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The eCommerce Minute is your weekly dose of eCommerce, tech and retail news, with your hosts John Suder, Bart Mroz, and Brittany Blackman. The show is a production of SUMO Heavy, an eCommerce consulting firm with offices in Brooklyn, NY, and Philadelphia. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/eco… read more

782 Episodes | 2017 - 2021

786: Walmart Expands Marketplace with BigCommerce, Target Teams Up With Apple for In-Store / RIP Fry’s, Walmart Beefs Up Cookshop Hub

March 14th, 2021

19:34

This Week:

Walmart Expands Marketplace with BigCommerce
Target Teams Up With Apple for In-Store / RIP Fry’s
Walmart Beefs Up Cookshop Hub

Check out our other long-form podcast 'In the Ring' with SUMO heavy.
over the next …

785: Amazon Acquires Selz, Peapod Launches Sifter – a Grocery Site for People with Dietary Restrictions, Olive Offers a Sustainable Shipping Option

February 26th, 2021

19:16

This Week:

  • Amazon Acquires Selz
  • Peapod Founders Launch Sifter, a Grocery Site for People with Dietary Restrictions
  • Olive Offers a Sustainable …

784: TikTok Launches Social Commerce Features, Shopify Adds Shop Pay to Facebook & Instagram, Toy R Us Closes Its Last Stores

February 19th, 2021

19:57

This Week:

- TikTok Launches Social Commerce Features

- Shopify Adds Shop Pay to Facebook & Instagram

- Toy R Us Closes Its Last Stores

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer/Editor and Director of Marketing at SUMO …

783: Jeff Bezos Steps Down as Amazon CEO

February 12th, 2021

15:12

In this week's episode, we discuss the departure of Jeff Bezos as CEO of Amazon.
We talk about Jeff's successor, Andy Jassy, some Amazon history (hits as well as misses), and what's next for Jeff.

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782: The GameStop Stock Saga

February 5th, 2021

23:31

In this episode, we attempt to explain the whole GameStop stock fiasco, what it means and what might happen next.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) …

781: Amazon Passes 142 Million Prime Members, Get Your Girl Scout Cookie Fix Online, Kroger’s Self-Scanning Cart

January 29th, 2021

18:07

This week:

  • Amazon Passes 142 Million Prime Members
  • Get Your Girl Scout Cookie Fix Online
  • Kroger’s Self-Scanning Cart

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John Suder (@johnsuder

780: Marc Lore to Leave Walmart, Walmart Pilots Temp Control Delivery Boxes, Car Builders Use Alexa to Build Assistants

January 22nd, 2021

20:58

This Week:

- Marc Lore to Leave Walmart

- Walmart Pilots Temp Control Delivery Boxes

- Car Builders Use Alexa to Build Assistants

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John Suder (

779: Visa Nixes Plaid, Amazon Shuts Down Pantry Service, UPS Expects Many, Many Returns

January 15th, 2021

20:35

This Week:

- Visa Nixes Plaid
- Amazon Shuts Down Pantry Service
- UPS Expects Many, Many Returns

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer/Editor and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart …

778: Walmart Partners with FedEx for Returns, New Drone Delivery Rules, Amazon Holiday Report

January 8th, 2021

15:00

This Week:

- Walmart Partners with FedEx for Returns
- New Drone Delivery Rules
- Amazon Holiday Report

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer/Editor …

777: The eCommerce Minute 2020 Wrap-Up Show

December 25th, 2020

46:52

Our yearly super-sized episode featuring an extended conversation with the gang about the biggest stories of the year as well as trends and predictions for 2021.

- What’s next for Zoom?
- 2020 was the year that Work …

776: FTC Sues Facebook, Amazon Fashion Launches 'Made for You', Ikea Kills its Print Catalog

December 18th, 2020

18:59

This Week:

- FTC Sues Facebook
- Amazon Fashion Launches 'Made for You'
- Ikea Kills its Print Catalog

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer/Editor and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder

775: UPS Places Shipping Limits, Walmart + Removes Minimum Order Cost, Facebook Buys Kustomer for $1B

December 11th, 2020

21:12

This week:

- UPS Places Shipping Limits
- Walmart + Removes Minimum Order Cost
- Facebook Buys Kustomer for $1B

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer/Editor and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

774: Black Friday Numbers, Remembering Tony Hseih, AWS Outage

December 4th, 2020

20:14

This Week:

- Black Friday Numbers
- Remembering Tony Hseih
- AWS Outage 

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer/Editor and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) …

773: Amazon Pharmacy, NBCU Shoppable Content Deal, Google Pay Relaunch, Walmart/Target Q3 Numbers, eCom IPOs Affirm and Wish

November 27th, 2020

25:15

This Week:

- Amazon Launches Amazon Pharmacy
- NBC Universal Shoppable Content Deal
- New features for Google Pay
- Walmart/Target Bonkers Q3 Numbers
- eCom IPOs: Affirm and Wish

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John Suder (@johnsuder) …

772: Door Dash IPO, Alibaba Singles Day, Ring Doorbell Recall, Walmart Offers Pet Insurance

November 20th, 2020

24:55

This Week:

- Door Dash IPO
- Alibaba Singles Day
- Ring Doorbell Recall
- Walmart Offers Pet Insurance

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer/Editor and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder

771: eCom Stocks Rocked by COVID News, Amazon Explores Rural Delivery Hubs, Ulta to Open Shops in Target, A Supreme Acquisition, Tesla Tequila

November 13th, 2020

28:55

This week:

- Ecom Stocks Rocked by COVID Vaccine Report
- Amazon Explores Rural Delivery Hubs
- Ulta Beauty to Open Shops Within Target
- A Supreme Acquisition
- Tesla Tequila

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer/Editor …

770: Walmart eCom Store Labs, Walmart Scraps In-Store Robots, Stripe Climate App, Q3 Earnings Reports, and the Return of the McRib!

November 6th, 2020

29:40

This week:

- Walmart Turns Four Stores Into eCommerce Labs
- Walmart Scraps In-Store Robots
- Stripe Launches Stripe Climate
- Amazon Crushes Q3 Earnings
- Shopify Revenue Grows 96% in Q3
- PayPal revenue up 25% YoY
- …

769: The Gang Gets Back Together – The eCommerce Minute Returns with a New Format

November 3rd, 2020

24:06

The eCommerce Minute returns from hiatus! 

Same hosts, but a new format – the eCommerce Minute is now a weekly podcast with a roundup of eCommerce, Tech, and Retail news.

This week:

- Tik Tok Teams up with Shopify for …

768: Grocery Neighbour is a Mobile Supermarket

August 6th, 2020

7:14

The 53-foot-long trucks are custom-built for Covid-19, with sanitizing and social distancing front and center.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

767: Shopify Launches 'Taler' Design Tool

August 5th, 2020

7:15

Shopify has launched its Canva competitor, Taler, an always-free design tool with customizable templates and photos.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) …

766: Snapchat Introduces Brand Profiles

August 4th, 2020

9:55

Brands can save and showcase Lenses on their profile, allowing any Snapchatter to discover and/or revisit a brand’s unique AR experiences.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

765: Walmart Partners with Yahoo Mail for Online Grocery Program

August 3rd, 2020

8:14

Users who have access to Groceries from Walmart will receive “personalized grocery recommendations based on their Yahoo profiles.”

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

764: Google Introduces Video Shopping App Shoploop

July 31st, 2020

10:25

The team says it’s starting with products in categories such as makeup, skincare, hair, and nails.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (

763: Diageo Launches New Whisky Bottle Made From Paper

July 30th, 2020

5:45

It’s the first ever 100% paper-based spirits bottle for the mainstream market.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) …

762: Verishop Introduces Social eCommerce App

July 29th, 2020

8:55

Customers who purchase products through the platform can access free shipping, free returns and 24/7 customer care.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

761: Venmo Pilots Business Profiles for Small Sellers

July 28th, 2020

9:21

Sellers can share key business details like address, phone number, email, website and more.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (

760: Walmart is Launching a Health Insurance Agency

July 27th, 2020

7:36

The entity, called Walmart Insurance Services LLC will sell Medicare-related services and products.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz …

759: Amazon Debuts Cashierless Smart Grocery Cart

July 24th, 2020

6:34

The cart uses cameras, sensors, and a scale to automatically detect what shoppers drop in.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (

758: Brooks Brothers Files for Bankruptcy

July 23rd, 2020

9:32

Rent had become a burden for the iconic retailer, and the disruption from the coronavirus pandemic expedited a sales process that started in 2019.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at …

757: Uber to Launch US Grocery Delivery

July 22nd, 2020

8:39

The company is partnering with chain grocers as well as regional players.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) …

756: Walmart Rolls Out Virtual Summer Camp and Drive-In Movie Programs

July 21st, 2020

6:44

Families can access 50 activities from arts and crafts to fitness and other activities for free through the Walmart app.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

755: Uber to Buy Postmates for $2.65B in Stock

July 20th, 2020

8:16

The deal will turn Uber Eats into the second-largest food delivery company in the U.S., with a 31% market share, behind Doordash, which has 44%.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO …

754: Amazon Prime Day Moves to October

July 17th, 2020

6:39

Amazon said last year that Prime members bought 175 million items and saved more than $1 billion during the two-day sale.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

753: Chipotle Launches Virtual Farmers Markets on Shopify for Suppliers

July 16th, 2020

7:47

Four Chipotle suppliers will sell products through individual digital storefronts to launch the program.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart …

752: Amazon Establishes Counterfeit Crimes Unit

July 15th, 2020

5:46

Amazon’s primary goal is to prevent a counterfeit from ever being listed in its store.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) …

751: Coronavirus at Meat Plants Builds Demand for Mobile Butchers

July 14th, 2020

6:28

With coronavirus outbreaks slowing North America’s meat plants, and more consumers seeking to buy meat directly from farmers.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

750: Constellation Brands Buys Gary Vaynerchuk's Empathy Wines

July 13th, 2020

8:44

Robert Hanson, Constellation's president of the wine & spirits division, told Wine Spectator that Constellation was drawn to Empathy by its …

749: Lululemon to Acquire Home Fitness Startup Mirror for $500M

July 10th, 2020

8:59

Lululemon is paying a hefty $500 million, which is five times Mirror’s expected 2020 revenue.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of …

748: Microsoft to Permanently Close All But 4 Retail Stores

July 9th, 2020

7:33

It will instead focus on its online store at Microsoft.com, where customers can go for support, sales, training, and more.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

747: Amazon Announces $2B Climate Pledge Fund

July 8th, 2020

8:17

The aim is to help Amazon and other companies reach a goal of “net zero” carbon emissions by 2040.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (

746: Yelp Update Shows if Business is Following COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

July 7th, 2020

5:54

The safety section will include a timestamp to let customers know when a business's information was last updated.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

745: Brandless is Back

July 6th, 2020

7:26

The company has new leadership but is bringing back many of the products and familiar prices that were on the site when it went dark in February.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO …

744: Alibaba and JD.com Rack Up $136.51 billion in Sales

July 3rd, 2020

7:47

JD.com said transaction volume totaled 269.2 billion yuan ($37.99 billion).

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO …

743: Swimply Lets You Book a Private Pool by the Hour

July 2nd, 2020

7:40

Swimply’s website and app list pools for rent and include photos, descriptions, and consumer reviews.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and …

742: Walmart Buys CareZone’s Digital Prescription Technology

July 1st, 2020

9:39

Walmart acquired CareZone’s tech platform, related patents, and key intellectual property.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (

741: Fakespot Introduces Guardian Service to Rate 3rd-party Sellers

June 30th, 2020

8:30

If there is a “Caution” or “Warning,” Fakespot will recommend another seller.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) …

740: Amazon Deploys AI 'Distance Assistants' for Warehouse Workers

June 29th, 2020

9:39

Amazon compares the system to radar speed checks which give drivers instant feedback on their driving.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart …

739: Walmart Teams with Shopify to Grow Walmart's Marketplace

June 26th, 2020

9:07

Shopify sellers won't pay fees to list their products on Walmart. com but will pay "referral fees" when they make a sale.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

738: Klarna Launches Rewards Program

June 25th, 2020

9:16

The no-fee Vibe program applies to all purchases US Vibe members make directly through the Klarna app no matter the store.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

737: Sam's Club Launches Nationwide Curbside Pickup

June 24th, 2020

6:51

To use the service, Sam’s Club members can either order online or via the Sam’s Club mobile app by looking for products marked as “Pick up in Club.”

