When it comes to mobile commerce, technology is not a strategy, and while a lousy checkout can definitely lose a sale, a good one is rarely the reason a consumer decides to buy.
Online marketplace Etsy, which has made its name in selling handmade goods from independent vendors, announced on Monday that it acquired A…
Lingerie company True & Co. has taken the data it has gathered over the last two years to create a new sizing chart for its users.
Amazon introduced Dash, a scanner and recorder that automatically links to products found on Amazon Fresh.
Online building materials wholesaler BuildDirect has raised a $27.3 million series B funding round, but it’s not the company’s products or breadth that have investors pumping money into — it’s how smart the company uses data.
Reviews community Trustpilot has picked up $25 million in Series C funding, the Danish company announced on Monday. The money will be…
In what Fortune described as an “uncommon move,” Square CEO Jack Dorsey has voluntarily given back 10 percent of his shares in Square…
Shopify’s latest funding round will help the startup boost its POS offerings.
Got an event coming up? iPad app Makr wants to customize it for you.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-11/fab-operating-chief-said-to-be-leaving-company-amid-shakeup-1-.html It appears that there’s one last hitch in Fab’s final transition to become a design-focused ecommerce hub. After big layoffs in…
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Local booksellers across the country will now be able to sell the Kindle and related accessories in their stores through Amazon Source.
More shake-ups for Fab, as the company caps off it’s move away from daily deals with the departure of a co-founder.
NoMoreRack has secured $40 million in a Series B round, led by Oak Investment Partners and HTV Industries, in order to expand its…
Crowdsourced product design and independent art marketplace Minted has received $41 million in a Series C round to scale its burgeoning stationery business.
Handmade marketplace Etsy has experienced a firestorm of complaints from its tired community, and released a slew of new guidelines to ease the tension.
Overstock.com has come a long way since its start in 1999. Now, it says it’s ready to take on the goliath, Amazon.
Startup Sellbox allows artists, musicians, app developers and other creators to sell digital content directly from the cloud.
The standard, which is being thrashed out under the auspices of the W3C, aims to standardize product and customer information in order to simplify data exchange and make it easier to set up an ecommerce site.
Barnes & Noble and Microsoft welcome Pearson to the Nook Media table as the education publisher lays down $89.5 to help secure distribution. But Nook is already set to miss targets set during its recent spin-out.
Facebook’s Gifts platform will become available to all users in the United States beginning Tuesday, and in addition to content from iTunes, Starbucks, and a variety of retailers, a variety of wines will be available for purchase on the site as well.
Many publishers are beginning to realize the prospect of selling stuff to readers. Women’s magazine Grazia is the latest to try, by reorienting its iPad edition as a fashion and beauty salesroom.
Deals site for moms, babies and kids Zulily raised a whopping $85 million in a Series D round led by Andreessen Horowitz. While daily deals sites like Groupon are struggling, Zulily is growing and now has 10 million daily users.
Movies are now the content of pizza. At least, for Domino’s, which is trying to incentivise booming ecommerce orders with complementary digital films. But, compared with dedicated VOD services, this initiative is a sloppy giuseppe.
Retailers are looking increasingly to social networks to bring in customers and ultimately drive more sales. But data from online marketing provider Monetate show that social still lags email and search in sales conversions and average purchase amounts.
A court ruling says consumers are free re-sell downloaded software just like boxed software. What will it mean for video games, mobile apps and the future of cloud storage?
Monetate, which analyzed more than 100 million online shopping experiences, said that in the first quarter of 2012, tablet traffic to commerce sites hit 6.52 percent, overtaking smartphones (5.35 percent) for the first time. Tablets are already ideal shopping devices and they’re only growing in popularity.
French magazine and book publisher and broadcaster Lagardère, which underperforms in digital media, has succeeded in acquiring a majority of shopping site LeGuide.com to bolster its efforts.
Boku, one of the leaders in carrier billing, has finally signed a direct billing deal with Sprint, giving it direct integration with all four major U.S. operators. The broad coverage should make it more appealing to merchants and open up potential sales of non-digital goods.
Fab.com said iPad users represent 15 percent of its customer but make up 25 percent of revenue. And 40 percent of iPad users make their first purchase within 3 months. IPad app users are expected to bring in twice as much revenue as non iPad users.
Mobify is betting that companies want to optimize their websites for tablet use in the same way many have modified their sites for smartphones. The company is releasing a tablet optimization product that makes it easy for a site to convert to a more tablet-friendly design.
While many artisans have made good money by selling through Etsy, CEO Chad Dickerson said the next step is to help them grow and expand in whatever way they want to. And that means rethinking what Etsy is and its value proposition for its merchants.
Online design store Fab.com is just seven months old, but it’s showing all kinds of momentum, racking up 1.65 million users and 750,000 items sold so far. Now, the company is making its first acquisition, buying up FashionStake, an online marketplace for independent fashion.
EBay’s mobile business is growing so fast, it doesn’t even know how to predict what to expect months into the future. It’s now predicting it will do $8 billion in gross merchandise value and PayPal will do $7 billion in mobile payment volume in 2012.
PayPal has been down on near field communication for payments, saying it was avoiding NFC because it needs at least three to five years to get traction. But the company is softening its stance as it prepares to pitch retailers on its vision for in-store payments.
Aided by growth in its PayPal business and mobile commerce, EBay recorded a strong quarter with revenue up 32 percent and income up 14 percent. In the third quarter ending Sept. 31, eBay’s generated $3 billion in revenue while earnings hit $490.5 million.
Shopify, the online shopping platform, has helped power more than 15,000 e-commerce store fronts including shops for Angry Birds, the Beastie Boys, General Electric and Tesla Motors. Now, the Ottawa company is announcing it’s raised $15 million in a Series B round.
Design flash sales site Fab.com has been on a tear in its first three months, racking up 600,000 users in 12 weeks. Now the company is trying to kick-start the idea of online pop-up stores with a new series of limited-time retail shops inside of Fab.com.
Lot18, the membership-only daily deals website for high end wine, is set to expand into three new product categories: food, epicurean travel, and spirits. Lot18 will start rolling out the new verticals, starting with food, within the next several weeks, CEO Philip James tells me.
If the first phase of e-commerce was the utilitarian hunt for staples, the next phase of e-commerce is about recreational shopping. So it needs to be a more fun and social experience which gives an edge to companies that encourage deeper social experiences.
By most estimates, 2010 will be a record year for online sales during the all-important months of November and December (collectively known as the holiday season.) And so far things on Black Friday are going smoothly without any glitches, a good sign for the sector.
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