The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup

Shopping Mall

Kevin McKenzie on Reinventing the Shopping Mall

Kevin McKenzie, global chief digital officer at Westfield Labs, talks to BoF about the mall of the future, Westfield’s World Trade Center and the role of the physical store in a digital world.

By: Kate Abnet. Source: Business of Fashion

Bellabox

How bellabox has captured the global beauty subscription market

Subscription services are all the rage. We would know- we just gave our Brand Innovator of the Year Award to Hayley Barna co-CEO and co-founder of Birchbox, and one half of the fairy godmother team that arguably invented the beauty subscription service.

By: Ashley Paintsil. Source: FashInvest

Cannabis

One of Silicon Valley’s Top VC Firms Just Invested Millions in Weed

CEO and co-founder of Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm focused on legal cannabis, Kennedy is trying to build a family of globally recognized and trusted brands in what has historically been an artisanal, underground, and, need we mention, illegal industry.

By: Issie Lapowsky. Source: Wired

Scratch

Need something? Local startup Scratch will be your personal shopper

Some people really get into shopping: The coupon-cutters, Amazon Primers, or painstakingly thoughtful types who spend months searching for the perfect anniversary present. But for the rest of us, the act of finding a lamp or shirt or birthday gift can evoke a feeling of dread.

By: Janelle Nanos. Source: BetaBoston

Indiegogo

Indiegogo Launches InDemand, A Way To Sell On The Site After Crowdfunding Stops

Indiegogo has just announced their InDemand feature, a sort of web shop for funded projects that allows creators to sell their wares after crowdfunding is complete. Essentially the platform allows users to sell pre-orders after crowdfunding and manage customers using the site’s platform.

By: John Biggs. Source: TechCrunch

Mobile

Shopping Apps Are Now The Fastest Growing Thing In Mobile

With Snapchat’s rise and Facebook’s$19 billion WhatsApp purchase, 2014 seemed like the year of the messaging wars. Turns out, ecommerce was the real mobile star of the past year.

By: Brian Solomon. Source: Forbes

Kickstarter

Kickstarter Ditches Amazon Payments for Stripe

As Amazon’s ambition to get other websites to use its payments platform has grown in recent years, Kickstarter stood out as one of the few widely recognizable businesses on its customer list. No longer.

By: Jason Del Ray. Source: Re/Code

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Startups Are Looking To Refashion The Business Of Fashion

Crowdfunding is enabling new fashion startups to fight against the industry norm of manufacturing in Asia, bringing production closer to home thanks to lower minimum orders, willing local manufacturers and the trend of unique, customized clothing.

By: Dennis Mitzner. Source: TechCrunch

Amazon Drone

Is package delivery using drones feasible?

Just over one year ago, Amazon announced that it is developing a drone delivery service – Prime Air – in a bid to get packages into customers’ hands within 30 minutes.

By: Colin Lewis. Source: Robohub

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

We’re out of the office now for the holidays. Expect us to be back in full swing on Monday 5th January 2015. Happy holidays everyone!

FARMIGO

Built In Brooklyn: Farmigo Brings Local Produce To Schools, Offices, And Homes

The company was initially based on the West Coast, and it still has team members there (as well as in Tel Aviv, Israel). But two years ago, Farmigo’s headquarters, as well as its founder and CEO Benzi Ronen, moved across the country to Brooklyn, giving us an unusual perspective for the latest episode of Built in Brooklyn.

By: Anthony Ha. Source: TechCrunch