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  • Specialty / Non-Apparel:Whatever a shopper wants, it`s online

    By now, the product selection on the web is every bit as great as offline—and more so since many web sites stock much more than a store could stock. And it’s available literally at shoppers’ fingertips nationwide. The sites that make up the Best of the Web specialty/non-apparel retailers are evidence of the broad offering and the varied approaches.

    Posted 12/02/2003Internet RetailerPost a comment

    By now, the product selection on the web is every bit as great as offline—and more so since many web sites stock much more than a store could stock. And it’s available literally at shoppers’ fingertips nationwide. The sites that make up the Best of the Web specialty/non-apparel retailers are…
  • Specialty/Apparel and Accessories: An ensemble of approaches

    Apparel is one of those categories whose fortunes on the web rise and fall. Sometimes apparel is among the leading categories in sales volume and sometimes it’s at the bottom. But there are some apparel e-retailers who had it figured out from the start and whose fortunes are not dependent on what the category does. Best of the Web in Specialty/Apparel and Accessories: Buckle, eBags, Hanna Andersson, J. Crew, Lands’ End, Undergear

    Posted 11/25/2002Internet RetailerPost a comment

    Apparel is one of those categories whose fortunes on the web rise and fall. Sometimes apparel is among the leading categories in sales volume and sometimes it’s at the bottom. But there are some apparel e-retailers who had it figured out from the start and whose fortunes are not dependent on what…

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  • Specialty/Non-Apparel: Anything and Everything

    It’s a truism that you can find anything you want on the web and nowhere is that truer than among specialty non-apparel retailers. Skiing gear, camping equipment, toys, auto parts, baseball memorabilia, personalized pencils and an olio of liquidated merchandise are all part of the Specialty/Non-Apparel retailers in Internet Retailer’s Best of the Web. Best of the Web in Specialty/Non-Apparel: Altrec.com, BackcountryStore.com, Cabela’s, Camping World, FAO Schwarz, J.C. Whitney, MLB.com, Oriental Trading, SmartBargains

    Posted 11/25/2002Internet RetailerPost a comment

    It’s a truism that you can find anything you want on the web and nowhere is that truer than among specialty non-apparel retailers. Skiing gear, camping equipment, toys, auto parts, baseball memorabilia, personalized pencils and an olio of liquidated merchandise are all part of the Specialty/Non…
  • Mass Merchants: Aggressive and innovative

    Among the most aggressive online marketers are the mass merchants. Amazon is constantly re-defining what it means to sell on the web. eBay is redefining retailing--and not just e-retailing. And then, when it comes to talking about aggressive, there’s Buy.com. These retailers are finding that a mass market and the web go hand-in-hand. Best of the Web in Mass Merchants: Amazon.com, Buy.com, eBay.com, Lowe’s, Office Depot, QVC, ReturnBuy, Target

    Posted 11/25/2002Internet RetailerPost a comment

    Among the most aggressive online marketers are the mass merchants. Amazon is constantly re-defining what it means to sell on the web. eBay is redefining retailing--and not just e-retailing. And then, when it comes to talking about aggressive, there’s Buy.com. These retailers are finding that a…
  • Computers/Electronics/CDs: High-tech sites for tech-smart shoppers

    If there`s one category of retailer that really needs to pay attention to the quality of its web shopping experience, it`s the Computers/Electronics/CDs retailers; their customers are among the most technologically innovative not just among the population as a whole but even among web users, who lead the population in tech smarts. "We sell more leading-edge products online than we do in stores," says Barry Judge, vice president of marketing for Best Buy. Best of the Web in Computers/Electronics/CDs: Best Buy, Crutchfield, Dell, HPShopping, iGo, RadioShack, Sharper Image, TechnoScout, Tower Records

    Posted 11/25/2002Internet RetailerPost a comment

    If there`s one category of retailer that really needs to pay attention to the quality of its web shopping experience, it`s the Computers/Electronics/CDs retailers; their customers are among the most technologically innovative not just among the population as a whole but even among web users, who…
  • Flowers, Gifts & Jewelry Part of the everyday shopping experience

    No further evidence of how the web has become woven into the life of the American consumer is needed beyond looking at the top retailing sites in flowers, gifts and jewelry. Those most mainstream of purchases have migrated smoothly to the web to the point that web shoppers have made some new-breed pure-plays successful and helped build other brands that started as pure-plays into retail brand powerhouses. Best of the Web in the Flowers, Gifts & Jewelry: 1-800-Flowers, American Greetings, Blue Nile, Guild, Ice, Red Envelope

    Posted 11/25/2002Internet RetailerPost a comment

    No further evidence of how the web has become woven into the life of the American consumer is needed beyond looking at the top retailing sites in flowers, gifts and jewelry. Those most mainstream of purchases have migrated smoothly to the web to the point that web shoppers have made some new-breed…
  • Food & Drug: Brand and infrastructure go hand-in-hand

    Retailers early on pegged food and drug purchases as likely candidates to succeed on the web. The failure of many of the web pioneers is no black mark against the concept; rather, it reflects flawed business plans of companies that thought they could create a national fulfillment infrastructure at the same time they were creating a national brand. Today, the infrastructure and brand are the reason that most of the retailers in the Food and Drug category of Internet Retailer`s Best of the Web are succeeding. Best of the Web in Food and Drug: Albertsons, Drugstore.com, Harry and David, Omaha Steaks, Safeway, Starbucks

    Posted 11/25/2002Internet RetailerPost a comment

    Retailers early on pegged food and drug purchases as likely candidates to succeed on the web. The failure of many of the web pioneers is no black mark against the concept; rather, it reflects flawed business plans of companies that thought they could create a national fulfillment infrastructure at…
  • Q1 online shopping results: Nothing but up

    Q1 online sales and top and bottom growth categories.

    Posted 05/23/2002Internet RetailerPost a comment

    Q1 online sales and top and bottom growth categories.

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