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Wednesday - June 30, 2021
Amazon Vinyl of the Month Club
The service, available for U.S. customers only, sends monthly subscribers during each billing period a classic album from the 1960s and '70s by artists such as Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin and ABBA. "The Vinyl of the Month Club will help new fans start to build a collection of some of the greatest LPs ever," Amazon Music spokesman David Marek told the E-Commerce Times. [More...]

Tuesday - June 29, 2021
Businesses should consider these factors before shifting to a DTC/D2C model
By cutting out the middleman, brands can earn a higher margin and gain direct access to consumers and their data. For these reasons, leading brands such as Nike are aggressively making the shift to DTC, and other large retailers are following suit. However, many forget to take into account three important factors. [More...]

Wednesday - June 23, 2021
travel industry trends
As people emerge from lockdowns and limitations in the coming months, and look toward getting out and exploring the world again, travel is anticipated to become a popular and valued activity. The E-Commerce Times spoke with several industry experts to get their perspective on new trends in travel and tourism. [More...]

Monday - June 21, 2021
Amazon's marketing restrictions not imposed fairly to U.S. sellers
"What's the real cost of getting everything delivered to your door? Small businesses and third-party sellers are getting killed," said Jason Boyce, CEO and founder of Avenue7Media." As consumers in a free country, we have to ask ourselves whether one company with the power of Amazon is good for American consumers and small businesses." [More...]

Friday - June 18, 2021
social media and chat apps driving post-pandemic retail e-commerce
Consumers will spend more money shopping online this summer in response to ads they see on social media if deals are offered by vendors. Shoppers also are more receptive to chat commerce, a potential new trend. New research by Smartly.io, a social advertising automation platform for creative and performance marketers, underscores the role social media plays in influencing shoppers in a world changed by the pandemic. [More...]

Wednesday - June 16, 2021
advantages of podcast advertising for marketers and producers
Podcasts provide advertisers with microtargeted pitches that engage listeners more effectively than other outlets, according to Maury Rogow, CEO and creative director of Hollywood's Rip Media Group. The most effective podcast advertising is delivered by the host. While this makes many marketers uneasy, the risk can pay off because the targets will listen and remember the message. [More...]

Thursday - June 10, 2021
artificial intelligence applications for e-commerce
Artificial intelligence may well be the Holy Grail solution for more effective shopping optimization for merchants. The list is almost endless when you tally the potential uses. It can be anywhere, from classification issues like recommendations to search and merchandising personalization. It also aids retailers in things like optimization and visual modeling. [More...]

Tuesday - June 8, 2021
how to use coupons and deals to increase e-commerce sales
Everyone loves a deal, and e-commerce shoppers are no different. Coupons, discounts, and other offers can draw in new customers and build loyalty with existing ones. In fact, according to recent survey by Vericast, 83 percent of consumers bought at least one item in the last six months -- and 62 percent shopped with a brand for the first time -- because of a coupon or discount. [More...]

Thursday - June 3, 2021
realt-time-ecommerce-payment-transactions
E-commerce merchants are literally at the mercy of the digital checkout systems tied to their web stores. For retailers, what happens on the other side of the "pay" button is critical to avoiding denied approvals. Online payment service provider Credorax peeled back the curtain for the E-Commerce Times to reveal the ins and outs of what happens behind the pay button. [More...]

Wednesday - June 2, 2021
Federal IT providers can participate in contracts flowing from the $1 billion allocated by American Rescue Plan.
The U.S. government is moving at a brisk pace to launch information technology projects authorized by the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Federal information technology providers are looking for the chance to participate in contracts flowing from the $1 billion allocated by the plan to the government's Technology Modernization Fund. [More...]

Wednesday - May 26, 2021
Amazon to acquire MGM for $8.45 billion
A definitive merger agreement has been announced for Amazon to acquire MGM for $8.45 billion. MGM will bring to Amazon's table more than 4,000 movies and 17,000 TV shows. All totaled, MGM productions over the years won more than 180 Oscars and 100 Emmy awards. MGM will continue to operate as a label under the Amazon brand. [More...]

Wednesday - May 26, 2021
Hydra cryptocurrency transactions
A Russian-language dark web marketplace called Hydra that is known to facilitate the illegal sale of narcotics has seen cryptocurrency transactions soar over the last five years. According to a report by Flashpoint and Chainalysis, Hydra's crypto business began accelerating in 2017 after its chief competitor was shut down by Russian law enforcement authorities. [More...]

Tuesday - May 25, 2021
E-Commerce for the health and wellness industry
Emerging from the pandemic, people are more concerned than ever before about their health and well-being. As a result, increasingly they're turning to digital solutions to address their needs. The E-Commerce Times talked with health and wellness experts from a variety of sectors for perspective on how e-commerce has been brought into service in this new -- and newly health-conscious -- world. [More...]

Thursday - May 20, 2021
why businesses profit by nurturing existing clientele
Important as it is to continually acquire new customers, it's every bit as vital for businesses to nurture existing clientele. The E-Commerce Times talked with several experts in customer engagement to get their thoughts about why it's critical to cultivate current customers -- and how to encourage them to stick around. [More...]

Wednesday - May 19, 2021
FC reports record investment scam losses
As the value of cryptocurrencies continue to soar, new investors are eager to get in on the action, and scammers are more than willing to accommodate them. According to the Federal Trade Commission, claims of losses from cryptocurrency fraud skyrocketed from October 2020 to March 2021. The median loss reported neared a 1,000 percent increase over the same period a year ago. [More...]

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