From the ashes...
Online merchants are getting a pretty good deal as the largest online retailer is teaming up with the top eCommerce platform. Shopify…
The Amazon Prime price hike has me thinking about what I’d really like to see from the service. Think streaming sports, personal shoppers and never having to go to the post office again.
With $1.65 million from several Silicon Valley investors, BloomNation is the latest flower-selling business to take on older companies like 1-800-Flowers.
E-commerce giant eBay plans to increase its footprint in local commerce by expanding its on-demand delivery service eBay Now to 25 cities by the end of 2014 and acquiring startup Shutl.
Startup Stitch Fix uses data about clothing and consumer preferences to recommend items to customers as well as design clothing for its own label.
As more consumers turn to the web to make their purchases, startup Signifyd uses social data and other kinds of data sources to help e-commerce companies sniff out fraudsters.
Zola, a new e-commmerce startup backed by Gilt Groupe co-founder Kevin Ryan, wants to put a modern twist on traditional wedding registries.
Bond, a new mobile gifting app, wants to “blend technology and tradition” to make it easier for professionals to send handwritten notes and thoughtful gifts.
As home shopping network QVC increasingly goes digital, it’s banking on social commerce to help drive growth.
Subscription e-commerce startup JustFab, which merged with ShoeDazzle last month, has raised $40 million in a Series C round.
As part of its big “spring cleaning” effort, Google will shut down its Shopping API on Sept. 16. Here are a few options for e-commerce developers and others looking for alternatives.
WunWun, a New York startup that calls itself an “on-demand helper,” says it will deliver any item purchased from a store to consumers in Manhattan for free.
Bake sales and magazine drives are on their way out as more startups court schools with new digital services for raising money.
While subscription startups generally have attracted a good deal of criticism, New York-based Birchbox shares some data suggesting its model is on the right track.
Imagine you are shopping for a shirt online. To get a closer look, you simply fling a picture of it to your TV. Chromecast could soon make this possible.
You can now check out new products from Fab on a digital catalog produced through iOS app Catalog Spree. The move will allow Fab to continue refining the discovery experience.
We’ve seen a rise of e-commerce companies recently that have tackled the dual problems of discovery and boredom: They’ve made shopping a fun, emotional experience. But can they translate that to sales?
Showrooming. Everybody’s heard of it by now — conniving shoppers checking out a product in a retail store, then buying it online later for less. But today it makes more sense for retailers to shift their focus away from this practice and focus on harnessing the shopper’s in-store wireless experience for themselves and their brands. In addition to making mobile-data-hungry customers happy, customer-facing in-store Wi-Fi networks will bring the retailers themselves much value.
One Kings Lane, the San Francisco-based home decor site, on Tuesday announced that it had raised a $50 million Series D round, bringing its total amount raised to $117 million. The new funding will go technology, marketing and merchandising, the company said.
Y Combinator-backed Leaky on Wednesday said it had raised $670,000 in seed funding and opened its site to users across the country. The company initially launched in 2011 but had to rethink its approach after cease-and-desist letters from insurance companies caused it to shut down.
Style and social commerce platform Polyvore on Tuesday announced that it had launched a free mobile app for the iPhone that enables users to assemble and share personal style collections, as well as browse and purchase items.
Fab, the NY-based design-centric shopping site, on Wednesday announced that it had partnered with deals site LivingSocial for the holidays. As part of the partnership, Fab products will be featured in LIvingSocial’s gift guide, which reaches 24 million people.
Consumers have better tools now to keep track of coveted items that go sale. A pair of New York City startups, Hukkster and Trunqit, are giving consumers sales alerts when saved items see a price drop.
At GigaOM’s Roadmap conference Monday, Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp and Warby Parker co-founder Dave Gilboa each talked about why their companies hadn’t yet released mobile apps and what they have in store.
Etsy, the marketplace for handmade goods, is rolling out a new mobile app in time for the holiday season. One in four visits to the site comes from a mobile app and mobile visits are twice as likely to convert to purchases, Etsy said.
Frank & Oak, a Montreal-based digital-only men’s fashion brand, has raised $5 million in a Series A round of funding led by Lightbank. Since launching in February, the company said it has attracted 200,000 members and is growing at a rapid clip.
