Gift-Giving Service Wantful Shuts Down Suddenly

The gift site Wantful is suspending operations, it said today.
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GRP Partners Adds HauteLook’s Greg Bettinelli

Greg Bettinelli, the chief marketing officer at flash-sale site HauteLook, is joining GRP Partners as a venture partner. It’s the first time the Los Angeles-based firm has expanded its ranks in six years. Prior to HauteLook, Bettinelli had worked at Live Nation and eBay.

Some Last-Minute Online Shoppers Can Still Put Gifts Under the Tree

There are a number of ways to still get deliveries sent to your home if you don’t feel like fighting the crowds at the mall.
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Facebook Tests Pinterest-Like Feature With Retailers

Facebook is currently testing a new layout with a handful of retailers, letting users “Like,” “Want” and “Add” product photos to a favorite list. Dubbed “Collections,” the feature is strongly similar to Pinterest’s user interface and feel, as both are focused heavily on buyable items with large potential for a move into e-commerce. Retailers in the test include such recognizable fashion brands as Nordstrom, Old Navy and Macy’s.

The Next Blue Nile? Ritani Launches Jewelry Site With a Bricks-and-Mortar Twist.

Consumers will be able to purchase an engagement ring from Ritani.com, and can decide to ship it to their home or to a nearby jewelry shop.
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As Fab.com Hits Year One, It Enters the U.K. Through Acquisition

Within the past year, Fab.com has hit a lot of milestones: 1.8 million products sold, 4.75 million members and, now, three acquisitions.
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E-Commerce Accelerating Due to Personalization, Pinterest and iPad

A sputtering economy isn’t slowing the growth of e-commerce.

Internet-Only Bonobos Gets Cash and Rack Space From Nordstrom

Bonobos, the New York-based online clothing brand, says it has closed $16.4 million in new funding from Nordstrom and that it will start selling its pants at the high-end department store.
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How E-Commerce Is Expanding Internationally, One Package at a Time

Retailers are realizing that another way to juice revenues is to open up their sites to international markets — if they can manage the logistics.
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Retailers vs. Amazon: A Brick-and-Moral Dilemma

Brick-and-mortar retailers are asking consumers to “buy it where you try it” after Amazon disclosed it will be encouraging consumers to treat stores as showrooms through the use of a one-day promotion on Saturday.
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