William Hook

Apple Now Selling Refurbished iPhones Online

Before today, you could purchase a refurbished iPad or Mac — but not an iPhone — online from Apple. That’s changing as the tech company is now offering customers the chance to purchase refurbished iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus online.  [More]

Will

Walmart Slowing Store Openings, Accelerating Distribution Centers

It’s no secret that Walmart is gunning for some of Amazon’s customer base: gobbling up e-commerce site Jet.com for $3.3 billion, mulling the idea of investing in Amazon competitor Flipkart, launching the $50/year Prime-rival Shipping Pass, and increasing distribution channels. As an indicator of the retailer’s online-focused future, Walmart has announced it is slowing the growth of its bricks-and-mortar stores while building more warehouses to expedite deliveries. [More]

Regardless Of Price, Don’t Buy Your EpiPen On eBay

Regardless Of Price, Don’t Buy Your EpiPen On eBay

With the price of emergency allergy treatment EpiPen jumping nearly 600% in less than a decade, bringing the out-of-pocket cost for some patients to $600 for a two-pack, it’s perhaps not surprising that sketchy eBay sellers are claiming to offer the prescription medication at a discount, even though it’s against eBay policy, illegal, and just a really, really, really awful idea. [More]

Mike Mozart

Target To Sell Amazon Devices Again

Once upon a time, you could go into a Target store and purchase an Amazon Kindle or a Fire tablet. Then a spat between the two companies led to Amazon products vanishing from Target shelves and its website. Looks like the two have kissed and made up, with Amazon items making their return after four years away. [More]

Mike Mozart

Report: Walmart In Talks To Buy Jet.com

Just a year after it launched, Amazon challenger and fellow e-commerce site Jet.com could soon become the property of one of the largest bricks-and-mortar retailers in the world: Walmart.  [More]

Walgreens Closing Beauty.com, Drugstore.com

Walgreens Closing Beauty.com, Drugstore.com

With easy-to-remember names like drugstore.com and beauty.com, one might expect these Walgreens-owned websites to be doing gangbusters business. Yet the retailer says it will shutter both sites by the end of September.  [More]

Tom Richardson

Clothing And Accessories Now The Biggest Category In E-Commerce

What do Americans buy the most of online? Thanks to improved return policies and ever-expanding selection, purchases of clothing and accessories took the top spot in 2015 for the first time. That’s according to research by analytics company ComScore, which tracks online sales by categories, and noticed this important change. [More]

TV Retail Meets Online Flash Sales In QVC Parent Company’s $2.4B Purchase Of Zulily

TV Retail Meets Online Flash Sales In QVC Parent Company’s $2.4B Purchase Of Zulily

In what appears to be a match made in retail heaven, the owner of QVC plans to purchase growing flash sale business Zulily for about $2.4 billion.

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Report: Teens Buy E-Cigarettes Online With Little Difficulty Despite Industry Safeguards

Report: Teens Buy E-Cigarettes Online With Little Difficulty Despite Industry Safeguards

Back in February 2014, Ohio became the first state to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Since then, 40 other states and cities have followed suit. Despite those regulations, a new study found it’s increasingly easy for teens to skirt the rules by purchasing the products online. [More]

(Mike Mozart)

Macy’s Closing 14 Stores As Part Of Restructuring Plan; Opening Two In California

Citing changes in the way consumers shop, department store giant Macy’s announced Thursday that it plans to shut 14 stores in an effort to increase its focus in online shopping. [More]

Why Is JC Penney Unable To Send Me The Sizes I Actually Ordered?

Why Is JC Penney Unable To Send Me The Sizes I Actually Ordered?

For those of us who wear very unusual and/or large sizes of clothing, ordering clothes online is a thing of beauty and convenience. Unless you’re Matt, and JC Penney’s online fulfillment people are utterly unable to read the numbers on a pair of pants and put them in the correct box. Through multiple clothing orders, the retailer has been unable to send Matt the sizes that he actually requests–which I always thought was the entire point of ordering clothes online.

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Kohl's Made Me Miss Its Sale Because I Was Too Slow At Shopping Online

Kohl's Made Me Miss Its Sale Because I Was Too Slow At Shopping Online

Trish wanted to drop some money at Kohls.com while taking advantage of a sale, but because she took too long to complete her order, the site erased her checkout cart and she lost track of what she wanted to buy.

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Ticketmaster Makes Ticket-Selling Falcons Fan Wait 10 Days For Funds

Ticketmaster Makes Ticket-Selling Falcons Fan Wait 10 Days For Funds

Jeremy sold his Atlanta Falcons game tickets through Ticketmaster, the NFL’s official ticket reseller. Ticketmaster’s FAQ say the money should have been deposited into his account within five business days, but it took longer than that, and Jeremy had to hold the ticketing monolith’s hand throughout the process and get an agent to manually authorize his payment.