Walgreen Buys Drugstore.com for Twice Its Value

After years of trying to expand its online presence through organic growth, giant drug store chain Walgreen has decided to buy a bigger Web footprint, acquiring drugstore.com, the country's eighth-largest e-tailer -- and it's paying a premium price.

States, E-Tailers Clash Over Sales Tax

is your state considering imposing an Internet sales tax? Faced with staggering budget deficits, many states are proposing legislation that will force out-of-state retailers to collect state sales tax from online shoppers.

Retailers Look to E-Tailers for Survival Tips

Three years into a recession and a lumpy recovery, consumers aren't getting comfort from retail therapy. They're price-shopping online and jumping in and out of stores. So, bricks-and-motor merchants are looking for ways to make stores more convenient and flexible.

LivingSocial Cuts Off the Aggregators. What's Up With That?

People who run smaller group-buying sites say the aggregators are by far the best source of new customers and new traffic. And LivingSocial, while big and valued at $1 billion, is still a whole lot smaller than the big kahuna Groupon. So why would LivingSocial take this tack?

What's Really Behind 'Free Shipping Day'

Hundreds of e-tailers will offer free shipping today to encourage shoppers to hit the "buy" button in the final run-up to Christmas. It's a good incentive for last-minute shoppers, but is it also an attempt to keep up with Amazon's free shipping offers?

Chinese Internet IPOs: The Case for DangDang

Among the Chinese Internet companies recently listing on U.S. exchanges, online video site Youko and e-tailer DangDang have gotten the most attention. Both present risks for investors, but it seems clear that DangDang's longer-term prospects are based on a sounder footing.

Who's Next on Amazon's Acquisition List?

The rumors that e-tail giant Amazon is looking to buy Quidsi, parent company of Diapers.com, have proven true. But Jeff Bezos isn't likely to stop there, and Alice.com and Drugstore.com could be easy pickings.