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April 9, 2014

The National Retail Federation doubled down Tuesday on one if its long-standing initiatives: getting patent troll legislation pushed through Congress.

NRF SVP David French submitted a statement to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, which is currently investigating the trolls' use of vague demand letters to sue businesses for using what are often ubiquitous technologies.

March 13, 2014

Williams-Sonoma reported net revenues increased to $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter ended Feb. 2 from $1.4 billion in the prior-year quarter. This year’s fourth quarter had just 13 weeks compared with last year’s fourth quarter, which had 14; excluding the additional week in the prior-year quarter, net revenues grew 10%.

Net earnings totaled $133.8 million, up from $133.7 million in the prior-year fourth quarter.

March 5, 2014

The opening of Home Depot’s first direct fulfillment center marks a major step forward for the company’s omnichannel efforts.

January 7, 2014

Jeff Pratt has been promoted at Danze, Inc. and Gerber Plumbing Fixtures to the role of SVP sales, in which he will oversee sales in the company's wholesale, retail, e-commerce, hospitality, multi-family and Canadian segments.

November 26, 2013

Wayfair.com and Staples have forged a new partnership in order to bring greater furniture, decor and housewares selection to Staples.com customers.

"We're rapidly expanding the product assortment on Staples.com, making it easier for business to find everything they need in one place," said Faisal Masud, EVP global e-commerce for Staples. "Wayfair.com's offering builds on our selection and brings completely new categories to our online shopping experience."

November 7, 2013

Lakewood, Colo.-based multichannel retailer Tool King made a successful transition for a brick-and-mortar retailer to online super store. Now it's exploring another frontier -- e-commerce service provider. 

“In crafting the technology we needed to expand our own company, we realized the infrastructure we created facilitates a powerful and unique online selling platform,” said Don Cohen, CEO of Tool King. 

November 1, 2013

Lakewood, Colo.-based multichannel retailer Tool King made a successful transition for brick-and-mortar retailer to online super store. Now it's exploring another frontier -- e-commerce service provider. 

October 22, 2013

As upstart home goods e-tailer Wayfair gears up for a likely IPO in 2014 or 2015, Michael Fleisher will step in as the company's new CFO to help speed the process along.

Fleisher, who is leaving his post as Warner Music Group vice chairman, replaces Nicholas Malone, who is remaining at the company as chief administration officer.

October 18, 2013

The home automation industry is expanding rapidly. It’s projected to be worth more than $5.5 billion in 2016, according to Companies & Markets — and it’s not just the early adopters who are recognizing the appeal of the technology.

October 16, 2013

The websites for the top 500 U.S. retailers are still too slow and continue to get slower – pages have slowed down 14% since summer 2013, and are 16% slower than fall 2012, according to a study by Radware. 

October 4, 2013

Lebhar-Friedman's Residential Products Group announced the hiring of  Steph Koyfman as associate editor for HCN and HCN Daily.

Koyfman, who previously woked as copywriter and community manager for Lookboard, a B2B e-commerce startup, will cover home improvement with an emphasis on hardware store retailing. She also served as an international intern for Rolling Stone Magazine in Madrid, Spain.

"HCN has given me the opportunity to pursue "real" journalism, and I'm happy to be on the right career track with a great team of people," Koyfman said.

September 3, 2013

By Bernard Luthi

When it comes to buying online, customers have more choice than ever. The crowded space means that shoppers are being offered countless new ways to buy and utilizing new technology to make their purchases. More important, customers are altering how they shop and taking a closer look at who they’re buying from. Shopping experiences are less a cold cash transaction and more of a way to participate in an ethos or at the very least, to support a company that understands exactly what and how you like to purchase your items.

July 16, 2013

Furniture chains of North America have united, at least in the form of a relaunch of Furniture.com.

Described as a “unique online shopping experience powered by the merchandising and service capabilities of top brick-and-mortar furniture chains,” the partnership includes RoomsToGo, Schottenstein Stores and Leon’s Furniture of Canada.

July 15, 2013

Jewett-Cameron Trading Co. CEO Don Boone said a shift to e-commerce resulted in lower costs and higher margins for the company during its third quarter ended May 31.

