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  • 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.

  • To Infinity and Beyond: Investing in Space Travel Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 8:35 AM ET
    Space Shuttle Atlantis

    It’s no secret that the global economy is in trouble, so if you’re bored of the world of stocks and bonds and feel the tedium of a slowing market, the time may have come to explore whole new world of investment: space travel.

  • How to Make Investments in High Fashion Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 | 8:28 AM ET
    A model walks the runway at the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center.

    Vintage fashion investment is an increasingly lucrative area, and with substantial public demand for luxury clothes, fashion retail businesses have seen impressive returns – so is there still room to get money for old rope?

  • Protest On Web Uses Shutdown to Take On Two Piracy Bills Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 9:57 AM ET
    The Wikipedia website has shut down its English language service for 24 hours in protest over the US anti-piracy laws.

    The battle over Internet piracy bills, soon to be voted on in Congress,  has reached a fever pitch, drawing a web-wide protest, and fierce opposition from the tech industry, among others involved in online  business, the New York Times reports.

  • Online Shoppers Are Rooting for the Little Guy Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 10:36 AM ET
    Amazon.com

    Giant e-commerce companies like Amazon are acting increasingly like their big-box brethren as they extinguish small competitors with discounted prices and free shipping. The little sites are fighting back with some tactics of their own, like preventing price comparisons or offering freebies that an anonymous large site can’t.

  • Expansion of Regus in China     Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 7:10 PM ET

    Mark Dixon, CEO of Regus, discusses Regus' growth in Asia and Continental Europe, and also talks about growing demand for mobile offices around the world.

  • A fresh survey out Thursday provides more evidence about how valuable tablet owners are to retailers during the holiday shopping season, and how devices such as Apple’s iPad and other tablets are a retail game-changer.

  • A friend forwarded me an ad on Craigslist which pitches the services of the greatest holiday must-have ever—a Criticism Deflector.

  • Why Can’t a Woman Shop More Like a Man? Friday, 2 Dec 2011 | 3:02 PM ET
    Parents shop in the toy aisle at a Target store, Kingston, Massachusetts

    Men tend to be very task-focused when they shop online, says BBDO CEO Andrew Robertson. “They don’t shop, they hunt,” he said. Women, however, tend to think of shopping as “a journey,” he says. A look at what this means for retailers such as Blue Nile that are trying to broaden their customer base.

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