retail

  • 500Friends Raises $4.5M Series A For Its Social Loyalty Platform

    500Friends Raises $4.5M Series A For Its Social Loyalty Platform

    500Friends, the social loyalty solution for e-commerce retailers, is announcing it has completed a $4.5 million Series A round led by Crosslink Capital, with participation from Intel Capital as well as company CEO (and angel investor) Justin Yoshimura. Founded in 2010, and launched in summer 2011, YC-backed 500Friends’ LoyaltyPlus service allows merchants to reward their loyal customers… Read More

  • Square Competitor? Cashier Live Launches POS App For iPhone

    Square Competitor? Cashier Live Launches POS App For iPhone

    Cashier Live, a Chicago-based, bootstrapped startup providing Point of Sale (POS) systems to retailers, has just launched a new iPhone app that moves a bit into Square’s territory – at least that’s the company’s claim. Simply called Cashier, the app is a complete POS system on the iPhone, and aims to compete with Square’s own Register app for iPad. However… Read More

  • Don’t Just Pin It, Buy It: Pinterest Rival Fancy Figures Out Social Commerce

    Don’t Just Pin It, Buy It: Pinterest Rival Fancy Figures Out Social Commerce

    Amid the increased speculation surrounding Silicon Valley darling Pinterest’s forthcoming revenue model, competitor Fancy, a social photo-clipping service popular among the style-conscious set, has been quietly working on revenue ideas of its own. Previously, the service was doling out coupon code to users who “fancy’d” images belonging to specific merchants, but… Read More

  • Clothes Horse Wants To Solve The Biggest Problem With Online Shopping: Finding Clothes That Fit

    Clothes Horse Wants To Solve The Biggest Problem With Online Shopping: Finding Clothes That Fit

    Clothes Horse, a fashion technology company based out of New York, is publicly launching its platform today in an attempt to address one of the biggest challenges facing online shoppers: buying clothes that fit. Through the use of a customizable widget that merchants add to their own websites, Clothes Horse can determine within just 30 seconds how the retailers’ items will fit any… Read More

  • Apple Talks Retail: 110 Million People Visited Apple Stores In Q1

    Apple Talks Retail: 110 Million People Visited Apple Stores In Q1

    I’m not a huge fan of schlepping around needlessly when I can do most of my shopping from the comfort of my chair, but Apple fans don’t seem to have much trouble going to their local Apple store when the urge strikes. According to their recent earnings call, 110 million people went to an Apple store in Q1, which breaks down to roughly 22,000 customers per Apple store per week. Read More

  • Euclid Elements Emerges From Stealth, Debuts “Google Analytics For The Real World”

    Euclid Elements Emerges From Stealth, Debuts “Google Analytics For The Real World”

    A new startup called Euclid Elements emerged from stealth mode today to debut its customer-tracking solution for brick-and-mortar merchants it’s calling “Google Analytics for the physical world.” The name is an apt description for the new solution, which employs sensors and wireless technology to track customer behavior, as its founding team actually includes former… Read More

  • Aisle411 Partners With ZipList For Shopping Lists, Recipe Search

    Aisle411 Partners With ZipList For Shopping Lists, Recipe Search

    Mobile shopping app aisle411 is partnering with ZipList, a recipe search and shopping list platform, in the newest release of the aisle411 iPhone app, out now. With the update, aisle411 version 2.0, is also adding better aisle navigation, mapping out an optimized path through stores, whether that’s to help you locate a single item or all the items on your shopping list. Read More

  • Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Tagtile, A Square-Like Mobile Loyalty Service

    Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Tagtile, A Square-Like Mobile Loyalty Service

    Tagtile is a new company (and recent TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Alley participant), which is using the Square model involving free hardware to address the issues surrounding customer loyalty, management and rewards for brick-and-mortar merchants. Like mobile payments service Square, which uses a free hardware dongle that attaches to a mobile phone, Tagtile also provides its merchants with a… Read More

  • The Variegation Of The Species: Fake Apple Stores Abound In China

    The Variegation Of The Species: Fake Apple Stores Abound In China

    After the discovery of a fake Apple store in Kunming, China caught the blogosphere’s attention, MICGadget ran down a selection of some of the more impressive fakes that have cropped up over the past few months, perhaps culminating in the Giger-esque egg pod version full of iPhones, Macs, and (though not for sale) the iPad 2. Read More

  • Internet Is In An Apple Tizzy, Expecting May 19 Announcement

    In celebration of their 10th retail anniversary, Apple stores are expected to hold “something big” on Thursday, at least according to BGR. Employees are expected to work overtime and sign NDAs as well as surrender their cellphones. They will also be getting secret hardware to install this week. Read More

  • Black November Is On: Wal-Mart Starts Offering Free Shipping

    Today Wal-Mart is offering free shipping with no minimum on walmart.com on around 60,000 items. The deal will run until December 20th and may continue until Christmas. This is, in short, an attempt to grab commerce through this lucrative month and into the next from other retailers like Amazon and Toys’r’Us. The holidays are usually an extremely brisk time for online sales and… Read More

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