retail

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 ma

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

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

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.

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 orig

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, wh

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
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