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HolidayBuyer's Guide
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Hit or miss: Retailers get mixed results online

Some retailers are sprucing up their Web sites for the holiday season, while others struggle to adapt online.

 

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Some retailers are sprucing up their Web sites for the holiday season, while others struggle to adapt online.

"A lot of customers are beginning to learn that they prefer to shop on the Net. If [retailers] don't serve them, someone else will."

-Barry Parr, e-commerce analyst with IDC

 


Banana Republic opens doors of online store
The apparel retailer is launching its online store, revving up parent company Gap Incorporated's e-commerce strategy in time for the holiday season.

Staples' Web promotion a victim of its own success
A discount coupon that Staples intended for a select group of customers was circulated via the Web, allowing unauthorized users to go on a spending spree.

Apparel giant makes limited holiday appearance
The Limited will miss out on some holiday shopping season this year, joining a growing list of traditional retailers.

Big retailers proving less than adept at getting online
A series of botched efforts shows it may be harder than it looks to take a traditional business online.