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at …

736: Starbucks to Close 400 Outlets, Expand Pickup Options

June 23rd, 2020

10:48

The company said it plans to close up to 400 stores in the US and Canada over the next 18 months, while at the same time adding carryout and pick-up only locations.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director …

735: Stitch Fix to Lay Off 1,400, Hire in Lower Cost Cities

June 22nd, 2020

8:16

The online retailer said it will be hiring about 2,000 stylists in lower-cost locations like Dallas.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart …

734: Europe's Just Eat Takeaway Snaps Up Grubhub for $7.3B

June 19th, 2020

6:02

Grubhub will launch Just Eat Takeaway into the U.S. market, broadening its already-global reach.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (

733: Amazon Partners with Vogue to Launch 'Common Threads' Storefronts

June 18th, 2020

8:56

Common Threads aims to help its featured designers not only with access to Amazon’s massive customer base of 12 million Prime users in the US, but …

732: Walmart Partners with ThredUp on Pre-Owned Goods

June 17th, 2020

8:04

The site will offer the items across 2,000 brands such as Nike, Coach, Michael Kors, Outdoor Voices, Chanel, and Madewell.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

731: Amazon Discontinues Echo Look Fashion Camera

June 16th, 2020

7:58

The Look’s companion app and the device itself will stop functioning on July 24th.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing …

730: Lowes Debuts Video Chat Tools to Allows Professionals to Assist Customers

June 15th, 2020

6:41

The retailer developed the service with Streem, an AR computer vision and machine learning tech development company.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

729: UPS Adds 'Peak' Surcharge Amid Coronavirus Fueled Delivery Spike

June 12th, 2020

5:13

The fees apply to large online sellers like Amazon as well as traditional retailers like Target and Best Buy that have shifted heavily to e-commerce as many stores have closed temporarily.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) …

728: Shopify Unveils New Pay Installment, Money Management Features

June 11th, 2020

6:57

Shopify is launching Shopify Balance later this year, which will give merchants an account where they can manage their cash flow, pay bills and track expenses.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of …

727: Neutral: Offset Your Carbon Emissions Right from Your Cart

June 10th, 2020

7:09

With Neutral's dashboard, shoppers can track their cumulative carbon footprint and discover key insights on improving their shopping habits for the …

726: The Yes Uses AI to Build Personalized Storefronts for Users

June 9th, 2020

8:52

The Yes is an AI-powered shopping platform that builds personalized storefronts for users with products from over 150 participating brands.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

725: Target to Sell Products Through Instagram Checkout

June 8th, 2020

6:29

To buy an item via Instagram Checkout, Target customers click on a shopping bag icon in the lower corner of the Instagram post.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

724: Amazon Plans 'Summer Sale' Aside from Prime Day

June 5th, 2020

8:27

The Summer Sale should enable Amazon to compete for sales during the summer while preserving Prime Day for a time when it can operate at full …

723: Old Navy Donates Over $30 Million of Clothing to American Families in Need

June 4th, 2020

10:03

Old Navy is working with a number of partners to distribute the goods to vulnerable families including nonprofit organizations Good360 and Baby2Baby …

722: Postmates Seeks Human Guides for Its Delivery Robots

June 3rd, 2020

7:29

The human teleoperator can provide input to the system, something as simple as a thumbs up or thumbs down to help the bot make the right choice.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO …

721: FedEx, Strained by Coronavirus, Caps How Much Retailers Can Ship From Stores

June 2nd, 2020

6:16

They have converted stores into makeshift warehouses to help fulfill more of the orders, scrambling the normal flow of online shipments from …

720: Walmart Shutters Jet.com

June 1st, 2020

7:23

Last year, Walmart lost about $2 billion on its online e-commerce operations, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

719: Facebook Announces Shops, Turning Pages Into Storefronts

May 29th, 2020

10:06

The shops are powered by third-party services, including Shopify, BigCommerce, and Woo, and designed to turn the social network into a top-tier shopping destination.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director …

718: Miss Flying? Get Airline Snacks Delivered to Your Door

May 28th, 2020

9:46

The online surplus-stock grocery delivery company Imperfect Foods is delivering three-ounce snack packs of mixed cheeses, crackers, and dried cherries.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing …

717: T.J. Maxx and Marshall's Reopen eCommerce Stores

May 27th, 2020

7:22

After closing their doors and halting online orders, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls websites are back up and running.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

716: Trader Joe’s Won't Pivot to Curbside Delivery

May 27th, 2020

7:53

VP of marketing Matt Sloan said, “Creating an online shopping system for curbside pickup or the infrastructure for delivery, it’s a massive undertaking.”

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing …

715: PepsiCo Launches Pantry Shop for Snacks Delivered to Your Door

May 25th, 2020

7:02

The new sites, called PantryShop.com and Snacks.com, let you order some of the company’s favorite brands online and have them shipped directly to your home.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of …

714: Gap Plans Move Into Non-apparel Categories

May 22nd, 2020

8:45

The retailer announced a deal with licensing firm IMG that will include expansion into home decor, furniture and textiles.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

713: Suitsupply Debuts in-store Partitions, Virtual Browsing Sessions

May 21st, 2020

10:53

As part of a multi-point plan, Suitsupply introduced Safe Shopping Screens.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO …

712: Amazon Tests Live Video Calls to Vet Third-party Sellers

May 20th, 2020

6:33

Amazon will use a proprietary machine learning system to review hundreds of unique data points to spot potential risks, such as whether the account is associated with another previously shuttered account.

Hosts:

John …

711: Walgreens Launches 'Order Ahead' Service for Drive-thru Shopping

May 19th, 2020

8:32

Consumers can pick up a range of products that were specifically chosen for consumer needs during the pandemic, including cleaning supplies, certain …

710: All-In Auction Winner Gets to Pitch to Walmart’s CEO

May 18th, 2020

7:19

The first, a set of two auctions, allows small- and medium-sized businesses to bid on the opportunity to do a 10-minute pitch of their business plan to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and a panel of executives in Bentonville, …

709: Walmart Adds 2-hour Delivery Service

May 15th, 2020

8:29

The Express service offers more than 160,000 items from across Walmart’s grocery, consumables and general merchandise categories.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

708: Poshmark Introduces Posh Stories

May 14th, 2020

11:48

With the feature, users can find brands, browse closets and connect with other users.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) …

707: Essential Goods Lets You Know When an Essential is Back in Stock

May 13th, 2020

7:52

Regular users will be charged $3.99/month recurring after the 2 day free trial period, and you can cancel at any time.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) …

706: Walmart and Nextdoor Partner for Shopping Assistance

May 12th, 2020

7:47

The new in-app feature will allow Nextdoor users to post to groups associated with their local Walmart store to request shopping assistance.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

705: David's Bridal Launches Virtual Stylist & Appointment Experience

May 11th, 2020

7:16

Consumers can text David's Bridal stylists to advise on available dresses, measurements, undergarments and other needs.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

704: Shopify Launches 'Shop' Mobile App

May 8th, 2020

8:51

Users can browse product inventory much in the same way that customers scroll through online menu items when they order through UberEats or Doordash.

703: Shopify Email Is Now Available and Completely Free Until October 1, 2020

May 7th, 2020

4:59

Shopify has announced its Shopify Email platform is now be available to all merchants around the world. The new marketing tool is designed to help …

702: Uber Expands Contactless Delivery Services with Uber Direct

May 6th, 2020

9:41

With the new Uber Connect feature, users in select cities can log into the Uber app and send packages to family and friends.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

701: 'Dark Stores' Help Address Exploding Grocery Delivery Demand

May 5th, 2020

13:47

Many chains, including Walmart, have been testing the dark store concept for months.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) …

700: Alphabet's Drone Delivery Surges in Virginia Test Area

May 4th, 2020

8:15

Alphabet's Wing subsidiary said it's seen a "dramatic" increase in customers using the service, with more than 1,000 deliveries completed in the last two weeks.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of …

699: Google Shopping to Offer Free Listings to Merchants

May 1st, 2020

6:02

The Google Shopping tab results will now consist primarily of free product listings.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of …

698: Instagram Adds Stickers for Local Businesses to Offer Gift Cards, Delivery

April 30th, 2020

8:37

Tapping the sticker in someone’s story will bring people to another website where they can complete their order.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

697: You Probably Need a Haircut

April 29th, 2020

6:28

The site currently works with a couple of dozen barbers whom clients can choose when they book an appointment.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

696: Pinterest Adds New 'Shop' Tabs and Curated Style Guides

April 28th, 2020

7:03

Pinterest users will now be able to browse in-stock inventory from newly added “Shop” tabs on Search and on Pinterest boards.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

695: Instacart Aims to Add Flexibility, Speed Up Grocery Delivery

April 27th, 2020

12:47

One option is an extended order-ahead feature that lets customers plan their order up to two weeks in advance, instead of just one, as before.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO …

694: Adobe Announces Offerings to Help Small & Mid-Sized Companies

April 24th, 2020

9:18

The company announced they will be offering support and resources to small & mid-sized businesses affected by the Coronavirus.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

693: eBay Pledges to Get Small Biz "Up and Running" with $100m Accelerator Plan

April 23rd, 2020

7:52

As part of that program, eBay is waiving seller fees for new businesses to the platform.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
https://twitter.com/johnsuder

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692: Jack Dorsey to Donate $1B to Fight Coronavirus

April 22nd, 2020

10:31

The money will come from his stake in Square stock, as Dorsey holds a higher percentage of equity compared to his only 2% ownership in Twitter.

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691: UPS/FedEx Competitor Amazon Shipping to Suspend Service in June

April 21st, 2020

6:55

Amazon told shippers that the service, known as Amazon Shipping, will be paused starting in June.

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690: Winery Uses Doggos for Contactless Delivery

April 20th, 2020

6:46

Stone House Urban Winery in Hagerstown, has introduced their social distancing solution, a 75-lb boxer.

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689: Amazon Plans to Move 'Prime Day'

April 17th, 2020

8:51

The shopping extravaganza, typically held in July, will be delayed until at least August.

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688: Food Suppliers and Restaurants Pivot to Groceries and Staples

April 16th, 2020

14:40

For starters, Sysco and US Foods, the country’s two largest restaurant and foodservice distributors, are pivoting to supplying grocery stores.

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687: Amazon Partners With Lyft to Deliver Packages and Groceries

April 15th, 2020

7:13

Lyft is encouraging its drivers to apply for roles in Amazon warehouses and as part of the eCommerce company’s grocery and package delivery platforms.

686: Google Announces $800M to Support Small Biz and Crisis Response

April 14th, 2020

5:58

CEO Sundar Pichai said that the money will be used to share information on how to battle the spread of the virus.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

685: Remember Moviefone? Someone Just Bought it for $1 Million

April 13th, 2020

8:58

The company, once valued at over $400M, was bought at auction for a fraction of that valuation by a mysterious buyer.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

684: 'Invisible Hands ' is a Grocery Service for High-Risk Customers

April 10th, 2020

6:21

The company is called Invisible Hands because they work to make deliveries as contactless as possible.

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683: Car Dealers Pivot to eCommerce for Sales

April 9th, 2020

12:07

Auto dealerships are trying concierge-like services and testing the potential for eCommerce.

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682: Instacart Plans to Hire 300K Additional Shoppers

April 8th, 2020

12:46

To bring in new workers en masse, Instacart says it's opening up waitlists for shopper positions across the country.

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681: Costco Brings 'White Glove Delivery and Service' In-House to Boost eCommerce

April 7th, 2020

9:36

The warehouse club chain announced that it has acquired the third-party delivery and installation company, Innovel Solutions, for $1 billion cash.

680: Amazon Equips Alexa to Answer Coronavirus Questions

April 6th, 2020

7:39

Alexa users in the United States can ask Alexa questions like, “Alexa, what do I do if I think I have COVID-19?” or “Alexa, what do I do if I think I have coronavirus?”

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679: Yelp Swings and Misses on Botched GoFundMe Plan

April 3rd, 2020

9:27

When people started reading between the lines they realized Yelp’s program is not all that it seemed.

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678: Gap Partners with ThredUp for Clothing Trade-In Program

April 2nd, 2020

7:39

Gap is the largest retailer to participate in the ThredUp program, which partners with retailers to help customers "clean out" their closets.

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677: Distilleries Step in to Help with Hand Sanitizer Shortage

April 1st, 2020

14:02

Distilleries are stepping in to help combat the hand sanitizer shortage by using the alcohol in their facilities to create their own alcohol-based …

676: Uber Delivers Free Meals to Healthcare Workers

March 31st, 2020

6:43

The announcement comes as restaurants throughout the U.S. are facing economic spiraling as city and state officials take steps to stop the spread of COVID-19.

https://www.uber.com/newsroom/food-not-finances/

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675: Facebook Announces $100M in Grants for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

March 30th, 2020

6:12

The majority of the grants will be distributed in cash, with some ad credits for business services. Businesses do not need to be on Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp to apply.

