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SEATTLE — Benjamin Hartman, Amazon.com’s CE VP, came to head the company’s consumer electronics business via a rather atypical route.
Before joining the e-tailer 10 years ago he was an investment banker and financial analyst tracking technology companies, and once at Amazon his first merchandising assignments were within its softlines and sports and outdoors categories.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Seattle — Amazon.com said 2012 was a record-breaking holiday season for its more than 2 million third-party sellers worldwide.
Unit growth from U.S. sellers alone increased 40 percent during the holiday period year over year, while annual third-party sales were in the tens of billions worldwide, the e-tailer said.
Amazon didn’t break out sales by product category, but noted that its third-party sellers sold enough smartphone and tablet screen protectors to cover the field of every NFL stadium four times over.
Charleston, S.C. – Walmart had the highest level of customer retention over the holidays while Barnes & Noble had the worst, a new retail survey shows.
According to a poll of 1,000 shoppers conducted Dec. 22-23 by America’s Research Group (ARG), Walmart retained 93 percent of its customer base while Barnes & Noble lost nearly 48 percent of its customers.
Costa Mesa, Calif. – Amazon.com was the most visited and searched for e-tail site of the year, a title it also held in 2011, Experian Marketing Services reported.
Coming in at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 for the second consecutive year were Walmart.com, Target.com and BestBuy.com. Sears.com slipped one spot to No. 6, ToysRUs.com rose one notch to No. 9, and QVC.com fell two places to round out the list at No. 10.
Washington – Amazon.com founder/CEO Jeff Bezos will receive a Gold Award from the National Retail Federation (NRF), the trade group’s top honor.
Honorees are selected each year by select members of the NRF board who comprise its award Ccommittee.
Boston — Amazon.com will begin collecting sales tax in Massachusetts next fall.
The agreement, which goes into effect Nov. 1, 2013, was announced today by Gov. Deval Patrick.
“We are thankful Amazon was willing to come to the table and we will continue our conversations with them about creating jobs here,” Patrick said in a statement. “This agreement is a win for all sides, and I am pleased it promises to generate millions in long-term revenue for the Commonwealth.”
Seattle — Amazon.com is offering a $50 discount on its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD today.
The one-day sale suggests that demand for its top-of-the-line tablet may be trailing that of its lower-priced 7-inch models.
The temporary discount brings the price of the 8.9-inch 4G LTE wireless Kindle Fire with 32GB and sponsored screensavers down to $449 from $499, and reduces the 64GB model to $549 from $599.
Similarly, the price of the Wi-Fi only, screen-saver subsidized version will be reduced to $249 from $299, and the 32GB model will sell for $319, down from $369.
New York – Amazon.com was the most-shopped e-commerce site on Cyber Monday (Nov. 26).
According to Experian Marketing Services, traffic to the No. 1 e-tailer rose 36 percent year over year to nearly 35 million visits, excluding mobile devices.
Second place went to Walmart.com, with a 21 percent spike in traffic, to 18.6 million visits.
Amazon and Walmart.com were also the No. 1 and No. 2 most-shopped retail sites on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, Experian said.
Seattle — The 2013 edition of Black Friday and Cyber Monday were the best ever in sales of Kindle products, Amazon said.
Without revealing specific numbers, online retailer said customers purchased the seven different Kindle products in record numbers. The biggest driver was the Cyber Monday special that dropped the price of the Kindle Fire to $129.
Cyber Monday was the best day for Kindle sales worldwide, the company said.
Seattle – Amazon unveiled this week its Cloud Drive Photos app for devices based on the Android operating system, such as its Kindle tablets.
The app and service allows Android devices to automatically and safely store images in the cloud.
The Cloud Drive Photos app service provides users with 5GB of free storage, enough to hold thousands of digital photo files within fingertip reach.