ECOMMERCE

Read All About It: Establishing Multichannel Strategies

BY CSA STAFF

Retailers are finding that integrated multichannel strategies are much more complex and much more difficult to implement than earlier efforts to launch stand-alone e-commerce Web sites. The greatest challenge is often the dramatic business-transformation effort required. For the full article, “Going Direct by Establishing Retail Multichannel Capabilities,” visit the Guest Commentary section of chainstoreage.com.

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The Home Depot Introduces Home Decor Catalog

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Chicago, The Home Depot is aiming to attract more female customers and soften up its image with its new catalog-only home decor business, according to a report by The Chicago Tribune. The Home Depot Direct catalog features merchandise vignettes and has Pottery Barn-like overtones. The similarities were acknowledged by Harvey Seegers, president of Home Depot Direct.

“I wouldn’t say we are trying to create the Williams-Sonoma (Pottery Barn’s parent) look and feel, but it is designed to be a high-end presentation, the kind that people associate with Williams-Sonoma,” said Seegers in the article.

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Amazon.com Launches On-Line Grocery Store

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Seattle, Amazon.com Inc. launched a new on-line grocery store that sells items ranging from household products to organic food. The new on-line store sells more than 1,200 brands; about half of the merchandise is natural or organic. Amazon.com said it would offer first-time customers a $10 instant rebate on grocery purchases of $49 or more.

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