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  • As competition heats up among flash-sale websites, Totsy has received $18.5 million in new financing, giving the site more firepower to battle main rival Zulily.

  • Coolest Corporate Headquarters Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    The term “corporate headquarters” often brings to mind an intimidating environment, full of modular furniture, fluorescent lights and joyless gray cubicles. For many years, there were scant deviations to be found.In the 21st century, that rule book has been tossed out the window. The new one has been written by veterans of the tech boom, the start-up boom and the dotcom boom, and this new “old guard” has changed the rules.Now that corporate norms no longer apply across the board, nontraditional

    Now that corporate norms no longer apply across the board, nontraditional office spaces have become more common. Click ahead to see some of the coolest corporate headquarters in the world.

  • Retailers tend to lump tablets and smartphones into the same category called “mobile,” but that might not be wise, according to the results of a new study by online marketing technology company Monetate.

  • Latin America's Ecommerce 'Hidden Gem' Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 12:47 AM ET
    Cyber Monday

    China may have the largest online population in the world, but a much smaller country south of the equator could also offer an interesting opportunity to expand online.

  • Time for Flash Sales to Adapt or Die Friday, 25 May 2012 | 8:02 PM ET
    Fab.com sale

    Flash-sale websites such as Gilt Groupe and Ru La La were hailed as disruptors in the ecommerce space, but recently there’s been a bit of a disruption in their success story, prompting some to wonder if flash-sale sites are more of a marketing gimmick than a sustainable business model.

  • What Flash Sites Are Suggesting About Consumers Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 4:21 PM ET
    Cyber Monday

    Flash-sale sites like Gilt.com, RueLaLa.com and BeyondtheRack.com came on the scene when recession-wary consumers were hungry for bargains and still reserved about their spending. The sites took advantage of retailer overstocks to lure shoppers in with high-quality merchandise at rock-bottom prices. Now, consumers and retailers are on more solid footing, but the sites don’t appear to be losing their allure.

  • Alibaba Needs 'Cash Coffer' to Compete in China: Pro Monday, 21 May 2012 | 5:15 AM ET
    The office of Alibaba (China) Technology Co.

    As Alibaba Group's buyback of half of Yahoo's stake paves the way for a possible public listing for the Chinese internet giant, one strategist tells CNBC if the company wants to stay competitive in the domestic market it needs to expand, for which it must raise a lot of capital.

  • Etsy: Crafting a Plan for Expansion     Thursday, 17 May 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    Chad Dickerson, Etsy CEO, discusses how the start-up company has been able to raise funding, generate profits and its plans for international expansion.

  • Etsy: Crafting a Plan for Expansion     Thursday, 17 May 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    Chad Dickerson, Etsy CEO, discusses how the start-up company has been able to raise funding, generate profits and its plans for international expansion.

  • Men Are Out-Shopping Women Online Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 12:19 PM ET

    According to digital performance company iProspect, there are 19 million affluent men online, and the vast majority of them are shopping. Nearly half of these wealthy men spend more than $4,000 a year online.

  • E-commerce website, etsy.com, tries to maintain its image as a distributor of handcrafted goods, while users of the online merchant are starting to outgrow it.

  • Wal-Mart to Offer Cash Option for Online Purchases Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 12:07 PM ET
    Cyber Monday

    Wal-Mart will offer its online shoppers a “pay with cash” option. The program plays to Wal-Mart’s key customer, a low-income consumer who may have little access to credit cards and banking options.

  • The New iPad

    A recent study has found that most of the users of the newest version of the iPad are confined to wealthier, coastal states. The study drives home a point that retailers should keep in mind: if you want to reach affluent consumers, your website better be equipped to handle traffic coming from these devices.

  • EBay Helps You Pay When You Shop the Mobile 'Mall': CEO Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 2:06 PM ET
    Apple iPhone

    Mobile phones allow consumers to have "a mall in their pocket;" eBay allows them to pay for the goods they buy, CEO John Donahoe told CNBC Thursday.

  • Best Buy to Continue Probe of Ousted CEO Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 3:34 PM ET
    Brian Dunn

    As Best Buy works on hashing out the terms of CEO Brian Dunn’s resignation, speculation continues about who ultimately will lead the company.

  • Employees help customers at a Best Buy store.

    It’s going to take more than a new CEO to fix Best Buy’s problems, but at least it’s a start. At best, it’s a signal the board is getting ready to be more aggressive about shaking things up and reinventing the brand.

  • A customer looks at smartphones at a Best Buy store.

    Can we blame Brian Dunn for Best Buy’s current woes? While many are pointing to Dunn’s shortcomings as a CEO, it's important to look at history and see that he inherited a lot of the company's current troubles.

  • Wayfair

    Retailers may want to take a hard look at Pinterest if they aren't already doing so. Evidence continues to suggest the social media website is a good way to generate customer leads. That's certainly the experience Wayfair, an ecommerce company that sells home furnishings, is having.

  • PayPal to Grow Its Point-of-Sale Outlets: eBay CEO Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 11:50 AM ET
    John Donahoe, President and CEO of eBay

    EBay is working to implement the company's payment service, PayPal, with retailers, eBay CEO John Donahoe told CNBC from the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. Home Depot will offer PayPal as a standard feature of payment, and by the end of 2012, PayPal will be in 10 to 15 different retailers nationwide.

  • Memorabilia Investment: The Golden Oldies Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 9:42 AM ET
    Madonna performs onstage during the opening night of her 'Sticky and Sweet' tour at the O2 Arena on in London, England.

    Michael Jackson’s jacket, a Madonna dress, even plates bearing the Queen of England’s face - in a world of cold hard investment, the collection of special items that hold a particular value because of their significance in our collective memory makes a welcome change, and  perhaps represents the ultimate alternative investment.