The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup


Net-a-Porter Owner Said to Consider 2015 IPO

Cie. Financiere Richemont SA is considering an initial public offering of online retailer Net-a-Porter Ltd. as soon as next year, people with knowledge of the situation said.

By: Bloomberg

Frank & Oak

Frank & Oak Partners With Etsy

By: Vicki M. Young. Source: WWD Men’s e-tail brand Frank & Oak is partnering with Etsy for a line of home products. The line…

The Elder Statesman

The Elder Statesman Opens First Store

The founder and owner of luxe cashmere lifestyle brand The Elder Statesman started his line in 2007 with a cashmere blanket, then not only soldiered on through the recession with items retailing in the thousands of dollars but also grew into a ready-to-wear, accessories, eyewear and kids clothing brand.

Nasty Girl

First Look at the Nasty Gal Store

“I can’t believe I’m standing here. Is this really my store?” Sophia Amoruso asked the circle of Nasty Gal staffers who were surrounding her two days before her first brick-and-mortar opening today at 8115 Melrose Avenue. “It’s magical.”

By: Marcy Medina. Source: WWD


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


Zady Launching ‘Sourced In’ Initiative

Zady has a new “Sourced In” initiative to speed up the apparel industry’s standard for supply chain transparency. The initiative is meant to go beyond the “Made In…” tag found on apparel, and is aimed at pushing brands to disclose every level of their product supply chain.

By: Vicki M. Young. Source: WWD

Food Security

Entrepreneurs Have A Vital Role In Food Security

Stacy Bestard is an entrepreneur. Like a true entrepreneur, she is disrupting her industry by finding new and innovative ways to provide goods and services to her clients. The twist? Her clients don’t pay.

By: Ryan Spong. Source: The Huffington Post

Warby Parker

Warby Parker Adds Storefronts to Its Sales Strategy

Warby Parker has made a name for itself by selling affordable, hipster-chic eyeglasses through a website, avoiding costly store expenses and licensing fees. While that business has thrived, the startup’s promising next act is taking shape in a chain of storefronts dotting trendy retail neighborhoods


LikeAGlove Evolves Personalization

Been disappointed too many times by clothes that don’t fit when they land at your doorstep? LikeAGlove, a new wearable technologybrand, wants to change that with smart garments that accurately generate personal measurements

By: Lisa Lockwood. Source: WWD


The luxury-goods company Shinola is capitalizing on Detroit

This Shinola is a luxury-goods producer that chose to start up in this struggling city, and less than two years later has become an innovative giant in branding, storytelling marketing and, above all, understanding the consumer zeitgeist, what people want at this very moment.

By: Karen Heller. Source: The Washington Post

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