shopping

  • Prime Day 2016 was Amazon’s biggest day ever

    Prime Day 2016 was Amazon’s biggest day ever

    Yesterday’s checkout glitches didn’t impact Amazon’s ability to pull off another successful Prime Day sales event, as it turns out. The online retailer announced this morning, without giving specific figures, that its Prime Day 2016 was the “biggest ever.” Not just in terms of other Prime Days, either, but the “biggest day in the history of Amazon.”… Read More

  • Google unveils new features for shopping ads and hotel search

    Google unveils new features for shopping ads and hotel search

    Google is giving more tools to retail and travel businesses hoping to promote themselves through search results and ads. These new features were announced at a New York City press event this morning, and then outlined in an AdWords blog post. On the retail side, changes include a new Showcase Shopping ad format. The company says those ads are designed for broader shopping search terms like… Read More

  • Walmart takes on Amazon Prime Day with week-long free shipping deal

    Walmart takes on Amazon Prime Day with week-long free shipping deal

    Walmart today announced its plan for taking on Amazon’s Prime Day. Amazon’s annual sales holiday kicks off tomorrow, promising a host of online deals and discounts across a variety of categories, including electronics, toys, household items, apparel, and more. Walmart now says it will have a variety of new deals, too, like those on popular electronics like Apple TV, HDTVs, Xbox… Read More

  • Pinterest is soon launching a way to search for products with your smartphone camera

    Pinterest is soon launching a way to search for products with your smartphone camera

    Pinterest today has a new tool for finding things that you might want to buy — and they’ll be things you see in the real world. Here’s how it will work: go to Pinterest search and tap the visual search button, point your camera at anything you’re interested in, and it’ll automatically do a visual search for everything you see. Pinterest will populate the photo with… Read More

  • Boon + Gable closes on $2.5 million for its in-home stylist and shopping service

    Boon + Gable closes on $2.5 million for its in-home stylist and shopping service

    Online clothes shopping can be a gamble – you never really know if items will fit until you try them on. Meanwhile, shopping at local retailers can be time-consuming. A startup called Boon + Gable aims to solve both those problems with a service that offers a personal stylist who comes to your home with a curated selection of clothes for you to try, then buy on the spot if you like them. Read More

  • Armarium lets you borrow luxury fashion from your smartphone

    Armarium lets you borrow luxury fashion from your smartphone

    A number of startups want to make wearing the latest – and in some cases, luxury – fashion more affordable, including Rent the Runway, Le Tote, Gwynniebee, The Ms. Collection, and others. These companies offer to rent out clothing, instead of selling garments new. Today, welcome the latest to join this crowd: a new on-demand app called Armarium is launching to serve those with… Read More

  • Fovo wants to help women shop by shape, not size

    Fovo wants to help women shop by shape, not size

    One of the challenges with clothes shopping online is that it doesn’t mirror the real-world experience where you can try on items for fit. And even though a number of today’s retailers offer free returns, there’s nothing quite as disheartening as ordering a piece online, only to find it won’t work for your body type, size or shape after it arrives. A new startup… Read More

  • Fast-growing online dollar store Hollar launches its own private label goods

    Fast-growing online dollar store Hollar launches its own private label goods

    Amid the shift of commerce to online stores like Amazon, one huge segment of the industry has been overlooked: dollar stores. Many assumed that’s because with retail price points that low, there’s little room for profitability – after all, if dollar stores could be a successful online business, wouldn’t they already be hugely popular? Actually, they might be heading… Read More

  • Google Image Search will now include shopping ads

    Google Image Search will now include shopping ads

    As more of today’s consumers shop online using their mobile devices, often bypassing Google for e-commerce sites directly – and especially Amazon – Google has moved to combat the trend by launching its own visual shopping ads. Announced just ahead of its annual I/O developer conference this week, Google unveiled Shopping ads on image search. That means when shoppers… Read More

  • Earny’s app gets your money back on purchases after prices drop

    Earny’s app gets your money back on purchases after prices drop

    A new mobile application called Earny has launched with the goal of getting you your money back. That is, the app connects with your email and Amazon accounts in order to track your online purchases and find your e-receipts, then price check those items to see if you got the best deal. If it finds a lower price, Earny will request a refund on your behalf and the difference (minus the… Read More

  • Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates

    Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates

    Postmates to date has scored deals with a number of high-profile retailers and restaurants, including Apple, Walgreens, Starbucks, Chipotle, and 7-Eleven. Today, it’s expanding its reach again via a partnership that will bring a number of smaller businesses – even down to mom-and-pop shops – to its delivery service. The company has teamed up with e-commerce software… Read More