Foursquare is launching an analytics platform to help retailers understand foot traffic

While Foursquare started as a social check-in app, the company has always said there is a bigger picture -- mainly related to unique ways of leveraging its database of check-ins at nearly 100 million

Indigo Fair connects local retailers with the perfect merchandise

A new startup called Indigo Fair is looking to change the way local retailers do business -- specifically, how they source and manage the inventory they use to stock their shelves. Founded by a team o

Start thinking like a startup

Shifts in a rapidly changing retail world and dramatic changes in consumer behavior continue to be a challenge for some traditional retailers. Legacy retailers that have remained stagnant with their o

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 va

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 t

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

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 holida

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 Mariss

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 optio

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-sa

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

In-store analytics provider <a target="_blank" href="">RetailNext</a> is plugging a hole in its product suite with the acquisition of Nearbuy Systems, a three-and-a-half year

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, <a target="_blank" href="">Rev

Mobile Deal-Finding App Shopular Raises $6.4 Million Series A From Sequoia

While most mobile applications today are heavily concerned with getting users to remember to open them regularly, mobile deal-finding application <a target="_blank" href="">Sho

E-Commerce Startup CouchCommerce Snags A Seed Round For Mobilizing Magento Shops

The move to mobilize e-commerce websites continues. Last week, a company called <a target="_blank" href="">ShopPad</a>, which turns Shopify and Magento sites into tablet-friend

ShopPad Raises $500K To Instantly Turn Online Shops Into iPad-Friendly Websites

<a target="_blank" href="">ShopPad</a>, an e-commerce platform that turns retailers' desktop websites into tablet-optimized experiences, is today announcing $500,000 in seed fund

Mobile Shopping Companion Clutch Raises $5M Series B, Acquires Gift & Loyalty Platform Provider ProfitPoint

<a target="_blank" href="">Clutch</a>, a mobile application for iPhone and Android which aims to combine gift cards, coupons, comparison shopping, gifting, and personalized recom

ShopSocially Launches Its Platform, Scores An Extra $550K In Funding

<a target="_blank" href="">ShopSocially</a>, a social commerce startup, is formally announcing the launch of its social shopping platform and is revealing some of its early ins

Saygent Launches In-App Voice Feedback System: Lets Customers Vent To Apps, Not On Twitter

Apple's Siri has been transforming how people interact with their phones. It taught us that it's not just OK to talk to our phones, but that, in many cases, it's actually a more useful way to get thin

500Friends Raises $4.5M Series A For Its Social Loyalty Platform

<a href="">500Friends</a>, the social loyalty solution for e-commerce retailers, is announcing it has completed a $4.5 million Series A round led by Crosslink Capital, with p

Every time you buy an HDTV an angel gets its wings (or the economy is saved, one of those)

How were the crowds at your local Best Buy, Circuit City and PC Richards yesterday? Good? Great? Grim? (My local Best Buy was pretty crowded yesterday, to say nothing of the mall itself; parking space
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