e-commerce

  • Mobile shopping hits record numbers over Thanksgiving and Black Friday

    Mobile shopping hits record numbers over Thanksgiving and Black Friday

    Black Friday has only just begun, but already mobile traffic and sales are breaking records compared with years prior, according to third-party reports and those from major retailers, out this morning. In addition to yesterday’s Thanksgiving sales report of a record $771 million in revenue from mobile devices, top retailers, including Amazon, Walmart and Target, have also now… Read More

  • Amazon makes good on its promise to delete “incentivized” reviews

    Amazon makes good on its promise to delete “incentivized” reviews

    Amazon is making good on its promise to ban “incentivized” reviews from its website, according to a new analysis of over 32,000 products and around 65 million reviews. The ban was meant to address the growing problem of less trustworthy reviews that had been plaguing the retailer’s site, leading to products with higher ratings than they would otherwise… Read More

  • Amazon announces new Dash-powered devices that can auto-reorder your coffee, air filters, and more

    Amazon announces new Dash-powered devices that can auto-reorder your coffee, air filters, and more

    Amazon is expanding the lineup of devices that will automatically reorder their supplies for you through the retailer’s Dash Replenishment service. The program, which brings instant reordering to connected devices – like washing machines that order your detergent, or printers that order your ink – now includes a new handful of Dash-enabled products from companies like… Read More

  • Apple teases a one-day Black Friday sale, a reversal from last year’s decision to sit out

    Apple teases a one-day Black Friday sale, a reversal from last year’s decision to sit out

    Apple has changed its stance on Black Friday. The company, which is now teasing its upcoming one-day deals via a new web page, will again participate in the holiday shopping event after having famously sat out last year, then touting its decision as part of its mission to be “good to…employees.” The new site doesn’t detail what deals will be available, but does promote… Read More

  • More people than ever will shop online over the holidays, spending to rise by 18%

    More people than ever will shop online over the holidays, spending to rise by 18%

    The fourth quarter is always the busiest for e-commerce businesses, with the biggest sales and more consumers than the year prior turning to the web and mobile devices to complete their holiday shopping. This year proves no different, according to the latest holiday sales forecast, which estimates that nearly half (47%) of consumers will shop online this season, 33 percent of them from… Read More

  • 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