Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Articles by author

  • Apr 24 2017
    Whether treating mom to jewelry or a special outing at her favorite restaurant, consumers plan to spend more than ever on Mother’s Day.
     
    Specifically, Mother’s Day shoppers are expected to spend an average of $186.39 for the holiday, up from last year’s $172.22, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey, which tapped 7,406 consumers about their Mother’s Day plans. The study was conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.
     
    Requires Online Subscription
  • Apr 24 2017
    Walmart’s tech start-up has added a new leader.
     
    The retail giant’s newly launched startup investment arm, called Store No. 8, has named Jenny Fleiss as the chief executive of its first portfolio company, according to Reuters. Fleiss is the co-founder and former head of business development for Rent the Runway. 
     
    Requires Online Subscription
  • Apr 24 2017
    Not only is coupon app usage increasing, but discounts received via mobile devices are influencing where consumers decide to shop. 
     
    Mobile coupon usage has increased 42% from 2016, while in-store shopping rewards app usage has increased 34% during the same time period. More importantly, the discounts received via smartphone or other mobile devices are influencing where 67% of consumers decide to shop. 
     
    Requires Online Subscription
  • Apr 21 2017
    Amazon’s distribution fleet is once again bolstering its breadth.
     
    The online giant plans to open three additional fulfillment centers in New Jersey. The new sites in Cranbury Township, Edison and Logan Township, a move that will create more than 2,500 new, full-time jobs. 
     
    Requires Online Subscription
  • Apr 20 2017
    UPS is taking steps to improve order accuracy.
     
    A new program called Preload Smart Scan notifies workers if they have placed an item in the wrong delivery vehicle. Historically, these snafus forced drivers to travel miles out of their way to correct the mistakes.
     
    Requires Online Subscription
  • Apr 20 2017
    The Australian retail marketplace is in for a huge shake-up.
     
    Amazon is preparing to operate an online store in Australia, offering the country’s consumers access to more categories. Amazon already sells Kindle e-books and readers, Audible audiobooks, and online shoppers can also download apps, but this move will bring “a retail offering to Australia,” according to the e-retailer.
     
    Requires Online Subscription
  • Apr 20 2017
    Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank are not just enhancing customer experiences across their websites — they are personalizing them. 
     
    Requires Online Subscription
  • Apr 20 2017
    The user experience is critical to e-commerce success, a factor that makes snafus in Web performance unacceptable. 
     
    Performance is so critical that even a 100-millisecond delay in website load time can hurt conversion rates by 7%. Meanwhile, a two-second delay in Web page load time increase bounce rates by 103%, according to the “State of Online Retail Performance,” a report from Akamai Technologies. 
     
    Requires Online Subscription
  • Apr 20 2017
    Senior executives must be ready to tackle the legal and business risks associated with cyberthreats — even before they happen.
     
    This means companies must establish enterprise-wide tactics to identify risks, appraise response metrics and apply company-specific risk mitigation strategies, according to the “2017 Data Security Incident Response Report,” from BakerHostetler. The study analyzed more than 450 cyber incidents that the firm handled last year. 
     
    Requires Online Subscription
  • Apr 20 2017
    VF Corp. is getting a new technology leader.
     
    Martin Schneider, the company’s VP and CIO will retire at the end of 2017. Sandra Harris, VP, global business technology, will succeed Schneider as VP and CIO, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Harris also has been appointed to VF’s senior leadership team.
     
    Requires Online Subscription