shopping

  • 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

  • Shelf Helps You Find The Best Products People Actually Use

    Shelf Helps You Find The Best Products People Actually Use

    A newly launched startup called Shelf wants to make it easier for people to discover great products, without having to first read through tons of online research or consumer reviews. Instead, the company has built a social platform that lets users automatically keep track of their own inventory of purchases, and selectively share this information with friends. The idea is to bring… Read More

  • Smartphone-Driven Holiday Sales Nearly Doubled In 2015

    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 holiday sales season, including both November and December, smartphones nearly doubled their share of sales over the year prior, accounting for 17 percent of sales versus tablets’ mere 11 percent. Read More

  • A Holiday Perspective On Technology And Consumerism Crunch Network

    A Holiday Perspective On Technology And Consumerism

    Holiday shopping, long a staple in American life, has undergone significant change over the past half century. The “Miracle on 34th Street” post-war tradition of heading downtown to Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s has evolved from quaintly old-fashioned to downright anachronistic. The other holiday shopping tradition of hopping in the family truckster on Black Friday and… Read More

  • E-Commerce Isn’t Everything Crunch Network

    E-Commerce Isn’t Everything

    The holiday season is here. For many of us that means lots of shopping. Are you doing most of your shopping online or in stores? If you’re like most consumers, the answer is both, but with a significant bias toward physical stores. Despite all the attention about Cyber Monday and online transactions, e-commerce sales will still only amount to roughly 7 percent of all retail sales this year. Read More

  • Basket’s New App Helps You Find The Best Prices On Groceries

    Basket’s New App Helps You Find The Best Prices On Groceries

    A number of apps today let you check prices and comparison shop for things like clothing, electronics, toys, housewares, and more, but what about your everyday purchases, like groceries? Does your local store, Amazon, or Jet.com have the best deal on diapers? Is your favorite cereal cheaper this week at Target or Walgreens? A new mobile application called Basket wants to bring the same level… Read More

  • Mezi Is An Intelligent Virtual Assistant That’s Obsessed With Shopping

    Mezi Is An Intelligent Virtual Assistant That’s Obsessed With Shopping

    There is an increasingly large roster of personal assistant apps that use artificial intelligence in an attempt to make users’ lives easier. Mezi is the newest contender and while it has plenty of competition, the service wants to set itself apart with what its founders call a “maniacal” focus on e-commerce, helping users with the most time-consuming shopping errands. Read More

  • European Fashion Startups See High Growth Potential In The Global Online Sales Market

    Europe is known for its high-end fashion culture, and technology seems to be making it easier for the world to discover and access those much sought-after items from this region of the world. But there are differences in discovery and online shopping trends from culture to culture throughout the globe. Read More

  • Placemeter’s New Sensor Helps Business Owners Measure Traffic In Front Of Their Stores

    Placemeter’s New Sensor Helps Business Owners Measure Traffic In Front Of Their Stores

    Placemeter, the “urban intelligence platform” that launched earlier this year, wants to help businesses measure how many people walk past — and into — their stores. The company is officially launching its first sensor today. Until now, the company was using standard IP cameras. With this new sensor, which will sell for $90, customers will be able to track all the… Read More

  • Cyber Monday Beat Forecasts With A Record $3.07 Billion In Sales, 26% From Mobile Devices

    Cyber Monday Beat Forecasts With A Record $3.07 Billion In Sales, 26% From Mobile Devices

    Yesterday’s Cyber Monday sales event was already poised to break records with a forecasted $3 billion in sales, making it the largest online sales day in U.S. history. It ended up beating those estimates, however, according to the final numbers provided by Adobe’s Digital Index today: the company says that $3.07 billion was spent online yesterday, a 16 percent increase… Read More

  • Google Shopping Gets A Mobile Makeover With A Focus On Local Commerce

    Google Shopping Gets A Mobile Makeover With A Focus On Local Commerce

    As the holiday shopping season starts to get into full swing, Google this morning announced a brand-new design for its Shopping vertical, the Google Shopping search engine. This is the largest mobile redesign the service has had to date, and it offers a variety of new elements aimed at helping consumers better discover and locate products they’re interested in, says Google. That also… Read More

  • Apple Debuts A New “Shopping” Category On The App Store

    Apple Debuts A New “Shopping” Category On The App Store

    Confirming earlier reports, Apple today is debuting a new category to its App Store that will help consumers better locate mobile shopping applications. The “Shopping” category will be available worldwide, and will feature apps that span across omni-channel, auctions, price comparison, product reviews and more. These applications were previously listed in the App Store’s… Read More

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