674: Offline2on: eCommerce Community Support & Resources for Merchants

March 27th, 2020

6:39

Offline2on is a community-led, not for profit, cross platform initiative to support businesses in ramping their e-commerce efforts in the wake of COVID-19.

https://offline2on.com

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673: The Real Real Looks to Bricks and Mortar

March 26th, 2020

7:18

The RealReal, a San Francisco-based online luxury consignment retailer, just opened its first brick-and-mortar store in the city.

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672: Burlington Closes eCom Site to Focus on Bricks and Mortar Stores

March 25th, 2020

8:26

The company hopes that this tighter inventory control drives faster turns and lower markdowns.

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671: Rent the Runway Introduces Middle Rack Membership

March 24th, 2020

9:38

2 Swap members also get access to Rent the Runway’s full catalog of more than 700 designers, just as Unlimited subscribers do.

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670: Amazon to Sell Cashierlesss Store Tech to Retailers

March 23rd, 2020

8:26

Unlike Amazon Go stores, shoppers will insert a credit card into a gated turnstile to enter, rather than scan an app.

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669: Grubhub Suspends Fees for Independent Restaurants

March 20th, 2020

8:16

Grubhub said that it's working with large-city mayors nationwide to temporarily suspend up to $100 million in commissions for independent restaurants.

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668: eBay Introduces Image Cleanup Tool

March 19th, 2020

7:27

eBay says that the feature is aimed at small businesses and individual sellers who may not have a budget for a professional photographer.

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667: Scooter Company Bird Launches Bird Pay

March 18th, 2020

6:44

The idea is to persuade more Bird riders to go into shops where they can buy chips and soda at the beginning or end of their rides.

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666: Amazon Tests AI Powered Customer Support Agents

March 17th, 2020

9:23

The automated agents use machine learning rather than rules and refer requests they can’t handle to human representatives.

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665: 7-Eleven to Expand Evolution Store Concept

March 16th, 2020

9:12

The concept serves as a testing ground for 7-Eleven to try various offerings like made-to-order food and beverages.

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664: New Bill Could Make eCom Companies Liable for Counterfeit Goods

March 13th, 2020

9:59

The legislation comes as U.S firms struggle to combat the sale of fake goods online.

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663: Walmart Tests Subscription Program to Compete with Prime

March 12th, 2020

8:36

The program is expected to launch as a rebrand of Walmart’s existing Delivery Unlimited service.

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662: Amazon's One-Tap Rating System Helps Fight Fake Reviews

March 11th, 2020

8:15

The change has already led to an increase in overall customer feedback, a competitive advantage that Amazon has over many of its competitors.

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661: Banana Republic Enlists Postmates for Clothing Delivery

March 10th, 2020

10:04

Shoppers within the delivery radius won't even have to pay a delivery fee.

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660: Amazon Opens First 'Go Grocery'

March 9th, 2020

8:04

It's more than three times the size of other Go stores and features around 5,000 products compared to Amazon Go’s 500 to 700.

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659: Walmart Launches Walmart Fulfillment Services on its Marketplace

March 6th, 2020

6:12

The new service, called Walmart Fulfillment Services, stores, picks, packs and ships items ordered from third parties on walmart.com.

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658: Panera Launches Coffee Subscription Program

March 5th, 2020

8:11

Panera is launching the ultimate bottomless cup with an $8.99/month subscription for unlimited coffee and tea.

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657: Amazon Launches Virtual Healthcare for Seattle Employees

March 4th, 2020

7:26

The new app, called Amazon Care, will provide on-demand chat and video consultations with medical professionals.

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656: The Body Shop Tests Open Hiring Policy

March 3rd, 2020

8:33

Under the model, job openings will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by any applicant who meets basic requirements.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

655: Nissan Gets Into Auto Subscriptions

March 2nd, 2020

8:42

The service, called Nissan Switch, is scheduled to launch in the Houston area as a test run.

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654: Jeff Bezos Launches $10B Earth Fund

February 28th, 2020

9:12

The move follows pressure from Amazon employees to push the company to do more to fight climate change

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653: Victorias Secret Sold After Plummeting Sales

February 27th, 2020

11:27

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners will acquire a 55% share in Victoria’s Secret from its owner L Brands for $525 million.

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652: Fast is the One-click Checkout Solution for Consumers

February 26th, 2020

7:21

Fast is a company that’s building a button for the world’s fastest login and checkout experience for the Internet.

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651: 'Dirty Lemon' Moves From Hipster Cult Drink to Walmart Shelves

February 25th, 2020

10:58

In the new Walmart locations, Dirty Lemon will be one of the most expensive beverage products in stores, at $6.99 a bottle.

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650: Roborevenge Lets You Cash Out on Robocallers

February 24th, 2020

10:33

The app is aimed at helping end the nightmare surrounding robocalls by giving you a chatbot lawyer to automatically sue them.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

649: Alibaba Sets Up Platform For Coronavirus Medical Supplies

February 21st, 2020

9:59

The new Alibaba Global Direct Sourcing Platform is a B2B “information bridge” that matches medical suppliers with affected hospitals and authorities.

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648: Walmart Ends Jet Black Service

February 20th, 2020

6:09

Walmart is shutting down its Jetblack concierge service and laying off most of its 350 staffers.

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647: Macy's "Retooling" Includes the Closure of 125 Stores

February 19th, 2020

10:02

The closures will cut more than 2,000 corporate jobs as a part of a cost-savings effort.


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646: Amazon's Virginia HQ2 Will Be 100% Solar

February 18th, 2020

9:44

The headquarters will be powered by a solar farm more than 200 miles away in Southern Virginia.

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645: Staples New Store Concept Includes Event Space and Podcast Studios

February 17th, 2020

7:39

This new store concept is built around the ever-evolving needs of the retail customer with a focus on community, hands-on learning and solutions.

644: Brandless Halts Operations

February 14th, 2020

11:29

The company will be laying off 70 people, or nearly 90% of its staff, according to a company spokesperson.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
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643: Sephora to Open 100 Stores in 2020

February 13th, 2020

16:08

New locations will open in 75 different cities including Charlotte, North Carolina; San Jose, California; and Nashville, Tennessee.

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642: Amazon 'Launches' Dating Site as Valentine's Day Joke

February 12th, 2020

10:32

Creatives Ani Acopian and Suzy Shinn partnered with animation studio Thinko and designer Morgan Gruer to flesh out the concept.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

641: Rebag Uses Data to Judge Your Luxury Bag's Worth

February 11th, 2020

9:18

Rebag, the luxury handbag buying and selling retail destination has a tool that allows users to check the value of luxury handbags.


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640: SmallDoor is a Pet Care Subscription Service

February 10th, 2020

6:51

Small Door is a veterinary services membership startup, that recently announced the grand opening of its NYC location at 15 Seventh Ave.

International companies that rely on Chinese factories to make their products and …

639: Coronavirus Disrupts Overseas Trade

February 7th, 2020

9:41

International companies that rely on Chinese factories to make their products and depend on Chinese consumers for sales are already warning of costly problems.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of …

638: Atari is Opening Hotels

February 6th, 2020

9:12

The destination will offer gaming playgrounds that include VR and AR games, and some locations will have venues and studios to accommodate e-sports events.


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637: FedEx Begins Sunday Ground Service

February 5th, 2020

11:25

The company said delivering residential packages on Sundays speeds up most shipping lanes by one or two days, an advantage that is particularly …

636: Google Designed an Envelope to Hide Your Phone from Yourself

February 4th, 2020

11:31

Google has acquired Dublin-based Pointy, which developed a solution to help traditional retailers compete with ecommerce giants like Amazon.


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635: RandomPizza Randomly Delivers You Pizza

February 3rd, 2020

6:28

For a $19.99 a month subscription, RandomPizza will deliver two pizzas from a random pizza joint at a random time.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

634: Google Acquires Pointy, A Startup That Aids Local Retailers

January 31st, 2020

6:38

Google has acquired Dublin-based Pointy, which developed a solution to help traditional retailers compete with ecommerce giants like Amazon.

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633: Shopify Capital Lends a Hand to Small Businesses

January 30th, 2020

8:29

The service enables new merchants to get an initial loan of $200 when they sign up to Shopify and link their bank account.

Hosts:

John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

632: Rent the Runway to Pilot Sales Program at Nordstrom Rack

January 29th, 2020

8:30

Rent the Runway and Nordstrom Rack are expanding their partnership by bringing some of its gently worn, ready-to-wear products to a number of the off-price chain’s stores.

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631: Google Launches New Clothing Search Format for Better eCommerce Queries

January 28th, 2020

10:29

Web searches for products will now present a section featuring the most popular products from stores around the web, which you can filter and browse.

630: Amazon to Launch Luxury Platform

January 27th, 2020

10:10

The platform will initially roll out in the US before expanding internationally, and 12 brands are already working with Amazon on the project.

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629: Away Co-Founder Returns as CEO

January 24th, 2020

13:20

Steph Korey’s return comes just a month after stepping down as chief executive of the online luggage seller.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy
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628: Visa Acquires Plaid for $5.3 Billion

January 23rd, 2020

11:09

Visa said the deal has the potential to add as much as 100 basis points to the company’s net revenue growth by 2021.

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John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy

627: NRF 2020 Vision Recap

January 22nd, 2020

13:27

This year the event saw roughly 40,000 people from 99 countries attending the first day of the Big Show.

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626: Alexa, Pay For My Gas

January 21st, 2020

12:12

The platform, powered by technology from Fiserv, a fin-tech company, is set to launch in April at more than 11,500 Exxon and Mobil gas stations in …

625: Kyte Delivers Rental Cars to Your Door

January 20th, 2020

10:16

A contract worker, which Kyte calls a "Surfer", drops the rental car off at your location, and then it's up to them to get home or wherever they're off to next.

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624: Pier 1 Sinks Lower and Closes 450 Stores

January 17th, 2020

10:40

The upcoming closures will shutter nearly half of Pier 1's 942 stores and are expected to compromise the jobs of thousands of employees.

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623: Forever 21 Relaunches International eCommerce

January 16th, 2020

9:51

Following months of beta testing, Forever 21 is relaunching its international online store to target consumers in Canada, Asia, the Asia-Pacific …

622: Uber is Adding Public Transit Tickets to its App in Las Vegas

January 15th, 2020

7:04

Uber users in Las Vegas will soon be able to purchase public transit tickets through the app. This makes Las Vegas the second city to bring public transit into its services.

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621: Rebook Disrupted Flights with Freebird

January 14th, 2020

11:54

Freebird is a service for independent travelers and companies that helps rebook flights after cancellations or other “disruption events.”

- Freebird
https://www.getfreebird.com/


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620: Walmart Rethinks eCommerce in its Battle Against Amazon

January 13th, 2020

18:07

Walmart CEO Doug McMillion revealed at a recent strategy meeting that Walmart supercenters will be a key centerpiece of Walmart’s retail strategy going forward.

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619: Amazon Tests Cargo Bike Deliveries

January 10th, 2020

7:52

In the program, major freight delivery services including Amazon, UPS, and DHL, will use solely cargo e-bikes to make deliveries.

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618: Pandora Launches Interactive Voice Ads

January 9th, 2020

15:12

Pandora is expanding on its Voice Mode native voice assistant by testing interactive voice ad functionality.

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617: Rent the Runway Partners with W Hotels

January 8th, 2020

14:06

Guests who book a room at one of four of the hotel’s properties will be given access to Rent the Runway’s Unlimited Closet collection for $69.

- …

616: The eCommerce Minute 2019 Wrap-Up Show

December 20th, 2019

1:00:55

Our yearly super-sized episode featuring an extended conversation with the gang about the biggest stories of the year as well as trends and predictions for 2020. 

- Alibaba Singles Day

- Mailchimp and Shopify break Up

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615: Lyft Launches Rental Car Service

December 19th, 2019

13:33

The rental-car service will allow customers to rent a vehicle directly from the Lyft app.

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614: Returnly Announces Instant Exchanges for Shopify Plus

December 18th, 2019

11:15

The Instant Gift Exchange program allows gift recipients to immediately browse a site and repurchase a preferred item before returning their original item. 

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613: Kroger Partners With ClusterTruck To Make Deliveries

December 17th, 2019

8:03

The Kroger Delivery Kitchen Powered by ClusterTruck will offer meals on-demand without any delivery or service fees. 

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612: Alexa Will Now Remind You to Take Your Pills

December 16th, 2019

8:14

The feature will allow customers to set up their own medication reminders and request voice refills using their prescription information.

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611: Ease Holiday Parking Madness with MyPark

December 13th, 2019

8:19

Philadelphia-area shoppers can now reserve parking spots at the always crowded King of Prussia Mall. 

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610: Glossier Pops Up in Nordstrom Locations

December 12th, 2019

9:02

The successful D2C brand will open temporary pop-up stores in select Nordstrom locations.

