retail

  • Baker raises $1.6 million to help marijuana dispensaries get customers in the door

    Baker raises $1.6 million to help marijuana dispensaries get customers in the door

    The average seed round in the nascent cannabis industry in the U.S. hovers around $1 million, according to hemp and cannabis-focused investment research by Poseidon Asset Management. But Denver-based Baker Technologies Inc. has raised $1.6 million in seed funding for software that helps marijuana dispensaries win new customers, eliminate long lines in stores, and retain and reward their… Read More

  • Navigating mobile content with app streaming Crunch Network

    Navigating mobile content with app streaming

    People are very comfortable streaming movies, TV, music, video games and more. However, the idea of streaming apps on mobile devices, for better or worse, has lagged far behind. Increasingly, however, people are becoming sick of downloading apps; they want content and services instantly. App streaming is relatively new, but has the potential to transform how we engage with mobile content. Read More

  • High-tech updates to the retail experience Crunch Network

    High-tech updates to the retail experience

    Once upon a time the milkman delivered milk directly to your home. The Avon and Tupperware ladies had private parties in the comfort of a neighbor’s house. The Hoover salesperson demonstrated the vacuum cleaner on your living room carpet. It was a high-touch, well-informed, personalized and customer-friendly experience. What changed all that? Read More

  • Peek inside Brooklyn’s first Apple Store

    Apple is opening its very first store in Brooklyn tomorrow. TechCrunch got a sneak peek at the new spot during a press event earlier this week, as you can see in the video above. The store isn’t quite as grand as some of Apple’s other New York locations, but it has an appropriately Brooklyn-y feel, with plenty of exposed brick, concrete floors and a timber ceiling. The company… Read More

  • Why did Unilever pay $1B for Dollar Shave Club?   Crunch Network

    Why did Unilever pay $1B for Dollar Shave Club?  

    Personal care; food; beverages — in category after category, the pattern is the same. We are seeing the systematic outsourcing of R&D to new retail and consumer brands just launching into the market. Read More

  • Startups need to respect the laws of retail physics Crunch Network

    Startups need to respect the laws of retail physics

    Startups like Warby Parker, Bonobos and Casper have proven that it’s possible to build a modern brand predominately using digital tools. As a result, a flood of early-stage tech VCs have barged into the market like Walmart shoppers on Black Friday. Read More

  • New York’s longstanding Apple retailer Tekserve is closing up shop

    New York’s longstanding Apple retailer Tekserve is closing up shop

    After nearly 30 years of dutiful serve to New York City’s Apple community, Manhattan-based retailer Tekserve will be closing its doors for the last time later this summer. It’s yet another sign of the times for a computer market that has shifted dramatically since Apple took computer selling into its own slick and well-lit hands back in 2001. “This is a cultural… Read More

  • Walmart sells Yihaodian, its Chinese e-commerce marketplace, to Alibaba rival JD.com

    Walmart sells Yihaodian, its Chinese e-commerce marketplace, to Alibaba rival JD.com

    Walmart is partnering with China’s second largest e-commerce firm, JD.com, as it aims to take a larger bite out of the world’s most populous country. Read More

  • Affirm is partnering with Expedia and Eventbrite so you can pay for experiences over time

    Affirm is partnering with Expedia and Eventbrite so you can pay for experiences over time

    Affirm has made it no secret that its success will hinge on its ability to offer customers a wide range of retail partners where they can frequently use Affirm to pay. While the lending startup originally launched with niche partners like Casper mattresses and Boosted Boards, they have expanded partnerships to over 700 retail merchants with the hopes of tempting a more diverse range of… Read More

  • Techstars launches accelerator with the world’s biggest brewery

    Techstars launches accelerator with the world’s biggest brewery

    It’s not much of a secret that the beverage industry is big business, with Anheuser-Busch alone taking a $43 billion slice of the cake last year. The beer maker also has a venture arm, ZX Ventures, which operates under the slogan “brewing up the future.” I see what they did there. ZX is teaming up with Techstars to throw one hell of a party. Oh, and to run an accelerator… Read More

  • Rebuilding retail brick by brick Crunch Network

    Rebuilding retail brick by brick

    There have been numerous speculations on what retailers should do in an omni-channel world. How do they compete in a world where Amazon is undercutting them in prices and offering free delivery through Prime? How should they respond when brands are increasingly ignoring channel conflict and launching their own e-commerce stores to transact directly with consumers? Read More

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