retail

  • Why Amazon is eating the world Crunch Network

    Why Amazon is eating the world

    I recently co-founded a software startup. Each month, I send out an update to our investors. But the past month was a bit different. Instead of just writing about our “internal” news, I wrote about the impending apocalypse in the broader world of retail. More specifically, I included some thoughts on Amazon and why their commanding lead is only going to get larger. Read More

  • Xiaomi puts the focus on India with plans to open 100 retail stores

    Xiaomi puts the focus on India with plans to open 100 retail stores

    Xiaomi is increasing its office retail presence in China as bids to gain ground stolen by rivals in its homeland, and now it is making that very same push in its second largest market, India. The Chinese company, which is valued at $45 billion, suffered a tough time last year as sales growth slowed — Xiaomi, notably, didn’t go public with sales figures for 2016 — but India… Read More

  • Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants

    Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants

    Physical tracking in shops has been a global trend since at least 2013. Using a cell phone’s location data and video monitoring, retailers have been tracking customers’ movements through stores in an effort to regain some of the ground lost to the online retail experience. At least, that’s the argument from stores. And now fast food restaurants are picking up the rallying cry. Read More

  • Amazon’s retail ambitions include furniture and appliances, plus groceries in India

    Amazon’s retail ambitions include furniture and appliances, plus groceries in India

    Amazon’s brick-and-mortar retail plans currently focus on its ongoing roll-out of physical book stores, as well as its very limited experiments with cashier-less convenience, but it could expand those ambitions significantly with a number of plans currently in the works. The New York Times reports that it’s also exploring ways it might retail appliances and furniture, two categories… Read More

  • Bulletin offers a flexible approach to shared retail space

    Bulletin offers a flexible approach to shared retail space

    For startups, opening a real-world, physical store can seem a bit quaint. Who wants to deal with the sky-high rents charged in prime, urban locations, not to mention getting locked into a long-term lease? Well, a Y Combinator-backed company called Bulletin is looking to offer a more flexible experience for brands who want to sell their products in brick-and-mortar stores — COO Ali… Read More

  • Alibaba is buying Chinese mall operator Intime for $2.6B to modernize offline retail

    Alibaba is buying Chinese mall operator Intime for $2.6B to modernize offline retail

    Alibaba is continuing its efforts to get into and modernize offline retail after the e-commerce giant lodged a $2.6 billion offer to fully acquire Intime. Read More

  • iStockNow tells you which Apple Stores have AirPods in stock right now

    iStockNow tells you which Apple Stores have AirPods in stock right now

    One of the best things about Apple’s retail strategy is that when it comes to inventory, they don’t ignore their brick-and-mortar stores like some other retailers do. So while the initial inventory of a product like AirPods may sell out online within minutes of going up on Apple’s site, you can typically count on Apple’s retail stores to carry stock on launch day. This… Read More

  • Runchkins is Trunk Club for kids, with an optional buy-back power-up

    Runchkins is Trunk Club for kids, with an optional buy-back power-up

    You know what it’s like… you’ve just bought the cutest little outfit for the tiniest person in your family, and they promptly go and grow out of it. If that sounds familiar, Runchkins might just be about to become your most favoritest startup. The concept is simple: You buy clothes, your kid wears ’em, and once the little one has grown out of ’em, you can sell… Read More

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