that a store can afford not to. Today’s Times ponders this (theoretical?) question, which can be read here:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/business/amazon-prime-day.amp.html

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Shared: July 15, 2019
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Good news: your indie store just gained some ground on Amazon.

About 60% of Amazon sales are via third-party sellers. They pass thru what it calls the 'marketplace.' These Amazon purchases have not historically been taxed because the purchase is made from a business in one state and shipped to another state. But that loophole started to close last year when the Supreme Court ruled that states can collect tax on these types of Internet purchases.

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Tags: amazon, Supreme Court, sales tax, william-wayne
Shared: July 2, 2019
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Amazon may falsey report low stock and raise prices after you add an item to your shopping, shares David Streitfeld in today’s Times.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/06/28/reader-center/amazon-counterfeit-book-browsing.amp.html

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Tags: Amazon, nyt, deception
Shared: June 28, 2019
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Amazon is trying to make online ordering addictive, so that it partnered with a drug store for pick up is appropriate.

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Tags: Rite aid drugstore, amazon
Shared: June 28, 2019
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I’m just back from the Dallas show. I met with some wonderful people from the mart and they’re ready to go digital.

In general, I’m seeing that more market buildings are finally taking digital seriously. Why are they finally doing so? Because Amazon is nipping at their retailers heels? Because Zola is stealing the indie store’s registry business? No. Sadly, the main thing that brought the markets up to speed on the weather outside is: their own livelihood. Faire, a startup ...
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Tags: dallas market center, e-commerce, wholesale marketplace, faire, venture capital
Shared: June 26, 2019
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“If the shoe fits, wear it,” goes the old saying, and today’s Times shares the state of indie shoes which may sound familiar to indie gift shop owners. This story seems to be ‘a fit’ for our industry, too.

I recently visited a Footlocker and noticed they had moved the Nike shoes to the back of the store. Why? Nike, with all of its stores and direct to consumer website promotion, is now a competitor and Footlocker is trying to reduce its reliance on Nike. To that affect, I wen...
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Tags: Ny times, indie stores, minimum order
Shared: June 24, 2019
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Business lunch: how retail is changing :)

Old retail is 80% analog. This consists of: the physical store, staff, customer service training, etc. What you’d expect walking into a Saks or Macy's. And it's about 20% tech: computers, cash registers (POS systems), mobile shopping, Google ranking, apps, hiring social influencers, Instagram, etc.

Today, the retailers that are well positioned, growing, and 'hot' carry the opposite equation: they're 20% analog and 80% t...
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Tags: Retail trends, zola, e-commerce
Shared: June 16, 2019
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Zola is offering free shipping on all items. Are you offering free shipping on all items?
If not, you're going to lose business to them. I advise you to offer free shipping and make less margin on the order vs lose the entire order to Zola.

In general, margins are smaller on online orders. This is well documented--and now accepted--as a business practice. Accept this fact and you'll survive and grow. Don't accept it and you'll lose orders and struggle online and likely f...
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Shared: June 14, 2019
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Target just announced it's offering same day delivery for $9.99 per order, shares today's New York Post.

Last week I wrote about the shipping and selection war going on (post: https://marketplace.bridgecatalog.com/news.cfm?id=18230)

Companies are scrambling to speed up delivery to compete with Amazon even if this means smaller margins. They would rather make less than let Amazon get the sale.
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Shared: June 13, 2019
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Nacho Analytics shows us that search engineers are helping Amazon get 600% more in sales than competitors.

Take away: investing in good search results costs money, but it's well worth it. If you have better search, you sell more.

What is a search relevance engineer? It's a technical person that helps ensure that what you search for you get. E.g.: if you're on a website and you search for "bat," do you get the sports instrument or the animal? Constan...
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Tags: search results, amazon, best buy, walmart, etsy
Shared: June 12, 2019
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Wired magazine shares the inside of an Amazon warehouse. What's missing? People. That little orange robot will likely replace many of your local jobs.

https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-warehouse-robots/

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Tags: wired magazine, amazon, robots, american jobs
Shared: June 10, 2019
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E-commerce is going to double in the next seven years, predicts FedEx. When that happens, how prepared will your business be? How will you prepare your website, your staff, your shipping procedures, your pricing, and your sales expectations?

When e-commerce grows that much, who will control the market? How will customers shop? Via their mobile? Via Alexa? If e-commerce is the dominant form of shipping, how will your online product selection and prices be kept up to ...
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Shared: June 8, 2019
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Smaller margins are here for many businesses in many industries—not just tableware. Recently, a sales rep balked when I suggested its stores take a haircut on margins. Yet, I believe big money tech players are forcing these cuts and upending traditional profits—leaving stores with little other option. From media (see today’s AT&T article) to advertising (Facebook, goggle) to transportation (Uber, Lyft, Tesla) to gift registries (Amazon, MyRegistry, Zola), big money-backed tech compa...
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Shared: June 7, 2019
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There’s a massive retail and in particular shipping war going right before our eyes: Walmart and Amazon are trying to out deliver each other. Why? Quick delivery + Massive selection = Retail Success in 2019 and beyond


I believe the future of retail is about big selection and quick shipping / pick up. The ‘interface’ to manage these features will be a shopper’s mobile phone. To support this belief, I designed our new software to meet this trend. You’ll notice in our new 2....
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Tags: Walmart, amazon, wsj, selection
Shared: June 4, 2019
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This month’s HFN magazine shares a letter that I wrote to the editor. In the letter, I encourage the industry to team up and push back against Amazon and big online entities in order to ensure our long-term survival. I welcome your feedback on it.

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Fifty-four percent of people looking for a product go directly to Amazon.com, shared a front page story in this week’s Wall St. Journal. This 54 percent is not good for nearly any...
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Shared: May 31, 2019
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FedEx will start to deliver on Sundays in order to keep up with e-commence orders and Amazon, shares today’s WSJ.

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Tags: FedEx, amazon, e-commerce
Shared: May 31, 2019
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Imagine if Sears had become Amazon. Sears could’ve. Fortune magazine analyzes why this didn’t happen:

http://fortune.com/longform/sears-couldve-been-amazon/

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Shared: May 28, 2019
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