6 Ways SMBs Can Meet Online Shoppers' High Shipping Expectations

For many online shoppers, shipping has become a pivotal issue, and one of the worst things an etailer can do is allow a shipment to be late. On-time arrival is such a high expectation that many shoppers find late delivery worse than other notoriously disagreeable things, a recent survey of online shoppers suggests. Here are some of the things a significant number of respondents preferred to getting a package late: a root canal; spending the weekend with in-laws; and telling their kids Santa is a myth. Also, consumers want shipping to be free.

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Black Friday's $9B Weekend Haul Shatters Records

Shoppers came out in droves over the Black Friday weekend, spending a record $9.36 billion from Nov. 24-27, a 16.4 percent increase from a year ago, according to data from Adobe Digital Insights. Black Friday sales hit a new record of $3.34 billion, a 21 percent jump from a year ago. This was the first-ever Black Friday with sales exceeding $3 billion. Thanksgiving Day sales came in at $1.93 billion, an 11.5 percent jump from a year ago. Cyber Monday is expected to reach $3.36 billion, a 9.4 percent jump from a year go, according to Adobe.

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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Early Test Results

Our secret shoppers lined up before dawn this morning at retailers across the New York area to bring Apple’s newest mobile devices, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, to Consumer Reports labs.

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Killer Deal: Free AppleCare & Canon AirPrint Printer with all 27" iMac with Retina 5K display configs

Article Image Shoppers in the market for a 27″ iMac with Retina 5K display this month can grab a free AppleCare extended protection plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one AirPrint printer, and free shipping, with the purchase of all possible Late 2015 iMac 5K configurations. Plus no sales tax for customers in 48 states.

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Killer Deals: Save $180 to $260 instantly on all current 13" MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Article Image This month, 13″ MacBook Pro shoppers can combine instant discounts with exclusive $140 coupons to deliver the lowest prices available anywhere on all possible configurations of Apple’s current 13″ MacBook Pros with AppleCare extended warranty protection. Plus free shipping and no sales tax in 48 states.

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Class action lawsuit claims Fitbit's heart rate monitoring isn't accurate enough

Article Image A new class action lawsuit is accusing Fitbit of misleading shoppers about the heart rate sensors in two of its flagship fitness trackers, the Charge HR and the Surge.

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Target's Website Misses the Mark on Cyber Monday

Target’s website traffic hit a wall when a record number of shoppers showed up in search of Cyber Monday bargains. Having offered a 15 percent discount for any purchase made through the site, Target began to experience problems shortly after 10 a.m. It then placed customers in a virtual queue that effectively held their place in line so they would not lose their purchase orders after refreshing their page. The company posted an apology to customers on its Twitter page, noting that traffic was twice as heavy as its busiest single prior day.

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Sprint starts sales of LTE iPad Pro with contract & installment options

Article Image Sprint on Monday opened up its own orders for the iPad Pro, offering shoppers alternatives for buying the tablet including contract and installment plans.

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Have You Started Your Black Friday Shopping Yet?

Although Black Friday is still days away, Amazon shoppers are already in the thick of it. The company last Friday launched an eight-day-long Black Friday Deals Week. New deals are surfacing as often as every five minutes. Customers will have access to 10 Deals of the Day starting at midnight on Thanksgiving, and up to 10 more this Friday — the traditional Black Friday. Further, there will be more than 150 limited-time Lightning Deals available only through the Amazon Mobile Shopping App, starting on Thanksgiving Day.

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Personal Pickup comes to UK Apple Stores in continuing expansion

Article Image Apple on Friday brought Personal Pickup to shoppers in the United Kingdom, allowing them to buy products online but pick them up at their closest Apple Store on the same day.

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Many Product Searchers Skip Google, Go Directly to Amazon

Amazon has become the first stop for nearly half of online shoppers researching potential purchases, according to a report BloomReach released Tuesday. Nearly half — 44 percent — of some 2,000 survey participants said they go directly to Amazon to search for products. That’s a substantial increase from a similar survey Forrester Research conducted in 2012, when only 30 percent of consumers said Amazon was their first stop for a product search, BloomReach noted.

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Buyers skew towards higher-capacity iPhones, iPhone Upgrade Program shows early popularity

Article Image iPhone shoppers are increasingly favoring high-end, 64- and 128-gigabyte models, and showing strong early interest in Apple’s new interest-free iPhone Upgrade Program, data from an RBC Capital Markets survey suggests.

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Android Stomps Onto Mobile Pay Battlefield

Google is rolling out Android Pay, its answer to Apple Pay. Android Pay allows shoppers to make purchases at more than a million retail locations across the U.S. It also stores gift cards and loyalty cards, and provides special offers directly to a user’s mobile device. Android Pay is compatible with all NFC-enabled Android devices, and it works across all carriers. It supports the four major payment networks: American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. It also accommodates cards issued by many popular U.S. banks and credit unions.

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Deals: New $30-$200 coupons on all of Apple's early-2015 MacBook Pros, plus a free accessory

Back-to-school shoppers this week can use new $30, $100 and $200 coupons to save up to $130 off all of Apple’s early-2015 MacBook Pros bundled with a free accessory (such as a Free LG super drive & Brenthaven MacBook Sleeve combo), or up to $300 off the same models bundled with AppleCare and a free Canon PIXMA MG6620 AirPrint-ready all-in-one printer (or your choice of other accessories).

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Amazon's new Prime Day celebration promises 'more deals than Black Friday'

In a deft move aimed at attracting more online shoppers to its subscription-based Prime service, Amazon said Sunday it’s holding a special one-day sale for members that promises “more deals than Black Friday.”

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Distracted students: Utah university latest place to introduce texting lanes

It’s not just shoppers that have to dodge distracted smartphone users wandering all over the place, immersed in their handsets as they knock out another tweet or post a shot on Snapchat.

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Apple Watch for retail sale by reservation only, no band-swapping during try-ons – report

Shoppers wanting to buy an Apple Watch from an Apple Store will not be able to pick one up without a prior reservation, at least at launch, according to a new report.

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Apple Stores will cater to Apple Watch Edition buyers with 30 minutes of hands-on time

Starting April 10, standard appointments for sampling Apple Watch will run 15 minutes, but shoppers interested in the $10,000-and-up Apple Watch Edition will get a half-hour to see how it looks and fits.

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