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Friday, August 31, 2012

Jews refuse to shop at ‘Hitler’ store in India

There’s one shop in India that local Jews won’t stop by at any price: the one called “Hitler”. The owner of the clothing outlet in Ahmedabad claims it’s merely a “nickname given to one of the proprietors' grandfathers.”

­"Hitler was a nickname given to my business partner Manish Chandani's grandfather because of his strict nature. Frankly, till the time we applied for the trademark permission, I had only heard that Hitler was a strict man,” Rajesh Shah who owns the shop told The Times of India daily.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

5 Companies Changing the Way We Shop

Consumers are becoming more comfortable shopping online, and that may forever change the way we browse and buy products.

Compared to a year ago, ecommerce is up 15%, according to new data from comScore. The report indicates consumers spent $43.2 billion in online purchases last quarter, meaning it’s the seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. It also found 42% of ecommerce purchases included free shipping, a fact that may be contributing to shoppers’ willingness to buy online.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Unified Shopping Experiences Like ‘Showrooming’ Will Drive E-Commerce Growth

As retailers, both online and offline, prepare for this year’s holiday season, the evolution of the e-commerce space is expected to have an even bigger impact on the way people choose to buy things and how marketers attempt to influence what they buy.

Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney attended the eTail East conference in Boston last week and was struck by a provocative keynote by Phil Thompson, VP for marketing and e-commerce for Fossil, called “Why eCommerce will be dead in 10 years?”

Saturday, August 18, 2012

See How Quickly Walmart Took Over America

Retail behemoth Walmart released earnings Thursday, and many have used the report as a way to gauge how the American consumer feels. (Still strained, for the record.) That's because Walmart is the country's biggest retailer. Take a look at this animated GIF map by Excel Hero that illustrates the wildfire-like spread of Walmart stores that led to its domination of the United States.