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Software Changing The Future Of Retail: Trends To Watch

But what does the retail giant want with a calendar app? One possibility is tracking birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions to suggest gifts — …

Gigaom | Amazon CEO Bezos in shareholder letter: Authors are our customers, too

Advertisement<p>Amazon (s AMZN) released its 2012 annual report (PDF) Friday, and as usual it is accompanied by a letter to shareholders (PDF) from CEO …

Deliv’s same-day delivery service may finally give retailers a fighting chance against Amazon

It’s no secret now that same-day delivery is the future of online retail. But could it be the future of <i>offline</i> retail as well?<p>One company that thinks so is Deliv, a same-day retailer delivery service with a pretty different premise: Rather than employ an army of third-party couriers to do …

Yelp Launches Revenue Estimator Tool For Merchants

Yelp has been best known to small business for its extensive user ratings and reviews.<p>But a major focus now for the company is to provide more insights and benefits for these small businesses. So Yelp is launching a new Revenue Estimator for merchants to get a sense of how much money they are …

Walmart considers asking customers to deliver its packages

In order to lower the cost of getting packages to its online shoppers, Walmart is considering turning to other customers to take care of the deliveries, reports <i>Reuters</i><i>.</i> In an interview, Walmart.com’s chief executive Joel Anderson reportedly said that he sees "a path to where this is crowd sourced," …

Wal-Mart mulls getting customers to deliver packages to online buyers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is considering a radical plan to have store customers deliver packages to online buyers, a new twist on speedier delivery services that the company hopes will enable it to better compete with Amazon.com Inc.<p>Tapping customers to deliver goods would put the world's largest …

Google elbows Amazon with new same-day retail delivery in San Francisco

Google Inc. launched a same-day delivery service in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday as the world's largest Internet search company works with retailers such as Target Corp. to compete more with e-commerce leader Amazon.com Inc.<p>Google has been testing the service, called Google Shopping …

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Four Looming Factors That Could Threaten Amazon's Profits

This despite the fact that key metrics such as Income from operations as a percentage of Sales (dropped from 1.7% to 1.1%), Operating Cash Flows, Free Cash Flows and Inventory Turnover Ratio have been decreasing year-on-year.<p>Analysts are betting on the revenue growth of the firm, with estimated …

UPS pays $40M to end online pharmacies probe

UPS will halt deliveries for illegal online pharmacies and pay $40 million to end a federal criminal probe into its shipping practices, the Justice Department said Friday.<p>Atlanta-based UPS agreed to create a compliance program to identify the rogue pharmacies and close their shipping accounts, …