eCommerce

  • Taylor Swift Ditches Apple Music And Its Zero-Royalties Trial

    Taylor Swift Ditches Apple Music And Its Zero-Royalties Trial

    Apple is acting greedy despite being one of the richest companies ever, and Taylor Swift is angry. When the Apple Music streaming service launches June 30th, users will get a three-month free trial. Yet rather than subsidizing that user acquisition cost from its enormous pile of cash, it plans to just not pay music rights holders any royalties. Taylor Swift says that’s why it won’t… Read More

  • AmazonFresh Becomes A Prime Benefit In Select California Markets, At $7.99 Per Delivery

    AmazonFresh Becomes A Prime Benefit In Select California Markets, At $7.99 Per Delivery

    AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service which lets customers shop for both fresh produce and other packaged goods, is now being made available to Amazon Prime members in select markets for a $7.99 per delivery fee, on top of their $99 per year Amazon Prime membership. This is a new pricing tier for AmazonFresh, and one that may make the service more palatable to a wider array… Read More

  • E-Commerce Is All Grown Up And Moving On Crunch Network

    E-Commerce Is All Grown Up And Moving On

    E-commerce obstacles are falling just as the second wave of digital natives is getting their hands on credit cards and debit cards and exercising their newfound online purchasing power. The rise of everything being offered as a service, or available by delivery, helps. As does the fact that e-commerce has gone mobile, moving into social, picture, video and streaming platforms. From Twitter… Read More

  • 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

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