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Macy's, Target, others offer speedy holiday delivery options, including overnight and same day

...by Christmas because of a combination of poor weather and overloaded systems, causing angry customers.Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Mulpuru fears that the industry could be ill-prepared for the influx of online ordering again this year...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-24/macys-target-others-offer-
Single PayPal likely to partner with eBay competitors, aggressively fight for mobile space

...for whichever player can own the space: mobile payments could spike to $58.4 billion by 2017, Citi Investment Research analyst Mark May said in August.What might be PayPal's first solo move?Courting major eBay competitors such as Amazon...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-30/single-paypal-likely-partn
Service without a smile: why airlines aren't nice

...customer backlash," Cowen Securities analyst Helane Becker wrote in a note to JetBlue investors.Similarly, Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay gleefully reported that JetBlue executives used the phrase "customer service" just once in its second-quarter...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-08/service-without-smile-why-
HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts

...Netflix's 36 million U.S. subscribers now watch about 100 minutes of Internet video each day, calculates BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield, based on Netflix disclosures about its customers' overall viewership patterns. Netflix-watching...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-15/hbo-unleashes-streaming-ca
Will Apple's digital wallet kill the card swipe?

...security features ? could be the service that leads to widespread adoption of the digital wallet.Citi Investment Research analyst Mark May believes the sum total of mobile payments could grow from $1 billion in 2013 to $58.4 billion by 2017...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-13/will-apples-digital-wallet
Amazon to buy video game streaming service Twitch for $970 million

...our values and long-term vision."Google had been in talks to buy Twitch, but no deal materialized. Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey believes Google might have been a better fit for Twitch."Twitch will be a harder asset for Amazon...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-25/amazon-buy-video-game-stre
Local housing agents foresee bright summer

...time finding a new home to purchase.After looking barely a month, Isaac Battle, who started a new job May 5 as a research analyst at Fort Gordon's Cyber Center of Excellence, expects to close on the home near Grovetown this upcoming week. His...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-05-23/local-housi
With pending Beats buy, Apple CEO Tim Cook makes break from managerial style of Steve Jobs

...five years ago, but it sure feels like the company is pregnant and we will soon know a lot more," says Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett. "If a Beats acquisition is the biggest news of the year, then it will be a bust."Neither Apple...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-12/pending-beats-buy-apple-ce
More consider resale value when buying jeans, handbags

...at luxury stores. "I think luxury retailers are going to run a little scared," said Marshal Cohen, a market research analyst.But resale sites say they can help retailers because shoppers are more willing to spend if they know they can easily...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-09/more-consider-resale-value
Congress lets 55 tax breaks expire at year end, adding uncertainty for individuals, businesses

...their budgets for 2014?"The best thing I would say is, budget accordingly," said Jackie Perlman, principle tax research analyst at The Tax Institute at H&R Block. "As the saying goes, hope for the best but plan for the worst. Then if you...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-12-30/congress-lets-55-tax-break