Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 12/4/12: 3D Printing at Staples, Consumers open to mortgages at Walmart

  “Consumers open to putting mortgages from Wal-Mart on their shopping list” by Rick  Rouan at Columbus Business First via Reuters.  “Charlotte, N.C.-based Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group’s study of 618 U.S. consumers says that alternative financial services providers are threatening banks’ dominance in the lending market. The survey found that one in three consumers […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 12/3/12: Walmart alleged patent infringement, Web “up & down” pricing, Walgreens opens store #8K

    “Retail Frenzy: Prices on the Web Change Hourly” by Stephanie Clifford in The New York Times.  “Ms. Schulz said sophisticated retailers set algorithms to change prices in response to competitors. “Retailers pipe a bunch of information in electronically, like internal information — cost, availability of inventory, sales goals,” along with competitors’ prices, she […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 11/30/12: Amazon’s Bezos speaks, Target gears up in Canada, Kroger Q3 Sales Up

  “Amazon CEO Bezos: AWS is lean manufacturing, Kindle Fire for IT” by Larry Dignan for Between the Lines.  “Bezosisms”: Innovation isn’t always fun. “You also have to have a willingness to fail and be misunderstood for a while,” Bezos said. “If you never want to be criticized, for heaven’s sake, don’t do anything that’s new.” […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 11/29/12

Target November Comp Sales Decreased 1%.  “Target Corporation today reported that its net retail sales for the four weeks ended November 24, 2012 were $6,183 million, a decrease of 0.1 percent from $6,191 million for the four weeks ended November 26, 2011. On this same basis, November comparable-store sales decreased 1.0 percent.”  https://investors.target.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=65828&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1762842&highlight=  “Amazon, Wal-Mart Pull Ahead In Cyber Monday Traffic” […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 11/28/12

Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports November Sales Results.  Costco Wholesale Corporation today reported net sales of $8.15 billion for the month of November, the four weeks ended November 25, 2012, an increase of nine percent from $7.51 billion during the similar four-week period last year.   https://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=83830&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1762306&highlight= “Walmart comes to India: Can mom and pop stores play […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 11/27/12: Walmart Evolution to E-Commerce; Top Online Shopping Sites

  “Online sales jump on Cyber Monday, eBay shines” by Alistair Barr at Reuters.  “Online sales were up 25.6 percent as of 3:00 pm EST on Monday, compared with the same period a year ago, according to International Business Machines Corp which tracks transaction data from 500 U.S. retail websites. In 2011, Cyber Monday year-over-year […]