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Move over, Amazon: Here comes Walmart

Walmart's online sales grew at a faster pace in the fourth quarter than Amazon's.<p>Yes, you read that correctly.<p>Walmart reported its latest results Tuesday: Earnings topped forecasts, while overall sales missed estimates slightly.<p>The surprising news was that Walmart's e-commerce revenue in the United …

eCommerce

A Wake Up Call For Brands Trying To Personalise Their Sites

<b>Published Date:</b> 2017-02-21 05:58:47 UTC <b><br>Tags:</b> Advertising, Analytics, Business Intelligence, Digital, Digital Marketing <b><br>Title:</b> A Wake Up Call For …

Customer Experience

E-commerce Checkout Design Deep Dive (Part I) — Credit Card Collection

(Updated: 2/26/2017, and Part II is now available)<p>In online shopping, the most critical part of the process is likely to be the final checkout steps. …

Google Home adds shopping capabilities

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Google Home, an internet-connected speaker that competes directly with Amazon's Echo, now allows customers to order and pay for goods via voice command with Google Express …

Automation

Pandora, Mecca and Mac: The bright spots of Australian retail

"The most significant category delivering growth has been the mini-majors, up 12.6 per cent," GPT said. Mini-majors include fast-fashion brands Zara, …

Brokerage

Retail Empires Strike Back with Omnichannel Strategies (WMT, AMZN) | Investopedia

Retailers continue to face challenges integrating the physical shopping experience with the online shopping experience, according to a recent report …

The Simplicity Solution: 4 Ways Retailers Earn More By Keeping It Simple

Simple-size me.<p>With apologies to a major fast food chain, this may well become the motto for 2017. As consumers wrestle the daily crush of choice and complexity, they want increasingly for the consuming process to be nothing more than <i>simple</i>. They want what no dollar can buy, which is time. So it …

McDonald's

How These Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Use Instagram to Drive Massive Sales

What if I handed you <i>free access</i> to a platform hundreds of thousands of targeted potential customers for your ecommerce shop?<p>And what if those …

7 Ecommerce Technology Trends Sure To Make A Splash in 2017

Thanks to the ever changing technology and digital devices becoming more and more accessible, ecommerce industry has witnessed tremendous growth in recent times. According to Forrester, online sales in the U.S will top by $523 billion in the next five years. It has also been predicted that there …

It Is Not Too Early To Prepare For The Seasonal Surge In The Warehouse

It may seem strange to write about how to prepare for the Christmas surge in the warehouse so early in the year. But the e-commerce surge can increase order volume by a factor of five or more for some retailers. To prepare for those kinds of volumes, you really do need to begin very early in the …

eCommerce

How to Reduce Fears and Bring Clarity to the Checkout

According to Ultrascan, $12.7 billion was lost to Nigerian prince scams in 2013. While that number sounds a little high to me, that’s not a good sign …

eCommerce

Best shopping apps

Shopping companion apps have revolutionized the way we shop, and if you have yet to download any, today we’re sharing some of the best with some …

Apps

76% Use Mobile To Shop For Digital Products

Consumers continue to buy in stores, but that hasn’t put a dent in online shopping, both by PC and mobile devices.<p>However, consumers tend to …

Why Amazon Is The World’s Most Innovative Company Of 2017

A rapid expansion of Prime plus bold bets in the physical world are allowing the retailer to offer even more, even faster and smarter.<p>Picture your ideal neighborhood. What does it look like? Is it manicured, with buildings set in a pattern so that everything flows together, designed for perfection? …

eCommerce

How Walmart Is Slimming Down to Fight Amazon

Wal-Mart Stores for the first time will combine its own buying for products sold at its stores with purchases it makes for its website, sources said, …

San Mateo County

Walmart's e-commerce sales soared in its latest quarter

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Walmart showed healthy growth in its e-commerce business in Q4 2016, with global e-commerce sales increasing more than 15% year-over-year (YoY), and US e-commerce sales …

eCommerce

Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule–How To Really Improve At Any Skill

The popular 10,000-Hour Rule claims that it takes 10,000 hours of working at a skill to become an expert. But research suggests that to become awesome at a skill, it’s not about quantity of time spent, it’s about quality.<p>If you’ve spent any time wondering at what makes people successful, you’ve …

Malcolm Gladwell

Income Inequality Is a Sustainability Issue

This evening, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union Address, and it is widely reported that it will focus on the issue of income inequality. He will be “on trend,” as they say in fashion — in recent months, leaders from the new Mayor of New York to the Pope have also been vocal on the …

A Company Without Job Titles Will Still Have Hierarchies

Radically flat. That’s the management goal that Tony Hseih, founder of e-commerce giant Zappos, aims to achieve by the end of 2014. To get there, Hsieh plans to toss out the traditional corporate hierarchy by eliminating titles among his 1,500 employees that can lead to bottlenecks in …

One Big Reason Why There Are So Many More Billion Dollar Start-ups

A billion dollar valuation is a huge milestone for a start-up, and not just because Justin Timberlake said so in <i>The Social Network</i>. The billion dollar mark gets thrown around by venture capitalists as shorthand for the level of success they’re looking for when they invest, since the typical outcome …

How Couples Can Cope with Professional Stress

Most of us are familiar with the cycle. At work, the pressure to be “always on,” to meet deadlines, to serve the demands of colleagues or customers, or to deal with a difficult coworker can create stress that leaks into our personal lives. This stress can cause us to be impatient with romantic …