Thrasio, once king of e-commerce aggregation, files for Chapter 11

Thrasio, the U.S. startup that raised billions of dollars and popularized the concept of e-commerce aggregation — buying up and restructuring dozens of smaller brands and third parties selling o

Locker organizes your shopping links into virtual wish lists and collages

After years of copying and pasting shopping links into spreadsheets and taking screenshots of products to share with her friends and family, Kristine Locker finally decided to launch a social shopping

AddGlow takes on Reddit, Facebook with community-building software for brands

The New York-based startup collects data via profile attributes specified by the brand in order to personalize the homepage, product description pages, emails and SMS. 

Amazon to launch ‘special store’ for value fashion in India

Amazon is preparing to make another attempt to break into India’s fast-growing fashion and lifestyle e-commerce sector, setting up a battle with rival Flipkart, owned by Walmart; Reliance’s Aj

OpenBorder’s e-commerce software helps merchants access consumers around the world

OpenBorder provides e-commerce merchants with instant access to the $2 trillion cross-border market through automation of certain logistical needs. 

Alibaba faces reckoning with once-vaunted ‘new retail’ strategy

In 2017, “new retail” began appearing in Alibaba’s earnings reports. Coined by the Chinese e-commerce behemoth, the term “new retail” refers to the seamless integration o

Open source ‘headless commerce’ builder Saleor closes $8M round led by Target Global and Zalando

Saleor’s API for e-commerce does the back-end heavy lifting for online shopping while developers produce a bespoke front end.

Amazon debuts ‘Rufus,’ an AI shopping assistant in its mobile app

Amazon announced today the launch of an AI-powered shopping assistant it’s calling Rufus that’s been trained on the e-commerce giant’s product catalog as well as information from aro

Shopify is rolling out an AI-powered image editor for products

Commerce platform Shopify is releasing new features for its Winter Edition rollout, including an AI-powered media editor to enhance product images, improved semantic search and a better way for mercha

Accel eyes new India fashion e-commerce bet with Newme

Accel, an early investor in Indian e-commerce giants Flipkart and Myntra, is preparing a new fashion e-commerce bet in India even as competition intensifies with the recent expansion of Mukesh Ambani&

Vroom hits the brakes on its online used car business to go full throttle on auto financing and AI

Vroom is shutting down its online used car marketplace and shifting all of its resources and capital into two business units focused on auto financing and AI-powered analytics. About 800 employees, o

Fancy founder returns with $1,000-per-month luxury shopping startup, Long Story Short

A new luxury goods e-commerce startup dubbed Long Story Short has a provocative concept: it’s $1,000 per month to join for the privilege of shopping its curated collection. Shocking as that soun

How Magic Spoon CEO knew it was time to transition from DTC to in-store retail

This week Becca and Dom are joined by Gabi Lewis, the co-founder and CEO of the cereal company Magic Spoon.

Returnmates, now Sway, bags $19.5M Series A to manage e-commerce returns

Sway’s approach relies on a two-way communication platform and a network of driver-partners to monitor purchases from receipt at the door through to any returns.

Walmart debuts generative AI search and AI replenishment features at CES

In a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon and other Walmart execs offered a glimpse as to how the retail giant was putting new technol

Deco.cx grabs $2.2M to bring simplicity back to brand website creation

The Brazil-based startup is creating tools for developers of growing e-commerce brands to create high-performance digital experiences.

Amazon turns to AI to help customers find clothes that fit when shopping online

After recently turning to generative AI to enhance its product reviews, e-commerce giant Amazon today shared how it’s now using AI technology to help customers shop for apparel online. The compa

Social commerce platform Maka raises $2.65M to simplify buying fashion and beauty products in Africa

Maka, an African fashion and beauty e-commerce platform, has raised a $2.65 million pre-seed round led by Pan-African venture capital firms 4DX Ventures and Janngo Capital. Other investors include Pal

Amazon competes with its own Goodreads with launch of book discovery service, ‘Your Books’

Amazon today is launching its own competitor to Goodreads, a book tracking and recommendations site it also owns. The retailer announced the launch of a new Amazon feature, Your Books, which will orga

Ex-Metaswitch CEO John Lazar joins Copia’s board as the Kenyan e-commerce outfit rakes in $20M to push toward profitability 

Kenyan e-commerce and fintech platform for mass market consumers Copia Global has appointed John Lazar, the ex-CEO of Metaswitch, a Microsoft subsidiary, to its board off the back of $20 million in ne
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