Fab says it has “reimagined” its mobile apps, updating its app for the iPad and optimizing it for the iPhone 5. One-third of Fab’s sales come from mobile but it’s looking to when mobile shopping contributes half of its revenue.
eBay has redesigned its core shopping experience with a new Pinterest-style home page, better product pages, search functionality and faster payments. The idea is to make the eBay experience more personalized for consumers.
As New York’s Birchbox looks to build a global presence with the recent purchase of Paris-based JolieBox, it is announcing a limited partnership with goop, the London-based lifestyle site launched by actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
Social gifting startup Treater is moving to mobile with the Thursday launch of iPhone and Android apps. While it competes with Facebook Gifts and other startups, the company says it wants to encourage informal, impromptu giving, not necessarily gifts for formal occasions.
San Francisco-based thredUP, an online retailer of secondhand children’s clothing, has raised $14.5 million in Series C financing. The company plans to use the new funds to invest in infrastructure and expand into new verticals, including teens, maternity and adults.
About a year after launching, social marketplace Copious is expanding to appeal to men. In addition to launching new men’s clothing categories, it is also adding new verticals for photography, home decor and design.
Social networking giant Facebook is rolling out a new gift-giving service that enables users to exchange physical gifts entirely through its platform. The new feature is based on technology Facebook acquired when it purchased the startup Karma in May.
Sumall, a New York data analytics startup targeting small and medium sized online stores, mined its data to determine how time on site translates into revenue, which it says can be a helpful indicator in e-commerce.
New York-based social commerce platform Fancy is rolling out a new option that lets users organize group gifts. The startup also announced a new partnership with American Express that it says could mark the beginning of an extended relationship.
In its first acquisition, New York-based beauty discovery startup Birchbox has acquired JolieBox, a Paris-based subscription beauty company. With the purchase, Birchbox expands its footprint to France, the United Kingdom and Spain.
New York-based social product design startup Quirky is launching its first product vertical around Apple and is partnering with design shopping site Fab to bring a line of community-created iPhone 5 accessories to market.
Online shopping giant eBay today announced that it has acquired New York startup Svpply, which curates products from across the Web. eBay said the acquisition will build on its recent purchase of recommendation engine Hunch to further personalize online shopping experiences.
BigCommerce, an e-commerce platform that powers the online stores for 30,000 small- to medium-sized businesses worldwide, is on Wednesday announcing that it has raised $20 million Series B funding from General Catalyst and Floodgate.
Design shopping site Fab on Thursday released an updated version of its mobile app, which enhances social sharing, and it added Facebook connect to allow members to sign in with their Facebook credentials. The company said social and mobile are driving a lot of traffic.
With the goal of becoming nothing less than the world’s next big design brand, commerce site Fab Wednesday announced that it had raised $105 million.
Online retail sales may slump during the summer, but that doesn’t mean shoppers aren’t occasionally willing to drop the big bucks. New York-based data analytics startup SumAll shares several e-commerce trends for the dog days of summer.
Nearly every day, it seems like yet another social commerce site springs up. But as more sites crowd the space, it becomes increasingly difficult for consumers to separate the junk from the gems. That’s where Pickie comes in.
Ikea’s new Uppleva TV sets will make it possible to order things you see during a commercial break simply by pressing a few buttons on your remote control. This kind of technology could one day be used to sell Ikea goods to Uppleva owners.
Sprint’s newest Android is a 3G phone that can be a mobile hotspot and uses a powerful processor. But the best spec is the price: $20 with contract. Slice is a must-have new Android app for digital shoppers, while one app maker is abandoning Android.
One of the top apps for iOS landed on Android devices today: Slice, a free, online shopping organizer, is now available in the Google Play app store. Slice consolidates online orders, providing one place to look at your purchase history, your spending habits, and real-time package delivery tracking.
Nielsen released a study that found just about a third of smartphone users turn to their device for shopping-related activities. But the study highlights that while not everyone is using their phone in this way, many more would like to.
