online shopping

  • Thrive Market brings its organic grocery store to Android

    Thrive Market brings its organic grocery store to Android

    A company tapping into consumers’ growing desire for healthier food and organic products, Thrive Market is today bringing its online grocery store to Android users with the launch of a dedicated mobile application. The new app will allow users to shop for natural and organic products right from their phone, including its more recently launched private label items. Described as a… Read More

  • As sanctions lift, Western companies can meet a thriving Iranian e-commerce industry Crunch Network

    As sanctions lift, Western companies can meet a thriving Iranian e-commerce industry

    Despite the perceptions from many outside of the country, Iranians haven’t been twiddling their thumbs, waiting idly all these years for sanctions relief. The country has long since accustomed itself to be self-sufficient, and the e-commerce industry in Iran is no exception. Read More

  • Blispay, the financing program for SMBs, raises $12.75M in seed funding

    Blispay, the financing program for SMBs, raises $12.75M in seed funding

    Big box retailers like Best Buy and Target have all kinds of financing card programs for their customers. But smaller and medium-sized merchants have no way to give their customers the same kind of financing plans. Until now. Blispay is a new startup founded by Greg Lisiewski, formerly of BillMeLater, which was acquired by PayPal for nearly $1 billion in 2008. From that point, he served as… Read More

  • PayPal’s Braintree Auth launches to bring its payments platform to more merchants, service providers

    PayPal’s Braintree Auth launches to bring its payments platform to more merchants, service providers

    Following yesterday’s news of Square’s entry into the online checkout space, the PayPal-owned payments platform Braintree today announced the launch of Braintree Auth. The system lets e-commerce platforms give their merchants easier ways to enable payments on their online storefronts. It also lets service providers access customer and transaction data on merchants’ behalf. Read More

  • Shopify Debuts Shopkey, An App That Puts A Product Catalog In Your iOS Keyboard

    Shopify Debuts Shopkey, An App That Puts A Product Catalog In Your iOS Keyboard

    A growing number of e-commerce businesses today are assisting their customers over SMS and mobile messaging. There are even SMS-based services, like Magic, Operator, GoButler, and others targeting the emerging “conversational shopping” market. Now, e-commerce platform Shopify is aiming to help its merchants better serve their customers via mobile messaging with the launch of… Read More

  • Boon + Gable Hopes To Bring Personal Shoppers To The Masses

    Boon + Gable Hopes To Bring Personal Shoppers To The Masses

    Online shopping continues to rise in popularity, but it’s still tough to know if the items you pick out on a website will work as an outfit in real life. New startup Boon+Gable hopes to change that by sending a personal shopper to your house. Startups like StitchFix and Le Tote act as virtual personal shoppers, sending you recommended items through the mail on a monthly basis. But… Read More

  • UberRUSH Now Delivers The Same Day From Nordstrom, Rent the Runway, Other Big Retail Stores

    UberRUSH Now Delivers The Same Day From Nordstrom, Rent the Runway, Other Big Retail Stores

    UberRUSH, Uber’s merchant delivery service, will now ship purchases within a few hours from household retail names like Nordstrom and 1800Flowers. It typically takes, at least, a few days for deliveries to arrive at your doorstep from most online retailers, but Uber introduced a private API that can integrate into the shopping experience of these bigger companies with the aim to get… Read More

  • Smartphone-Driven Holiday Sales Nearly Doubled In 2015

    Smartphone-Driven Holiday Sales Nearly Doubled In 2015

    The shift to smartphones as a preferred means of online shopping is continuing to have an impact on the e-commerce industry, according to new data released by Adobe this morning. During the 2015 holiday sales season, including both November and December, smartphones nearly doubled their share of sales over the year prior, accounting for 17 percent of sales versus tablets’ mere 11 percent. Read More

  • What’s Your Customer’s Online Personality? Crunch Network

    What’s Your Customer’s Online Personality?

    In the retail world we live in today, it’s hard to know who your customers are. Unlike in the days of brick and mortar stores, customers in today’s online shopping marketplace are cloaked in layers of anonymity, their wants, desires and specific shopping styles all filtered out by keyboards and IP addresses. This presents a major marketing problem for many web enterprises. How do… Read More

  • E-Commerce Isn’t Everything Crunch Network

    E-Commerce Isn’t Everything

    The holiday season is here. For many of us that means lots of shopping. Are you doing most of your shopping online or in stores? If you’re like most consumers, the answer is both, but with a significant bias toward physical stores. Despite all the attention about Cyber Monday and online transactions, e-commerce sales will still only amount to roughly 7 percent of all retail sales this year. Read More

  • Online Commerce Needs An Offline Experience Crunch Network

    Online Commerce Needs An Offline Experience

    Here’s a funny reality. Despite the steady rise of e-commerce since the 1990s, we still stroll through malls and shops. Even with one-click ordering and overnight delivery, we purchase many of our day-to-day products and services locally and offline. A big reason we do so is that shopping engages us with the wider world. Read More

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