The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup

Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal Lays Off Up To 10 Percent Of Its Workforce

Several sources confirm Nasty Gal has laid off up to 27 employees in the last week. “Business is down dramatically and leadership has been in panic mode for months,” according to one source.

By: Sarah Buhr. Source: TechCrunch

Mozbii

Mozbii Is A Color-Picking Stylus Just For Kids

Now on Kickstarter, Mozbii is a wonderful stylus that lets kids turn the world into their crayon box. It has already surpassed its $30,000 funding goal, with the campaign ending on Sept. 27.

By: Catherine Shu. Source: TechCrunch

App

Another Season, Another App

Between the rise of mobile everything and the popularity of e-commerce, that the new season will bring a new crop of fashion-related apps is as certain as shorts becoming a trend in springtime.

By: Vanessa Freeman. Source: The New York Times

MCommerce

Why No One’s Cracked Mobile E-Commerce Yet

The latest one is called Strut, and like a number of shopping apps before it, it aims to solve the biggest e-commerce challenge for retailers: how to make buying things on mobile devices a seamless (and social!) experience

By: Jill Krasny. Source: Inc.

Retail Shelves

How To Take Your Idea To Retail Shelves, Step By Step

Many dream of ushering an idea to the shelves of major retailers and department stores. The process can seem daunting. Being successful not only requires a viable idea but a scalable business model and supply chain.

By: Arthur Ebeling. Source: Forbes

Downtown

Downtown Launches Mobile Payment App In Palo Alto

Downtown wants to change the way you order and pay for food, starting with its launch today at the Palo Alto’s Coupa Cafe, a common startup meeting spot.

By: Cat Zakrzewski. Source: TechCrunch

JustFab

JustFab Fitted With $1 Billion Valuation For Fashion E-Commerce

Investors are backing fashion e-commerce startup JustFab Inc. at a $1 billion valuation, marking the latest example of public investors eager to own a share of a private company they hope will be the next hot IPO.

By: Lizette Chapman. Source: Wall Street Journal

Millennials

Home & Baby Companies Plan To Profit as Millennials Settle Down

A wave of e-commerce companies has started to take root just as a huge swath of Americans enters the big-spending years of middle adulthood, when young people settle down, find a mate, and start filling up gift registries for their new homes and babies.

By: Curt Woodward. Source: Xconomy