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360pi releases private label price solution

BY Dan Berthiaume

Ottawa, Canada – 360pi has unveiled the latest generation of its 360comparables solution targeted to address private label brands. This release augments 360pi’s attribute-based matching algorithm with the option for customer-controlled product matching.

Retailers can use the solution to build product matches by starting with a list of proposed matches that they can accept, decline, and append to over time, essentially creating a living “smart match list” for comparable products. This release also delivers integrated product views of all exact and “like” product matches including equivalent private labels products with associated competitive pricing, providing retailers with instant intelligence.

“The value derived from any investment in competitive price intelligence is directly related to the accuracy and completeness of the product match list. This is especially true for ‘like’ matches including private label goods," said Alexander Rink, CEO of 360pi. “We tripled the match rate of Ace Hardware’s incumbent solution, and we are pleased to further improve upon these match rates with our latest generation of the 360comparables solution, optimized for private labels.”

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eBay’s global commerce footprint continues to grow

BY CSA STAFF

eBay continues to strengthen its position in global commerce, as the company reported a 14% increase in revenue for the first quarter ended March 31 to $4.3 billion compared to the same period last year.

Total company enabled commerce volume (ECV) increased 24% in the quarter to $58 billion. Mobile ECV advanced 70% to $11 billion representing 19% of volume. Mobile downloads since inception exceeded 240 million and attracted 6.5 million new customers in the quarter. Cross-border trade grew 24%, representing $13 billion, or 22%, of total company ECV.

“We delivered a strong first quarter, with enabled commerce volume up 24% and revenue up 14%,” said president and CEO John Donahoe. “We are committed to delivering sustainable shareholder value and focusing on what matters most to our investors. We are executing our growth plans, capitalizing on the synergies in our portfolio and aggressively executing our $5 billion share buyback program. Today, we also announced a non-cash tax charge to facilitate repatriation of $6 billion net in foreign earnings, increasing our available U.S. cash and enhancing our financial flexibility."

PayPal net total payment volume (TPV) grew 27% with Merchant Services volume up 32% and on-eBay volume up 15%. Revenue grew to $1.8 billion. PayPal gained 5.8 million new active registered accounts to end the quarter at 148 million, up 16%. Global on-eBay penetration increased to 78.9%. PayPal continued to invest in its credit offerings, providing flexibility for consumers and merchants while improving its ability to manage transaction expense and reinvest in the business to accelerate growth.

eBay Marketplaces gross merchandise volume (GMV) grew 12%, with the U.S. up 11% and International up 13%. Revenue grew to $2.2 billion. Marketplaces gained 4.7 million new buyers to end the quarter with 145 million active buyers, up 14%. Top rated sellers in the company’s three largest markets grew their same-store-sales 19% and offered free shipping on 53% of transactions across those markets. The selection of items available on Marketplaces grew to more than 650 million listings, including both platform and non-platform offerings, reflecting the success of improved selling initiatives, particularly on mobile.

eBay Enterprise gross merchandise sales (GMS) grew 16%. Revenue grew to $269 million. Enterprise enabled its clients to grow same-store sales 11%. eBay’s Magento business, which primarily services small to medium-size businesses, was integrated into eBay Enterprise’s offerings, providing merchants of all sizes a highly flexible end-to-end solution.

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After a long winter, Tic Tac launches Summer Ice Pop mints

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Tic Tac mints has launched limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac mints. The combination of blue berry-flavored pills, red cherry-flavored pills and white lime-flavored pills aims to offer consumers a nostalgic reminder of summertime, the company said.

“We’re excited to launch this new, unexpected flavor that brings back a lot of great memories for our fans,” said Todd Midura, marketing director for Tic Tac mints at Ferrero U.S.A. “The new Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac mints capture the refreshing taste of a classic summer treat and give us a chance to create new memories.”

To celebrate the latest flavor, the brand will treat fans and followers of the Tic Tac USA Facebook and Twitter pages with free sample. The brand also will take to the streets of a few major cities this summer to share samples.

Summer Ice Tic Tac mints can be purchased at select convenience and grocery stores for a limited time throughout the summer season.

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