eCommerce

  • Google Grows E-Commerce Business In Europe With Ingenico Partnership

    Google Grows E-Commerce Business In Europe With Ingenico Partnership

    Google has been making gradual progress expanding its payments services outside of the U.S. market, with P2P money transfer services now working in the UK and a deal with Visa Europe to expand Android Pay acceptance in 37 countries on the continent. In the meantime, it’s also working on ways of inching closer to European merchants and their payments strategies. Today, Ingenico, one… Read More

  • Report: Amazon Is Building An App To Let Normal People Deliver Packages For Pay

    Report: Amazon Is Building An App To Let Normal People Deliver Packages For Pay

    Amazon is apparently enlisting everyday humans in its network of endless online shopping delivery. The WSJ reports that the ecommerce giant is working on an app internally that would allow the average consumer to make a little cash by picking up Amazon packages at various retail locations and dropping them off at their final destination. WSJ’s sources did not have a timeline for the… Read More

  • BloomThat Grows Beyond Flower Delivery To Gifts With $5.5M

    BloomThat Grows Beyond Flower Delivery To Gifts With $5.5M

    BloomThat wants to be the “Make someone happy” button. Open its app, choose between a few curated bouquets, and a beautiful flower arrangement is delivered to someone you care about in 90 minutes. Y Combinator fertilized the startup in 2013 before it raised $2.1 million from SV Angel and Ashton Kutcher’s A-Grade to blossom in the SF Bay Area. Now BloomThat has found roots in… Read More

  • Sketchfab, The Platform For 3D Files, Lands $7M Series A Led By FirstMark

    Sketchfab, The Platform For 3D Files, Lands $7M Series A Led By FirstMark

    Sketchfab, the online platform for 3D file sharing, has today announced the close of a $7 million Series A round led by FirstMark Capital. Existing investors TechStars, Balderton, Partech and Borealis also participated in the Series A round. At its core, Sketchfab is a marketplace for 3D files, whether it lies in creating web-sharable 3D files, browsing them, searching specifically, or… Read More

  • Amazon Ebook Contracts Face EU Antitrust Probe

    Amazon Ebook Contracts Face EU Antitrust Probe

    The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into Amazon’s ebook distribution practices. The commerce giant is currently the largest distributor of ebooks in Europe. Initially, the EC’s investigation will focus on the largest markets for ebooks in the European Economic Area, namely ebooks in English and German. Read More

  • Facebook Challenges Pinterest With News Feed Buy Button For Shopify Merchants

    Facebook Challenges Pinterest With News Feed Buy Button For Shopify Merchants

    Facebook wants its ads to sell you stuff directly so you never have to click away to another app or site. Until now, Facebook was testing a Buy Button that does that with just a few selected test merchants, but now its opening it up to more retailers on Shopify‘s ecommerce platform. That’s a big step towards the Buy Button becoming available to everyone, which could boost sale… Read More

  • European Mobile Payment Startup SumUp Discloses A Total $45M In Funding

    European Mobile Payment Startup SumUp Discloses A Total $45M In Funding

    In the rush of companies crowding into the mobile payment space, a startup out of Europe has announced more funding to grow its footprint and add contactless hardware. SumUp, a startup originally founded in 2012 in Berlin that competes against the likes of iZettle and Rocket Internet’s Payleven, has raised an undisclosed amount led by Swiss backer Venture Incubator. The exact figure is… Read More

  • Founder Jack Ma Lays Out Alibaba’s US Strategy

    Founder Jack Ma Lays Out Alibaba’s US Strategy

    Founder and executive chairman Jack Ma said there’s a big opportunity for Alibaba in the United States: “Alibaba was founded in China, but it was created for the world.” Ma spoke today at The Economic Club of New York, and he made similar points in a new op-ed for The Wall Street Journal (paywall). He said that as Alibaba has grown, and especially after it had the largest… Read More

  • Brit+Co Confirms $20M Raise Led By Intel, Acquires How-To App Snapguide

    Brit+Co Confirms $20M Raise Led By Intel, Acquires How-To App Snapguide

    Big news today for Brit + Co., the lifestyle media and e-commerce business aimed at people interested in crafty projects. The startup has confirmed that it’s raised $20 million in funding, and it has acquired user-generated DIY app Snapguide to add more media to its platform — or, as CEO and founder Brit Morin told TechCrunch, “to build out our community with more… Read More