*Germany, Britain and Spain upbeat; others still gloomy. BERLIN/ PARIS, Dec 19- Retailers in Europe are predicting their best Christmas since the financial crisis, though optimism is laced with caution in the face of rising e-commerce and early discounting in a fragile economic recovery.» Read More
The price of gallon of gasoline may be going down but, whew! Have you seen the price of true love? If swans a swimming and lords a leaping are on your shopping list this year, brace yourself: You're in for the most expensive Christmas ever!
Online retailers realize two things in this tough holiday season: They've got to get to customers earlier and longer. So, they started rolling out the deals early to beat their rivals to the punch.
Amazon's holiday strategy is simple: Low prices. And, while it may not beat itself this year — the online retailer logged 42 percent sales growth in the fourth quarter of 2007 — the 12 to 15 percent sales growth expected this year will likely crush the competition. Ready. Set. Click!
Not only are shoppers hitting the mall less frequently, they’re also hitting the computer less frequently this holiday season and that has e-tailers pulling out all the stops — before the turkey even hits the oven.
Gift cards used to offer shoppers the perfect holiday punt: You could avoid the mall and still be a hero for giving a great gift. But the crazy discounts that have resulted from the downturn in spending have changed the playing field and gift-card sales are expected to fall for the first time in five years.
From rings on QVC to toys on Amazon, retailers are increasingly using video to sell their products on the Web. But today's Web videos are going far beyond product demos: Can we interest you in a virtual salesperson or a zombie video?!
Following are the week's biggest winners and losers, including a couple of well-known household goods companies, a luxury brand and a couple of techs thrown in for good measure.
Billions of dollars are stolen from grocery stores every year, but it's not because of shoplifting. The money walks out the door right at the cash register, where employees are using a scheme called "sweethearting," or giving away merchandise by not scanning it. Now, there's a video security system that can stop it.
Mike Sherman, CEO & Founder of consumer product company Zibra explains the "Open it!", a tool designed to make opening packages easier.
Architect David Rockwell has designed playgrounds for grownups, including the Nobu restaurants, W Hotels, the Mohegan Sun casino and the JetBlue terminal at Kennedy Airport in New York. Now, he's designing playgrounds for kids, and that could be a good sponsorhip opportunity for you or your corporation. David Rockwell, Founder of the Rockwell Group explains.
If you're a seller on the Internet, your mission isn't to get more traffic, it's to actually sell your wares. TrialPay.com is a new way to make that happen, as CEO Alex Rampell explains.
The EFuel100 MicroFueler is the world's first portable ethanol microrefinery system — both a pump station and an ethanol distiller reduced to an appliance-sized unit, allowing users to create usable fuel for most cars with a simple mix of sugar, water and yeast.
There are an increasing number of job seekers out there, many looking for positions that pay by the hour. But how do the job seekers find the job? On SnagAJob.com, of course.
If you're an art lover and are looking for an alternative to stocks or real estate, investing in art might be the way to go. But where do you find all the investing information you need? A new Web site called MutualArt.com can help. Moti Shniberg, CEO of Mutual Art explains.
What are you doing with that drawerful of old cell phones? And those early digital cameras? Wish you could get a little cash for them without the hassle of starting up your own business? Now you can. Rousseau Aurelien, CEO of SecondRotation explains.
Want to monitor the security cameras at headquarters while you're having dinner at home? Want to keep an eye on the kids while you're at your desk? Now you can. Richard Soloway, chairman and chief executive of Napco, explains his new service, i-See Video.
If you ever find yourself concerned about which investment advice to follow, or wish you could tap the collective wisdom of lots of smart investors, well, now you can. Michael Reich, CEO of UpDown.com explains.
Worried your car might get stolen? Want to keep track of your loved ones? With "Snitch" you can pinpoint the location of your vehicle, or someone else's, anywhere, anytime.