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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Galaxy Soho - A Futuristic Mall in Beijing

Constructed in Beijing, China, the Galaxy Soho is a futuristic mall comprising four structures and 18 floors.

Inspired by nature, Architect Zaha Hadid reveals, “The natural rhythms and flows of the city, of the environment and of the people have been integrated within the design to define its formal composition.”

It's Nice That : Zaha Hadid wows us again with stunning new Beijing development

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Best Times to Buy Clothing

Which is the best day of the week to buy clothing online?

The answer depends on what you are looking for. ShopItToMe.com, a San Francisco company that analyzes more than 750,000 sales items a year from more than 200 online retailers. By running averages, the company found the following patterns:

■ Mondays: Shoppers can save nearly 50% on men’s and women’s dress pants, and about 55% on sunglasses.

■ Tuesdays: Expect to save more than 40% on men’s apparel.

More Here: The Best Times to Buy Clothing | TIME.com

State of E-Commerce in India: online user base grows 50% YoY!

India’s online population grew by over 50% in July 2012 as compared to July 2011, according to a joint study by Internet analytics and audience measurement company comScore and trade association ASSOCHAM.

According to the State of e-Commerce in India report, there were 124.7 million or 12.5 crore unique visitors in July 2012 out of which nearly 50% were visitors from home or work. The other half accessed internet via mobile or shared networks. A total of 48 billion minutes were spent online. In a recent study, also by comScore, most online minutes in India were spent on Google sites, Facebook and Yahoo.

State of E-Commerce in India: online user base grows 50% YoY!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Why Black Friday Isn't the Best Day to Shop for Price Deals

Attention Black Friday shoppers: You're probably wasting your time.

After crunching two to six years' worth of pricing data for a number of typical holiday gifts, The Wall Street Journal has turned up the best times to go deal hunting — and they almost never involve standing in the freezing cold all night.

IKEA in No Rush to Open India Stores - India Real Time - WSJ

The new India chief of Swedish furniture giant IKEA Group says the company is not in a hurry to open its first store in the country. IKEA’s priority, said Juvencio Maeztu, is to get a better feel for the market first.

“At this point of time we have many questions about the Indian market. We need to get information. We have to be humble and we have to listen,” said Mr. Maeztu in his first interaction with the Indian media since IKEA announced its foray into India in June.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How Do You Decide to Buy?

If you've watched Mad Men, you know that marketers used to do what they could to get your attention – using flashy campaigns to promote what they think you want. But with the prevalence of technology in our everyday lives, marketing tactics are changing to be smarter about understanding their customers.

Marketers are focusing on building tools to understand your habits, personalize your experience, and connect you with like minds. Learn about the innovative tools they use and take the survey to find out what kind of shopper you are.

Infographic: How Do You Decide to Buy? | Figures Of Progress on GOOD

Friday, October 5, 2012

SAP's New Retail Software Uses Big Data To Make You Buy More Stuff

Not so long ago, the most advanced piece of technology present at the intersection of consumer and retailer was the cash register. Today, buyers are bringing their own technology on their shopping trips - and trailing a very revealing online data footprint. One big enterprise software company is promising retailers new technology that will let retailers leverage that information to market to those consumers in real-time.

For retailers and tech companies that serve them, billions of dollars are up for grabs. If there were any doubts that there was real money to be made leveraging big data to create custom marketing pitches in real time, those doubts should be shattered by Tuesday's entrance of mega-software corporation SAP into the retail tech frenzy. The move is the equivalent of an elephant walking into a room of working mice and telling everyone, "I've got this."

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Crocodile War: Family Feud at Clothing Firm Lacoste

A family feud at the top of the Lacoste clothing company is pitting father against daughter in a battle for management of the green crocodile brand.

Michel Lacoste, 69, has decided to seek a court ruling against the company board's nomination of Sophie Lacoste-Dournel as non-executive president, which he told the daily Le Monde was an "irregular" decision "by an irregular board."