The grocery industry’s shopping list: Inventory management, frictionless checkout, computer vision
Technology advancements in recent years are giving startups a shot at providing grocery stores with e-commerce-like features in a brick-and-mortar setting.
Starbucks to unveil its web3-based rewards program next month
Starbucks will unveil its web3 initiative, which includes coffee-themed NFTs, at next month’s Investor Day event. The company earlier this year announced its plans to enter the web3 space, notin
Brex leaving adrift some SMB customers roils corporate spend market
Given how competitive the corporate spend world has proved, Brex has kicked off an interesting strategic conversation in the well-funded fintech startup niche. Let’s talk about it.
Khazenly, an Egyptian on-demand warehousing and fulfillment platform, raises $2.5M seed funding
The e-commerce market in Egypt is expected to grow 30% to $7.5 billion this year, spurred by a growing number of younger shoppers and rising incomes. Local merchants are essential in driving this grow
How the myth of the ‘girlboss’ harms emerging women in tech
On Lafayette Street in SoHo, young, fashionable women lined up around the block to enter a minimalist, millennial oasis, the most perfect Instagram feed brought to life. Staff members glided around th
Apple VP kindly reminds retail workers that they can say no to unions
As a handful of Apple retail locations begin the process of unionizing, the trillion-dollar company’s vice president of people and retail Deirdre O’Brien delivered a warning to 58,000 reta
Amazon’s Alexa app feature lets customers option to scan their shopping receipts for cashback rewards
It’s been said that no one uses Alexa for voice-based shopping. But retail giant still sees the potential for Alexa as a shopping companion — just in a different way. That’s why this
Apple retail workers at the Grand Central store are trying to unionize
From Activision to Amazon, historic union elections are changing the way that Americans think about work. Now, Apple is the next tech giant to reckon with an employee-driven labor movement. Calling th
Lucky is bringing brands, retailers together with its take on product merchandising
Lucky's plug-and-play API gives e-commerce brands visibility of its products on retailer store shelves to offer local fulfillment options.
PayPal makes its ‘Happy Returns’ service free with PayPal Checkout, expands to 5,000+ locations
PayPal is expanding access to the returns service it acquired last year, Happy Returns, by making it available to PayPal Checkout merchants at no extra cost. The payments company said on Monday that m
Loveseat gets comfy with new funding to expand its returned home goods marketplace
Husband-and-wife co-founders Chris and Jenny Stanchak started Loveseat back in 2013 as a vintage furniture business that they pivoted into an auction marketplace.
Swiftly quickly gets brick-and-mortar stores set up to cater to online customers
Swiftly provides the technology tools that democratize the technology lead, enjoyed by Amazon and Walmart, to the rest of the industry.
Cococart sweetens the process for e-commerce companies to take orders immediately
Cococart's tools enable merchants to set up an online store in minutes with no code, no design and no app downloads.
Flush with new capital, Foxtrot’s ‘convenience store of the future’ is coming to a location near you
Foxtrot is reimagining the convenience store experience by seeking out the best food items by local artisans along with its core offerings of coffee, ready-to-eat cafe meals and wine.
E-commerce marketplace The List checks off new funding, new app
The new app is an extension of The List's e-commerce marketplace, merging content, social networking and live commerce.
N!CK’S grabs $100M to create better-for-you snacks
The new funding will accelerate the company’s goal of doubling its stores in the U.S. and Europe.
The Main Tab revamps luxury goods marketplace after picking up $1M in pre-seed funding
The company is launching a new website and app this fall with about 200 luxury retailers.
Despite controversies and bans, facial recognition startups are flush with VC cash
If efforts by states and cities to pass privacy regulations curbing the use of facial recognition are anything to go by, you might fear the worst for the companies building the technology. But a recen
PayPal acquires returns logistics business, Happy Returns
PayPal announced today it’s acquiring Happy Returns, a returns solution provider that offers online shoppers access to easier ways to send back unwanted merchandise to retailers without having t
Fueled by pandemic, contactless mobile payments to surpass half of all smartphone users in US by 2025
Among other technology trends accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of contactless mobile payments boomed in 2020. According to a recent report by analyst firm eMarketer, in-store mobile payme