Pricetector, which launched a price adjustment service called Savvy.com in November, is rebranding under the name Eyeona, as it looks to become an even more useful tool to both consumers and retailers. Eyeona’s goal is to help retailers build a stronger relationship with consumers.
Exclusive: Ingk Labs, an IP accelerator in New York City, has purchased payment platform ORCA Inc. and will use it to power a new PayPal competitor called Payz. Ingk Labs is ramping its efforts to rescue and accelerate IP and put it to work in start-ups.
Amazon is reportedly preparing to dip its toes into the brick-and-mortar retail market with its first boutique test store in the Seattle area. The move, which could face a lot of challenges, makes sense as Amazon extends its buying experience to retail stores.
The top 20 Internet retailers changed their prices 30 times more often than their peers who had lower sales during the holiday season in 2011, according to BlackLocus, a startup that helps companies set competitive prices online. Its goal is to transform retail pricing with data.
It’s been a long time coming, but the worlds of fashion and technology have finally begun to combine in a serious way. A new crop of companies is using the web to make the process more data-driven and social than ever before.
Design store Fab.com has seen a surge in mobile use since launching mobile apps in October, with 30 percent of traffic now coming in via mobile. But more impressive is the fact that mobile visitors are generating twice as much revenue than visitors to Fab’s website.
EBay is continuing its buying spree, snapping up Germany’s BillSafe, a payment-by-invoice provider. The new acquisition will be rolled up into PayPal, which made a minority investment in BillSafe last year and collaborated on a joint online invoice payment solution for e-commerce customers.
The effort to figure out the biggest online shopping day of the year is still in flux, with Thanksgiving so far seeing the peak traffic, according to Akamai. Will this year be the one where turkey day beats out Cyber Monday? Stay tuned.
Slice, the service that organizes online shopping information such as receipts and shipping information, has launched its first iPhone app. There’s no doubt that Slice is solving first-world problems, but it is quite useful: Slice for web has become quite popular since its May launch.
Fashion sites have become huge, but what if the people who spend hours curating fashion and style products online could make money from the experience as well? Enter StyleOwner, a new e-commerce platform that lets anyone in the United States create and run an online boutique.
It may seem like Amazon.com has conquered every corner of the e-commerce market, but it has its sights on a new vertical to add to its empire: Groceries. Quidsi, the wholly-owned Amazon subsidiary, has launched a new grocery category within its Soap.com website.
Despite the threat of online fraud, consumers are increasingly getting comfortable shopping online. ThreatMetrix and the Ponemon Institute did some consumer surveys and found that one-third of people said they plan on spending more online than they do in-store this year.
QR codes, those tiny 2D codes are big on is hype, with proponents touting them as the bridge between the offline and online world. But that offline to online bridge is structurally flawed and may be keeping many brands from reaching their audience effectively.
Kids love toys. But the sheer number of toys and games continuously coming out on the market can make toy shopping a big drag for grownups. Amazon.com is launching a new site called YoYo aimed at making the toy shopping experience a bit less overwhelming.
Apple has made a couple of minor changes to its online store Friday morning, which, though small, should make shopping for products through the web-based portal even more painless. The first is a new iPad-ordering process, and the other is a change in stock level indicators.
Interactive fashion website Polyvore has officially entered into inflection point territory. The Mountain View, Calif.-based startup, which is backed with $8.2 million in venture capital, has achieved profitable operations and is currently seeing record web traffic, co-founder Jess Lee told me in an interview this week.
Digital coupon company Coupons.com has closed on a $200 million funding round. About half of this round will be used to provide liquidity to early investors and employees at the 13-year-old company, and the rest will be put toward meeting growing demand, CEO Steven Boal said.
Project Slice, which just raised $9.4 million, is introducing an app called All My Purchases for the new Yahoo Mail that organizes a user’s online receipts, shipping notices and daily deals and helps people make sense of it all like a Mint for online purchases.
During the last recession, eBay not only prospered but flourished — not so this time around. Over the past year, eBay has de-emphasized auctions and put more focus on “buy-it-now,” fixed-price sales. In some ways, the strategy makes sense. But the move away from the freewheeling bazaar and into tighter competition with the likes of Amazon has resulted in a drop in traffic.