e-commerce

  • PetSmart takes on Amazon with launch of same-day delivery and subscriptions

    PetSmart takes on Amazon with launch of same-day delivery and subscriptions

    With more online shoppers turning to sites like Amazon, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have had to step up their competition on the e-commerce front – including by offering faster deliveries – or risk losing customers. The latest to join the fight is PetSmart, which today is rolling out a redesigned, mobile-friendly website offering same-day, scheduled deliveries and… Read More

  • Amazon’s private label brands are taking over market share

    Amazon’s private label brands are taking over market share

    Amazon’s investment in its own private label products has been paying off, according to a new report out today. The retailer now competes with vendors via its own products in over a dozen categories, including computer accessories, home goods, pet supplies, grocery items, and more. In some categories, Amazon has even established itself as the online category leader, the report… Read More

  • Hollar snags another $30 million for its fast-growing dollar store app

    Hollar snags another $30 million for its fast-growing dollar store app

    Hollar, a startup offering dollar store-like finds in the form of a mobile app, has raised another $30 million to continue to grow its business. The new Series B round of funding was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and included participation by Comcast Ventures and Greycroft Partners, as well existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Index Ventures, Forerunner Ventures… Read More

  • Needed’s smarter shopping app will find you the best nearby deals

    Needed’s smarter shopping app will find you the best nearby deals

    A new app called Needed, now officially launching, wants to upgrade your mobile shopping list. Instead of turning to a simple note-taking app or to-do list, Needed aims to help you save on groceries by automatically searching for deals and sales that match the items on your list. The idea is to help you shop smarter locally, however – Needed doesn’t focus on online stores, or… Read More

  • Amazon Prime launches in China

    Amazon Prime launches in China

    Amazon announced today it’s bringing a version of its Prime membership program to customers in China, which will include free, cross-border shipping from the Amazon Global Store as well as no minimum free domestic shipping, the company says. The service, which will compete with local rivals like Alibaba and JD.com, will cost 388 yuan ($57.23) per year after the first year, a… Read More

  • Alibaba-backed Lazada in talks to buy Southeast Asia grocery delivery startup Redmart

    Alibaba-backed Lazada in talks to buy Southeast Asia grocery delivery startup Redmart

    Lazada, under Alibaba’s stewardship, is in advanced talks with Redmart, a Singapore-based grocery delivery service, to make a major investment or acquire the company outright, three sources with knowledge of the deal told TechCrunch. Once a deal is agreed, it could be completed as early as next week, one source said. Read More

  • Carousell prepares to monetize after acquiring automotive classifieds startup

    Carousell prepares to monetize after acquiring automotive classifieds startup

    Singapore-based Carousell has complete its second piece of M&A following the Craigslist-like mobile commerce company’s $35 million Series B round in August. Read More

  • Etsy adds Adyen as a new payment processor in wake of Worldpay outage

    Etsy adds Adyen as a new payment processor in wake of Worldpay outage

    And they say wild west justice is no more. Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, has just reached a deal with Adyen, a global payments processor, to help run its payments backend for the over 1.7 million sellers on the site. You may remember a few months ago that Worldpay, Etsy’s long-time payments processor, was party to a month long calamity that disrupted millions… Read More