Google’s Plan to Take Over Holiday Shopping

Top toy lists are typically the purview of major retailers like Toys 'R' Us, Walmart and Target, but this year, Google unveiled its own list of hot toys. It's no ordinary list. Consumers are able to view the toys in 3-D, using a cursor to turn an item in circles and view it from all angles. There are also listings of online stores and nearby stores, as well as reviews. It's just one example of how Google is marshaling its resources in an effort to become shoppers' information destination. Sameer Samat, VP-Google shopping, says the company's efforts are in response to changes in consumer behavior and the merging of the online and offline worlds, particularly when it comes to shopping habits. Seventeen percent of shoppers will visit a store, then…
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