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609: Popular Meal-kit Subscription Service Plated Closes

December 11th, 2019

13:24

Albertsons Companies is shifting the Plated platform from a subscription-based meal kit service to an in-store brand.

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608: eBay Sells StubHub for $4B

December 10th, 2019

17:10

eBay has agreed to sell its StubHub ticketing business to Swiss ticket reseller Viagogo Entertainment Inc. for $4.05 billion in cash.

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607: Zappos Launches Goods for Good

December 9th, 2019

15:35

The new customer experience makes it easier and more convenient than ever to shop across eco-friendly brands. 

Zappos Goods for Goods
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606: LVMH Scoops Up Tiffany for $16.2B

December 6th, 2019

12:39

The Parisian conglomerate will acquire Tiffany for $135 per share in cash, in a transaction with an equity value of $16.2 billion. 

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605: AC Moore Exits Bricks and Mortar Retail

December 5th, 2019

13:24

Up to 40 locations and a distribution facility will be acquired by rival Michaels, which has a 1,300-store footprint and is the largest arts and crafts retailer in the U.S.

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604: PayPal Acquires Shopping Rewards Site Honey for $4B

December 4th, 2019

11:11

The acquisition, which is PayPal’s largest to date, will give the payments giant a step up in fully understand a consumer’s shopping journey.

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603: Tik Tok Tests Social Commerce

December 3rd, 2019

15:30

TikTok is running beta tests that allow influencers to embed social commerce links into their video content on the app. 


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602: Kylie Jenner Makes a $600 Million Deal with Coty

December 2nd, 2019

18:42

Kylie Jenner has sold 51 percent of her cosmetics and skincare brand to Coty for $600 million, a price tag that now values the enterprise at whopping …

601: Nike Parts Ways with Amazon

November 29th, 2019

11:14

Athletic retail giant Nike will stop selling its products on Amazon, officially ending a two-year pilot program.



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600: Google to Offer Checking Accounts in Partnership with Banks Next Year

November 28th, 2019

12:39

The service will be offered next year in conjunction with financial institutions like Citigroup. 

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599: Amazon debuts Alexa-compatible Christmas Tree

November 27th, 2019

14:16

A 7-foot tall voice-activated Douglas fir named ‘Mr. Christmas’ popped up on Amazon’s website, the first-ever Alexa compatible smart Christmas tree.

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598: Amazon to Open Grocery Store Not Called Whole Foods in 2020

November 26th, 2019

9:47

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to CNET that the eCommerce giant will be opening a grocery store in Woodland Hills, California in 2020.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon had signed more than a dozen leases …

597: Costco and Instacart to Test One-Hour Prescription Deliveries

November 25th, 2019

7:46

Costco is now teaming up with delivery start-up Instacart to test free delivery of prescription drugs to members.

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596: Facebook Launches Facebook Pay

November 22nd, 2019

10:39

Facebook is consolidating its payment processing for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp into one brand called  Facebook Pay.

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595: Alibaba Singles Day 2019 Breaks Another Record

November 21st, 2019

8:58

The world’s biggest shopping festival garnered a record-breaking $38.4 billion in sales this year. 

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594: Ralph Lauren Launches Digital Product Identities

November 20th, 2019

12:22

Ralph Lauren Corporation has announced the launch of Digital Product Identities (IDs) for tens of millions of Ralph Lauren products.

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593: Hackers Can Use Lasers to Control Your Amazon or Google Devices

November 19th, 2019

9:28

Cybersecurity researchers have recently found that your home voice devices can actually be hacked using lasers. 

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592: Uber is Getting Into the Ads Business

November 18th, 2019

10:55

According to a report by TechCrunch, ride-hailing company Uber is working to invest in building an ads business inside of its Uber Eats sector.


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591: Apple Could Soon Offer Phone Subscriptions

November 15th, 2019

11:54

Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at the possibility of bundling hardware into a subscription service, and there are a few speculations about exactly what …

590: Shopify Rolls Out Email Marketing

November 14th, 2019

9:45

Shopify has recently launched Shopify Email, in which Shopify describes as an email marketing tool designed to help you build meaningful …

589: Amazon to Support Utility Bill Payments with Alexa

November 13th, 2019

14:25

Amazon recently announced during its keynote address at the Money 20/20 financial technology conference that Amazon Pay users will soon have the …

588: Walmart Offers Curbside Alcohol Pickup at 2,000 Locations

November 12th, 2019

11:38

Walmart shoppers can now purchase alcohol through Walmart Grocery Pickup from 2,000 stores in 29 states.

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587: Google Buys Fitbit for $2.1 Billion

November 11th, 2019

16:14

Google has announced that it’s buying wearable company Fitbit for $2.1 billion. The move comes as the company eyes up a piece of the crowded market for fitness trackers and smartwatches.


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586: At Open Concept the Bar is Always Open

November 8th, 2019

10:52

A new bar in St. Louis, Missouri is shaking up the scene with a concept we haven’t yet seen. Customers aren't charged by the glass –  but by the hour. 

The new bar is appropriately named "Open Concept," and the website …

585: After 17 Years, American Dream Mall Opens

November 7th, 2019

13:09

After more than 17 years in the making, the first phase of America’s newest megamall has opened to the public in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 

American Dream’s first phase features a Nickelodeon theme park and an …

584: Swap Out your Shoes with Shoe Bank

November 6th, 2019

15:05

Shoe Bank is a marketplace for swapping shoes where women of all ages can give and get new shoes without spending any money.

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583: Best Buy Joins in for Next Day Delivery Just in Time for the Holidays

November 5th, 2019

15:00

Best Buy fires back at the competition announcing the launch of free next-day delivery on thousands of items that it sells online.

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582: Mira is a Search Engine Strictly for Beauty

November 4th, 2019

16:40

Mira is a new AI-powered search engine that wants to create a more streamlined shopping experience for beauty consumers.

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581: Banksy's Gross Domestic Product Store is Now Online

November 1st, 2019

17:42

Banksy’s merchandise is now up for sale on the Gross Domestic Product official website, and in classic Banksy fashion, the website is a little tricky to navigate.

Through this system, applications are grouped by the …

580: Walmart Relaunches Online 'Toys Lab'

October 31st, 2019

14:24

Walmart has launched an online interactive ‘Toy Lab’ designed to invite kids to test the period’s most-wanted toys from their tablet or computer for …

579: You Can Now Earn a Degree to Be an 'Influencer'

October 30th, 2019

21:55

The Italian online university eCampus has opened up a three-year program in social media influencing.

The eCampus degree will offer classes in …

578: California Bans Fur Sales

October 29th, 2019

14:59

California will be the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to ban most animals from circus performances under two new bills signed earlier this month by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

This …

577: Carlsberg is Developing a Beer Bottle Made of Paper

October 28th, 2019

15:42

Danish beer maker Carlsberg unveiled what it says is the first "paper bottle" for beer, made out of sustainably-sourced wood fibers.


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576: Google Shopping Gets an Upgrade

October 25th, 2019

16:43

Google has launched a redesign of Google Shopping in the US across both the online and mobile sites, featuring a new personalized homepage and price tracking.

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575: Amazon is Offering Free Next Day Delivery on Cheap Items

October 24th, 2019

11:55

Over the last few months, Amazon has removed several barriers that previously made it difficult for customers to purchase a single item for less than …

574: Target is Powering the Rebooted Toys 'R Us Website

October 23rd, 2019

10:51

Target is partnering with the parent company of the Toys R Us brand, TRU kids, to assist with the relaunch of ToysRUs.com. The toy retailer is attempting to emerge from bankruptcy, and this partnership will allow Toys R …

573: Square Opens Payment Options to CBD Sellers

October 22nd, 2019

12:35

Square Inc. has announced that it is opening up payment-processing capabilities to sellers of CBD products. This comes after originally only offering the service as part of a beta program.

Square’s venture into the CBD …

572: The Biggest Mall Owner in the U.S. is Going Online

October 21st, 2019

8:21

Simon Property Group, one of the best-known shopping center developers, and digital commerce pioneer Rue Gilt Groupe, the owner of Rue La La and Gilt, are joining forces to build an e-commerce marketplace.

Simon has …

571: Buy Modern Pre-Fab Homes with Dwellito

October 18th, 2019

10:44

Launched in early October, Dwellito is an end-to-end service that helps homeowners buy a prefab home for their backyard - to use as a rental, suite, or a studio. 

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570: Zulily Launches Price-Comparison Tool

October 17th, 2019

9:52

Zulily has introduced a new feature that shows online shoppers how much cheaper its prices are than Amazon or Walmart.

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569: McKinsey & Co is Opening a Retail Store

October 16th, 2019

9:47

McKinsey & Company, the well-known global management consulting firm, has opened its first brick-and-mortar retail store in the Mall of America …

568: Pinterest’s New ‘Shop the Look’ Ads Can Feature Multiple Products in a Single Ad

October 15th, 2019

12:05

Pinterest recently announced their Shop the Look ads are in a new collections format for mobile. These revamped ads allow retailers to feature …

567: Amazon Go Tech Coming to Airports and Theatres

October 14th, 2019

11:09

Amazon is looking to license its Amazon Go cashierless technology to other retailers, specifically movie theaters, airports, and sports stadiums.


566: Rent the Runway Freezes New Subscriptions

October 11th, 2019

13:21

Rent the Runway recently stopped accepting new customers due to warehouse system updates that resulted in hundreds of canceled orders and a customer …

565: Forever 21 Files for Bankruptcy

October 10th, 2019

17:32

Forever 21 has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The fast-fashion retailer aims to close as many as 178 U.S. stores in order to resize its operations.

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564: Amazon to Launch Alexa-powered Food Network Kitchen Service

October 9th, 2019

12:26

Discovery Inc. is launching a new video-streaming app in partnership with Amazon that offers cooking classes and advice from the most recognizable chefs, called Food Network Kitchen. 

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563: Get Fresh Fish Right to Your Door with The Fish Drop

October 8th, 2019

11:52

From the minds behind the FultonFishMarket.com, The Fish Drop gives you access to the freshness and quality that has come to be expected from the …

562: Amazon orders 100K Rivian Electric Trucks as Part of Carbon Neutral 2040 Plan

October 7th, 2019

11:23

Amazon will be boosting its efforts to reduce its climate impact by ordering 100,000 electric delivery trucks from Michigan’s Rivian.

Amazon’s new purchase comes as part of its efforts to convert its delivery fleet to …

561: Shop at Amazon and Help Fight Climate Change with Beam

October 4th, 2019

8:29

You can now help fight climate change when you shop on Amazon through a new Chrome extension called Beam.

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560: Walmart Relaunches Shuttered Scoop Brand

October 3rd, 2019

8:57

Walmart recently announced that it was reviving Scoop, one of its older but iconic fashion brands.


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559: Enjoy is an On-Demand Mobile Store

October 2nd, 2019

10:23

Enjoy is an online mobile store that partners with other companies, like AT&T, Sonos, Google and now EE, to create an online mobile store where customers can shop for devices and receive same-day delivery and setup.

558: You Can Now Order Postmates at Yankee Stadium

October 1st, 2019

12:12

he New York Yankees have officially partnered with Postmates to let baseball fans skip concession lines by ordering food and drinks on their mobile app.

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557: Shopify Launches CBD Platform for U.S. Sellers

September 30th, 2019

11:47

Shopify is now allowing US brands to sell hemp and hemp-derived CBD products through its platform in an official capacity, the company recently announced. 

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556: Get Cookware and Kitchen Guidance with Equal Parts

September 27th, 2019

15:21

Pattern (formerly known as branding firm Gin Lane) has launched Equal Parts, a part cookware, part home cooking coaching brand.

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555: Amazon Rolls Out Cash Payment Option for US Customers

September 26th, 2019

9:56

You can now buy goods on Amazon with cold hard cash. Simply check the PayCode option at checkout. You'll then receive a QR code, and you'll have 24 …

554: DogSpot Lets You Leave Your Dog Safely While Running Errands

September 25th, 2019

14:03

Each kennel has features to make your pup happy including air-conditioning, secure access, LCD touchscreen, air ventilation, heated floors, and a shatterproof window. 

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553: Amazon's Multi-Story Warehouses Aims to Cut Delivery Times

September 24th, 2019

8:45

Amazon has officially agreed to take space in a first-of-its-kind three-story warehouse, a new type of distribution center that could speed up …

552: Target’s Circle Loyalty Program Goes Nationwide

September 23rd, 2019

12:30

Target said Monday it will be launching its revamped loyalty program, Target Circle, nationwide beginning Oct. 6.

