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Google Commerce Search

November 5, 2009

Google has announced a new product called Google Commerce Search just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Google Commerce Search provides the following features to online retail enterprises:

  • Enable visitors to find the right products faster
  • Filter results by category, price, brand or other attributes
  • Provide user-friendly spelling options and synonyms
  • Increase website conversions and sales
  • Boost or promote chosen products within search results
  • Deploy search solution in days, and scale effortlessly
  • Customize, track, and optimize performance

Webinars on Google Commerce Search  are scheduled for November 12, 2009 (12 PM PST), November 17, 2009 (8 AM PST) and December 3, 2009 (10 AM PST).

Watch the video demo of Google Commerce Search below to learn more.

2008 Amazon.com Holiday Best Sellers

December 26, 2008

Amazon.com has published its 2008 best sellers list (based on units ordered November 15th – December 19th) in addition to noting its 14th holiday retail sales season was its best ever.

December 15, 2008 was Amazon’s peak sales day.

On December 15th (Two Mondays before Christmas and not Cyber Monday – Max Monday?),  Amazon processed orders for 6.3 million items, which was a record-breaking average of 72.9 items sold per second.

Accordingly, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com said, “We are extremely grateful to our customers,” and “We wish everyone happy holidays and the very best for the coming year.”

From Amazon.com:

— In toys, top sellers included the Eyeclops night vision stealth goggles, Blokus classic board game and Wild Planet’s Hyper Dash.

— Top sellers in consumer electronics included Samsung’s 52-inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV with RED Touch of Color, the Apple iPod touch 8 GB (2nd Generation) and the Acer Aspire One 8.9-inch netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB hard drive, XP Home, 6 cell battery), sapphire blue.

— Nintendo Wii dominated the top sellers in video games and hardware including the Wii console, the Wii remote controller and the Wii nunchuk controller.

— In DVDs, top sellers included “Wall-E,” “The Dark Knight” for Blu-ray and “The Dark Knight.”

— Top sellers ordered from Amazon Mobile web and TextBuyIt include Monopoly Here and Now World, the Nintendo Wii and “Wall-E” (three-disc special edition + digital copy and BD Live) for Blu-ray.

— In software, the top sellers included Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Norton Antivirus 2009 and Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student Edition.

For their complete list of 2008 best sellers visit Amazon.com.

Online Retail Sales A Bright Spot?

November 18, 2008

From Internet Retailer:

Online retail sales in October grew a scant 1% over sales in October 2007, Internet measurement company comScore Inc. reports.

“The overall softness in online retail spending was precipitated by curtailed spending across mid- to lower-income segments, with households earning less than $50,000 exhibiting negative spending growth compared to a year ago,” comScore says.

ComScore says it is the lowest monthly growth since it began tracking e-commerce in 2001 and October was the sixth consecutive month of lower growth than the month before.

According to comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni, “October represented the softest single month of online retail growth on record, and we can only hope that the recent sharp drop in oil prices will cause a continued easing of inflation and a strengthening in consumer spending as we enter the critical holiday shopping season.”

Data suggests offline retailers may not have cause for similar levels of optimism.

“The U.S. Commerce Department reported Friday that retail sales, which include autos, gasoline stations and restaurants, decreased 3.3% in October from October last year. The National Retail Federation, the retailers’ trade association, reports that, excluding those three areas, sales decreased 1.3% year-over-year. Auto sales in October fell 25.9% from October a year ago, the Commerce Department reports.”

Online retailers should have a clear indication of whether or not they can expect to eke out a profit let alone break even this holiday season after Black Friday (November 28, 2008) and Cyber Monday (December 1, 2008) arrive respectively.

With the above figures taken into account, online retailers may be the only retail sector with a bright spot this holiday season.