Thank you for an interesting question, and one that was not quite as
straightforward as I first thought.
The world's news services are more than happy to subdivide the news
into categories for you, and deliver it almost instantaneously, but
the available categories still fall mostly along traditional lines
like "Retail News" rather than the more narrowly focused "Online
Shopping News." Perhaps this is because the distinction between
online shopping and the so-called brick-and-mortar stores has blurred
enormously, as on-line retailers have learned the value of building
very non-virtual inventories, while old-style merchants like Barnes
and Noble and Toys-R-Us have discovered the virtues of their online
There is one site, though, that is specifically focused on online
merchants, and that is the Wired.com Ebiz site at:
"Remember when you didn't buy your books and CDs online? Remember when
you had control over your personal information? And is opt-in good and
opt-out bad, or vice-versa? The future of Internet commerce hangs in
Some of the first few of the 865 stories that popped up when I looked:
Amazon Eyes Ad-Related Patent
Why Did Google Want Blogger?
More Web Ads Come With Sound
Bogus Alerts Target PayPal Users
Spam Offers: Some Legit, Most Not
EBay Coupon Sellers Clip for Cash
Net Merchants Not Sold on Taxes
Buyers Addicted to Free Shipping
Porn Strategy: Share and Snare
A Study in Guerrilla Marketing
Read This Before Buying on eBay
Other sites may be less-specifically focused on your topic of "online
shopping", but their search functions can quickly remedy that
situation. For instance, at the BusinessWire site:
you have access to up-to-the-minute press releases from thousands of
sources. Although they don't have a "built in" category search for
"online shopping", you can register at the site (it's free of charge)
and build your own, customized personalized news service, that will
bring up the news items of most interest to you.
If being the "first to know" is important to you, BusinessWire may be
one of your best bets.
Many sites provide extensive information, thoug, and don't even
For instance, the BBC News e-commerce site:
has front page articles listed at the moment along these lines:
-War effect hits Ebookers
-Reality bites: Time to stop exploiting price errors on the web
-Mobile times: Italians get their hands on commercially available 3G
while a search on "online shopping" turns up many additional stories
Argentina's internet helpers
Argentines living overseas are paying their crisis-hit families'
shopping bills online, while money sent into the country also soars.
US online sales hit record levels
US shoppers might have stayed out of the shopping malls in the run-up
to Christmas, but they spent plenty of time buying online.
Internet steals march on High Street
Online shopping is growing 19 times faster than trade at traditional
retailers, official figures show.
Corner shop's sweet cyber success
A traditional English sweet shop in County Durham uses new technology
to sell dolly mixtures and pear drops across the globe.
Though focused more broadly that just the e-shopping news, you can
still glean a good deal of information from CNET's E-Business news
A search on "online shopping" at CNET's news search site, which is
turns up results like these:
-DealTime plans to acquire Epinions
-What an e-tailer learned from Dell
-Toysrus.com reports growth, profits
-Survey: Web use trends ever upward
-Glitch bungles Amazon orders
Other e-biz sites that allow searching and are worth knowing about
Inforworld B2C site:
YahooBiz Retail News: http://biz.yahoo.com/ic/re.html
I hope this is the information you were looking for. These sources
cover the news from a shopper's point of view, as well as more broadly
reporting on industry trends, successes and problems. If anything
requires elaboration, though, please don't hesitate to post a Request
for Clarification, and I'll be glad to assist you further.