retailers

  • 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

  • Build your brand, and they will come Crunch Network

    Build your brand, and they will come

    To achieve market scale along the lines of GoPro and Fitbit, effectively working with big retailers is a necessary part of the process. Despite the growth of online channels, more than 90 percent of the $200 billion U.S. consumer electronics sales still comes from brick-and-mortar stores. 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

  • The Next Delivery Battlefield Crunch Network

    The Next Delivery Battlefield

    With e-commerce booming and the holidays rapidly approaching, retail and tech giants alike are asking Santa for new ways to delight customers and increase sales. In the U.S., nearly half of all holiday shopping will be done online, according to the National Retail Federation. With this rising demand, consumers want fast, affordable and easy deliveries. That’s why key players in… Read More

  • Staffly Supplies The Workforce For Independent Retailers

    Staffly Supplies The Workforce For Independent Retailers

    Independent retailers often have a hard time finding and retaining qualified employees. TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield participant Staffly, a startup created by husband and wife team Bjorn and Marissa Ovick, wants to make it easy for them to fill their staffing needs. Staffly has created a digital temp agency of sorts in which retailers find staff, employees find work and Staffly runs… Read More

  • The Future Of Retail Won’t Be So Good For Consumers Crunch Network

    The Future Of Retail Won’t Be So Good For Consumers

    Shopping — both online and offline — is a great luxury of the modern era. People can enjoy a great selection at lower prices and shop from the convenience of their home, while still having the option of going to a local mall or retailer to peruse the aisles for instant gratification. Read More

  • 42, An Online Platform Bringing Big Data To Brick-And-Mortar Retailers, Makes Its Debut

    42, An Online Platform Bringing Big Data To Brick-And-Mortar Retailers, Makes Its Debut

    Y Combinator-backed online retailer platform and former TechCrunch Disrupt participant, 42, is today making its official debut. The company, founded only a year ago, is working to turn raw point-of-sale data into actionable insights for brick-and-mortar businesses that can help them boost their sales. This includes details about a store’s best customers or which products are top… Read More

  • RetailNext Acquires Eric Schmidt-Backed Wi-Fi Analytics Company, Nearbuy Systems

    RetailNext Acquires Eric Schmidt-Backed Wi-Fi Analytics Company, Nearbuy Systems

    In-store analytics provider RetailNext is plugging a hole in its product suite with the acquisition of Nearbuy Systems, a three-and-a-half year old in-store mobile analytics firm backed by $2.5 million from Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Metamorphic Ventures, and others. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is an all-stock, 100% equity… Read More

  • PayPal Expands “Real World” Presence Via Integration With iPad Point-of-Sale Maker Revel Systems

    PayPal Expands “Real World” Presence Via Integration With iPad Point-of-Sale Maker Revel Systems

    PayPal has today scored another partnership bringing its technology to more point-of-sale platforms via a tie-up with iPad POS solution provider, Revel Systems, a company whose business has grown by 400% year-over year and now includes big-name clients like Dairy Queen, Goodwill, Popeye’s, and others. While PayPal is currently focused on building up its point-of-sale presence involving… Read More