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 throug

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 fi

Transforming how retail banking works

Mobile is changing how people work, travel, read, communicate, shop and many other lifestyle behaviors. In the Internet Trends 2015 report by KPCB, mobile engagement is better than ever, with three ho

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 de

FiveStars Gets $50M To Help Small Retailers Run Loyalty Programs Like Their Bigger Rivals

FiveStars, a five year-old startup that has built a platform and app to run loyalty programs and shopping analytics for small brick-and-mortar retailers, has received a reward of its own: the company

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 holi

Euclid Analytics Raises $20M Series C To Track Consumer Behavior In Retail Stores

Euclid Analytics plans to help more companies track customer traffic in their retail stores after raising a $20 million Series C. The funding will be used to acquire clients, add new employees, and bu

Hit Or Miss, A Tinder-Like Curated Fashion Shopping App, Looks To Keep Shopping Simple

Amber Reyngoudt and Dave Peck want to figure out how to perfect the mobile shopping experience — and they thinks it’s flipping through fewer products, not more. Skull Ninja Labs’ first

Walmart Will Launch Its Own Mobile Payments Service

Mega-chain Walmart announced today that it plans to offer mobile payments to its shoppers. Called Walmart Pay, the service will launch next year as a feature in Walmart’s existing smartphone app. Th

Narvar, A Service That Improves Online Post-Purchase Experiences, Raises $10M

Narvar, a startup that enables companies to better engage with customers after online purchases, said it has raised $10 million. Narvar provides companies with software that improves the post-purchas

Beauty Product Subscription Service Birchbox Is Opening More Brick-And-Mortar Retail Stores

Subscription-based beauty sample box provider Birchbox, which helps consumers discover new products by shipping them samples by mail, today announced its plans to expand its offline retail footprint

Shift Messenger, Designed To Help Co-Workers Share Schedules, Raises $1.5M Seed Round

Managing and trading shifts is one of the most onerous tasks faced by retail employees, especially since many don’t have set hours. Shift Messenger, a Y Combinator alum, launched earlier this year t

Oculus Is Building Its Own Games For Rift, But You’ll Need A Computer To Play

Retail will play a big part in Oculus Rift's launch, according to Oculus VP of Product Nate Mitchell. "So far buying it has been about trial, you put it on and you're transported to another place. Tha

IBM And Apple Release Eight More Enterprise Apps For Healthcare, Airlines And More

Apple and IBM’s partnership that has the companies working together to produce enterprise-friendly apps has expanded yet again with the addition of eight more apps designed for iOS devices, incl

A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

Techstars has had a fast 3 years in Europe. After Techstars London, led by the departing Jon Bradford, had been set up, it opened a further three programmes: in Berlin, the Techstars Metro Accelerator

Tesco Exits E-Books, Transfers Blinkbox Books Customers To Rakuten’s Kobo

Assets from blinkbox Books -- specifically customer accounts and existing e-book libraries -- are being picked up by Kobo, the e-book division of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten. Blinkbox customers

Gift Card Marketplaces Raise Grabs $56 Million From NEA And Others

A company offering a marketplace where consumers can buy and sell their unused gift cards,, announced this morning it has taken in a sizable $56 million round of Series B funding, led by New

Revel Systems Raises $100M To Grow Its iPad Point-Of-Sale Business, Sets Sights On IPO

iPad -based point-of-sale platform maker Revel Systems has raised $100 million in a Series C round of funding, multiplying the startup’s existing funding raise by almost a factor of ten. The new

Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Now Caters For Restaurants After Buying Belgian Startup POSIOS

LightSpeed, a Montreal-based startup that provides point-of-sale software for retailers, is expanding into the restaurant and hospitality industry. The company, which last month bagged a $35 milli

Bookatable Tests Foodies’ Appetite For iBeacons In UK, Shopkick Passes 7,500 Beacons

iBeacon, the Bluetooth Low Energy technology that is being used by businesses to push offers and other messages to customers’ smartphones when they are in the physical vicinity of a small pingi
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