Now you can shop at Walmart while waiting at the bus stop

QR codes lets bus riders pick up a few things on the way home using their phones.

The time you spend waiting for a bus can normally be put to better use, if only you weren’t stuck at the bus stop. That’s exactly why Walmart has decided to bring the supermarket to you, making it possible to do some of your weekly shopping while you wait.

 

 

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‘A-commerce’ will be on the rise in 2013 in the U.S.

A-commerce will become the new e-commerce.

More than 27 million small businesses operating today in the United States form the bedrock U.S. economy. And in 2013, technology will increasingly enable this valuable economic sector to focus on establishing and nurturing client relationships, while automating and streamlining essential business functions, says Jerry Nettuno, founder and CEO of online appointment scheduling service Schedulicity.

 

 

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Alibaba, world’s biggest e-commerce company, reaches $157 billion in sales

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, sold one trillion RMB worth of goods in 2012, the company announced today.  That’s $157 billion U.S. in gross merchandise volume (GMV), which easily surpasses U.S e-commerce giants Amazon and eBay combined.

 

 

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Chinese e-commerce company had $3 billion in sales in just one day

Three billion dollars is almost triple the entire 2011 Black Friday sales of e-commerce sites in the United States.

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba shocked the web last week with the news that its subsidiaries Taobao (like a Chinese eBay) and T-mall (like Amazon) sold a massive $3.06 billion in product in a single 24-hour period.

 

 

 

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Internet Shopping Via Text Message

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This Android phone app helps store owners in Colombia track their stock and accounts.

E-commerce startups are targeting emerging economies where cell phones, not browsers, rule.

 In much of the world, shopping online involves browsing e-commerce sites or typing what you want to buy into a search engine. In countries where Internet-connected computers are a rarity, a Seattle-based startup called Slimtrader hopes to offer Internet shopping via text message instead.

 

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Affluents More Confident About Economy, Will Drive Online Spending

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Affluents will drive e-commerce recovery.

US retail e-commerce sales were resistant to the recession, but growth in spending was at a flat 2% for 2009, according to eMarketer estimates. That growth is set to resume at a double-digit clip this year, rising 12.7% to over $152 billion.

 

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Is Amazon Becoming the Wal-Mart of the Web?

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Amazon is shaking up retailers, both big rivals and small independent stores.

THE hum of 102 rooftop air conditioners and a chorus of beeping electric carts provide the acoustic backdrop in Amazon.com’s 605,000-square-foot distribution facility on this city’s west side. But the center’s employees can almost always hear Terry Jones.  On a recent summer afternoon, Mr. Jones, an “inbound support associate” making $12 an hour, steered a hand-pushed cart through the packed aisles and shouted his location to everyone in earshot: “Cart coming through. Yup! Watch yourself, please!” Mr. Jones explained that he was just making his time at Amazon “joyful and fun” while complying with the company’s rigorous safety rules.

 

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Yotify: Making Search Social

Yotify:  Making Search Social 

A new engine can turn a difficult search into a communal quest.  Looking for an apartment online, day after day, can get tedious. Finding the right sofa at the right price can also be time consuming. A new search engine, called Yotify, is designed to make these kinds of persistent quests more tolerable, and hopefully more successful.

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Will the Economy Affect E-Commerce?

Will the Economy Affect E-Commerce?

A recent PiperJaffray survey of 200 US Internet users has found mixed responses to the question of how a slowing economy might affect e-commerce spending.

When asked how their discretionary e-commerce spending would change in 2008 versus 2007, 33% plan to purchase less online, while only 12% will purchase more and 55% will purchase the same amount.

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