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Meesho, a leading e-commerce startup in India, has secured $275 million in a new funding round.

Meesho, an Indian social commerce platform with 150M transacting users, raises $275M

Sam’s Club customers who pay either at a register or through the Scan & Go mobile app can now walk out of the store without having their purchases double-checked.

Sam’s Club’s AI-powered exit tech reaches 20% of stores

The NPCI plans to meet various fintech startups this month to develop a strategy to address the market dominance of PhonePe and Google Pay in the UPI ecosystem.

India scrambles to curb PhonePe and Google’s dominance in mobile payments

The story of warehouse robotics is a story of attempting to keep up with Amazon. It’s been more than a decade since the online giant revolutionized its delivery services through…

Walmart will deploy robotic forklifts in its distribution centers

Amazon has quietly introduced a “special store” called Bazaar in India, featuring affordable and trendy fashion and lifestyle products, as it ramps up efforts against Walmart-owned Flipkart and Reliance’s Ajio,…

Amazon takes on India rivals with Bazaar, a low-cost fashion store

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Quick commerce is making fast inroads in India

Even as quick commerce is slowly fading in many markets and several heavily funded startups have folded shop in the past two years, India is emerging as a striking outlier where the model — of delivering items to customers in 10 to 20 minutes — appears to be working. India’s quick commerce market has witnessed…

8:00 pm PDT • March 11, 2024
Quick commerce is making fast inroads in India

The Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart is planning to enter the quick-commerce business, aimed at providing customers with the convenience of receiving their orders instantly after making their purchases, a source…

India’s Flipkart readies quick-commerce play

Microsoft, Amazon and Meta are among the top brands whose apps are listed on the Indian fintech PhonePe’s Indus Appstore, an Android app store launched Wednesday in challenge to Google’s…

Walmart’s PhonePe launches India app store in challenge to Google

Amazon is preparing to make another attempt to break into India’s fast-growing fashion and lifestyle e-commerce sector, setting up a battle with rival Flipkart, owned by Walmart; Reliance’s Ajio; and…

Amazon to launch ‘special store’ for value fashion in India

Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has held discussions in recent weeks about potentially acquiring Dunzo, the hyperlocal delivery startup backed by Reliance Retail, three sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch.…

Flipkart has weighed acquiring Reliance-backed instant delivery startup Dunzo

India is facing a quandary in enforcing long-delayed rules to curb the dominance of PhonePe and Google Pay in the country’s ubiquitous UPI payments network, which processes over 10 billion…

India stumped on how to cut PhonePe and Google dominance in payments

Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal has resigned from the e-commerce group’s board, the two said Saturday. Sachin Bansal, the Bengaluru-headquartered startup’s other co-founder, left the board in 2018 after a scuffle…

Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal leaves board

India’s Meesho is rapidly gaining user traction, challenging entrenched leaders Flipkart and Amazon. The Bengaluru-headquartered startup, which operates a social commerce platform, is currently at a GMV run rate of…

Meesho GMV tops $5B; app grows faster than Flipkart, Amazon India

Spot’s flagship product, VisionX, taps into deep learning and computer vision technologies to analyze consumer and theft behaviors.

Spot Technologies, now with $2M, will see AI security tech go into Mexico Walmarts

In a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon and other Walmart execs offered a glimpse as to how the retail…

Walmart debuts generative AI search and AI replenishment features at CES

Over the last few years, I’ve asked countless people in the robotics space “what comes next after warehouse/fulfillment?” The already popular category got red hot during the pandemic, as online…

Fulfillment is still hot, as GreyOrange raises $135M

The investment arm of the U.K. retail bank M&G has led a funding of $340 million into Udaan, a business-to-business e-commerce startup, in one of the largest financing rounds secured…

India’s Udaan scores $340 million in new funding

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Children’s tablet has malware and exposes kids’ data, researcher finds

In May this year, Alexis Hancock’s daughter got a children’s tablet for her birthday. Being a security researcher, Hancock was immediately worried. “I looked at it kind of sideways because I’ve never heard of Dragon Touch,” Hancock told TechCrunch, referring to the tablet’s maker. As it turned out, Hancock, who works at the Electronic Frontier…

7:06 am PST • November 16, 2023
Children’s tablet has malware and exposes kids’ data, researcher finds

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Walmart and Outlier Ventures’ web3 accelerator launches with five startups

Walmart’s incubation arm, Store Nº8, and Outlier Ventures have joined forces to launch its web3 accelerator program, Store Nº8 Base Camp. TechCrunch got a first look at its cohort. The 12-week virtual incubator program brought in a flagship group of five companies that specialize in web3 marketing, advertising and improving payment technology, among other themes.…

5:00 am PDT • October 24, 2023
Walmart and Outlier Ventures’ web3 accelerator launches with five startups

After launching a generative AI tool for corporate employees in August, Walmart is bringing the technology to its customers. During a demo with TechCrunch, a company spokesperson outlined how the…

Walmart experiments with generative AI tools that can help you plan a party or decorate

Walmart is returning to Roblox, but this time with a virtual world where gamers can discover new virtual items and accessories to personalize their experience, not browse or shop items…

Walmart returns to Roblox after its first games were attacked by consumer advocacy groups

PhonePe launched the Indus Appstore Developer Platform on Saturday, promising zero platform fees and no commissions on in-app purchases as the Walmart-backed fintech races to win Android developers in Google’s…

India’s PhonePe launches app store with zero fee in challenge to Google

Walmart has spent $3.5 billion this year to acquire shares from certain Flipkart stakeholders and resolve liabilities with some PhonePe shareholders, illustrating just how aggressively it’s betting on India at…

Walmart pays $3.5B to increase stake in India’s Flipkart

Google Play Points, the marketplace’s rewards program first introduced in 2019, is announcing its latest line-up of perks and deals at its second annual Google Play Live event this afternoon.…

Google Play Points to gain rewards for Walmart+ and Discord

India’s PhonePe is getting into stock and mutual fund investment, the latest in a series of expansions by the Walmart-backed payments app as it looks to leverage its 450 million-plus…

PhonePe dives into stock and mutual fund arena

Wing is expanding drone deliveries to a pair of Texas-area Walmart Superstores later this year. The Alphabet-owned drone firm says the two offerings will cover a combined 60,000 homes in…

Walmart is adding Wing drone deliveries to limited Superstores this year

Walmart paid $1.4 billion to buy out Tiger Global’s remaining holding of Flipkart shares as the retail giant further expands its stake in the Indian e-commerce startup. The transaction took…

Walmart pays $1.4 billion to buy Tiger Global’s remaining Flipkart stake

Walmart+, the U.S. retailer’s Prime competitor, is adding travel benefits to its list of perks. The company has announced that members can book getaways through WalmartPlusTravel.com and get Walmart Cash. Walmart+ members…

Walmart+ adds travel benefits to its list of perks

Walmart+, the U.S. retailer’s Prime competitor, is introducing a new program designed to help those on government assistance take advantage of its membership benefits, like free shipping and delivery, gas…

Walmart+ Assist halves the price of its Prime competitor for those on government assistance

Jason Del Rey has spent the last 15 years reporting on e-commerce businesses, including Walmart and Amazon. Now, in a new book that hit shelves today called “Winner Sells All,”…

How Amazon beat Walmart — and who might beat Amazon: Talking with reporter Jason Del Rey