shopping

  • 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

  • The RealReal grabs another $40 million to expand its luxury consignment business

    The RealReal grabs another $40 million to expand its luxury consignment business

    Luxury consignment site The RealReal, which focuses on authenticated, high-end resale items for women, men, and the home, announced this morning it has raised an additional $40 million in Series E financing. The round, led by Greenspring Associates, comes on top of a $40 million investment from new and existing investors announced just one year ago. Besides Greenspring, other new… Read More

  • CVS invests in Curbside to bring mobile orders and store pickup to its retail stores

    CVS invests in Curbside to bring mobile orders and store pickup to its retail stores

    As brick-and-mortar commerce continues to shift online — whether that’s to competitors like Amazon, through online ordering systems or into instant delivery apps — traditional retailers are looking for new ways to accommodate a customer base that now wants the increased convenience that comes with not having to park their cars, then wander around the store, cart in hand. Case… Read More

  • Ebay’s mobile Craigslist competitor Close5 has quietly grown to 7 million downloads

    Ebay’s mobile Craigslist competitor Close5 has quietly grown to 7 million downloads

    In the U.S., the online classifieds space has been dominated for years by Craigslist, despite its failure to adapt to newer technologies, including mobile. That has left room for newcomers to angle their way into the market, including big companies like Facebook, with its local selling groups, as well as smaller startups, like top-ranked shopping apps OfferUp and letgo. Ebay has also… Read More

  • Shopify gets into chatbots with acquisition of Kit CRM

    Shopify gets into chatbots with acquisition of Kit CRM

    The chatbot craze has claimed another victim. I mean, acquisition. Shopify, the makers of a popular platform used by over 243,000 businesses, from smaller online merchants to big names like Tesla and Budweiser, announced today it’s buying a startup called Kit CRM. The company helps businesses interact with their customers over text messages – yes, “conversational… Read More

  • Walmart expands its curbside grocery pickup service in the US

    Walmart expands its curbside grocery pickup service in the US

    While Amazon, Google and a number of startups like Instacart, Postmates, Shipt and others are focused on quick, same-day deliveries of groceries and household items, Walmart has been taking a different approach. It has instead tapped into its large brick-and-mortar footprint to roll out curbside grocery pickup in a number of locations across the U.S., allowing customers to shop online or… Read More

  • Thrive Market brings its organic grocery store to Android

    Thrive Market brings its organic grocery store to Android

    A company tapping into consumers’ growing desire for healthier food and organic products, Thrive Market is today bringing its online grocery store to Android users with the launch of a dedicated mobile application. The new app will allow users to shop for natural and organic products right from their phone, including its more recently launched private label items. Described as a… Read More

  • PayPal’s Braintree Auth launches to bring its payments platform to more merchants, service providers

    PayPal’s Braintree Auth launches to bring its payments platform to more merchants, service providers

    Following yesterday’s news of Square’s entry into the online checkout space, the PayPal-owned payments platform Braintree today announced the launch of Braintree Auth. The system lets e-commerce platforms give their merchants easier ways to enable payments on their online storefronts. It also lets service providers access customer and transaction data on merchants’ behalf. Read More

  • Amazon expands Dash Button line-up, top sellers to date include Tide, Bounty, Cottonelle

    Amazon expands Dash Button line-up, top sellers to date include Tide, Bounty, Cottonelle

    Amazon this morning announced an expansion of its Dash Buttons product line – those Wi-Fi connected, push-button devices that let you buy products from its site with just a press. One year after the buttons went live, and apparently not the April Fool’s joke people once imagined, Amazon says it now has over 100 buttons available, and orders have increased by more than 75 percent in… Read More

  • Alibaba is working to bring virtual reality into its e-commerce services

    Alibaba is working to bring virtual reality into its e-commerce services

    Alibaba has formally thrown its hat into the virtual reality ring after the Chinese e-commerce giant announced its own VR research lab, dubbed GnomeMagic Lab. The company invested in red hot augmented reality company Magic Leap earlier this year, in a deal that put Alibaba vice chairman Joe Tsai on the board, and it has tinkered with 360 degree panoramic video for Youku Tudou — the… Read More

  • Instacart and Whole Foods confirm expanded relationship, plans for expansion

    Instacart and Whole Foods confirm expanded relationship, plans for expansion

    Whole Foods and Instacart this morning confirmed the grocery chain’s extended, strategic relationship with same-day delivery service and announced plans to expand into several new markets over the course of the year. News of Whole Foods’ financial investment and deepened partnership with Instacart was previously leaked back in February. The report also noted that the new… Read More

  • Shopify Debuts Shopkey, An App That Puts A Product Catalog In Your iOS Keyboard

    Shopify Debuts Shopkey, An App That Puts A Product Catalog In Your iOS Keyboard

    A growing number of e-commerce businesses today are assisting their customers over SMS and mobile messaging. There are even SMS-based services, like Magic, Operator, GoButler, and others targeting the emerging “conversational shopping” market. Now, e-commerce platform Shopify is aiming to help its merchants better serve their customers via mobile messaging with the launch of… Read More

  • Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Microsoft’s Bing is trying to carve out a niche for itself on mobile by focusing on the types of common searches and information requests people need to access while on the go. To that end, the company this week rolled out new iOS and Android applications with features like a barcode scanner for price comparisons, a tool to find the cheapest nearby gas prices, and, on iOS to start, a… Read More

  • Boon + Gable Hopes To Bring Personal Shoppers To The Masses

    Boon + Gable Hopes To Bring Personal Shoppers To The Masses

    Online shopping continues to rise in popularity, but it’s still tough to know if the items you pick out on a website will work as an outfit in real life. New startup Boon+Gable hopes to change that by sending a personal shopper to your house. Startups like StitchFix and Le Tote act as virtual personal shoppers, sending you recommended items through the mail on a monthly basis. But… Read More

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