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Free shipping offers boost online holiday spending

Americans continue to spend more of their cash online this holiday season, with comScore reporting that online spending is up 16 percent so far this holiday season. One of the reasons for the surge was a big uptick in last-minute shopping, propelled by free shipping promotions by online retailers. That included what is being dubbed… Read More

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Best Buy’s top geek Stephen Gillett resigns after 9 months

It was a big deal earlier this year when Best Buy lured Stephen Gillett away from Starbucks to lead digital efforts for the Minneapolis  consumer electronics retailer. But shortly after Gillett’s arrival in March, Best Buy entered a tailspin. The stock — down nearly 50 percent this year — continued to fall after management changes… Read More

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Nordstrom exec maneuvers online as Amazon.com threat looms

A few months ago, we wrote a story on GeekWire about the growing rivalry between two iconic Seattle brands: Amazon.com and Nordstrom. But how big of a threat is Amazon to the Nordstrom franchise? Pretty big. Reuters this week profiles Jamie Nordstrom, the 40-year-old great grandson of John W. Nordstrom who is leading the retailer’s… Read More

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Chart: Here’s how much Americans are spending online this holiday season

Americans are spending a lot of dough online this holiday season, with comScore reporting that $33.8 billion has been spent online so far this year. That’s up 13-percent compared to the corresponding days last year. “This past workweek saw four days surpass the billion dollar spending threshold during the heaviest five-day online shopping period on record,”… Read More

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Online holiday shopping off to a fast start, jumps 16 percent

Americans are spending more money online this holiday shopping season. For the first 26 days of the November-December 2012 holiday season, Americans spent $16.4 billion, a 16 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a report from comScore. On “Cyber Monday,” comScore tallied $1.465 billion in online spending, up 17 percent versus year… Read More

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Newsmakers: Adam Brotman gives Starbucks a digital jolt

Typically, around these parts at least, technological innovation is associated with tech titans like Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing. But there’s a bit of a technological revolution brewing at one of Seattle’s other big brands: Starbucks. Make no mistake about it, Starbucks is still very much about the coffee experience. But the world’s best known coffee… Read More

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The ‘ultimate disrupter’ Jeff Bezos named Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year

Dubbing him the “ultimate disrupter,” Fortune magazine has chosen Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos as its Businessperson of the Year. The profile that accompanies the honor, written expertly by senior editor Adam Lashinsky, delves into everything from Amazon’s memo-based culture to Bezos’ love of science fiction to the company’s legendary focus on the customer. Quoted throughout the… Read More

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Report: Amazon Lockers arriving at Staples stores

Amazon.com has struck a deal to put its new locker system — which allows customers to order products online and pick them up at physical locations — in Staples stores, according to a report today by Reuters. Staples is the largest office supply retailer in the world, with more than $25 billion in annual sales and… Read More

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Best Buy looks to retain customers, plans to match Amazon on price

Wal-Mart earlier this week threw down the gauntlet on Amazon.com, announcing that it plans to offer same-day delivery in some markets this holiday season. Now, it’s Best Buy’s turn. The electronics retailer is planning to match the prices of Amazon.com this holiday season, with The Wall Street Journal reporting today that the strategy is an… Read More

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Video: Microsoft Store pulls plug on table-stomping rapper

There’s no word on exactly how much damage the rapper Machine Gun Kelly caused during this appearance last week at the Microsoft Store in Atlanta, but clearly this wasn’t what the company was expecting in the way of a performance. After delivering a few profanities, the rapper jumped from table to table, stomping around (and possibly on)… Read More

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The end of Endless: Amazon pulls plug on fashion site

Amazon.com is shutting down Endless.com, the five-year-old high-end online fashion site that sold handbags, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. The site will be turned off on September 27th, with the service integrated directly with Amazon.com/Fashion. Amazon has been making some big bets in the high-end fashion market, and we’ve talked about the growing rivalry between the… Read More

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Amazon prepares fall launch of AfterSchool.com, a new site for sports and outdoor gear for kids

Amazon.com’s Quidsi unit is gearing up to launch a new sports and activities site called AfterSchool.com, designed to outfit kids with the sports, dance and art supplies. “AfterSchool.com … is a completely new way to shop for kids’ favorite sports & activities,” according to a message Amazon.com sent to manufacturing partners. “Whether they are into… Read More

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Katniss vs. Harry: Hunger Games outsells Harry Potter on Amazon

It’s happened. Something has outsold the Harry Potter series on Amazon. And that something is Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series. Heck, even Bill Gates liked it. Amazon announced today that the three-book Hunger Games series following hero Katniss Everdeen’s adventures of survival and derring-do have outsold the seven-book Potter series that followed those lovable wizards… Read More

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Why Amazon.com gave up the sales tax fight: A new face for the ‘online’ retailer?

An interesting thing started happening last year. Amazon.com, which for months had battled states over the collection of sales tax, began changing its tune on the issue. It started agreeing to collect sales taxes on purchases in some states where it didn’t operate physical locations, while simultaneously inking deals to bring massive warehouses (and jobs)… Read More

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QThru lands $3.5M to help you sail through the supermarket

Supermarkets are increasingly adopting self checkout terminals. But Seattle entrepreneur Aaron Roberts, a former engineer at RIM and Attachmate, believes he’s come up with a better way for people to do their shopping at the local grocery story. It’s called QThru, and the young upstart just raised $3.5 million from undisclosed angel investors to start rolling out… Read More