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Hot Topic: Should some retail chains not bother with e-commerce?

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In an unusual move in the e-commerce era, HomeGoods recently stopped selling online to focus exclusively on its brick-and-mortar stores. The off-price furniture and home retailer had only launched its online store two years ago, but the strategy is not unprecedented among off-price stores, as competitors Ross and Burlington Stores also lack e-commerce sites.

You tell us: In an omnichannel era, is it a sound retail strategy for some retail chains to have no online store? Cast your vote here.

Circling back: Last week, we asked how aggressively you thought that Yelp should police against businesses providing compensation for reviews, specifically whether businesses should be prohibited from providing compensation for any reviews, or just reviews that they insist are five stars.

About two-thirds (66%) of you think compensation should be banned outright, while almost one-third (32%) thought businesses should be prohibited from providing compensation only when the businesses insist the reviews are five stars, but not when reviewers are free to give as many stars as they wish. Just 2% of you thought businesses should be free to provide compensation for any reviews at all.

Retail news that keeps industry pros in the know

Retail Brew delivers the latest retail industry news and insights surrounding marketing, DTC, and e-commerce to keep leaders and decision-makers up to date.