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Online Retail Traffic Up 26% Last Week

Image from: Yellowj / Shutterstock Online retailers continued to draw in shoppers at a brisk pace last week.  Total visits to the Internet Retailer Top 200 sites grew 26% to 802M visits when compared to the same week last year. Last week’s growth in online retailer traffic appears to be spread out across all retail segments.  Mass Merchants and department stores continued to clean up online. Apparel and electronics retailers

Out of Toilet Paper? Amazon to the Rescue!

Image from: William J. Mahnken / Shutterstock Have you ever bought toilet paper online?  Or shampoo?  How about toothpaste?  While we are more than happy to buy books, apparel, and electronics online, we have been reluctant to purchase our everyday household essentials online.  But this is changing.  While only 8 percent of consumers surveyed in the Fall 2011 Online Shopper Intelligence™ survey reported buying household products online in the past

Don’t delete those emails! Groupon needs you back.

Hyped as one of most anticipated IPOs of the year, Groupon has seen its stock price tumble since going public last month. Traffic to Groupon.com has also been on a steady decline over the past several months, largely as a result of Groupon dramatically slashing its online advertising spend. This past June at seemingly the height of the Groupon frenzy (or fad) the site’s traffic peaked at 33.7 million unique

Barbies, Legos, and Tablets: Top Toys of 2011

Image from: zuender/Shutterstock As we enter the final days of November, children everywhere are finalizing their lists for the upcoming holiday season. I remember poring over catalogs and memorizing commercials as I decided what toys I had to have that year. These days, children not only use catalogs and TV for inspiration, but they can supplement their research with the Internet. I decided to take a look at our Compete

Mass Merchant and Department Stores Experience Spike in Traffic Last Week

Image from: Gorilla / Shutterstock Consumers appear to be buying into the holiday creep that has dominated the headlines over the last couple of weeks.  Holiday creep is the term being used to describe the efforts by retailers to extend the holiday shopping season and offer holiday related deals before the traditional Black Friday kickoff. Year over year total visits increased last week increased in 7 of the 15 retailer

Holiday 2011 Outlook

Image from: Adam Gryko / Shutterstock This post was originally featured on Retail Online Integration: In case you haven’t noticed the changes taking place in retail outlets all across the country, I am here to report that orange is out and red and green are in!  That’s right; the Holiday season has officially begun.   From tinsel to snowflakes, stores are already decked out in their Holiday finest hoping to entice

Online Holiday Spending Dropped Last Week

Image from: Tatiana Popova / Shutterstock Have you started checking things off your gifts list yet? If so, then you are in good company. With a little over a month left until Christmas, most shoppers have already started making progress on their lists. According to the latest Compete Holiday Insights™ survey, over 60% of the people surveyed have completed part their holiday shopping, a 20% increase compared to a month

Lessons from Holidays Past

Image from: Sofia / Shutterstock After months of buildup and countless predictions, the holiday 2011 shopping season is here.  Before we all get overwhelmed with this year’s numbers, let’s take one final look at the 2010 holiday season and highlight a couple of last-second takeaways that can be applied to this year’s strategy. Isolate ‘Cyber Monday’ for All Categories So much emphasis has been placed on having a huge black

Compete Holiday Insights™ 2011

With Halloween behind us, retailers are now full swing into the Holiday shopping season.  And consumers aren’t too far behind.  By the end of October, a little more than half of consumers surveyed said that they have begun their Holiday shopping.  In fact, 1 out of 10 consumers have completed at least half of their expected Holiday shopping. Toys and games, electronics, and gift cards were popular gift items to

Daily Deals on the Downside: Groupon and Livingsocial Continue to Slide

Image from: Merkushev Vasiliy/Shutterstock Group buying/daily deal sites seem to be losing their shine – witness the recent layoffs at Buywithme.com (which has recently merged with Gilt Groupe) and the repricing of the Groupon IPO due to concerns with their model (and other issues).  From my perspective, I’ve long thought that the daily deal space was overcrowded and people were starting to ignore the offers – deal fatigue setting in. 

Amazon’s MYHABIT Targets “REAL” Women Via Email

With the popularity of online flash sales, it’s natural to wonder what retail categories are going to be the next big trend. Amazon’s MYHABIT is leading the charge in offering something special for REAL, American women. As you may or may not know, the average dress size of women in the US is 14, so targeting women dress sizes 14+ could potentially be a very smart move. From my personal