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April 11, 2014

Total U.S. retail sales during 2013 reportedly reached $4.5 trillion, a 4.2% increase from $4.4 billion in 2012. According to new data from EMarketer, e-commerce sales of $263.3 billion, up 16.9% from $225.3 billion the prior year, helped drive overall retail sales growth.

NEW YORK — Total U.S. retail sales during 2013 reportedly reached $4.5 trillion, a 4.2% increase from $4.4 billion in 2012. According to new data from EMarketer, e-commerce sales of $263.3 billion, up 16.9% from $225.3 billion the prior year, helped drive overall retail sales growth.

Non-e-commerce sales totaled about $4.3 billion, a 3.5% increase from $4.12 billion in 2012. In 2014, EMarketer predicts that e-commerce sales in rhe U.S. will grow 15.5% to total $304.1 billion, or 6.4% of total retail sales of $4.73 billion.

February 7, 2014

The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch on Friday featured Amazon's shopping app "Flow," which enables consumers to add an item to their shopping cart after scanning the product with their smartphone's camera.

NEW YORK — The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch on Friday featured Amazon's shopping app "Flow," which enables consumers to add an item to their shopping cart after scanning the product with their smartphone's camera. 

It can be used as a sort of "showrooming" tool or it can be used at home in place of drafting a shopping list — just scan, click and ship. 

January 22, 2014

Coty has appointed Catia Cesari as SVP business development, mergers and acquisitions, effective Feb. 1.

NEW YORK — Coty Inc. has appointed Catia Cesari as SVP business development, mergers and acquisitions, effective Feb. 1. Cesari will join Coty's Executive Committee and will report jointly to CEO Michele Scannavini and CFO Patrice de Talhouët.

October 28, 2013

Experticity has announced the findings of its first ever “Retail Buying Experience” survey, which uncovers a striking expertise gap among sales associates in five retail areas: health and nutrition, prestige beauty, outdoor, sporting goods and hunting or fishing.

SALT LAKE CITY — Experticity has announced the findings of its first ever “Retail Buying Experience” survey, which uncovers a striking expertise gap among sales associates in five retail areas: health and nutrition, prestige beauty, outdoor, sporting goods and hunting or fishing.

October 4, 2013

PFSweb, an international provider of end-to-end e-commerce solutions, has launched a direct-to-consumer e-commerce solution for L'Oréal USA's Clarisonic brand, the company announced.

ALLEN, Texas — PFSweb, an international provider of end-to-end e-commerce solutions, has launched a direct-to-consumer e-commerce solution for L'Oréal USA's Clarisonic brand, the company announced.

July 22, 2013

Fuse Science's new products ElectroFuse and PowerFuse were named "Best New Products" by retailers attending ECRM's Diet, Vitamin and Sports Nutrition conference.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Fuse Science's new products ElectroFuse and PowerFuse were named "Best New Products" by retailers attending ECRM's Diet, Vitamin and Sports Nutrition conference here earlier this month. 

April 22, 2013

More than 2 million credit and debit cards at nearly all of Schnuck Markets' stores may have been compromised as part of a recent hacking incident, the company said.

ST. LOUIS — More than 2 million credit and debit cards at nearly all of Schnuck Markets' stores may have been compromised as part of a recent hacking incident, the company said.

April 21, 2013

According to research, ownership of smartphones and tablets in particular have grown rapidly over the past couple of years, and that has created a multi-headed omnichannel hydra of a customer who retailers across all channels are desperately trying to appease.

According to research, ownership of smartphones and tablets in particular have grown rapidly over the past couple of years, and that has created a multi-headed omnichannel hydra of a customer who retailers across all channels are desperately trying to appease.

April 19, 2013

Amazon.com created a virtual health and wellness depot with the launch of its new 50+ Active and Healthy Living Store.

Amazon.com created a virtual health and wellness depot with the launch of its new 50+ Active and Healthy Living Store. With this online destination, Amazon will be targeting the caregiver sweet spot — that sandwich generation who are likely to simultaneously care for their baby boomer parents even as they raise their Gen Y children. 

