As Groupon Inc. rushes into e- commerce, it needs to line up vast numbers of products to become profitable. To secure sufficient inventory, the company is developing software that will help small retailers easily set up flash sales on its Groupon Goods site.
Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc., aiming to get more consumers to shop online this holiday season, are taking their fight to brick-and-mortar retailers’ home turf on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. are testing strategies for a same-day delivery market fueled by Web retailers trying to match the instant gratification their brick-and-mortar competitors offer shoppers.
Last April, Gamestop Corp. opened a store on Facebook to generate sales among the 3.5 million-plus customers who’d declared themselves “fans” of the video game retailer. Six months later, the store was quietly shuttered.
Target Corp. spent two years preparing to take control of its website from Amazon.com Inc. and on the day of the debut included a link on the home page titled “learn all about what’s new.” The link didn’t work.