New project outfits Indonesia’s street vendors with free Wi-Fi and smart tech

Investors in Indonesia have started a new project aimed at digitizing the kiosk shops that adorn the streets of capital city Jakarta. Warung Pintar — ‘smart kiosk store’ — hel

Alibaba invests another $1.3 billion into its offline retail strategy

Alibaba has furthered its physical retail footprint after it invested another billion dollars into projects to develop its so-called “new retail” strategy which combines online and offline

Cardlytics up 3% following IPO, raised $70 million

Atlanta-based Cardlytics made its public debut on Friday, closing the day at $13.37, just a little above the IPO price of $13. The company sold 5.4 million shares, raising $70 million. Cardlytics work

Amazon said to launch delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx

Amazon is gearing up to compete directly with UPS and FedEx, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The so-called “Shipping with Amazon” program will be an end-to-end shipping solu

Same-day delivery service Deliv launches Deliv Rx for same-day prescriptions

Deliv, the crowdsourced same-day delivery service which today partners with retailers like Macy’s, Best Buy, Petsmart and Walmart on various initiatives, today announced a new service to offer s

TapCommerce’s founders are back with Attentive, a messaging startup that’s raised $13M

Attentive is coming out of stealth today with the announcement that it’s raised $13 million in Series A funding. The company was founded by Brian Long and Andrew Jones. They previously founded T

Amazon begins offering Whole Foods deliveries via its Prime service

Amazon has taken a big step forward with Whole Foods after it began offering grocery delivery from the retailer through its Prime service. The option is open to Prime Now customers, who get free two-h

Sheerly Genius launches indestructible pantyhose made with fiber found in bulletproof vests

Never did I ever think I’d be writing about a technology and science-driven pantyhose company, but here I am. Intrigued by a pitch that described them as made with the same type of fiber found i

Echo Look to dole out fashion advice from Vogue and GQ

Amazon’s Echo Look may not be the best-selling device from the Echo lineup of Alexa-powered smart speakers, but those who purchased the camera/smart speaker combo likely have a high interest in

At last an end to geoblocking in Europe? Nope, not by a long chalk…

Hold your horses. Geoblocks for stuff like Netflix and Spotify are still not being vanquished in this round of EU Digital Single Market regulation chess... 

Amazon reports nearly $2 billion in profit, blowing past Wall Street expectations for holiday quarter

Amazon reported quarterly financials after the bell Thursday for its fourth quarter, the all-important holiday season for the e-commerce giant. And its numbers had some people doing a double take, af

Snapchat’s new Snap Store teases in-app commerce potential

Snap Inc. just launched a merchandise store. The goal isn't to make money yet, but it proves the potential for an in-app commerce platform for other brands.

CanvasPop dips into first VC, taking $3.3M for growth and product dev

Print service CanvasPop has been making money inking photos onto all sorts of substrates, from canvas to cushions, for years. But the largely boostrapped Canada-based, 2009-founded company has just an

Amazon is experimenting with its own QR code style ‘SmileCodes’

QR code style markers — those lil’ barcode-looking boxes you’ll see on ads from time to time, meant to be scanned with your phone to launch some website or app — have yet to really find their

Amazon’s Treasure Truck shows up at Whole Foods with a cheaper Instant Pot, grocery coupons

Amazon Treasure Truck, the retailer’s deals-on-wheels program that is literally a truck driving around with discounted products you can buy online and pickup in person, will now be popping up at

Warby Parker launches pilot program for kids’ frames

Warby Parker has been around for seven years, but today the company is finally unveiling a new product category. In a 12-week pilot program, Warby Parker is now offering kids’ frames to folks in

Voicelabs launches Alpine to bring retailers to the voice shopping ecosystem

Voicelabs, a company that has been experimenting in the voice computing market for some time with initiatives in advertising and analytics, is now pivoting its business again – this time, to voi

Goxip raises $5M led by Meitu to build an influencer marketing platform for fashion in Asia

Goxip, a Hong Kong-based social shopping service, has raised $5 million to branch out into influencer marketing. The investment was led by Meitu, the $6 billion Hong Kong-listed company that develops

Walmart and Rakuten partner on grocery delivery in Japan, Kobo e-books and audiobooks in U.S.

Walmart today announced a major expansion in terms of its global e-commerce presence: the retailer is entering a strategic partnership with Tokyo-based Rakuten, which will see the companies collaborat

Google expands controls to let you mute those annoying ads that follow you on every site

At first, it may seem an odd move. Google makes money on its ads business, and giving advertisers free rein to stalk you on every site seems really good for companies hoping to remind you of that thin
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