With new CTO, One Kings Lane goes all in on mobile

Armed with a new chief technology officer, and other new execs, One Kings Lane hopes to emerge as a leader of the mobile web. The company expects to double revenue to $200 million this year and says 25 percent of revenue comes from mobile.

The return of bricks-and-clicks

Traditional retailing continues to undergo disruption as e-commerce overturns long-established consumer behaviors. But new mobile tools for merchants and a new platform push by eBay aimed at brick-and-mortar operators are giving traditional retailers an e-commerce leg up and may finally let them deliver on the promise of bricks-and-clicks.

LuxeYard puts a social spin on high-end flash sales

LuxeYard, a site selling high-end home decor products, is launching Tuesday. Yes, it’s technically another flash sales site. But what’s interesting about LuxeYard is that it’s doing things a bit differently from the established players in the space such as One Kings Lane and Gilt Groupe.

Study: Apple’s iPhone, iPad account for 90 percent of mobile purchases

f people are buying through online retail sites on mobile, they’re most likely doing so on Apple devices, according to a new report. iPads and iPhones accounted for over 92 percent of online retail not originating from a desktop device in December, according to the study.

Today in Connected Consumer

What recession? U.S. shoppers were out in force over the Thanksgiving weekend, spending a record $52.4 billion and getting the holiday shopping season off to an unexpectedly strong start. That’s raised hopes among online retailers that the trend will continue through today, Cyber-Monday, a made-up phenomenon that has nonetheless been more or less officially adopted by e-commerce sites as the focus of Black Friday-like promotions and discounts. Analysts estimate cyber-sales could reach $1.2 billion today, topping last year’s $1. 0 billion, while mobile e-commerce sales could double. Don’t expect much work to get done today, however. Roughly half of today’s online shopping is expected to be done while at work.

Today in Cloud

Originally an American phenomenon, retailers are now working hard to make Black Friday a fixture in other markets as well. My (UK-based) email inbox has been inundated with offers from the local branches of global retailers including Apple and Amazon. From an infrastructure perspective, this mad rush to spend money on a single day places significant pressure upon e-commerce sites. I’ve looked before at one of the leaders in the provision of cloud-based load testing, SOASTA. Other than a tweet noting that their customers are “ready,” the company is keeping surprisingly quiet about today. Presumably the press releases will follow next week, if all of their customers successfully negotiate today’s traffic spike.

Amazon launches pet e-commerce site Wag.com

The team behind Diapers.com has made a new e-commerce site aimed at the other baby in the American household: the family pet. Quidsi, which is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, is announcing Wednesday the launch of Wag.com, an e-commerce site selling pet-related products.