But are consumers really shopping health online? Or, more important, are they buying health online?

February 13, 2013

Shopkick, a shopping app, on Wednesday announced that Nielsen ranked Shopkick No. 34 out of approximately 1 million apps in December 2012.

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Shopkick, a shopping app, on Wednesday announced that Nielsen ranked Shopkick No. 34 out of approximately 1 million apps in December 2012. While still trailing giants like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter overall, Shopkick dominated the shopping category during the holiday season, with more frequent and prolonged usage than all physical retailers' own apps including Starbucks, Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger and Safeway, the app developer noted. 

January 17, 2013

HP this week announced that customers can now print directly from their smartphone or tablet to more than 8,000 Walgreens stores through the HP Public Print Locations network.

PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP this week announced that customers can now print directly from their smartphone or tablet to more than 8,000 Walgreens stores through the HP Public Print Locations network.

By downloading the free HP ePrint Service iPhone app, users can order prints of their photos and pick those photos up from a local Walgreens in as little as an hour.

August 30, 2012

Online giant Amazon.com will begin collecting a 6% state sales tax on purchases being shipped to Pennsylvania beginning Sept. 1, according to published reports.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Online giant Amazon.com will begin collecting a 6% state sales tax on purchases being shipped to Pennsylvania beginning Sept. 1, according to published reports.

The move is being made so that the online retailer will be in compliance with a new Pennsylvania state law going into effect that requires online retailers to collect state taxes if that retailer has a physical presence in the state.

August 30, 2012

As of Sept. 1, some 1.2 million Pennsylvanians will be able to go to bed at night secure in the knowledge that their jobs won't be drowned out by some online juggernaut. And by the middle of September, 3.1 million Californians will be able to breathe that same sigh of relief.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — As of Sept. 1, some 1.2 million Pennsylvanians will be able to go to bed at night secure in the knowledge that their jobs won't be drowned out by some online juggernaut. And by the middle of September, 3.1 million Californians will be able to breathe that same sigh of relief. That's how many retail employees there are across those two states.

July 27, 2012

IBM's fifth annual "Online Retail Holiday Readiness" report has uncovered that 2012 may just be the year of mobile.

ARMONK, N.Y. — IBM's fifth annual "Online Retail Holiday Readiness" report has uncovered that 2012 may just be the year of mobile.

Based on data from more than 500 U.S. retailers, the report found that online mobile sales increased 88.8% in second quarter 2012, compared with year-ago period.

What's more, IBM is forecasting that mobile sales will reach 20% of total online holiday sales this holiday season, and that mobile traffic will close in on 25%.

June 20, 2012

Kerr Health has integrated its specialty pharmacy and long-term care data into BioMed Intelligence's data warehouse solution, BMI said.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Kerr Drug subsidiary has integrated its specialty pharmacy and long-term care data into BioMed Intelligence's data warehouse solution, BMI said.

The moves streamlines Kerr Health's information into a single platform for data analytics across multiple locations and lines of business.

"BMI has been a valuable partner to Kerr Health," Kerr Health president Mike Brown said. "Their innovative reporting suite and advanced industry knowledge positions them well to partner with us on our data integration initiatives."

June 15, 2012

This month, DSN C2B Mobile Insights presents the Drug Store Shopping Report Card. We asked our C2Bers to rate their most recent trip to the drug store — or wherever it is they go primarily to shop for pharmacy and health and beauty items. We received more than 1,500 responses from all over the country.

This month, DSN C2B Mobile Insights presents the Drug Store Shopping Report Card. We asked our C2Bers to rate their most recent trip to the drug store — or wherever it is they go primarily to shop for pharmacy and health and beauty items. We received more than 1,500 responses from all over the country.

April 27, 2012

Groupon on Friday named Kal Raman to the role of SVP Americas.

CHICAGO — Groupon on Friday named Kal Raman to the role of SVP Americas.

