Study: Zappos is fastest holiday shipper
New York — Zappos took the top spot in a ranking of fastest holiday shippers according to a study by Kurt Salmon and StellaService. The study analyzed shipping times for orders placed on Cyber Monday from more than 50 retailers across a broad range of retail sectors, from big boxes to online-only players. It found that retailers in the top-five delivered multi-unit orders in an average of 2.9 days.
The top five companies for holiday shipping are the following:
- Zappos: 1 day
- Barneys: 3 days
- Net-A-Porter: 3 days
- Costco: 3.3 days
- Neiman Marcus: 4.4 days
The study found that the top-five retailers delivered multi-unit Cyber Monday orders in an average of 2.9 days, which was less than half the average fulfillment time of 6.2 days achieved by retailers in the analysis.
Newegg files opposition to Soverain Software’s Supreme Court petition
Los Angeles – Newegg has filed an opposition to Soverain Software’s petition for the Supreme Court to review a January 2013 ruling by the Federal Court of Appeals in the Eastern District of Texas that found Newegg and other e-commerce retailers did not violate a patent on e-commerce shopping cart technology held by Soverain. In district court actions in the Eastern District of Texas, Soverain had obtained settlements and won jury verdicts estimated at more than $70 million.
On appeal, the Federal Circuit found all of Soverain’s shopping cart patent claims invalid as being obvious, citing the fact that the concepts articulated in Soverain’s patents were all present in the popular CompuServe Mall used in the dial-up internet era. Soverain has requested the Supreme Court hear the case, citing alleged infringement on the Seventh Amendment and longstanding Supreme Court precedent.
"We believe that the Federal Circuit correctly invalidated all of Soverain’s patents and that there is absolutely nothing that should serve as the basis for
Supreme Court review of this case,” said Lee Cheng, Newegg’s chief legal officer. “Soverain’s Supreme Court petition is a desperate attempt to continue its lawsuit factory and extract even more money than it already has from every person who shops online. Should the Supreme Court wish to send its own message to the abusive patent assertion community, we are confident that justice will prevail. Justice must prevail, if the American economy is to be free from the uniquely American burden of unjust patent litigation."
Razor credits YouTube for product success
Razor USA said it set holiday sales records this year due to the surging popularity of a $399 ride-on product called the Crazy Cart that YouTube helped make a hit.
Despite the hefty price, sales of the toy increased 14-fold in just four weeks making it one of the top-selling items this season, according to the company. Razor didn’t disclose sales or unit volumes of the item. Crazy Cart became a viral sensation this summer when its introductory YouTube video was viewed by more than one million people in just a few days. That helped it land on several major hot holiday toy lists.
"The Crazy Cart’s success is an amazing metaphor for the incredible ride we’ve experienced since we first introduced the original Razor kick scooter to America," said Razor’s founder and president, Carlton Calvin. "Razor’s goal is to find innovative toys with break-out appeal and the Crazy Cart is absolutely living up to our hopes as one of the hottest toys of the year."
Characterized as the most-talked about electric ride-on to hit the market in years, the Crazy Cart has two driving modes — go cart and Crazy Cart mode — allowing the driver to choose on the fly. The Crazy Cart can drive forward, reverse, sideways, diagonally and everything in between. The Drift Bar permits variable back-end drifting. Crazy Cart can travel at speeds up to 12 miles per hour and run for up to 40 minutes on a single charge.
The Crazy Cart was created by Ali Kermani, a long-time Razor employee who went on to develop the Crazy Cart as the showcase for his MBA thesis at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
The company was founded in 2000 with the introduction of its kick scooter which became immensely popular and ignited the company’s growth.