Target said that over the past 18 …

551: Shopify Acquires 6 River Systems for $450 million

September 20th, 2019

10:20

Shopify announced that it is acquiring 6 River Systems, a startup focused on fulfillment automation for ecommerce and retail operations.

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550: Starbucks to Open Pick Up Only Store

September 19th, 2019

13:35

Starbucks has announced that it will be opening a pickup-only store in New York City this fall, building off the success of its Starbucks Now concept. 

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549: A.C. Moore Challenges Etsy with Handmade Marketplace

September 18th, 2019

11:06

A.C. Moore has officially launched their marketplace for artists and makers, called A.C. Moore Marketplace. 

Since introducing the platform in late June, more than 3,000 storefronts have been established with 75,000 …

548: Amazon Tests Whole Foods Payment SystemUsing Hands as ID

September 17th, 2019

10:27

Amazon’s engineers are quietly testing scanners that can identify an individual human hand as a way to ring up a store purchase, with the goal of …

547: Walmart and BuzzFeed Deliver Shoppable recipes

September 16th, 2019

10:38

Walmart and BuzzFeed’s Tasty are expanding their partnership with a new shoppable recipes feature. Anyone browsing Tasty’s 4,000 recipes can add the necessary ingredients to their cart and check out with Walmart’s …

546: Fulfillment by Amazon Donations Program

September 13th, 2019

8:41

Amazon is launching a new donations program, called Fulfillment by Amazon Donations, for third-party sellers that store their inventory in Amazon’s …

545: Le Tote Buys Iconic Department Store Lord & Taylor

September 12th, 2019

10:05

Lord & Taylor, once known as a high-end fashion destination has been sold to Le Tote, Inc., a fashion rental subscription service.

LeTote scooped …

544: Buy Now, Pay Later with Sezzle

September 11th, 2019

11:56

Sezzle allows consumers a chance to finance their purchases even if they’ve had issues in the past with credit, because Sezzle doesn’t tap a customer’s FICO score to evaluate them. 



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543: Idle Fish is China's Top Second-Hand Market

September 10th, 2019

12:03

Idle Fish is Alibaba Group’s secondhand marketplace that puts unwanted goods to use elsewhere, carving out a channel that makes recycling unwanted garments as easy as making an online purchase. 

Launched in 2014 by …

542: ThredUp Partners with JC Penney and Macys

September 9th, 2019

10:23

Macy's and JCPenney have recently announced plans to partner with a trendy online consignment store popular among millennial and Gen Z shoppers …

541: Amazon Might Fine Sellers for Using Giant Boxes

September 6th, 2019

9:32

Companies that don't meet the guidelines of the Frustration-Free Packaging Vendor Incentive Program face a $2 penalty fee for each package that fails to comply.

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540: Target Partners with Disney for In-Store Disney Shops

September 5th, 2019

8:03

Target and Disney have recently announced a new partnership that will allow customers to buy Disney products right at its stores. The new Disney “shop-in-shop” experience will be located in 25 Target locations beginning …

539: Nuuly is URBN's New Clothing Rental Subscription Service

September 4th, 2019

11:47

Combining the growing trend of rental services and the popular concept of subscription boxes, Urban Outfitters has officially launched their rental …

538: Uber Eats Offers Dine-In Option

September 3rd, 2019

12:34

Uber Eats has begun to insert itself into the dine-in business. A new option in some cities lets you order your food ahead of time, go to the restaurant, then sit down inside to eat it. 

Diners aren't charged for the …

537: Pinterest Launches Wellness Tools to Help Users Cope with Stress, Anxiety

August 30th, 2019

13:08

Pinterest has introduced emotional wellness activities tailored for the millions of users searching the visual pinboard for emotional health and related topics. 

Created in partnership with Brainstorm, the Stanford Lab …

536: Facebook to Test Video Subscriptions

August 29th, 2019

14:17

Facebook has launched what it describes as a “small-scale test to sell subscription VOD services directly to users”. Initially, the Facebook video subscriptions will be available for four services: BBC and ITV’s …

535: Amazon Launches Personal Shopper Stylist Program

August 28th, 2019

10:56

The eCommerce Minute is back after a short Summer break!  

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Amazon has recently launched Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe, a styling service available to all Prime members through the Amazon App.


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534: iDoorBox is a Portable, Secure Home Delivery Solution

August 14th, 2019

9:18

Doorbox Corporation has invented a solution to solve the growing problem of package theft of Amazon and other online deliveries by implementing what …

533: Amazon and Realogy to Partner on Home Sales

August 13th, 2019

10:18

Amazon has recently announced that it will partner with Realogy Holdings Corp. to launch a new home-buying program called TurnKey.

TurnKey will allow …

532: Google Launches Shopping Portal

August 12th, 2019

10:02

Google's new offering personalizes shopping suggestions for users based on their web activity, directing shoppers to purchase products through the Google site, a third-party retailer's site, or in-store.

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531: Rent Space in Your Yard with ‘Rent the Backyard’

August 9th, 2019

13:21

Founded by Spencer Burleigh and Brian Bakerman, Rent The Backyard will help homeowners make some extra cash by renting out their backyard.

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530: eBay to Launch Fulfillment Service for Sellers

August 8th, 2019

12:11

Ebay will launch a new service in 2020 called Managed Delivery, that will allow high-volume sellers to store, pack and deliver orders through a …

529: Toys R Us is Back. Again.

August 7th, 2019

11:55

Tru Kids Brands, the new owner of the company, has recently announced that Toys "R" Us is being reborn in the United States with two new stores. The …

528: Refraction AI Wants to Put Delivery Bots in the Bike Lane

August 6th, 2019

9:05

The difference between REV-1 and other autonomous delivery bots is that the REV-1 is lightweight and low cost, so there are no expensive lidar sensors on the vehicle. It just operates in a bike lane and is designed to …

527: Pinterest Rolls Out Video Tools for Creators and Brands

August 5th, 2019

10:10

Earlier this month, Pinterest introduced their new and improved video platform including new video features for creators and businesses to reach their audiences including an improved uploader, video tab, lifetime …

526: Rent Your Unused RV with Outdoorsy

August 2nd, 2019

12:17

Founded 3 years ago by Jeff Cavins, Jennifer Young, and Ryan Quinn, Outdoorsy is one of a handful of companies capitalizing on a global trend taking …

525: Walmart and Sam's Club Offer Audible Prescription Labels

August 1st, 2019

8:40

Setting an important standard in accessibility in healthcare, Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies recently announced that they’re introducing En-Vision America’s ScriptTalk audible prescription labels into nearly 1200 of …

524: Amazon to Spend $700M to Retrain Workforce

July 31st, 2019

9:58

Amazon has recently announced its plans to spend $700 million retraining 100,000 employees (which is roughly one-third of its U.S. workforce) by 2025.

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523: Uber Lets Riders Shop with Cargo Consoles

July 30th, 2019

11:35

Riders can shop for products from a number of brands, including Glossier and Amazon, as well as items like AirPods, while they’re in an Uber, to be shipped by Cargo to their house two to five days later. 

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522: Alexa Will Dish Out Medical Advice to UK Citizens

July 29th, 2019

10:45

In what they claim as an unprecedented first, The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has announced a partnership with Amazon’s Alexa to offer health advice from the NHS website. 

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521: Amazon Will Give You $10 to Track You on the Web

July 26th, 2019

9:53

When you sign up for Amazon Assistant, a comparison-shopping tool that customers can add to their web browsers, you’ll get a $10 credit. The Amazon …

520: 7-Eleven Adds Location-based Delivery Option

July 25th, 2019

10:40

The new service, called 7NOW, reaches more than 2,000 7-Eleven “hot spots” including New York’s Central Park and Venice Beach in Los Angeles. To use the service, customers need to download the 7-Eleven’ 7NOW app and …

519: Whole Foods Aims to be a ‘Clean Beauty’ Destination

July 24th, 2019

14:32

Whole Foods Market has revealed its plans to make the grocery chain a “clean beauty destination” revamping their organic soaps and skincare …

518: Amazon Competitor VeriShop Goes Live

July 23rd, 2019

12:25

At its launch, Verishop had roughly 160 verified brands, and around 4,000 items including AllSaints, Diane von Furstenberg's DVF, and Levi's, and expects to gather over 300 more brands by the end of this year. 

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517: Amazon Launches 'Counter' Retail Pickup Centers

July 22nd, 2019

10:07

In addition to their recent efforts towards simple centralized pickup, and beefing up their brick and mortar presence, Amazon launched a new pickup option in the US called Counter.

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516: Get Cheap Flights from Philly with Moonfish

July 19th, 2019

11:43

Moonfish’s online platform finds users the cheapest flights possible- like a flight to Barcelona out of PHL for $200. 

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515: Shop 'The Drop' at Amazon

July 18th, 2019

11:25

The Drop aims to provide "exclusive access to limited-edition, street-style inspired collections designed by fashion influencers from around the …

514: L.L. Bean Partners with Uber to Offer Free Rides to Campsites

July 17th, 2019

13:06

The brand is teaming up with Uber in major cities to offer free, on-demand rides to the “L.L.Bean Backyard Campsite,” pop-up destination. 

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513 : Dollar General Offers FedEx Parcel Service

July 16th, 2019

11:58

Over half of all of the 15,000 Dollar General stores in the US will offer secure FedEx drop-off and collection services by the end of 2020.

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512: Google Tests Shoppable Recommendations in YouTube

July 15th, 2019

9:59

Google has started testing a feature on its YouTube video platform that will show product prices and recommendations beneath videos so viewers can make purchases directly. 

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511: Amazon Trains Delivery Bots with 3d Models

July 12th, 2019

9:03

The robots have no idea that they’re just in a giant robot park in a simulation and believe that they’re really outside in neighborhoods. 

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510: Best Buy Gets Into Home Fitness

July 11th, 2019

9:32

The company specifically chose fitness equipment that was interactive, and  items that virtually connect you with coveted fitness trainers to help you “stay motivated, have fun, and get the most out of  your workout.”

509: Amazon Exits the Restaurant Biz

July 10th, 2019

13:15

Amazon has announced that Amazon Restaurants is shutting down in the United States, and will cease operations on June 24. The 4-year-old service has …

508: Sam's Club Makes Tire Buying a Snap

July 9th, 2019

12:20

Sam’s Club is introducing a tool called "Sam's Garage" that will enable members to get "personalized tire recommendations in less than five minutes”. …

507: Macy's is Using Pinterest Pincodes in Summer Campaign

July 8th, 2019

12:14

Macy’s recently launched an out-of-home experiential campaign that asks consumers to use their phones at popular summer spots around the United …

506: Amazon's StyleSnap Will Change the Way You Shop

July 5th, 2019

11:05

Amazon has recently introduced StyleSnap, an AI-powered feature that helps you shop for those pieces that you just can’t seem to find. 

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505: Walmart Shakes Up Jet.com

July 4th, 2019

9:23

As of this month, Walmart is fully integrating Jet’s teams into its own ecommerce operations. 

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504: Ikea Will Sell You a Rug But Only If You Really Love It

July 3rd, 2019

8:56

Consumers interested in the limited collection had to put on a headset and prove they were having an intense reaction to one (or more) of the …

503: Amazon's New Rewards Card Targets Those with Bad Credit

July 2nd, 2019

11:48

The new card is another attempt by Amazon to make its retail services accessible to more consumers.

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502: The DRNKPAY App Curbs Drunk Shopping

July 1st, 2019

8:03

DRNKPAY not only helps control spending but also creates awareness as to how much the user is drinking.

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501: Shopify to Take on Amazon with $1B Fulfillment Network

June 28th, 2019

11:49

Shopify has taken a page from Amazon’s playbook by announcing the launch of a network of fulfillment warehouses and shipping logistics capabilities …

500: Our 500th Episode

June 27th, 2019

20:53

A Super-sized 500th episode: 

• Shopify Unite 2019 Recap
• eCommerce Landscape for Q3/Q4
• Thoughts on Magento 1 Sundown
• Our newest Whitepaper
• Announcing our new podcast

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499: The World's First AI-Developed Whiskey

June 26th, 2019

9:56

Together with Finnish tech company Fourkind and Microsoft, Swedish distiller Mackmyra is creating the world’s first whiskey developed with artificial intelligence. 

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498: A Digital Dress Sells for $9500

June 25th, 2019

7:30

The world’s first digital dress has been purchased for $9,500, and it’s only available to wear online. 

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497: 'Good, Cheap and Fast' Is the No-Frills Amazon Shopping Site

June 24th, 2019

13:26

Good Cheap and Fast finds above-average products selling for below-average prices by using data science, price tracking and human analysis.

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496: Vancouver Market Hands Out Embarrassing Plastic Bags

June 21st, 2019

8:42

A Vancouver market has introduced plastic bags with embarrassing designs in order to deter customers from using single-use plastic bags. 

