sales tax

US sales tax isn’t a deterrent to online sales: Report

Years ago, many online retailers, including Amazon, found themselves battling states that sought to force them to collect sales tax even if they didn’t have a physical presence in those states.

The logic behind retailers’ aversion to collecting sales tax wasn’t hard to understand: if given a choice between two retailers, one charging sales tax and one not, many consumers would probably choose the former.

Retailers have bigger problems than Amazon’s Price Check app

Amazon wants your business this holiday shopping season. If you use its Price Check app while you’re out shopping on December 9 or 10 in the US, the e-commerce giant will give you a 5% discount on up to three products you ‘price check’ – for up to $15 in total savings.

Understandably, brick-and-mortar retailers aren’t exactly thrilled. In fact, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) appears downright angry.

2012: five things to watch

Despite questions about the global economy and volatility in the
markets, 2011 proved that there’s no place quite like the technology
industry, where innovative new services and products continued to win
adoption by both consumers and businesses.

With 2012 just around the corner, it’s time to ask: what’s around the corner?