The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup

Please and carrots

Please And Carrots Debuts Subscription-Based Toys, Expert Advice For New Parents

Busy parents who don’t have the time to shop for the best developmentally-appropriate and educationally-focused toys for their little ones now have a new option. A company called Please and Carrots is today launching a subscription-based toy company that sends a quarterly box of toys to parents

By: Sarah Perez. Source: TechCrunch

Magazine

Magazine Are Trying To Turn Readers Into Shoppers

In the latest attempt to blend editorial content with commerce, Allure is working with MasterCard Inc. to allow readers to purchase products like lipstick and skin cream directly from its website and mobile app.

By: Shelly Banjo. Source: Wall Street Journal

fashion recognition

The Trouble with Fashion Recognition Apps

Though tens of millions of dollars of investment has poured into the space, fashion recognition apps have yet to fulfill their original promise.

By: Kate Abnet. Source: Business of Fashion

Thanx

Thanx Gets $4.7 Million From Sequoia, Partners With Visa And MasterCard

Customer loyalty program startup Thanx launched today with both a Visa and MasterCard partnership and $4.7 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital. An earlier seed round from SoftTech VC of $1.3 million brings the total funding raised to $6 million.

By: Sarah Buhr. Source: TechCrunch

Stylesaint

StyleSaint Sets Goal to Make Eco-Impact

Two-year-old digital company StyleSaint, which launched its first apparel collection a year ago, is raising its voice — and its profile — in a crowded marketplace, with two new lines and a conscious commerce initiative called Project Impact.

By: Marcy Medina. Source: WWD

Stone fox Bride

Get That Life: How I Opened My Own Bridal Boutique

Molly Guy got her start in journalism, but she gave it up to get her master’s in creative writing. But while struggling with a novel and planning her own wedding, she realized that her ideal bridal boutique simply didn’t exist. So she opened up Stone Fox Bride in New York City.

Online retail

Why Online Retailers Continue To Open Brick-And-Mortar Stores

In an age when new technology and the growth of pure online-only retailers have industry analysts questioning the future of brick-and-mortar stores, what are online retailers doing to grow their businesses and gain market share? Why, opening up physical storefronts of course.

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Rent the Runway Goes Exclusive

Rent the Runway’s going exclusive for the first time. A group of seven designers created a 25-piece collection specifically for the Web site, which is celebrating its five-year anniversary.

By: Rachel Strugatz. Source: WWD

Tandem

Former Grooveshark Execs Raise $950K For E-Commerce Customer Intelligence Startup Tandem

A team of early Grooveshark employees who left the company a couple of years ago to pursue their own startup ambitions have raised a little under a million for Tandem, a service that helps e-commerce companies better understand their customers shopping behavior and interests by combining analytics data, surveys and sales information.

By: Sarah Perez. Source: TechCrunch

Ringly

Christina Mercando Talks Ringly

The first collection of rings, which launched in June and sell for $195 each on ringly.com, are 18-karat gold plated with precious and semiprecious stones including emerald, rainbow moonstone, black onyx, pink sapphire and tourmalated quartz.

Innovation

WHAT MAJOR BRANDS REALLY THINK ABOUT INNOVATION

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

Store Experience

6 Home Shopping Startups That Mimic the In-Store Experience

There’s a great opportunity in the retail shopping world for small businesses. It has nothing to do with the traditional concept of starting a small shop on main street, or competing with the big box retailers by cutting prices on books or clothing.

By: John Brandon. Source: Inc.

Rent The Runway

Rent the Runway CEO on Why Relationships Trump Data

Even in today’s digital world, no amount of data can take the place of trust built through personal relationships. Rent the Runway’s Jennifer Hyman explains.

By: Graham Winfrey. Source: Inc.

Toy Company

P.S. XO Merges With Toy And Crafts Company Seedling, Raises $7 Million

Two companies targeting the “mom” demographic with a product lineup that includes party supplies, crafts, toys, and more, Seedling and P.S. XO, are now merging. The combined companies have also now raised $7 million in new funding.

By: Sarah Perez. Source: TechCrunch