shopping

  • 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

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