e-commerce

  • Symple wants to be Venmo for business payments

    Symple wants to be Venmo for business payments

    Between Venmo, Square Cash and even Snapcash, no one can argue that it’s hard to send money to a friend. But it wasn’t always this way. Paper checks used to be the de facto method of repayment — and it was messy, time-consuming and nowhere near instantaneous — someone could wait a month to cash a check you wrote them, leaving you with an annoying surprise when the… Read More

  • Domino’s now lets you order from its full menu via Messenger – no setup or account required

    Domino’s now lets you order from its full menu via Messenger – no setup or account required

    Domino’s is about to put its ordering bot, Dom, to a big test. Just ahead of Super Bowl weekend, the pizza chain is rolling out the ability to order off its full menu via Facebook Messenger – even if you haven’t already set up a pre-configured “pizza profile.” The update means it will be easier for more casual Domino’s customers to give the bot a try, as… Read More

  • Walmart launches free, 2-day shipping without a membership on purchases of $35 or more

    Walmart launches free, 2-day shipping without a membership on purchases of $35 or more

    Walmart has just issued its strongest response to the growing Amazon threat, since its acquisition of e-commerce newcomer Jet.com last summer. Starting today, Walmart will begin offering free, two-day shipping on over 2 million items, with no need for a membership fee. The range of items will include “everyday essentials,” like household products, baby needs, pet supplies… Read More

  • Flower delivery startup The Bouqs raises $24 million to grow past its many competitors

    Flower delivery startup The Bouqs raises $24 million to grow past its many competitors

    There’s a field full of flower delivery services to choose from these days from the old school 1-800-flowers and FTD to startups popping up over the last few years like BloomThat, Farmgirl Flowers, UrbanStems and The Bouqs. That last one just raised $24 million in Series C financing, bringing the total now to $43 million. The Bouqs doesn’t quite roll off the tongue but that fresh… Read More

  • Amazon launches a subscription service for STEM toys

    Amazon launches a subscription service for STEM toys

    Amazon today unveiled a new subscription program aimed at parents called STEM Club, which delivers educational toys to your home for $19.99 per month. The retailer says it will hand-pick which toys are shipped, and will ensure the items are age-appropriate. And by “STEM,” of course, Amazon means the toys will be focused on the areas of science, technology, engineering and… Read More

  • Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy

    Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy

    Amazon’s latest (physical) Dash button is like a “I’m Feeling Lucky” for candy. When pressed, the button will send you a box with a random assortment of small-batch candy made by “artisans from across the nation.” The box will cost $18 (with two-day free Prime shipping, of course) and can be ordered as many times as you want. The program is called Prime… Read More

  • Amazon puts virtual Dash buttons on its homepage

    Amazon puts virtual Dash buttons on its homepage

    Amazon has just made it easier to repurchase your favorite items from its online store. The company on Thursday added virtual “Dash” buttons to its homepage and mobile app that let you click to buy the product they represent – like diapers, paper towels, medicine, groceries, household items, pet supplies, and more. Dash buttons, in case you’re not familiar, have been… Read More

  • Alibaba is now the official cloud services provider of the Olympics

    Alibaba is now the official cloud services provider of the Olympics

    Today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Alibaba and the International Olympic Committee announced that Alibaba will become the official “Cloud Services” provider for the Olympics. The deal will last through 2028. Considering the next three olympics will be in Asia – South Korea in 2018, than Japan in 2020, than China in 2022 – Alibaba may have seen this as a good… Read More

  • eBay takes on fashion resale startups with launch of authentication program

    eBay takes on fashion resale startups with launch of authentication program

    Ebay is not taking the rise of fashion resale businesses targeting high-end clientele lying down. The over 20-year old marketplace today announced the launch of a new authentication program, called simply eBay Authenticate, which will allow sellers to opt in to have their goods verified. Buyers will be able to see that the items will be authenticated when viewing listings – a move… Read More