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Christmas Gift Guide
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Real-world retail giants shy away from Net spotlight

As the holiday season draws nearer, many brick-and-mortar companies are struggling with their online initiatives.

 

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As the holiday season draws nearer, many brick-and-mortar companies struggle with their initiatives online.

"The old-line companies have a tradition with failing at modernizing themselves."

- Vernon Keenan, Keenan Vision analyst

 


Wal-Mart shelves plans for revamped site
The world's largest retailer says it won't open its redesigned Internet shopping site until January 1, a later-than-expected start that will miss the holiday season.

Mattel needs a recess from tech
The world's largest toy manufacturer, which stormed into the high-tech industry by acquiring Learning Company in May, is finding the tech world is no playground.

Toys "R" Us, Home Depot hit snags on the Net
Some late-to-the-party e-tailers may collect little more than lumps of coal in the cyber cash register this Christmas.