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Attention Retailers: Amazon Prime members are located in Aisle 5

The growing popularity of Amazon’s membership program, Amazon Prime, has sent shockwaves among rival retailers since debuting a few years ago. For $79 a year, Prime members receive unlimited 2-day free shipping on eligible Amazon purchases (with no minimum order size), as well as access to Amazon’s video-on-demand service, Amazon Instant. The rate of adoption of Amazon Prime, coupled with the growing reach of Amazon.com, has caused rivals to scramble…

The Weekly Compete Pulse

The word on the street is Google is launching a same-day shipping program, similar to Amazon Prime but $10-15 cheaper, TechCrunch reports. “Google Shopping Express” will strengthen on Google’s existing ecommerce efforts: Google Wallet, Google Shopping, and their recent aquisitions of both BufferBox and Channel Intelligence.  We’re waiting for more details on subscribing. Compete published two new studies with Twitter Advertising, “How Tweets influence mobile and tech shoppers in the UK” and “How Tweets influence

EMS: Get Competitive with Free Shipping

Image from: free shipping / Shutterstock Can Versa Capital, who acquired Eastern Mountain Sports this past November, boost the store’s ecommerce business? The New Hampshire-based chain of 69 stores and seller of outdoor gear and apparel is getting crushed by its competitors online. The site had just over 314,000 Unique Visitors in the month of December, much lower than similar online stores.  EMS offers comparable products and their own line

Best Buy’s Best Bet

Much of the news surrounding Best Buy has been hardly positive this year.  The big-box electronics retailer recently announced a 30% drop in quarterly profits.  Plans are also in the works to cut the square footage of Best Buy’s stores by 10%. Analysts have suggested that Best Buy has struggled for the same reasons many other bricks-and-mortar retailers have: Amazon.  Some have gone as far to say that Best Buy

Webinar Replay: The Compete Online Retail 2011 Q1 Review

Jason Caine, Director, Client Services – Retail at Compete, and Damian Roskill, Managing Director, Marketing at Compete hosted a webinar last week on the state of the retail industry. Using data from our Q1 Shopper Intelligence Survey, they explored some of the important issues facing the retail industry from the first part of this year. If you’ve ever wished there was a way to gauge retailer performance online with a

Webinar: The Compete Online Retail 2011 Q1 Review

Calling anyone who is responsible for managing or supporting some part of an online, e-commerce business!  Join Compete for its inaugural Retail Update; a live webinar  that will provide an update on the latest online metrics and trends occurring in the retail industry.  You’re invited to join us next Tuesday, May 17, from 2-3pm EDT. Damian Roskill and I will spend some time reviewing how various retail sectors performed online

FedEx.com is Delivering – UVs That Is

Quick, can you guess the best month for unique visitors (UVs) on FedEx.com and UPS.com? Okay, I’ll break the suspense. As you can see below, December is typically the best month, by far. But you probably guessed that already. A deeper look at the data, however, reveals a few insights worthy of further study. First, UVs for UPS.com fell 2.42 percent between February 2009 and February 2010. During that same