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A Video Interview with Devin Wenig, President of eBay Marketplaces

McKinsey’s Simon London recently sat down for an extended interview with Devin Wenig, President of eBay Marketplaces. In the interview, Wenig discussed the effects of digitization on traditional retailers, the status of bricks-and-mortar stores, the evolving shopping experience, and the use … Continue reading

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New Data on Retail Security Breaches

The impact of the spate of retail security breaches over the last decade keeps getting worse. eMarketer puts it thusly: “With the lure of using big data and advanced CRM [customer relationship management] techniques to predict everything a potential customer might … Continue reading

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Amazon and eBay: Retail Killers Or Fighting for the 6 Percent?

Clearly, Amazon.com and eBay are major — and aggressive — price-oriented online retailers. And yes, they have clobbered some store retailers’ profit margins and driven many store retailers out of business. And yes, they are competing with each other as … Continue reading

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eBay Now: Is It Happening?

eBay Now is a new delivery service from eBay. It will be interesting to see how (whether?) this catches on with retailers and consumers. Here is a description of eBay Now from its Web site: Q: What is eBay Now? … Continue reading

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eBay’s New Fee Structure for Sellers

In recent years, eBay has faced increasing competition from Amazon.com as the latter has added more new third-party sellers to its Web site. Now, eBay is introducing a new fee structure for its third-party sellers to encouage them to stay … Continue reading

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Not a Marriage Made in Heaven: When Class Meets Mass

Neiman Marcus is a leading higher-end retail chain that offers “upscale assortments of apparel, accessories, jewelry, beauty, and decorative home products to the affluent consumer.” Through its Last Call division, the firm sells merchandise in an outlet store format (and … Continue reading

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eBay: Back and Stronger Than Ever

Not long ago, eBay was experiencing some tough times, especially with the lessening of interest in its traditional auction system. Today, eBay is on another roll, even making the cover of a February 2013 issue of Fortune. Why is eBay doing so … Continue reading

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