Feb. 27, 2017

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Amazon lowers free shipping threshold after Walmart’s sterling Q4 in ecommerce

Amazon has recently lowered its minimum order for free shipping to $35 — the same minimum Walmart instituted on free two-day shipping not three weeks ago, in a move that evinces Amazon’s acknowledgment of Walmart’s enterprising ecommerce tactics.

EBay brings reselling capabilities to “social organizer” app

eBay is looking to entice users of Snupps, an application that allows for cataloging and social sharing of one’s belongings, to monetize their unwanted items through seamless integration.

How effective was Best Buy’s Grammys engagement on Twitter?

Big-box retailer Best Buy’s Twitter feed lit up on Sunday in response to the Grammys festivities, presumably to take advantage of a spike in music sales (especially physical copies) that occurs during the awards ceremony.

How Amazon could shake up the mobile payment industry

Thirty-two percent of the 33 million customers who use Amazon Payments do so through a mobile device, according to some numbers provided by Amazon.

EBay sees mobile growth catching up to desktop

Ebay’s mobile application has been gaining in popularity with a three-point marketplace increase, catching up to the platform’s more popular desktop site thanks to a focus on user experience, according to a Q4 earnings call.

Intel, Honeywell to develop in-store IoT platforms

Intel and productivity solutions manufacturer Honeywell have teamed up together to bring the Internet of Things into retail business operations for retailers to learn more about their customers to better serve them.

Amazon quietly announces Digital Day, today’s massive download sale

Amazon is looking to take advantage of the influx of new devices in consumers’ hands after Christmas by offering another outlet for impulse shopping, this time providing deep discounts on downloads and digital content.

Yahoo discontinues Radar chatbot, providing important warning to other brands

After only a few months, Yahoo is discontinuing Radar, its chatbot-like travel assistant, providing the first inkling of doubt in the otherwise promising rise of chatbots as a commercial interface.

GoDaddy adds Apple Pay support for its customers’ mobile sites

GoDaddy is bringing Apple Pay to its Online Store platform, letting Web site owners who use its platform to accept mobile payments and increasing mobile sales.

StubHub becomes latest brand to partner with Visa Checkout

Online ticket marketplace StubHub, which has been pursuing many a partnership this year, is collaborating with online payments Visa Checkout as the holidays come to a close.

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