Taking Stock: Building an omni-channel, data-rich experience

Companies like Amazon, iTunes and Net-a-Porter conduct all their business online. Traditional retailers, however, have an added challenge. They have to transition from being solely brick-and-mortar businesses to providing an integrated omni-channel experience that is able to leverage new technologies.

Amazon 3Q net sales up 20pc to USD21b

Amazon reported that net sales increased 20 percent to USD20.58 billion in the third quarter, compared with USD17.09 billion in third quarter of 2013.

“As we get ready for this upcoming holiday season, we are focused on making the customer experience easier and more stress-free than ever,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of

Sydney's Bigcommerce teams with Alibaba to take on Amazon

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

A Sydney software company developing e-commerce tools for businesses is taking on Amazon by teaming up with the Chinese internet giant Alibaba.

Bigcommerce has announced a partnership with the Chinese behemoth, hoping to slice into Amazon's capacity to source cheap products by connecting merchant to wholesaler.

Alibaba, which pulled off the biggest IPO in history on the New York Stock Exchange last month, will integrate its buyer and supplier network with Bigcommerce's users, enabling merchants to source products directly through Alibaba's suppliers.

Let's get physical - Amazon goes bricks'n mortar

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

It's turning online commerce on its head: is reportedly planning to open its first physical store, a move that could mark a key strategic shift for a retailer that has been a pioneer of e-commerce.

Amazon expands holiday deals for sellers

Amazon announced on Tuesday that top deals from sellers worldwide will be featured on holiday deal pages.

Participating sellers are expected to offer thousands of deals across most product categories throughout the holiday season. These deals will now appear on the Amazon Today’s Deals page, Black Friday Store, Cyber Monday Store and many other high customer traffic site features and even in local Amazon sites in the US, the EU, China, Japan, India and Canada.

Biyani's tie up with Amazon to help him boost sales, profits

The Hindu Business Line

Kishore Biyani’s Future group could generate higher volumes and improve profits through reduced fixed costs and supply-chain expenses if talks with Amazon go through. Biyani is in talks with Amazon to sell his private labels and sharing back-end facilities. On the other hand, Amazon would get a number of brands on its portal that would help it drive footfall, consultants said.

Amazon introduces #AmazonWishList

In preparation for the holiday shopping season, Amazon has introduced #AmazonWishList, allowing customers to add items to their Amazon Wish List on Twitter.

The company said customers who discover a tweet from their favorite artist, expert, brand, or friend with an product link, can simply add “#AmazonWishList” to the reply on Twitter and the product is added to their Amazon Wish List.

Amazon's CFO to retire in Summer of 2015's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Thomas J. Szkutak will retire from the company in June 2015.

The company announced that Brian T. Olsavsky, Vice President of Finance for the company’s global consumer business, will succeed Szkutak, who has been the CFO since he joined the company October 2002.

Amazon preps a challenge to Google

The Wall Street Journal Online

Amazon aims to challenge Google's dominance of the online ad market, developing its own software for placing ads online that could leverage its knowledge of Web shoppers.

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Amazon eyes kitchen, fashion sectors in China

Shanghai Daily

Amazon, which has appointed a new president for the Chinese market, said yesterday that it will expand its business from books and consumer electronics to kitchen and fashion.

The world's e-commerce giant plans to offer Chinese users unique products, such as Pebble smartwatches and Vivienne Westwood apparel, on its newly-setup online fashion, kitchen and wearable computing gadgets stores, Doug Gurr, who will be president of Amazon China in September, said on Tuesday in Shanghai.

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