ECommerce News

Apple Passbook users are among Sephora’s best customers (Internet Retailer)
“More than 600,000 Sephora USA Inc. customers have registered their Beauty Insider loyalty cards in the Passbook mobile wallet on their Apple Inc. iPhones, the cosmetics chain retailer has revealed. This enables the customers to check their points balance with a screen swipe through the wallet and present the digital version of the card at checkout in-store, replacing the plastic card.

Sephora has discovered something important about Passbook users since it rolled out Passbook integration last September: Passbook users are among Sephora’s best customers. 80% of customers who put their Beauty Insider card in Passbook are what Sephora considers active customers, those who have made at least one purchase in the last year. Passbook users spend two times more annually and purchase twice as frequently as the average Sephora customer, the merchant says.”

Magento Rallies Merchants, Partners, and Developers at Third Imagine eCommerce Conference (Business Wire)
“LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Magento, the leading eCommerce platform, today at the Imagine eCommerce 2013 conference highlighted the tremendous momentum across the Magento ecosystem of merchants, designers, developers, partners and system integrators. According to a recent study, Magento powers 26 percent of all eCommerce sites in the Alexa top one million sites, more than any other eCommerce platform.*

Since Magento joined the eBay family in August of 2011, the platform has grown to attract over 150,000 merchants who build and run their online stores on the Enterprise version of the software. Magento’s open source Community Edition, has also seen tremendous success across merchants large and small with over 5,400,000 downloads to date.”

Shake-out in e-commerce space (The Hindu)
“The last two weeks have seen nearly 15 e-tailers either shut shop, integrate with their parent companies or forced to merge with a rival. This has promoted consumer worry over delayed orders and thrown into question the profitability of the nascent e-commerce sector.

Children-focused e-tailer Wopshop and event-ticketing site eventNu shut down hastily last week, shutting down their respective websites without informing customers.”

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