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495: Facebook to Launch Crypto Coin

June 20th, 2019

8:37

The multi-currency backed stable coin can be used for purchases in products such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp with zero fees and across the …

494: ‘Care Free Boat Club' is Like Uber for Pleasure Boats

June 19th, 2019

9:16

The Carefree Boat Club gives members all of the perks of being out on the water without any of the expenses or hassles of actually owning a boat.

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493: Flexa Will Let You Shop Retailers with Bitcoin

June 18th, 2019

9:06

Flexa has established a network and launched an iOS wallet app called Spedn that allows you to spend cryptocurrencies at brick-and-mortar retailers

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492: Amazon Offers Gift Cards for 3-D Scans of Your Body

June 17th, 2019

10:14

Amazon has been conducting research that involves digital 3D "scans" of people's bodies in exchange for a $25 Amazon gift card.

The purpose of the …

491: Amazon Launches 'Alexa Delete What I Say' Voice Command Script

June 14th, 2019

8:19

Your Alexa devices will now allow you to request that your conversations or commands be deleted from the database.  

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490: Shopify Acquires Handshake B2B Platform

June 13th, 2019

6:48

Shopify’s acquisition of Handshake brings domain expertise and product efficiency to Shopify Plus and its expanding market of huge merchants.

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489: Cars.com Uses Tinder-like Services to Match Salespeople and Customers

June 12th, 2019

11:29

Car shopping is one of the most dreaded, anxiety-inducing financial decisions. People repeatedly list car shopping as the worst shopping experience.  

488: Taco Fans Can Book a Room at the Taco Bell Hotel

June 11th, 2019

6:49

Taco Bell announced that it is debuting The Bell, a hotel and resort in Palm Springs, California. The hotel plans to open its doors on August 9, but …

487: Amazon Working on a Wearable Device That Reads Emotions

June 10th, 2019

7:16

Amazon is developing a voice-activated device worn on the wrist, that can recognize human emotions, described as a health and wellness product. 

According to Bloomberg, the Alexa voice software team and Amazon’s Lab126 …

486: Coupang: South Korea's Amazon Killer

June 7th, 2019

7:43

Coupang is the largest online retailer in South Korea, with more than $3.8 billion in annual sales. 

The startup is celebrating its 9th birthday this year, and half of South Korea’s 51 million people have downloaded its …

485: Amazon 'Gamifies' Warehouse Tasks

June 6th, 2019

8:43

The games allow employees to compete against each other, which also sneakily pushes workers to up the ante among themselves to pack more boxes, and in turn, raises overall productivity levels. 

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484: The Binji Card Consolidates All Your Credit and Debit Cards Into One

June 5th, 2019

10:36

On May 15, 2019, Binji, a financial tech company launched the most fully realized personal finance platform to pay and receive payments in today's …

483: Crazy Cazboy's is a Retail Treasure Hunt

June 4th, 2019

10:19

Crazy Cazboy’s  is changing the way pricing and sales dynamics work; it’s a store where prices decrease steadily throughout the week. 

On Friday, the discounter brings out new merchandise all priced at $6. On Saturday, …

482: Amazon's New Box Packing Robots Work Faster Than Humans

June 3rd, 2019

7:39

Amazon has officially begun rolling out machines that do an important job that is held by thousands of people; boxing customer’s orders. 

Amazon’s …

481: Dunkin' Introduces Limited Edition Themed Nail Polish

May 31st, 2019

7:31

Dunkin’ has recently introduced a limited edition line of nail polishes throughout the United States in a partnership with vegan nail polish company, …

480: Alexa Guard Turns Your Echo Into a Security Device

May 30th, 2019

7:35

Amazon has just released an update for your Echo that will listen for signs that someone is breaking into your home.

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479: Walmart Brasil to Ditch eCommerce

May 29th, 2019

7:15

Walmart Brazil has struggled with its e-commerce presence and has decided instead to focus on bricks and mortar retail.

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478: Amazon, Walmart join online SNAP Pilot

May 28th, 2019

6:04

For the first time, shoppers will be able to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program online for groceries.


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477: Burger King Delivers Whoppers in Traffic

May 27th, 2019

7:13

Burger King has recently begun to roll out its ‘Traffic Jam Whopper’ campaign in Mexico City.

This delivery platform will bring BK food to consumers …

476: Amazon Alexa Launches HIPAA-Compliant Skills

May 24th, 2019

9:39

The skills might allow patients to book appointments, check on prescription deliveries, identify wait times at emergency rooms, and access some limited healthcare information. 

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475: Walmart Undercuts Amazon with Next Day Delivery

May 23rd, 2019

8:22

Walmart has announced its undercutting Amazon's newest Prime-member perk and launching free, next-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of products.

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474: Spotify Tests Voice-Enabled Ads

May 22nd, 2019

7:39

The streaming music and podcast service announced the launch of voice-enabled advertisements, which will encourage the listener to say a verbal command to take action on the ad’s content.

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473: Tampa Airport Debuts 'TPA All-Access' Pass

May 21st, 2019

7:46

The program will allow non-travelers each Saturday to access shops and restaurants beyond the security checkpoint year-round. 

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472: Walmart is Going Big on Pet Care

May 20th, 2019

7:48

The world's biggest retailer is launching an online pet pharmacy and will expand its in-store veterinary clinics.

Walmart's online pet pharmacy site is WalmartPetRx.com, similar to PetSmart's Chewy.com, that will …

471: AliPay Users Have Planted 100M Trees in China

May 17th, 2019

7:12

Users are rewarded for making environmentally friendly decisions and earn points, such as recycling old clothes or walking to work instead of …

470: NBCUniversal Introduces 'ShoppableTV'

May 16th, 2019

9:27

Soon you'll be able to shop with your smartphone just by pointing it at your TV. That's the concept behind Shoppable TV which was recently unveiled by Comcast's NBCUniversal. 

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469: Burger King Jabs McDonald's with 'Unhappy Meals'

May 15th, 2019

8:30

Timed to Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the "Real Meals" include the Blue Meal, Salty Meal, Yaaas Meal, and DGAF Meal.

Burger King is also making a donation to Mental Health America, but says that's "just a …

468: Amazon is Now Making Drivers Take Selfies

May 14th, 2019

10:24

The company will then use facial recognition software to make sure they know exactly who is delivering your packages. 

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467: Marriott Launches Airbnb Competitor Homes & Villas

May 13th, 2019

9:15

The hotel chain is launching its own version of home sharing for vacation rentals to compete with the likes of digital sellers like Airbnb and VRBO.

The initial offerings will include 2,000 homes in 100 destinations. …

466: Walmart Unveils First 'Intelligent' Lab Store

May 10th, 2019

10:53

Walmart has unveiled its new “store of the future” which will serve as a testing ground for new technologies.

The store concept is called the …

465: Amazon Launches Middle East Marketplace

May 9th, 2019

7:02

The rebranded Souq will allow customers to shop Amazon in Arabic for the first time on its websites and apps.

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464: 7-Eleven Lab Store Features Upscale Fare

May 8th, 2019

8:07

7-Eleven is testing some new concepts for its convenience stores.  It’s opened up an experimental testing ground in Dallas that company execs have named the Lab Store.  

With its rebranded lab store, 7-Eleven is testing …

463: Giant Food Pilots Produce Prescriptions

May 7th, 2019

7:21

The grocer plans to participate in a program called Produce RX to help give their customers in the Washington DC area access to healthy foods. 

The program is in partnership with DC Greens, a nonprofit that works to …

462: Forever 21 Shutters Chinese eCommerce Site

May 6th, 2019

5:31

Clothing and fashion retailer Forever 21 announced its shutting down its online stores in China.

The company announced that it would close all its …

461: Target Launches 'Everspring' Clean Product Line

May 3rd, 2019

8:22

Target is joining the growing ranks of retailers shifting product lines to organic, all-natural, and recyclable products.

Everspring is the name of a new suite of products launched by Target that are made from renewable …

460: Amazon to Make One Day the Shipping Standard

May 2nd, 2019

9:14

Amazon will speed things up even further with One Day shipping for eligible Prime items.

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459: This Magic Sticker Keeps Produce Fresher Longer

May 1st, 2019

9:48

A company from Washington called StixFresh has developed a solution formulated from all-natural ingredients that can help extend the shelf-life of …

458: Facebook is Building a Voice Assistant

April 30th, 2019

9:01

It’s not clear exactly how Facebook expects to use the assistant, but one sign may be in the team that’s heading up the project.  

CNBC reports that Facebook's Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality group is leading the …

457: Adidas Makes a 100% Recyclable Shoe

April 29th, 2019

7:27

We recycle paper, glass, and plastic.  We recycle metal and cardboard.  But have you ever thought about recycling your sneakers?

Adidas thinks it's time.  

They're launching a new performance shoe made entirely of …

456: Stay Awake Forever with Black Insomnia Coffee

April 26th, 2019

8:05

If you're starting to feel your 'morning joe' just isn't cutting it ti anymore, we've got a blend for you.

It's called Black Insomnia Coffee. 

Dubbed "the world's strongest coffee," a single cup contains 736 mg of …

455: Amazon to Close Chinese Marketplace

April 25th, 2019

8:03

Amazon is pulling the plug on its Chinese marketplace.  The U.S. e-commerce giant will instead focus on the lucrative businesses of selling overseas …

454: Reusable Liviri Boxes Tackle Meal Kit Packaging Waste

April 24th, 2019

11:03

Meal kit convenience comes with a massive downside. A typical meal kit delivery comes with insulation, gel-filled icepacks, and tiny lil containers …

453: Cup Noodles Machine Uses Instagram as Currency

April 23rd, 2019

7:39

Hungry, but short on cash? Listen close, we've got some good news.

Nissin Foods, makers of the iconic Cup Noodles, has teamed with food and drink blog Foodbeast to create a vending machine that trades Instagram posts …

452: Walmart Plans to Add Thousands of Robot Workers

April 22nd, 2019

10:18

Walmart is going robotic. The largest retailer in the world announced it is adding thousands of robot workers to its stores. 

Some robots will be autonomous floor scrubbers.  Walmart also plans to use robots that can …

451: Amazon Go Will Take Cash After All

April 19th, 2019

10:15

Amazon Go has been touted to be the convenience store of the future - no cashiers, no cash - just use your phone to check in, grab your things and go. A frictionless transaction for the customer on the go. 

Well, we …

450: Yes, Alexa is Listening to Everything You Say

April 18th, 2019

8:56

Millions of consumers have embraced the voice revolution, using their devices for news, music, games, and ecommerce. But, With any new-fangled tech, …

449: H&M Makes Clothes from Pineapple Leaves, Orange Peels, and Algae

April 17th, 2019

8:21

Fashion designers are always pushing the envelope when it comes to the latest designs.  

Is the next trend in fast fashion, natural and organic …

448: Wayfair Plots First Physical Store

April 16th, 2019

7:31

After acheiving success as an online furniture and home decor website,

Wayfair.com is now looking to the real world for its next investment. The company is opening up its permanent first brick-and-mortar store inside a …

447: Amazon Slashes Prices at Whole Foods

April 15th, 2019

7:08

They announced lower prices on hundreds of items and plan to double the number of weekly deals for Prime members.

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446: Microsoft Might Be Building a Shopify Competitor

April 12th, 2019

8:29

The rumors are flying that Microsoft is planning one of two things – either unleashing a Shopify competitor or try to buy up Shopify itself.

445: Walmart Partners with Google on Voice-Assisted Grocery Shopping

April 11th, 2019

10:03

The grocery battle between Walmart and Amazon rages on. 

Walmart is rolling out a new voice-ordering capability called  Walmart Voice Order, which …

444: The 2019 Drunk Shopping Report

April 10th, 2019

8:19

Have you ever woken after a particularly rough night and found those Amazon emails in your inbox listing several strange items on their way to your …

443: Square Updates eCommerce Tools for Small Business

April 9th, 2019

8:47

Square, Inc. recently announced a retooling of its Square Online Store and Square for Retail products. These tools allow merchants to add e-commerce …

442: McDonald's Grabs AI Startup Dynamic Yield

April 8th, 2019

7:45

McDonald's corporation recently announced its biggest acquisition in 20 years with the 300 million dollar purhcase of Dynamic Yield Ltd.,

Dynamic …

441: BigCommerce Launches B2B eCommerce Initiative

April 5th, 2019

10:42

eCommerce platform Big Commerce is rolling a new platform for business-to-business solutions for online merchants. It brings together services for …

440: Adobe Launches Commerce Cloud

April 4th, 2019

14:05

At the Adobe Summit last week in Las Vegas, Adobe announced the launch of Commerce Cloud, the newest part of the company's Experience Cloud. 

