The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup

Divas Snow Gear

Facebook launched my startup

These entrepreneurs relied exclusively on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to jumpstart their small businesses.

By: Parija Bhatnagar. Source: CNN Money

Chloe + Isabel

Chloe & Isabel Crafts Its Own Sales Model

Chloe & Isabel was among the first of a recent wave of startups using technology and social-media tools to reinvent direct sales, a $32.67 billion-a-year industry, according to the Direct Selling Association.

By: Angus Loten. Source: Wall Street Journal

Fashion Ecommerce

Virtual Reality and Retail: Fashion’s Ecommerce Trends

Fashion is an ancient industry, and yet when it comes to ecommerce they’re ahead of the game. The line between technology and fashion is starting to blur and we’re beginning to see the rise of innovative, tech-focused fashion brands.

By: Jack Flanagan. Source: Huffington Post

Winterlife

In Seattle, Entrepreneurs Push the Limits on Pot Delivery

William “Jackrabbit” Large pulls his SUV onto the side of a downtown Seattle street, parking behind an Amazon Fresh delivery truck and carrying a product the online retailer doesn’t offer: marijuana.

By: Manual Valdes. Source: Inc.

Coolest

The $5 Million Cooler

Forget potato salads. There’s a new Kickstarter superstar: The Coolest Cooler. It’s just a cooler yet so much more. It already has over $5 million in funding on Kickstarter with 45 days left.

By: Matt Burns. Source: TechCrunch

Fash-Tech

Retailers Aim to Stay Competitive in Tech

Retailers from Nordstrom Inc. to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have opened up “labs” in hopes that a geeky start-up vibe will attract the right talent to generate the next big thing in digital commerce or some proprietary add-on.

By: Valerie Demicheva. Source: Fashion Snoops via WWD

Fash-tech

The 20 fash-tech companies that will change the way you shop

It was once novel to talk about the intersection of fashion and technology, but today it’s surprising we ever thought it might be otherwise. After all, technology is changing everything we do – from driving to genotyping. Why shouldn’t it change fashion, retail and shopping, too?

Technology and Fashion

Technology and Fashion: Storming the maisons

Can technology disrupt luxury the way it has retailing or journalism, for example? The assumption among most of the attendees was yes, and there seemed to be plenty of evidence to prove it.

By: B.U. Source: The Economist

Bark & Co.

Doggie-Focused Bark & Co. (BarkBox) Raises $15 Million Series B

Bark & Co., the doggie-themed technology company best known for its dog treat-delivering subscription business BarkBox, and more recently, its vet care-on-demand service BarkCare, has just closed on 15 million in Series B funding.

By: Sarah Perez. Source: TechCrunch

Birchbox

Why Birchbox Is Going Brick-and-Mortar

The try-and-buy online beauty company is up and running in SoHo. Here’s what went into Birchbox’s expansion into the offline business.

By: Graham Winfrey. Source: Inc.

Loverly

Loverly Gets Editorial With Launch Of New Content Hub

Loverly, the one-stop online shop for brides planning a wedding, has made an investment in its editorial content with the launch of a brand new content hub on the website and mobile app.

By: Jordan Crook. Source: TechCrunch

Twice Local

Online Clothing Resale Store Twice Rolls Out Same-Day Pickup With Twice Local

Online fashion marketplace Twice, which buys gently worn, quality women’s clothing from consumers then resells it via its own website, mobile and tablet applications, is today expanding into the offline world with the launch of a new service called Twice Local.

By: Sarah Perez. Source: TechCrunch