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Amazon breaks Prime Day records despite site crashes

July 17, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Prime Day, aside from being a lucrative sales day for Amazon, gives the e-commerce giant a chance to wrestle with system weaknesses ahead of the big dance: the holidays. This year Amazon’s desktop and mobile websites both experienced major glitches […]


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Most parents and teens dread back-to-school shopping

July 17, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Back-to-school shopping is retail’s second most important sales season, but with it comes budget concerns for both parents and many teens, who according to the National Retail Federation, will spend on average $35.60 of their own money. With many parents […]


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June retail sales rise 0.3%, as e-commerce gained 1.3%

July 16, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

June tends to be a sunny month for retail sales, and the U.S. economy barreling along on all cylinders is helping to brighten that. “June is typically a major summer selling month, with transition to summer clearance late in the […]


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Which retailers spend the most on lobbying?

July 11, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Last year, the National Retail Federation spent $12.9 million on lobbying efforts. Walmart and CVS shelled out $6.9 million and $6.4 million respectively. These trade groups and companies were the the top retail sector spenders on lobbying in 2017. Collectively, […]


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What a trade war with China means for retail pre-holiday

July 10, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Escalating trade tensions between the United States and China reached a head on Friday when another round of tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods took hold. Within two weeks, another $16 billion will receive tariffs and President Trump […]


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Prime Day sales poised to surge 40%

July 9, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Prime Day is a chance for Amazon to solidify its position in the smart-home market while continuing to grow its Prime membership. “We interpret the focus on promotional activities on Echo devices as a strategy in response to the surge […]


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Amazon drives 80% of US e-commerce

July 6, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Amazon’s dominance of U.S. e-commerce is particularly stark when viewed in terms of gross merchandise value, as presented by eMarketer, because it includes revenue like the fees collected from its marketplace sellers, which are responsible for half the goods sold […]


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Amazon reportedly working on a Toys R Us-like holiday catalog

July 6, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Amazon is hardly alone in seizing the opportunity provided by the downfall of America’s foremost toy retailer. In trying to fill the hole left in the toy market after the collapse of Toys R Us in bankruptcy,​ Amazon joins mass […]


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Chatbots to talk up $11B in cost savings by 2023

July 5, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

It’s always hard to read about automation supplanting people, but it is an increasingly tight labor market and retailing is still a very margin-sensitive business. New research from Juniper outlines how chatbots will not only save on labor costs, but […]


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Study: Global chatbot market to grow 24.4% in next 4 years

July 3, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Apple helped to popularize chatbots with the introduction of its voice-enabled digital assistant Siri eight years ago, but most chatbots are focused on text conversations, especially since mobile messaging is a staple of smartphone functionality. A major driver of chatbot […]