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EBay names IBM exec as head of EBay Enterprise

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Jose, Calif. – EBay Inc. has appointed Craig Hayman as president of its eBay Enterprise business. Hayman brings more than 30 years of enterprise technology leadership including executive positions at IBM’s Industry Cloud Solutions and WebSphere businesses.

Hayman joins from IBM, where he spent the past 15 years in leadership roles. He led the company’s transformation to become a SaaS provider and was the worldwide leader for enterprise SaaS solutions targeted at CMOs, and e-commerce professionals. Hayman led IBM’s acquisitions of over a dozen companies including Sterling Commerce and Coremetrics, and built a partner network that included global and regional system integrators. Hayman will report to EBay president and CEO John Donahoe.

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Target offers free shipping on web orders of $50 or more

BY Dan Berthiaume

Minneapolis – Nearly all online orders of $50 or more at Target will now qualify for free shipping. The new policy, which takes effect June 23, makes tens of thousands more products eligible for free shipping.

Only oversize and heavy items will be excluded and subject to a handling fee. Target now matches Wal-Mart’s online free shipping offer but still has a higher threshold than the $35 free shipping offer from Amazon.com. Participants in Target’s Red Card loyalty program, which is free to join, always get free online shipping.

In addition to the new shipping policy, customers can now also browse Target.com for most in-store merchandise and purchase many of those items online to pick up in-store.

“We’ve heard from guests they don’t fully understand our shipping policy – so we’ve changed it to make it simpler and reduce the friction in making purchases on the site,” said Jason Goldberger, senior VP, Target.com and mobile. “Providing our guests a better free shipping offer is just one of the many ways we continue to improve the Target.com experience.”

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Starbucks shakes up afternoons with soda, sandwiches

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Starbucks appears to be targeting afternoon shoppers with new soda and sandwich offerings. Starting June 24, Starbucks is expanding its cold beverage portfolio with the addition of Fizzio handcrafted sodas at about 3,500 U.S. locations.

Fizzio sodas are carbonated fresh behind the counter and debut in three flavors. Starbucks estimates the global carbonated beverage market is worth $415 billion.

The retailer is also debuting two new sandwich options – turkey pesto panini and grilled cheese. In addition, two new Teavana iced tea flavors, as well as the option to add Fizzio carbonation to Teavana iced tea beverages, will debut June 24.

“We have heard from our customers that they’re looking for more refreshing, cold beverages, especially during the warm summer months,” said Cliff Burrows, group president, U.S., Americas and Teavana.

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