Raman will oversee the company’s operations across 10 countries in North, Latin and South Americas and will be based in Groupon’s corporate headquarters in Chicago.

April 16, 2012

Given all the attention around the hotly contested Express Scripts-Medco merger, we thought we’d ask our C2B consumer reporters, if all things were equal and every pharmacy accepted their insurance, what would be the most important factors in choosing a pharmacy? Ninety-four percent said location/convenience, followed by customer service (50%). That's just a taste of what they told us.

Given all the attention around the hotly contested Express Scripts-Medco merger, Drug Store News thought we’d ask our C2B consumer reporters, if all things were equal and every pharmacy accepted their insurance, what would be the most important factors in choosing a pharmacy? Ninety-four percent said location/convenience, followed by customer service (50%). That's just a taste of what they told us.

March 16, 2012

During the 2011 holiday season, the top retail applications and websites combined — including Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Target and Walmart — reached nearly 60% of smartphone owners, according to Nielsen.

NEW YORK — During the 2011 holiday season, the top retail applications and websites combined — including Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Target and Walmart — reached nearly 60% of smartphone owners, according to Nielsen.

“The majority of smartphone owners used their devices for shopping this past holiday season,” said John Burbank, president of strategic initiatives at Nielsen. “Mobile shopping has reached scale and is only going to grow as smartphone penetration continues to rise.”

March 9, 2012

In the first DSN/C2B Mobile Insights report, we examine what consumers think about shopping for health and beauty online vs. brick-and-mortar retailers. Overall, nearly 8-of-10 consumers bought health-and-beauty-aid items online in the past year. Did they leave your store to buy? Did they use their smartphones to make a purchase and use YOUR STORE as a “showroom” for ANOTHER RETAILER’S website?

1) Have you purchased a health or beauty product online in the past year?

January 16, 2012

AisleBuyer has unveiled the latest edition of its commerce platform and self-checkout application.

NEW YORK — AisleBuyer has unveiled the latest edition of its commerce platform and self-checkout application.

AisleBuyer CEO Andrew Paradise said the platform upgrade of mShop "was designed to meet the needs of retailers at any stage of mobile commerce development." The company said the latest edition of mShop, which debuts at the National Retail Federation Show this week, includes such upgrades as:

November 30, 2011

Internet retailers have an unfair advantage over Main Street merchants when it comes to sales tax, and legislation may be the solution to help level the playing field, according to the National Retail Federation.

WASHINGTON — Internet retailers have an unfair advantage over Main Street merchants when it comes to sales tax, and legislation may be the solution to help level the playing field, according to the National Retail Federation.

October 14, 2011

Target announced that Steve Eastman, president of Target.com, left the retailer to pursue other opportunities. Eastman’s departure follows a late August relaunch of Target.com.

MINNEAPOLIS  — Target announced that Steve Eastman, president of Target.com, left the retailer to pursue other opportunities. Eastman’s departure follows a late August relaunch of Target.com.

The relaunch process did not go smoothly as Target brought its online operations in-house after a lengthy relationship with Amazon.com. Target’s goal was to reinvent the online environment and create a user-friendly and reliable experience, but that proved not to be the case initially as critics panned the site design and there were difficulties with functionality.

October 13, 2011

Online retailer Amazon is testing robotic delivery lockers that people can use to receive items they order from the website, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Online retailer Amazon is testing robotic delivery lockers that people can use to receive items they order from the website, according to published reports.

Wired magazine reported online that the company was conducting the tests in Seattle and New York at Rite Aid and 7-Eleven stores, as well as other locations. The new service would allow people to select a locker location for delivery and then go to retrieve their items automatically using a six-digit code.

August 1, 2011

Traditional retailers today are marshalling their online resources to complement their brick-and-mortar stores, and retail pharmacies have an opportunity to use websites, social networking, smartphone applications and various combinations thereof to own multichannel customers.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — Traditional retailers today are marshalling their online resources to complement their brick-and-mortar stores, and retail pharmacies have an opportunity to use websites, social networking, smartphone applications and various combinations thereof to own multichannel customers.