eCommerce

  • Automattic Buys WooCommerce, The Popular Plugin For Turning WordPress Into A Store

    Automattic Buys WooCommerce, The Popular Plugin For Turning WordPress Into A Store

    If you’re looking to turn your WordPress site into an online shop, one option reigns supreme: WooCommerce. With roughly 7.5 million downloads, it’s easily the most popular e-commerce WordPress plugin — hell, it’s one of the top 10 most popular WordPress plugins overall. And now it’s officially a part of the WordPress family. Automattic, the company behind… Read More

  • Price-Tracking Service PoachIt Shuts Down

    Price-Tracking Service PoachIt Shuts Down

    Price monitoring as a standalone service doesn’t seem to be resonating with consumers. The latest example? PoachIt, a smart shopping tool that helped consumers track price changes and find discounts via both web and mobile, announced today that it’s shutting down. The company had raised $2.8 million in outside funding, according to CrunchBase, and had grown its shopping community… Read More

  • Interior Define, Maker Of Ultra-Customizable Couches, Launches 3D Visualizer

    Interior Define, Maker Of Ultra-Customizable Couches, Launches 3D Visualizer

    Interior Define, the company that offers totally customizable sofas at a relatively affordable price, is today announcing new tools to help online shoppers. The company is introducing a new 3D interface for shoppers so that they can see the products from every angle, in every different customization, so that they truly know what they’re getting into. Before, users were checking out… Read More

  • Drizly Lands $13 Million In Series A Funding

    Drizly Lands $13 Million In Series A Funding

    Drizly, the mobile shopping app that connects users with delivery-friendly liquor stores, is today announcing the close of a $13 million Series A funding round, led by Polaris Partners. Existing investors Suffolk Equity Partners also participated alongside First Beverage Group and others. Drizly offers a mobile app that lets users order all kinds of spirits, beer and wine direct to their location. Read More

  • The Humble QR Code Is Being Disrupted… And Going Dotless

    The Humble QR Code Is Being Disrupted… And Going Dotless

    Many in the West are still dumbfounded that QR codes are a thing. Well, heads-up, the humble QR code as you know it is being disrupted. At least that’s according to Visualead, an Israel-based startup backed by Alibaba that announced a new ‘dotless’ format today. Read More

  • Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO

    Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO

    Seven employees quit the frequently mocked payment rewards startup Clinkle simultaneously today due to frustration with its 24-year-old CEO Lucas Duplan, according to multiple sources close to the company. Duplan, pictured above, is said to have withheld information from employees about acquisition talks with Apple that the team hoped would result in a sale. He’s believed to have… Read More

  • HelloFresh Is Delivering 4 Million Meals Per Month

    HelloFresh Is Delivering 4 Million Meals Per Month

    HelloFresh has just shared that it is now selling 4 million meals per month. The company says that this is more than the company sold in the entire first half of 2014 combined. HelloFresh is a food delivery service that competes directly with Blue Apron and Plated, delivering pre-portioned and planned meals at your door each week for you to cook. The space is so hot right now, with Blue… Read More

  • Decorist Raises $4.5M To Bring Customers Affordable Design Advice And Room Makeovers

    Decorist Raises $4.5M To Bring Customers Affordable Design Advice And Room Makeovers

    Design startup Decorist has raised $4.5 million in seed funding from home improve giant Lowe’s Companies, the Women’s Venture Capital Fund and undisclosed angel investors. The big player in the market is probably Houzz, which allows users to find home design ideas and hire architects, designers and others who can actually make those ideas a reality. The Decorist approach is a… Read More

  • PayPal To List On Nasdaq Under PYPL Ticker After eBay Spinoff

    PayPal To List On Nasdaq Under PYPL Ticker After eBay Spinoff

    Payments company PayPal is inching closer to spinning off from its marketplace parent eBay. Today its designated CEO, Dan Schulman, announced that it plans to list on Nasdaq and use PYPL as its ticker — the original ticker it used before eBay acquired it in 2002. The  company plans to spin off eBay in the second half of this year. To date, some 18 billion transactions and… Read More

  • Walmart To Test A Free, Three-Day Shipping Service That’s Half The Price Of Amazon Prime

    Walmart To Test A Free, Three-Day Shipping Service That’s Half The Price Of Amazon Prime

    Walmart is preparing to test a new, unlimited shipping service that will compete to some extent with Amazon Prime, but at a lower price point of just $50 per year. The shipping service will be offered to select customers on an invite-only basis starting this summer, offering more than 1 million products for free delivery in three days or fewer. Read More

  • Facebook’s Quest To Absorb The Internet

    Facebook’s Quest To Absorb The Internet

    Facebook never wants you to leave, so it’s swallowing up where you might try to go. A few years back, its News Feed brimmed with links to content hosted elsewhere. News articles, YouTube clips, business websites, ads for ecommerce stores. But Facebook has decided the world outside its walled garden is full of friction. And friction isn’t The Hacker Way. Read More

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