The Latest Retail Innovation News


Amazon To Let Shoppers Bargain For Lower Prices With New “Make An Offer” Option

Amazon, pushing hard to pick up more business during the holiday season, wants you to make a deal. Taking a page from the likes of eBay and Priceline, it is introducing a new dutch auction-style feature. Users can now “Make an Offer” on a product, suggesting a lower price to the vendor than the one listed on Amazon.


Mobile Orders Will Make Starbucks Coffee More Addictive Than Ever

Imagine you’re on your way to work. You walk up the stairs from the subway, and your coffee order is put in automatically. You walk into Starbucks, past the line, tell the barista your name, and she hands you your tall latte with skim.

By: Mark Wilson. Source: Fast Company


To Gain the Upper Hand, Amazon Disrupts Itself

Sometime last summer, a quarter-billion dollars went missing at Amazon. Analysts were expecting the usual gangbusters third quarter. But it was about $250 million short of forecasts.

By: David Streitfield. Source: The New York Times


This Innovation Lab Is Designing the Mall of the Future

For the past two years, Westfield Group—which owns and operates 40 shopping centers around the world—has run a testing lab inside the Westfield San Francisco Centre for high-tech experiments looking at how digital and brick-and-mortar shopping work together.

By: Lauren Johnson. Source: AdWeek

The Nomad Truck

Shops on Wheels, but the Goods Aren’t Sold From the Trunk

Most weekday mornings, Jessie Goldenberg can be found driving around the Flatiron district or Lower Manhattan searching for just the right parking space for her truck. And Black Friday will be no different, as competition for consumer dollars heats up for the holiday season.


EBay Pushes Local Delivery in Renewed Bet on Retail

EBay Inc is retooling its local delivery program and extending more logistics options to smaller merchants that make up the bulk of the e-commerce giant’s sprawling base of marketplace sellers.

By: Reuters

Order with me

OrderWithMe Announces $28M in Additional Financing

OrderWithMe, a retail innovation and inventory solutions company, today has announced $28 million in additional financing, led by existing investors which includeVegas Tech Fund, SOSVentures, BaseVC and Tony Hsieh with additional participation from Silicon Valley Bank, Pentland Group, Advantage Capital and several others.


Just In Time For The Holidays, Square Offers Physical Gift Cards To Sellers

Payments startups Square wants to provide more ways for sellers to make more money, by diversifying its products and making it easier to add value to customers. With the holidays right around the corner, it’s enabling Square Register users to sell physical gift cards for the first time.

By: Ryan Lawler. Source: TechCrunch


Coca-Cola Plans to Help Startups Around the World

When a large, established corporation like Coca-Cola announced that they are going to be helping startups around the world succeed, the news caused a fuss, as might be expected.

By: Murray Newlands. Source: Inc.


Coca-Cola Hopes Its Startup Incubator Is The Real Thing

Suddenly major brands are looking to get into the startup funding game, whether we’re talking GE, Yammer or even non-tech brands like McDonald’s. Coca-Cola is another consumer brand looking for an edge by funding new startups.

By: Ron Miller. Source: TechCrunch



In today’s innovate or die business climate, how can brands harness the power of new ideas and creativity to make an impact on the bottom line? To find out, we talked to a number of brand executives from large companies

By: Charlotte Burgess and Arun Malik. Source: Fast Company


Vince, a Billion-Dollar Brand Priming For Growth

Vince is the quietest billion-dollar brand in the business. Now, chief executive Jill Granoff is gearing up for global recognition.

By: Robin Mellery-Pratt. Source: Business of Fashion

Conde Nast

How Condé Nast is planning its move into ecommerce

Condé Nast International will next year start to use ecommerce to sell goods to readers of its magazines. The publisher’s titles, which include Vogue, GQ, Wired and The New Yorker, are sold in more than 30 countries, with digital editions that attract more than web traffic of almost 250m users a month.

How retail upstarts are beating Amazon

How retail upstarts are beating Amazon

The headlines would make you think that e-commerce is a battle of giants. Not true. In fact, e-commerce start-ups like Birchbox and Warby Parker are innovating and thriving where Amazon never dreamed of playing.

Source: CNBC