e-commerce

  • Target store staff can now create online orders for customers when local merchandise is unavailable

    Target store staff can now create online orders for customers when local merchandise is unavailable

    Amazon and Walmart aren’t the only major U.S. retailers looking to better merge online with brick-and-mortar operations. Today, Target announced a new app called “myCheckout” for its store staff that will allow them to process online transactions on the customer’s behalf, including taking payments, right from the store’s floor when merchandise is unavailable… Read More

  • Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot are now shipping in India

    Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot are now shipping in India

    Earlier this month, Amazon promised it would bring its Echo line of smart speakers to the competitive e-commerce battleground of India. The devices, including the Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot, were initially available through an invite-only program. Today, Amazon says those orders are now shipping to customers, and will arrive in November. To encourage sales, earlier Echo adopters were offered… Read More

  • Reaction Commerce raises $8.5 million for a new soup-to-nuts e-commerce software

    Reaction Commerce raises $8.5 million for a new soup-to-nuts e-commerce software

    Sara Hicks and Aaron Judd, the two co-founders of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Reaction Commerce, didn’t set out to build a new e-commerce management software toolkit when they crossed paths at Science, the LA-based venture studio. Instead, the two entrepreneurs and serial startup executives were simply bonding over a common problem. The tools that their companies were using to manage… Read More

  • Southeast Asian e-commerce startup Carousell closes $70-$80M Series C round

    Southeast Asian e-commerce startup Carousell closes $70-$80M Series C round

    Singapore-based startup Carousell is in the money this week after it closed a Series C round of between $70-$80 million, two sources with knowledge of the deal told TechCrunch. Started by three graduates from the National University of Singapore in 2012, Carousell operates a mobile-first listings service for second-hand goods and services in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Prior to this… Read More

  • Predictive marketing startup Reflektion raises $12M for international expansion

    Predictive marketing startup Reflektion raises $12M for international expansion

    Reflektion, a marketing startup that uses predictive analytics to increase conversion rates on e-commerce sites, has raised $12 million to support its international expansion plans. The new funding is an extended Series B round led by Hasso Plattner, with participation from returning investors Battery Ventures and Clear Ventures. Read More

  • Amazon takes on office supply retailers with launch of Business Prime Shipping

    Amazon takes on office supply retailers with launch of Business Prime Shipping

    Amazon is going after corporate customers in a big way today, with the announcement of a new paid membership program aimed at multi-user businesses in the U.S. and Germany. Called Business Prime Shipping, the program extends Prime’s free, two-day shipping benefits to all users with an Amazon Business account, allowing them to shop for office supplies and other company needs. The move is… Read More

  • Apple Pay now in 20 markets, nabs 90% of all mobile contactless transactions where active

    Apple Pay now in 20 markets, nabs 90% of all mobile contactless transactions where active

    While we are going to have to wait a little longer for Apple to launch payments in iMessage, this weekend, Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s VP of Apple Pay, announced a series of other milestones for the digital wallet and payments service that competes against the likes of Android Pay from Google (which today announced its own expansions), Samsung Pay, and others efforts from retailers and… Read More

  • Unboxing Stitch Fix’s S-1 Crunch Network

    Unboxing Stitch Fix’s S-1

    When Zulily went public in 2013, it sparked a resurgence of interest in an otherwise lagging e-commerce market. Quickly trading up to reach an $8B market cap — valuing the company at over 10 times revenues — Zulily became the poster child of the flash sales boom. Over the ensuing months and years, concepts such as curated commerce, conversational commerce, flash sales… Read More

  • Amazon patents a drone that delivers a charge to power up EVs on the go

    Amazon patents a drone that delivers a charge to power up EVs on the go

    A recent Amazon patent could be an answer to range anxiety, albeit one that sounds a bit more sci-fi than practical solution at the moment: the newly granted patent (via Roadshow) describes a drone that could carry a battery charge for electric cars, and deliver them to any cars out on the road that need them while in route, providing enough juice to get to a proper charging… Read More

  • eBay takes on The RealReal and other fashion resellers with launch of authentication program

    eBay takes on The RealReal and other fashion resellers with launch of authentication program

    eBay is going after high-end clientele in search of luxury goods with today’s launch of eBay Authenticate, a new program that will allow sellers to opt in to have their goods verified as authentic. Initially, the service will focus on luxury handbags and wallets across 12 high-end brands, including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Burberry, Dior, Fendi, Balenciaga… Read More