Google Tests Same-Day Delivery, Raising Marketplace Speculation

Source: Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Google Inc began testing a same-day delivery service with retailers in recent weeks, the latest move into Amazon.com Inc's e-commerce turf by the world's largest Internet search company. Google Shopping Express helps local retail stores sell products online and have the items delivered to shoppers the same day, according to a person familiar with the test.

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E-tailers Embrace Same-Day Delivery, but US Shoppers Shrug

Amazon fulfillment center | Source: Nooga.com

NEW YORK, United States -- Same-day delivery, one of the hottest e-commerce trends, is too expensive for most U.S. consumers, raising the risk that this turns into another online shopping fad that goes cold, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

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Next steps at Balenciaga, Rugby no more, M&S profits fall, Amazon ups the ante, New male

Nicolas Ghesquière by Alessandro Garofalo | Source: Style.com

What Next For Balenciaga? (Vogue UK) “CEO Isabelle Guichot has confirmed that she has ‘a shortlist’ of potential candidates to succeed creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, following yesterday’s confirmation that he would be parting ways with the brand. The designer has acted at the helm of Balenciaga for 15 years.” Ralph Lauren kicks its ‘preppy look’ Rugby label into touch (Independent)

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Amazon mantra, Stake in Osklen sold, Burberry confirms slowdown, Uniqlo’s fight, The Shot

Amazon screen shot | Source: Amazon.co.uk

Fashion tests Amazon mantra of low prices (FT) “Amazon’s well-drilled executives can usually be relied on to repeat the company’s mantra of eliminating costs and waste to offer consumers lower prices. Cathy Beaudoin gets to be different… So instead, in a striking departure from Amazon’s usual talking points, she says: ‘Price is not really a differentiation for us … We maintain the pricing integrity that our

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Barneys deleverages, Luxury sector grows, Amazon Fashion, Gamification, Met Gala glamour

Barneys New York | Source: Ology

Two Financiers Take Control of Barneys, Ending Its Debt Struggles (NY Times) “Barneys New York, one of New York’s bastions of high fashion, ended years of struggles with its hefty debt load by selling itself to the financiers Richard C. Perry and Ronald W. Burkle.” Global luxury goods sector continues to grow (Business Week) “Monitor Altagamma said Monday that luxury spending in China is expected to grow by 18

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E-Commerce Week | The Stage is Set for an E-Commerce Explosion

Fab Screenshot | Source: Fab.com

Yesterday, BoF was first to bring you the news of the recent $18 million investment in Farfetch.com. Today, we continue a week focused on e-commerce by examining the historical challenges faced by online retailers and how recent innovations and infrastructural advances have fundamentally improved the economics of e-commerce, setting the stage for a renaissance in online retail. SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Following the burst of

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Calvin Klein’s house, Vente-Privee targets USA, Feel good fashion, From Bond Street to Shoreditch, Amazon’s Bezos

Fern Mallis and Calvin Klein by John Calabrese | Source: WWD

The House That Calvin Klein Built (WWD) “Omnipresent as Calvin Klein is throughout the world, the man behind the brand has a reputation for being anything but that… Yet during a rare public tête-à-tête with Fern Mallis Monday night, the designer opened up… No subject seemed to be too personal for the 68-year-old Klein, who appeared relaxed and affable throughout the interview — his first at 92Y in 12 years.”

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Hong Kong value, Condé Nast TV, Amazon as magazine middle man, Surface technique, Bollywood style

Chanel on Canton Road | Source: Asian Central

Highest Quality, Lowest Prices in Hong Kong (Bloomberg) “Hong Kong retail sales, boosted by mainland Chinese tourists, surged 26 percent to HK$264 billion ($34 billion) in the eight months through August… Zhang Zuoru said it was worth waiting in line in the Tsim Sha Tsui tourist district of the former British colony. She bought a bag in the Chanel store on Canton Road for 33,000 yuan ($5,190), at least 20 percent less

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H&M’s summer dip, Amazon fashion, Gap’s China strategy, Social media strategy, Inez and Vinoodh at 25

H & M Summer 2010 | Source: H & M

H&M flags discounts, Q2 profit in line, shares dip (Reuters) “Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz said a two-month sales dip brought on by cold weather could force it to make deeper discounts for the next three months as it met forcasts for second-quarter profit.” Why Amazon Needs to Stay Out of Fashion Retail (BNET) “Do we really need another place to buy clothes online? Amazon is apparently so

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