eCommerce

  • 2016 Thanksgiving on track to break $2B in online sales

    2016 Thanksgiving on track to break $2B in online sales

    With Thanksgiving Day in full swing, many are turning to the internet to get their holiday shopping started. Adobe is tracking e-commerce transactions in real time, and it said that by 5pm Eastern time online retailers had clocked $1.15 billion in sales, up 13.6 percent on a year ago. Of that, $449 million was spent on mobile devices ($322 million smartphones; $127 million tablets), a… Read More

  • Amazon makes good on its promise to delete “incentivized” reviews

    Amazon makes good on its promise to delete “incentivized” reviews

    Amazon is making good on its promise to ban “incentivized” reviews from its website, according to a new analysis of over 32,000 products and around 65 million reviews. The ban was meant to address the growing problem of less trustworthy reviews that had been plaguing the retailer’s site, leading to products with higher ratings than they would otherwise… Read More

  • Shopify’s experimental product shop launches flash sales app Frenzy

    Shopify’s experimental product shop launches flash sales app Frenzy

    Shopify’s Garage group is a product skunkworks of sorts, and it’s launching a new app called Frenzy today, focused on flash sales, just in time for that most consumerist of holidays — Thanksgiving. Limited-release sales are big again, with Yeezy raffles all over the place and Snapchat just dotting the map with expiring Snapbot vending machines for Spectacles. So Frenzy enters… Read More

  • Zola wedding registry lands $25 million led by Lightspeed

    Zola wedding registry lands $25 million led by Lightspeed

    Zola, the smarter wedding gift registry, has signed term sheets on a $25 million Series C round of funding, according to sources close to the matter. Sources say that Lightspeed led the round, and that Zola’s pre-funding valuation was at $200 million. Zola is an online wedding registry that lets couples choose products from a number of brands and even set up a cash fund. Guests can… Read More

  • Don’t know what they want? Give a pre-swappable Snappy Gift

    Don’t know what they want? Give a pre-swappable Snappy Gift

    Gift cards are soulless and buying the wrong gift leads to annoying returns. But you might not know if your loved one would prefer a drone, action camera or a VR headset. With Snappy Gifts, they get to choose. Snappy Gifts is a new startup offering a fresh new approach that takes the guess-work out of generosity. You go to Snappy Gift’s app, choose a price range and then select from… Read More

  • Amazon announces new Dash-powered devices that can auto-reorder your coffee, air filters, and more

    Amazon announces new Dash-powered devices that can auto-reorder your coffee, air filters, and more

    Amazon is expanding the lineup of devices that will automatically reorder their supplies for you through the retailer’s Dash Replenishment service. The program, which brings instant reordering to connected devices – like washing machines that order your detergent, or printers that order your ink – now includes a new handful of Dash-enabled products from companies like… Read More

  • More people than ever will shop online over the holidays, spending to rise by 18%

    More people than ever will shop online over the holidays, spending to rise by 18%

    The fourth quarter is always the busiest for e-commerce businesses, with the biggest sales and more consumers than the year prior turning to the web and mobile devices to complete their holiday shopping. This year proves no different, according to the latest holiday sales forecast, which estimates that nearly half (47%) of consumers will shop online this season, 33 percent of them from… Read More

  • Zesty, facing stiff competition, replaces its CEO and restructures

    Zesty, facing stiff competition, replaces its CEO and restructures

    TechCrunch has learned that there has been a management shakeup at Zesty, a business catering service that’s health-minded and tech enabled. Funded by Index Ventures, Founders Fund, Forerunner Ventures and Y Combinator, Zesty has raised $20.7 million in venture funding to-date. Cofounder Chris Hollindale stepped into the CEO role in July, after the departure of his cofounding partner… Read More

  • Voice recognition technology is expediting the race to frictionless retail Crunch Network

    Voice recognition technology is expediting the race to frictionless retail

    You’re a sales associate at a big-box retailer and a customer just asked whether the latest iPhone 7 is in stock. You proceed to ask your colleague, Stuart, the same question, and he tells you the product is sold out. But there’s something odd about this scenario: You didn’t move an inch, and Stuart isn’t a person. Stuart is an artificially intelligent assistant that… Read More

  • AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

    AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

    A startup that originally launched as an AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, has pivoted to focus on travel only. And why not? There’s little to do online that’s more annoying than booking flights, hotels and everything else you need just to take a break, or be somewhere for work. Mezi’s newly designed app allows users to find and book flights and hotels and make… Read More

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