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Clutter cutter Shopilly adds digital muscle to board

BY CSA STAFF

Silicon Valley startup Shopilly named Dickson Chu to its board of directors.

Shopilly was founded this year to streamline and organize multi-channel retailer communications across hundreds of brands and thousands of daily messages. The company described Chu as someone who has more than 25 years experience at the intersection of financial services, customer insights and the strategic use of technology.  Most recently he was SVP of merchant solutions at LivingSocial where he was charged with creating a new business unit.

Prior to that he was managing director, Digital Networks, in the newly created Citi business unit, Global Enterprise Payments where he had global responsibility for leading the development of new digital payments capabilities for mobile network operators and Internet companies delivering e-Commerce, m-Commerce and person to person payment services. He led Citi’s efforts to create and launch Google Wallet.

Before joining Citi in April, 2010, Chu was vp of global product and experience for PayPal Inc. where he led product strategy, development and user experience design for the millions of PayPal consumers and merchant customers around the world. He was part of the leadership team that created the merchant services business and served as general manager for the PayPal Global Merchant Services from 2006-2008. Chu has also held various senior management roles at companies such as I-Impact, Wells Fargo, CSC Index, and Yahoo

"We are delighted that Dickson (Chu) has joined the board of directors at Shopilly," said CEO Anirban Datta. "Dickson is a thought- leader with deep experience in the eCommerce and payments industries. His strategic insight and track record of building exceptional businesses will be an invaluable asset as Shopilly undergoes rapid growth."

Shopilly was founded in 2012 and offers a visual platform that presents a useful, easy and fun way to stay informed about brands, stores, offers and purchases, according to the company.

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LeapPad2 wins nearly two dozen awards worldwide

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EMERYVILLE, Calif. — The LeapPad2 has received 20 awards from U.S. organizations that include Dr. Toy, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Parents’ Choice Foundation and Time to Play, as well as key awards in the U.K. and Canada, according to LeapFrog Enterprises. It has been selected as a top toy by more children, parenting and industry experts and retailers than any other kid’s tablet, rendering it the most recognized kid’s tablet of the year leading into the holiday season.

"LeapPad2 is an exceptional kid’s tablet and we are very proud of the positive recognition it has received around the world," said John Barbour, CEO at LeapFrog. "Last year we launched LeapPad1, the hottest kid’s product of the year and most sought-after toy during the holidays, and we are doing it again this year with LeapPad2. With hours of learning fun for kids and a library filled with top-quality educational entertainment designed and approved by our team of educational experts, kids, parents, educators and industry veterans all agree that LeapPad2 is the best educational product to hit the market this year."

Since its launch in Aug., LeapPad2 has been in high demand and has proven to be one of the hottest items for children this year.

LeapPad2 has topped respected industry lists including Time to Play’s "Most Wanted" holiday list and The Toy Insider’s "Hot 20" list. It was also named on all major retailer holiday lists, such as Toys"R"Us’ "Fabulous 15," Walmart’s "Top 20," Kmart’s "Fab 15" and Amazon’s Holiday Toy List.

Some of the U.S. awards it has nabbed include "10 Best Children’s Software/Hi Tech," Dr. Toy; "100 Best Children’s Products," Dr. Toy; "Gold Winner," National Parenting Publication Awards; "Platinum Award," Oppenheim Toy Portfolio; "Preschool Toy of the Year," Parents Magazine; and "Recommended Award," Parents’ Choice Foundation.

International recognition includes "Best Bet Awards," Canadian Toy Testing Council; "Bronze Award for Best Electronic Toy," Independent Toy Awards (U.K.); "Overall Winner and Electronic Toy," Mums Choice Awards (U.K.); "Gold Award Electronic Toys and New Technology," Practical Preschool Awards (U.K.); "Overall Winner for Electronic Toy," Rainbow Awards (U.K.); and "Overall Winner for Best Electronic Toy," Toy Talk (U.K.).

LeapPad2 is recommended for children 3-9 years.

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MasterCard Advisors: Hurricane Sandy takes a bite out of early November sales

BY Marianne Wilson

Purchase, N.Y. — Spending in most of the key holiday categories, for the first two weeks of the retail month of November was down on a year-over-year basis, according to a SpendingPulse report released by MasterCard Advisors, the professional services arm of MasterCard. Apparel and luxury (excluding jewelry) were particularly hard hit, both showing year-over-year declines in the high 7% range.

Jewelry, a category that has recently shown signs of making a comeback, was up mildly, and ecommerce gained at a modest clip. The dip in early November runs contrary to both September and October, when SpendingPulse recorded that spending was up in nine of 11 categories for both months.

“Our research shows that Sandy clearly depressed the start to the early holiday season with the storm significantly impacting the year-over-year growth rates in key holiday categories over the first week of November. By the end of the second week, there were signs of a bounce back in several categories,” said Michael McNamara, Global Solutions Leader, MasterCard SpendingPulse.

For the pre-season period Oct. 28 through Nov.10, women’s apparel sales were down 6.3% against the same period last year. For the week that included Sandy, Women’s Apparel sales were down over 9% This number is a deceleration from October’s 5.8% year over year gain.

In the electronics category for the period through Nov. 10, sales fell 3.4% reversing October’s 2.4% increase.

“Black Friday is traditionally the largest day of the year for electronics with sales well over $1 billion. This “season in a day” can be almost twice as large as the next busiest day of the year which typically occurs later in December,” noted McNamara.

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