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6 Reasons Why Amazon May Be Perfectly Situated to Open Hundreds of Stores

The data and opportunities are there

Sandeep Mathrani, the CEO of mall development giant General Growth Properties, got many folks' attention on an earnings call late Tuesday afternoon, though the reason had nothing to do with…

New Facebook Policy Bans Private Gun Sales From Its Platform and Instagram

Social giant's measure is global

The National Rifle Association has nearly 4.7 million fans on Facebook, but the pro-guns organization probably isn't the biggest fan of Facebook tonight. The social networking company revealed on Friday evening…

Why Do You Get a 2-Foot-Long Receipt for a Pack of Chewing Gum?

We set out to solve a retail mystery

As shoppers troop off to buy gifts for the holiday season, ringing up an estimated $877 billion, most of them will go home not just with their purchases, but also…

Here Are 5 Things VTech Must Do After Its Holidays Data Horror

Hackers exposed 6.4 million children's profiles

'Twas the nightmare before Christmas. Apologies to Hollywood director Tim Burton, but VTech's current public-relations disaster is one of the scariest holiday marketing tales of all time. The toy seller is…

UPDATE: Target Says Cyber Monday Traffic Has Been 'Twice as High as Our Busiest Day Ever'

Retailer explains site crash

Target and PayPal have both experienced temporary Internet shutdowns today, seemingly because of a flood of consumer traffic. It's unclear exactly how long the outages occurred, but the blackouts lingered…

Infographic: When and Where Do Black Friday's Biggest Crowds Actually Hit?

Google's look at foot traffic finds a few surprises

More than ever before, Google wants to help shoppers navigate the wretched non-holiday known as Black Friday. Today, the online Santa of search is showing when and where people head…

J. Crew and American Girl Embrace Social Commerce Ads for the Holidays

Retailers continue to bet big on digital

Add J. Crew and American Girl to the list of retailers betting big with their holiday campaigns on ad units launched by Facebook and Instagram. J.Crew bought Instagram ads that include…

How Nordstrom and Sephora Are Nailing Social Media Going Into Black Friday

And doing it with a simple strategy

To measure which retailers have the best momentum on social media going into the holidays, Shareablee studied 109 big-box and department store brands across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram between Nov.…

This Holiday Ad for Dick's Sporting Goods May Be the Season's Sweetest Yet

A local coach gets a special gift

Here's a Christmas commercial that's sure to bring a smile to your face. Dick's Sporting Goods has released a minute-long ad, directed by Derek Cianfrance, about a special gift for a…

REI's Reddit Experience Shows Brands Need to Be Ready to Take the Tough Questions

AMA quickly turned into forum on employee frustrations

REI will be closing its stores on Black Friday and paying 12,000 employees to take the day off, a move that has generated lots of goodwill—except on Reddit. The outdoor retailer's…

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