439: Alibaba's Futuristic 'Fly Zoo' Hotel

April 3rd, 2019

10:22

Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has unveiled a futuristic model for hotels.  The 290 room “Flyzoo Hotel” in Hangzhou, China was brought together by Alibaba's online travel platform Fliggy.

The hotel brings together …

438: Amazon Closes Pop-Up Shops, Refocuses on Retail

April 2nd, 2019

6:02

The pop-ups were a way for Amazon to test various retail concepts but were never meant to be permanent. They were an experiment to let customers try out and buy products like tablets, smart speakers, and other tech …

437: Instagram Launches In-app Checkout

April 1st, 2019

8:49

In a blog post earlier this week, Instagram announced Checkout, a new feature that allows users to buy items they find in their feeds without having to click out of the app. Checkout offers a secure shopping environment …

436: MailChimp and Shopify Have Broken Up

March 29th, 2019

11:34

MailChimp states that Shopify had released updated terms that would negatively impact their business and put users at risk.

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435: Apple's 'It's Show Time' Event Recap

March 28th, 2019

30:51

In this super-sized episode, co-hosts John Suder and Bart Mroz break down the announcements made at Apple's "It's Show Time" event on March 25, 2019.

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433: Never Run Out of Coffee with a Bottomless Subscription

March 27th, 2019

9:02

For  $36  a year - plus about $11.29 per order, depending on the blend, Bottomless will keep you stocked with your favorite beans before you even run out.

Bottomless sends its members an internet-connected scale free of …

433: Walmart Revamps the Painful Return Process

March 26th, 2019

6:38

Attempting to make your next trip to Walmart a more pleasant one, Walmart will allow shoppers to return purchases and get a refund without having to walk more than a few steps into a store. 

Employees called “customer …

432: 'Amazon Day' Lets You Get All Your Packages at Once

March 25th, 2019

6:41

Amazon recently announced a new feature that could help stop the porch pirates. 

The new feature is called Amazon Day, and it allows Prime members to …

431: NYC Teams Up with Recyclers and Brands to Recycle Fashion

March 22nd, 2019

6:47

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is teaming with the New York City Department of Sanitation and NYC Economic Development Corp. for a citywide social media campaign titled #WearNext in order to reduce the amount of …

430: Walmart is Planning to Sell Its Own Tablets

March 21st, 2019

9:20

A recent report by Bloomberg says the retailer will be releasing a tablet device in the near future. The tablet will be marketed under Walmart's ONN brand. 

The report states that the tablet is being manufactured by a …

429: Wally Shop: The Zero Waste Grocery Service

March 20th, 2019

10:24

The Wally Shop is a Brooklyn, New York-based startup that bills itself as a zero-waste grocery store.

It is an eco-friendly way to get your groceries.  When you order, a bike courier will head to a farmer’s market or …

428: Amazon Plans to Launch Grocery Chain

March 19th, 2019

9:35

The first store is set for Los Angeles in the fall of 2019 and the company has reportedly signed at least two additional locations for 2020 openings.  It is negotiating to open stores in San Francisco, Seattle, and …

427: Airbnb Buys Hotel Tonight

March 18th, 2019

6:26

Airbnb is buying HotelTonight, the hotel-booking application that lets travelers arrange last-minute accommodations.

The financial terms weren’t …

426: Amazon Kills the Dash Button

March 15th, 2019

6:48

Amazon has stopped selling the Dash button, although -  if you’ve got one already -  it will still work.

The idea behind the button was to make it really simple to buy replacement products for goods when you’re running …

425: Shoptalk 2019 Recap

March 14th, 2019

19:16

A super-sized episode: Co-hosts John Suder and Bart Mroz recap Shoptalk 2019, the huge retail show held yearly in Las Vegas. 

Since 2015, Shoptalk has been widely regarded as retail’s best show with 8,000+ attendees, …

424: Martha Stewart Jumps on the CBD Bandwagon

March 13th, 2019

7:55

Martha Stewart is the latest celebrity to lend her name to line of CBD-infused products. CNBC reports that Stewart has signed on as an adviser to Canopy Growth, one of the largest marijuana producers in the world, to …

423: The FedEx SameDay Delivery Bot

March 12th, 2019

10:24

FedEx has developed an autonomous battery-powered delivery robot to facilitate same-day, last-mile deliveries.

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422: Amazon's 'Project Zero' Lets Brands Fight Against Fakes

March 11th, 2019

8:55

Once approved, brands that join Project Zero will be able to directly flag and remove counterfeit listings of their products from Amazon on their own.

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421: Tide Announces Nationwide On-Demand Laundry Service

March 8th, 2019

8:34

Tide Cleaners will offer several laundry services, including 24/7 drop boxes located in high rise buildings, offices, and storefronts. The service lets customers pre-pay for laundry and pick up the clean clothes once …

420: Amazon and Western Union Debut PayCode

March 7th, 2019

7:21

PayCode allows people to shop and buy from Amazon’s online store and then pay for their purchases at local Western Union locations.

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419: Scandit Will Take the Guesswork Out of Shopping with Food Allergies

March 6th, 2019

8:33

The technology allows shoppers to use their smartphones to scan products on grocery shelves and helps pinpoint items that help meet their dietary …

418: Toys R Us is Back...Sort of

March 5th, 2019

9:22

A group of former company executives have joined together to create a new company, called Tru Kids.

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417: Walgreens Testing Targeted In-Store Ads on Cooler Cases

March 4th, 2019

8:37

Sensors and cameras will scan faces and estimate age and gender to deliver targeted messages.

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416: Target Launches 3rd-Party Marketplace Target +

March 1st, 2019

9:14

There is no way for sellers to apply to the program; instead, Target explains that each partner is “carefully selected” and then invited into the …

415: CVS Tests In-Store Health HUB Concept

February 28th, 2019

8:31

The concept reduces floor space for retail and seasonal items and expands space for health care and wellness.

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414: Barneys New York to Launch 'The High End' Cannabis Shop

February 27th, 2019

9:11

The luxury cannabis lifestyle shop, in its Beverly Hills flagship store, makes it the first major retailer to open a legal cannabis department. 

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413: LinkedIn Rolls Out LinkedIn Live

February 26th, 2019

10:16

LinkedIn Live will allow individuals or organizations to broadcast real-time video to LinkedIn Groups or to the entire LinkedIn platform.

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412: Amazon to Bring Lockers to Coachella

February 25th, 2019

6:26

Attendees will be able to conveniently order items like sunscreen, hats, and phone chargers and have shipped to the lockers onsite at the festival. 

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411: Ikea to Test Furniture Leasing

February 22nd, 2019

9:59

The world’s largest furniture retailer is doing a proof of concept test starting in its home base of Switzerland by leasing office furniture.

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410: Amazon Wins Patent to Deliver Packages on Buses

February 21st, 2019

6:24

According to a new patent filing, your Amazon package could be riding on a nearby bus, waiting for your pickup.

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409: Warby Parker's New AR Virtual Try-On

February 20th, 2019

6:17

Using Apple’s ARKit and Face ID technology, the app can show users what glasses would look like by rendering them in 3D and overlaying them on top of …

408: Apple Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts to Depart in April

February 19th, 2019

8:19

Ahrendts had served in the role at Apple for five years. Executive Director Deirdre O'Brien will assume Ahrendt's role.

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407: ‘Amazon Live’ Takes on QVC

February 18th, 2019

9:11

Amazon Live will feature hosts demonstrating products that are for sale on the platform.    

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406: Willie Nelson Launches CBD-Infused Coffee

February 15th, 2019

8:53

The coffee is a medium-dark whole-bean blend with “flavor notes of cherry and cocoa.” Each 8 oz. cup contains 7 mg. of hemp-derived CDB.

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405: Sell Your Digital Products for Free with Zipsell

February 14th, 2019

7:40

Zipsell is a self-hosted platform that allows you to set up a fully-functional online store for selling digital products. 

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404: Walmart Makes Training a Game with Spark City

February 13th, 2019

6:56

The company is using a virtual simulation video game called “Spark City” to train its employees.  The game puts employees in charge of a fictional …

403: Kohl's to Bring Weight Watchers Studio to Chicago Store

February 12th, 2019

8:09

Called WW Studio, Kohl’s will launch an 1,800 square foot studio within its store and offer wellness workshops.  Kohl’s will also begin selling the WW Healthy Kitchen products, branded kitchenware, and cookware later …

402: Honda's Dream Drive Aims to Gamify Car Travel

February 11th, 2019

8:25

Dream Drive is a suite of apps for both driver and passenger, where users can accumulate points for vouchers for discounts. 

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401: Walmart Launches Motile, a Tech Accessory Line

February 8th, 2019

7:12

Walmart calls it “smart accessories for an untethered world.”  It’s a private level line of tech accessories under the brand name “Motile.”

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400: Big Brands to Test Loop Reusable Packaging Subscription

February 7th, 2019

13:12

Loop is a circular shopping platform that transforms the packaging of your everyday essentials from single-use disposable to durable, feature-packed …

399: Parcel Guard is a Smart Mailbox for Online Shoppers

February 6th, 2019

9:33

Parcel Guard is an anti-theft mailbox that can only be accessed by your delivery person and you. 

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398: Supermarket Drones Help to Keep Shelves Stocked

February 5th, 2019

8:14

Pensa Systems has developed a drone that can fly around a store and examine items on shelves and in coolers.

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397: Meet Caper, the AI-powered Smart Shopping Cart

February 4th, 2019

9:48

The Caper cart is an AI-powered smart shopping cart that lets customers skip the checkout line. 
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396: Murder Your Thirst with Liquid Death

February 1st, 2019

7:21

Liquid Death is Austrian mountain water sold in cans. Mike Cessario, a West Coast agency creative, created the brand last year as a side project. 

395: Amazon Rolls Out the Scout Delivery Robot

January 31st, 2019

8:14

The company is using the autonomous robot to deliver packages. 
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394: Walmart's Eavesdropping Surveillance Patent

January 30th, 2019

8:16

According to the filing and claims, it’s “an example system for capturing and analyzing sounds in a shopping facility.” 

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393: Brandless Offers Product Subscriptions

January 29th, 2019

5:47

The new service will allow their customers to receive certain products on a schedule - weekly, monthly, twice a year, or any timeline of their …

392: Amazon Eyes Closed Sears Stores for Whole Foods Expansion

January 28th, 2019

7:24

Yahoo Finance reports that Whole Foods is taking a serious look at abandoned Sears and K-Mart stores.

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391: WeChat Pay Unveils Credit Scoring

January 25th, 2019

6:53

Those with higher scores get special perks for things like waived banking fees, elimination of deposits on rentals, and hotel bookings.  WeChat Pay Points analyzes spending behavior and social media connections to …

390: Square Unveils Debit Card for Store Owners

January 24th, 2019

4:30

The card, which is free to obtain and use, will allow Square connected businesses to withdraw and spend the money brought in via Square payments. 

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389: Amazon is Sending Free Samples Based on Your Data

January 23rd, 2019

8:35

Axios reports the online giant has partnered with brands including Folgers and Maybelline to send free samples directly to your home.  The companies …

388: WeWork Gets Into the Food Biz with Laird Hamilton

January 22nd, 2019

9:47

WeWork recently announced a $32 million investment in Laird Superfood, started by surf star Laird Hamilton.

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387: Facebook Tries Live Video Shopping

January 21st, 2019

10:40

This new feature would let users do their own live videos to show products and do live demos. 

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386: Arby’s Launched a Subscription Box

January 18th, 2019

7:24

The Arby's subscription box unveiled at the announcement contained a store serving tray, an Arby's hat, a bacon scarf, and some Arby's temporary tattoos. 

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385: Let Weebly Fix Your Bad Product Photos

January 17th, 2019

8:28

Weebly Photo Studio lets you send products to Weebly to have the items professionally photographed. The service costs $75 per item.

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384: Entrupy's Product Fingerprinting Fights Counterfeits

January 16th, 2019

7:23

The advanced technology records microscopic differences in manufactured products then houses those recorded differences as "product fingerprints".

383: Amazon Looks to Airports for Amazon Go Expansion

January 15th, 2019

5:52

Amazon is expanding their checkout-free Go stores to airports targeting busy travelers.

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382: Pepsi Rolls Out Snack Robots to College Campuses

January 14th, 2019

7:22

The Snackbots are outdoor, self-driving robots on wheels making its way around college campuses delivering snacks and soft drinks.

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381: Eileen Fisher Wants Her Clothes Back

January 11th, 2019

7:06

Eileen Fisher takes your used clothing and gives them new life. 

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380: Amazon Wants to Stop Selling CraP

January 10th, 2019

8:19

That’s what some folks at Amazon have dubbed products they are offering that sell for less than what it costs to buy and deliver.

