Amazon is the first stop for nearly half of online shoppers

By Chris Meadows
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Amazon is the first stop for 44% of shoppers looking to buy or research a product on-line, according to e-commerce software company Bloomreach’s survey cited in Re/Code. 34% use Google as their first stop, and only 21% use some other online retailer, according to the survey. A 2012 Forrester [...]

Is showrooming the same as shoplifting?

By Joanna Cabot
May 31, 2015 // 10 Comments

I have always respected the work of my fellow bloggers at Good eReader, but a post I saw has me wondering what is in the water over there, right now. First, there was Mercy Pilkington’s failure to grasp the basic economics of product sales. And now, Michael Koslowski weights in by asserting [...]

Why is Black Friday now Black Thursday Night? Blame Amazon

By Chris Meadows
November 18, 2014 // 3 Comments

Tis the season. As we gear up for the Christmas shopping rush to begin, we face a dilemma that’s become a lot more prominent in recent years: many retailers are going to open for early Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving evening. This has horrified a certain percentage of people who see it as [...]

What if Amazon bought Barnes & Noble?

By Chris Meadows
March 14, 2014 // 4 Comments

There’s a peculiar phenomenon by which year-old articles sometimes show up again in news aggregators and social network feeds that for some reason see the month and day part of the date and miss the year. (It’s gotten me in trouble before.) But today it brings up an interesting blog post I [...]

Amazon was the grinch that stole Britain’s Christmas

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

New research data from Kantar Worldpanel will bring absolutely no comfort whatsoever to the UK’s legions of Amazon haters. For the statistics in its quarterly entertainment barometer show that in the UK, “for the 12 weeks ending 22 December 2013, Amazon posted its highest ever market [...]

Wal-Mart promises to catch up to Amazon in two years

By Chris Meadows
January 23, 2014 // 5 Comments

Wal-Mart is eyeing Amazon enviously, and trying to step up its game to compete. A Wal-Mart exec told the Wall Street Journal (paywalled; circumvent with Google News) that Wal-Mart was going to be able to match Amazon’s range of products and ability to ship fast “within two years.” [...]

Amazon begins collecting sales tax in Indiana, Nevada, and Tennessee

By Chris Meadows
January 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Here’s some Amazon news that hits me literally right where I live. Today Amazon began charging sales tax on orders shipped to Indiana—where I currently live—as well as Nevada and Tennessee. I can see why the states want to get their hands on the extra money, and technically we should be [...]

The Best Example Ever of a Book That Would Never Work in 'E' Form

By Joanna Cabot
August 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’m birthday shopping for a long weekend visit with a young friend, and I think I just found the most perfect example in the world of a book series that should not at all be threatened by the birth of the e-book. The background: The boy is turning three, and he is into trains. But he has a [...]

Trader Joe's vs. Pirate Joe's

By Joanna Cabot
August 28, 2013 // 4 Comments

Techdirt is one of many who have been covering the curious tale of Pirate Joe—aka Michael Hallatt, a Vancouver entrepreneur who has set up a store in which he sells, at a markup, products he purchases at the Trader Joe’s chain on the American side of the border. Hallatt claims he is doing [...]

Why Indigo's Boutique Model is Succeeding

By Joanna Cabot
August 19, 2013 // 4 Comments

I wrote earlier about a mysterious walled-off section that just went up at my local Indigo, announcing the impending arrival of something called “Indigo Tech.” This morning, there was news in my RSS feed from my friends at Good e-Reader, confirming that Indigo has signed a deal with [...]

Lessons Learned During a Cross-Border Shopping Trip

By Joanna Cabot
August 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’ve just gotten back from a little birthday getaway—we had a long weekend here and the Beloved took an extra day off to whisk me away for the big 3-6. And I realized that there is nothing better for clarifying the issues facing bricks-and-mortar retail right now than a little cross-border [...]

Canada: The Great White Shopping Hope?

By Joanna Cabot
July 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

After years of neglect by major American retailers, Canada is finally seeing some love. The Star is reporting that Target is gearing up to open 20 more stores across Canada. And an email from this morning informed me that Canadians can now purchase toys & games, furniture & decor, [...]

Are Bookstore Experiences the Way of the Future?

By Joanna Cabot
July 2, 2013 // 1 Comment

I’ve seen a flurry of articles lately documenting the increasingly shrinking quantity of shelf space in bookstores being devoted to actual books. My local Indigo has an entire level that stocks almost no books at all—it’s got magazines, the Kobo kiosk, the cash desk area and a large [...]

The Cookbook Store: A Lesson in Book Retail Done Right

By Joanna Cabot
April 4, 2013 // 1 Comment

From today’s Toronto Star comes this feel-good story about The Cookbook Store, a Toronto landmark celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The story also has some good lessons for those who wonder how book retail can continue to survive and thrive in today’s Amazon-and-Internet [...]

1 2 3
wordpress analytics