Overall, third quarter sales were $15.1 million, down from $16.1 million a year ago. The company reported net income of $1.02 million, up from $937,000 a year ago.

Sales for the nine months were at $38.6 million, up from $35.1million a year prior. Net income for the nine months was $2.3 million, about the same as a year ago.

Boone added that the company implemented a new share repurchase plan.

June 17, 2013

Newell Rubbermaid has made way for a major e-commerce recalibration with the appointment of Jeremy Liebowitz as the company's first VP global e-commerce. Touting an 18-year track record of driving e-commerce growth, Liebowitz will be spearheading Rubbermaid's latest initiative to develop a global online presence.

Liebowitz is leaving his position as VP digital commerce and marketing at Jaden Corp., where he achieved steady online revenue growth over five years. 

November 29, 2012

In a pilot now being conducted in San Francisco, the U.S. Postal Service is experimenting with a same-day delivery service of e-commerce packages. The project, called “Metro Post,” will begin on or about Dec. 12 in San Francisco and run for the next 12 months, according to John Friess, a public relations representative for the postal service.

If all goes well, the Post Office has selected more than two dozen cities that are large, densely populated metro areas that could support the Metro Post business model, according to Friess.

September 25, 2012

Home Depot has reached an agreement with 360Buy.com, one of China’s biggest Internet retailers, to launch its own Chinese e-commerce sales effort, according to an article in the Morning Whistle.

September 21, 2012

Salt Lake City – The good news about True Value’s Top 10 list of things retailers have to do to win in today’s world is that many retailers are already doing them.

The bad news is that the list might change.

August 18, 2012

Memphis-based distributor Orgill plans to upgrade its Orgill.com ordering tool for members, with an emphasis on improving its speed and efficiency.

The improvement project will be rolled out in two phases, according to David Meany, Orgill’s director of eCommerce. The first phase is expected to launch in mid September, with phase two occurring in spring of 2013.

August 7, 2012

Among U.S. adults employed full time or with a spouse employed full time, 37% said they would be “at least somewhat likely” to use employee purchase programs for major purchases if given the opportunity, according to research published in "By The Numbers: Which Employees Use Purchase Programs and Why," a white paper by Purchasing Power LLC, a provider of e-commerce employee purchase programs.

July 18, 2012

A new Internet retailer has entered the marketplace, promising name brand tools at discount prices, customer reviews and social media networking. The site, dwttools.com, is owned and operated by DWT Global, based in Delaware.

Current product categories found on dwttools.com include abrasives, pneumatic, power, hand and automotive tools. Brand names include Channellock, DeWalt, Irwin and Milwaukee. 

April 25, 2012

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. enhanced its e-commerce website devoted to the sale of Channellock products.

The new site, Channellockproducts.com, is a subsidiary of Do it Best Corp. and is described as “powered by Doitbest.com.”

The site is one of the outcomes of a major initiative in 2009 that brought certain Channellock products exclusively into Do it Best stores in the categories of protective gear, wet/dry vacs, flashlights and other licensed products. 

February 7, 2012

E-commerce sales continue to grow, proving that more and more consumers are choosing to shop online in addition to or instead of shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. Measurement firm comScore reported that online retail spending (excluding auctions, autos and large corporate purchases) for the fourth quarter reached $49.7 billion, up 14% versus year ago. This growth rate represented the ninth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and the fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth rates. For the entire 2011 year, U.S.

January 20, 2012

Ecommerce Industries announced the locations and dates for Connect Regional 2012. These meetings will be for users of the Advantage, RockSolid, Britannia, DDMS, M1, TeamDesign, Acsellerate and FMAudit solutions.

The first conference is slated for Los Angeles, April 24 to 26. Subsequent conferences will take place in Chicago and Orlando, with dates to be announced.

November 7, 2011

The race for the winning e-commerce formula continues. The latest effort comes from Mooresville, N.C., where the nation’s second-largest home improvement retailer is taking a holistic approach to engaging customers across channels.

Lowe’s launched its MyLowes Web-based tool last month and described it as a digital effort to help consumers maintain, manage and dream about home improvement.