eCommerce

  • Thistle launches meal kits to make nutritious baby food at home

    Thistle launches meal kits to make nutritious baby food at home

    Food delivery startup Thistle was never been in the business of making meal kits, those boxes of pre-measured ingredients and recipes to help customers cook at home. The startup’s married cofounders, Ashwin Cheriyan and Shiri Avnery, thought that prepared meals, ready-to-heat or raw and ready-to-eat, were a better fit for their busy customers. Meal kits, they said, felt like time… Read More

  • India’s Snapdeal to lay off 500-600 as it battles Flipkart and Amazon

    India’s Snapdeal to lay off 500-600 as it battles Flipkart and Amazon

    Snapdeal, one of India’s big online marketplaces connecting sellers of a range of goods with consumers looking to buy them, is feeling the pinch of competition from Flipkart, Amazon and a host of startups that have emerged with the rise of e-commerce in the country. The startup — backed by the likes of eBay, Alibaba and Softbank and last valued at $6.5 billion — issued… Read More

  • Bulletin offers a flexible approach to shared retail space

    Bulletin offers a flexible approach to shared retail space

    For startups, opening a real-world, physical store can seem a bit quaint. Who wants to deal with the sky-high rents charged in prime, urban locations, not to mention getting locked into a long-term lease? Well, a Y Combinator-backed company called Bulletin is looking to offer a more flexible experience for brands who want to sell their products in brick-and-mortar stores — COO Ali… Read More

  • What’s next for books?

    What’s next for books?

    I like Digital Reader editor Nate Hoffelder. He is one of the few bloggers about publishing who doesn’t suck up to the industry, nor does he particularly gild the lily. He basically believes that books are great, publishing is probably doomed and that writing is really important. That’s why I was happy that he surfaced and debunked the claims of Chip McGregor, an agent who… Read More

  • Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130

    Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130

    Snap wants to prove to investors in its upcoming IPO that Spectacles can earn money for its business, not just be a brand stunt. So today, Snap begins selling its video-recording sunglasses Spectacles openly online for $129.99 in the U.S. at Spectacles.com. Read More

  • Sun Basket cooks up another $15 million for gluten-free and paleo meal kits

    Sun Basket cooks up another $15 million for gluten-free and paleo meal kits

    Meal kit delivery startups are nothing new. They send pre-measured ingredients in an insulated package right to a subscriber’s door, and promise to alleviate the inconvenience of grocery trips. One company in this burgeoning channel of food retail, Sun Basket, has just raised $15 million in a Series C round of venture funding to put a health-conscious twist on the meal kit. Read More

  • PS Dept makes shopping for clothes as simple as sending a message

    PS Dept makes shopping for clothes as simple as sending a message

    The fashion industry isn’t necessarily racing into the future, but some startups and even some big brands are taking steps toward technology that not only help end-users but also help the brands and retailers themselves. One such startup is PS Dept, founded here in New York. PS Dept turns the idea of personal shopping into something as simple as a text conversation. When it comes to… Read More

  • Walmart acquires outdoor retailer Moosejaw for $51 million

    Walmart acquires outdoor retailer Moosejaw for $51 million

    Walmart this morning announced it’s acquiring a leading outdoor retailer Moosejaw for approximately $51 million in an all-cash deal. Headquartered in Madison Heights, Michigan, the retailer has both a large online presence as well as 10 physical stores across Michigan and the midwest U.S. Walmart says it will allow Moosejaw to continue to operate its website and stores as a standalone… Read More

  • Groupon closes up 23% after Q4 report, says it paid nothing for LivingSocial

    Groupon closes up 23% after Q4 report, says it paid nothing for LivingSocial

    Groupon, the daily deals platform that has been restructuring itself and trying to shift into more profitable areas of e-commerce, today reported its Q4 earnings. The company reported sales of $934.9 million but with a net loss of $50.2 million, and a non-GAAP EPS of $0.07. Both are a beat for the company: analysts were expecting revenues of $912.8 million, and non-GAAP earnings per… Read More

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