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.
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
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
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
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.
Shoppers are gearing up to spend for Holiday 2014, but when it comes time to ring up the purchases, many will have encountered innovative new strategies employed by retailers to make the gift-buying experience easier, more personalized, and a heck of a lot more digital.
By: Ray Velez. Source: PSFK
If Cradle to Cradle’s Innovation Celebration last week made one thing clear about the future of the fashion industry, it’s that change in how we create, source and consume clothing and accessories is going to change – and soon.
By: Alicia Adamczyk. Source: Forbes
Sephora has announced the adoption of Apple Pay for all Bay Area stores, starting today. It will also be in the Lexington store in Manhattan.
By: Sarah Buhr. Source: TechCrunch
What makes a store experience great – Is it the array of products? Customer service? Likely it is more than just one thing, but rather a combination of factors and emotions that lead customers to connect with the store.
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.
Martha Stewart, the household name in all things domestic, has found herself the most unlikely of collaborators: Makerbot, the household name in 3D printers.
By: Daniella Walker. Source: PSFK
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.
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
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.
When you’re the giant in a market, it’s difficult not to become complacent and stale. In the past few years, Nike has managed to do the exact opposite.
By: Daniel Roberts. Source: Fortune
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 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
A rare insight into the story and business model behind Inditex, the owner of Zara, and its founder Amancio Ortega, the third richest man in the world
By: Graham Ruddick. Source: The Telegraph
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.
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.