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Major retailers ditch the Amazon Marketplace

Amazon is online retail's 800 pound gorilla, but even so, it has tried to play nicely with others. One of the ways it has done that is with the Amazon Marketplace, which allows third parties to sell through its site. 

The Marketplace accounted for over 30% of Amazon.com's unit sales in Q4 2010, and has helped fuel at least some of Amazon.com's continued impressive growth.

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Congress subpoenas web loyalty firm

How much disclosure is enough online? Congress has issued a subpoena to online marketer Vertrue for making unauthorized credit card charges online, and regardless of how it turns out, the increased exposure should prove bad for the business of blind credit card transactions.

The request by the Senate marks the Commerce Committee's first major subpeona to get documents from a private company since the 2002 Enron scandal.

Committee Chairman John Rockefeller wrote in a July 28 letter to Vertrue Chief Executive Gary Johnson that consumers are struggling to get by during the recession, and "allegations that your company is making this situation worse by charging consumers for services they do not want or use are extremely troubling."

Vertrue maintains that it has not done anything unlawful. And said that it requested the subpoena because the Senate was asking for information that could "include personally identifiable information about the consumer." Meanwhile, Vertrue has failed to disclose email, financial documents and other internal communications and has been accused of "slow walking" the investigation.

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Ecommerce can help save the planet

green ecommerceShop online and help end global warming? In this era of acute environmental awareness, that could be a powerful value proposition for etailers. Particularly with data to back up the claim.

Buy that gizmo online rather than drive to the all and you'll burn 35 percent less energy, finds a just-released Carnegie Mellon University Green Design Institute study.

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