Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 1/9/13: Target’s Online Price Match; Dollar Stores Challenged

  “3-D printers could bring manufacturing to your home office” by Cecilia Kang at The Washington Post.  “This is definitely the year that 3-D printing is making a splash at the International Consumer Electronics Show, the annual bazaar of geek commerce. Last year, only one 3-D printing company showed up at the CES, which aims […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 1/8/13: Lowe’s “lacks direction”; Bezos = Sam Walton

  “Lowe’s changes lack direction: analyst” by Andria Ching at MarketWatch.  “The series of merchandising, management, store and other changes made by the nation’s second-largest home-improvement retailer appear to “lack direction,” an analyst said on Monday…Her biggest concern: a new management structure announced in May to focus on customer experience and operations has led to […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 1/7/13: Target’s ‘Project Bacon’; The Sharing Economy

  “The leaders in social commerce are not the usual suspects” by Stefany Moore at Internet Retailer.  “On average, retailers in the Social Media 300 get 4.25% of their total site traffic directly from Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Those numbers vary widely from top to bottom—ranging anywhere from 0.33% for sporting goods merchant The Sportsman’s […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 1/4/13: Walmart Ads Under Fire; 10 Big Retail Trends

  “Rivals Object to Wal-Mart Ads” by Ann Zimmerman and Shelly Banjo at WSJ.  “An aggressive Wal-Mart Stores Inc.   advertising campaign that claims better prices than specific, named competitors has rankled rivals, which have complained to attorneys general in more than half a dozen states…The Bentonville, Ark., giant said last year that the initial […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 1/3/13: Home Depot #1 in Radio; Facebook Selling

  “Facebook, Google dip their toes in sale of physical goods” by Brandon Bailey in San Jose Mercury News.  “Google in particular may have reason to be concerned. While it still dominates the business of selling advertising keyed to Internet search queries, online shoppers today are more likely to start their quests on Amazon than […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 1/2/13: Wmart #1 Mobile Retailer in ’12; Tour of Target w/CMO

  Happy New Year !!!   “Amazon Is Not A Commerce Company” by Alex Williams at Tech Crunch.  ”  …It’s why 2013 will be the big year for the retail and computing giant. It’s all coming together with its growing cloud infrastructure, voluminous data streams and content. It’s what Ray Wang of Constellation Research calls […]