Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Digitas France 2008 Showreel

Digitas France 2008 Showreel from Michael S. Levy on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Chiara is here!

I'm a proud and starry-eyed daddy since early Thursday morning!
She's amazing, she's gorgeous, and I'm in love.
You can say 'hello and welcome' to her on her very own Facebook Page!

Here's my Chiara playlist:

Découvrez Kid Sister!

And my Chiara music video:

Monday, June 16, 2008

YOOX.com targets 2009 for IPO | InternetRetailer.com

An e-commerce IPO in Europe!

YOOX, the online apparel and accessories retailer, is planning an initial public stock offering on the Milan Stock Exchange in the first half of next year.

The online apparel and accessories retailer has retained Italian investment banker Eidos Partners as financial advisor to manage the IPO.

Established in Italy in 2000 by CEO Federico Marchetti, YOOX Group operates in 53 countries and receives nearly four million visitors a month to its online stores.

In 2007 the company delivered more than 1 million items to customers across the world and reported web sales of $121.7 million.

InternetRetailer.com - Daily News for Wednesday, June 11, 2008

LicketyShip: Founding CEO Out, Ditches Business Model To Focus On Couriers As A Web Service

LicketyShip company is preparing a relaunch, and will be focusing on aggregating courier services for more than just deliveries of retail goods. In effect, they’ll be taking the huge but highly fragmented courier market and turning it into a web service.

Any e-commerce site or retailer, for example, could build in an option for immediate courier delivery. All that would be required is that they have a warehouse near the customer.

LicketyShip: Founding CEO Out, Ditches Business Model To Focus On Couriers As A Web Service

Monday, June 9, 2008

Big e-commerce website outage = big-time $$ losses | The Amazon case study

When your business is online, being temporarily 'closed for business' is NOT good.
Amazon suffered a service outage in the US on Friday, for a little over an hour and a half. Amazon hadn’t had a big outage for a while...

Amazon availability on Friday

According to a calculation by CNET, this has resulted in a theoretical loss of about $3 million ($31,000 per minute). Ouch...

(Apparently, the outage did not affect International websites and Amazon Web Services.)

It's Amazon, but still, this is a nice reminder to set your e-commerce business up with a reliable and redundant hosting infrastructure from the get-go. Once your website is live, there's no closing hours. Your shop is open 24/7, and customers flock at all times, day and night :)

Techcrunch's take:

CNET's take:

Mashable's take:

No official Amazon news release yet.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Multi-Store eCommerce: 4 Stores - 1 Checkout | Get Elastic

GAP + Banana Republic + Old Navy + Piperlime = 1 Checkout

Closing the gap between its e-stores, Gap now allows customer to shop all of its stores online as though it were one site. Customers can switch shops just by clicking tabs, add products to a single cart and check-out in one go.

(From Get Elastic Blog)

Multi-Store eCommerce: 4 Stores - 1 Checkout | Get Elastic

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