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379: Hertz Partners with Clear to Speed Checkout

January 9th, 2019

10:06

Users will be able to bypass the lines by letting a biometric kiosk scan their face when they’re ready to leave the rental car lot.

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378: Facebook Wants You to Buy and Watch HBO on Facebook

January 8th, 2019

10:30

The social media giant is in talks with HBO, Showtime, and Starz about adding streaming video.  Facebook would offer subscriptions to these channels …

377: Costa’s ‘Clever’ Coffee Cup

January 7th, 2019

7:46

Their "Clever Cups" are reusable cups that include a contactless payment chip. Instead of cups being used for single-usage, the cups are for continuous use.

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376: Alibaba Used Customer Data to Create a Spicy Snickers

January 4th, 2019

5:37

Alibaba helped Mars create a new flavor of Snickers bar for the Chinese market – all based on collected consumer data. 

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375: Season Three Premiere

January 3rd, 2019

21:19

The Season Three premiere of the eCommerce Minute.

In this super-sized episode John and Bart discuss the holiday break, take care of some podcast …

374: The eCommerce Minute 2018 Wrap-Up Show

December 21st, 2018

38:13

On this super-sized episode, Bart and John take a fond look back at some of the episodes from 2018 and look ahead to the trends and stories for 2019.
The eCommerce Minute will return with new episodes in January.

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373: Brewery Teams with Kellogg's to Fight Food Waste with 'Throwaway IPA' Beer

December 20th, 2018

5:13

Kelloggs has teamed up with Seven Bro7thers Brewery to use "rejected" Corn Flakes in their beer production.

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372: Walmart Launches App to Order Online Items In-Store

December 19th, 2018

7:09

The new program allows sales assistants to help customers find items and complete transactions in-store using their handheld devices.

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371: RedThread Uses Body Scanning for Best Clothing Fit

December 18th, 2018

5:59

RedThread aims to do away with sizes and instead focus on actual fit.

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370: Sweetgreen Partners with WeWork on Office Delivery

December 17th, 2018

6:33

WeWork and salad startup Sweetgreen have teamed up to make it easier for WeWork members and employees to get a healthy meal.

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369: Facebook Now Lets You Share Holiday Wish Lists

December 14th, 2018

5:43

The new feature allows users to share and collaborate on collections of saved content and share them with friends and family.

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368: Walmart Acquires Art.com

December 13th, 2018

5:58

Art.com is largest online art sellers in the world with more than two million curated images in its inventory.

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367: Shop with Crypto at Coin2Shop

December 12th, 2018

6:22

Coin2Shop is a browser extension that you can use to shop on Amazon or eBay using your cryptocurrencies as cash.

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366: 9 Brands Come Together Under One Roof in Brooklyn Shop

December 11th, 2018

8:19

HiO is a new retail concept in Brooklyn is testing the idea that consumers will find value in discovering new brands through a brick-and-mortar experience.

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365: Alibaba Made a Smart Screen to Help Blind People Shop

December 10th, 2018

4:45

Smart Touch is a smart screen that was developed by Alibaba and Damo Academy to assist visually and physically disabled individuals with mobile device tasks, specifically shopping tasks.

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364: Overstock to Ditch Retail for Crypto

December 7th, 2018

5:06

Founder and CEO Patrick Byrne is selling the entire business and going all in on crypto.

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363: Payless Tricks 'Influencers' with Fake Luxury Pop-Up

December 6th, 2018

6:02

As part of a viral ad campaign, the shoe retailer opened a fake luxury store and filled it with its discount shoewear.

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362: Italic: Luxury Goods Without the Labels

December 5th, 2018

5:59

Italic is betting big that consumers might be more interested in the quality and design rather than the showy label and brand name.

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361: T-Mobile Let Students Redesign a Part of its Website

December 4th, 2018

5:46

The task was part of a partnership with Adobe's annual analytics challenge where teams of students compete to win a $35,000 prize as well as potential employment.

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360: ShopRunner Launches Mobile Marketplace 'District'

December 3rd, 2018

5:07

District showcases items from about 140 retailers and features a dynamic real-time feed that presents shoppers with trending products tailored to each user based on past actions, as well as information shared with the …

359: Instagram Lets Users Shop From Video Posts

November 30th, 2018

6:57

In its latest product update, users will now be able to shop from the videos in their feed.

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358: Marie Claire Uses Editors to Drive eCommerce

November 29th, 2018

6:32

The magazine has launched Marie Claire Edit, an aggregator site where readers can shop from retail partners.

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357: Ford, Walmart & Postmates Team Up on Robot Delivery

November 28th, 2018

7:38

Ford Motor Company is joining forces with Walmart and Postmates to create an autonomous grocery delivery service in Miami, Florida.

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356: eBay Launches Holiday Toy Catalog

November 27th, 2018

6:19

This holiday season, eBay is following Amazons lead and releasing a holiday toy catalog. The online retailer is putting out a Toy Book with the …

355: Uber Launches Rewards Program

November 26th, 2018

7:52

Uber has launched a new loyalty program called Uber Rewards.

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354: MASSE Lets You Shop Via Trusted Recommendations

November 23rd, 2018

7:00

Two Jet.com alums have created a community of shoppers you can trust with their new social shopping platform called MASSE.

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P&G Intros New 'eCommerce Only' Tide Box

November 22nd, 2018

7:34

The new Tide liquid detergent comes in a container about the size of a small shoebox is designed for e-commerce sales only.

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352: Walmart Looks to Make Big Boxes Into 'Town Centers'

November 21st, 2018

8:40

The ‘Town Center’ features amenities that would conceptually make Walmart a community gathering space.

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351: Kroger Brings Back Toys R Us for the Holidays

November 20th, 2018

5:53

Kroger has partnered with Geoffrey LLC to put Geoffrey’s Toy Box merchandise in nearly 600 stores this holiday season.

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350: Dollar Shave Club Rolls Out Vending Machines

November 19th, 2018

8:47

The online shaving supply company will be rolling out a line of vending machines featuring trail-size versions of its products.

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349: Facebook Debuts Small Biz Pop-Ups at Macys

November 16th, 2018

6:35

Facebook organized the 9 pop up stores to be part of The Market @ Macy's. The Market @ Macy's concept debuted earlier this year to provide space and exposure to small brands.

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348: Alibaba's Singles Day Tops $30 Billion

November 15th, 2018

8:08

When it was all said and done, the total for this year was a staggering $30.8 Billion. That number topped the $25.3 billion record set in 2017 and shows a nearly 27 percent year-on-year rise. This is a huge number, of …

347: Walmart's Weird Robot Bee Patent

November 14th, 2018

5:10

The patent is for autonomous robotic bees, technically called pollination drones, that could potentially pollinate crops just like real bees.

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346: CVS Pilots 'Care Pass' Membership Program

November 13th, 2018

6:59

CarePass members get free delivery on most prescriptions and online purchases, access to a pharmacist helpline, a 20 percent discount on all CVS-branded products and a monthly $10 coupon.

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345: Amazon Offers Free Shipping on All Holiday Orders

November 12th, 2018

7:49

Amazon is offering free shipping during the holidays for all US customers on hundreds of millions of items.

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344: Shopify Adds Venmo Payments

November 9th, 2018

4:52

Shopify has announced the addition of Venmo as a payment option at checkout for its 600,000 merchant clients.

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343: Walmart Launches Mobile 'Check Out With Me'

November 8th, 2018

5:03

‘Check Out With Me’ will enable customers to pay for items directly with associates using hand-held devices equipped with a Bluetooth receipt printer.

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342: Amazon Ups Its Prime for Business Offerings

November 7th, 2018

5:09

New perks include same-day and one-day shipping for free on over 1 million items, spending analytics, buying guides.

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341: Blue Apron Teams Up with Jet.com

November 6th, 2018

7:24

Jet.com's newly launched City Grocery offering is now selling Blue Apron meal kits, featuring menu offerings exclusive to Jet customers. This is the first time they've been available through an online retailer.

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340: Brandless Has a Retention Problem

November 5th, 2018

6:56

Just 20% of shoppers who placed an order on the site in the fourth quarter of 2017 placed another order a quarter later, according to data from Edison Trends.

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339: Amazon Prime Day Outage Caused by Oracle Database Move

November 2nd, 2018

7:11

The Prime Day outage was caused by Amazon moving its database for an Ohio warehouse off of Oracle's to its own technology.

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338: Alibaba Kicks Off 10th Annual 11.11 Shopping Festival

November 1st, 2018

8:03

The event is in its 10th year and now a monthlong shopping festival, and the company says this will be its biggest ever.

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337: Target Offers Free 2-Day Shipping for Holidays

October 31st, 2018

6:21

Target will offer free 2-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items ordered between November 1 and December 22.

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336: eBay Sues Amazon for Illegal Seller Poaching

October 30th, 2018

10:33

Online marketplace eBay has filed a complaint in California Superior Court alleging that Amazon "perpetuated a scheme to infiltrate and exploit eBay's internal member email system" in order to "recruit high-value eBay …

335: WeWork Partners with Rent the Runway

October 29th, 2018

7:06

The coworking giant is partnering with designer rental service Rent the Runway. Rent the Runway is staging 15 drop-off points at locations in New York, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Miami.

334: Square Launches Terminal

October 26th, 2018

7:57

Terminal is an all-in-one device that can process payments over Wi-Fi and print out receipts. The Terminal accepts chip cards inserted at the front, mag-stripe cards swiped along the edge, and the tap of a …

333: Lyft’s Monthly Subscription Goes Nationwide

October 25th, 2018

8:34

Last week, Lyft unveiled their All-Access Pass. The plan costs $299 upfront. Riders can take 30 rides each month, as long as those rides cost $15 or less each.

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332: Alibaba's Space Egg Hotel Room Service Robot

October 24th, 2018

7:09

The robot is called Space Egg and is designed to act like a robot porter, used to ferry items around hotels to guests.

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331: Amazon Launches 'Shark Tank' Store

October 23rd, 2018

5:22

The new collection features over 70 products that successfully received funding from the popular “Shark Tank” TV show during seasons 1 through 9.

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330: BuzzFeed is Opening a Toy Store in NYC

October 22nd, 2018

6:31

BuzzFeed is planning to open a toy store in the Flatiron District of New York City, just in time for the holidays.

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329: Shop Your Values with DoneGood

October 19th, 2018

5:56

DoneGood makes it easy to use your purchasing power to make the world better every time you shop online.

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327: CommerceHub's Last-Mile Big-Ticket Delivery Solution

October 18th, 2018

8:37

CommerceHub streamlines the last-mile delivery process of large or bulk merchandise.

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328: Farmers Fridge Brings Healthy Food to Vending Machines

October 18th, 2018

7:24

Farmers Fridge makes eating healthy food for people on the go as easy as using a vending machine.

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326: Target Launches 'Smartly' Discount Brand

October 16th, 2018

7:48

Target has launched a new essentials brand called Smartly featuring over 70 products with most items less than $2.

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325: Deliverr Helps Businesses Compete with Amazon Prime

October 15th, 2018

5:46

Deliverr helps business offer rapid delivery experiences for their customers and uses machine learning and predictive intelligence to determine which of its warehouses to store its client’s goods.

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324: Dunkin Donut's Tiny Home Powered by Coffee

October 12th, 2018

6:19

The tiny home measures just 275 square feet and is powered by an oil that’s produced from spent Dunkin’ coffee grounds.

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323: Square Now Lets Sellers Offer Payment Plans

October 11th, 2018

4:42

The service, called Square Installments, will enable small business sellers to offer financing on purchases from $250 to $10,000.

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322: Snapchat Unveils New eCommerce Features

October 10th, 2018

5:48

Snap, Inc. has announced an updated set of eCommerce ad products.

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321: Walmart's Stress-Tracking Cart Patent

October 9th, 2018

7:41

Walmart wants to know if its shoppers are stressed out. That's the idea behind a patent application for a biometric feedback shopping cart handle was recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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320: eBay Now Sells Wireless Plans with Used Phones

October 8th, 2018

8:32

eBay now lets you add a prepaid wireless phone plan as an add-on option in the listing.

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319: Jet.com Relaunches, Targeting Urban Customers

October 5th, 2018

9:08

The site now has a stronger focus on the needs of city dwellers and millennials and features a new, three-hour grocery delivery service.

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318: Amazon Opens '4-Star' Store in NYC

October 4th, 2018

5:43

Amazon has opened a 4-star concept store in New York City's Soho neighborhood featuring only products that have been rated 4 stars or better.

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317: Snapchat Partners with Amazon for Visual Search

October 3rd, 2018

7:40

Snap announced a new visual search tool for the company's Snapchat app in partnership with Amazon.

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316: FedEx Ground Now Running 6 Days a Week

October 2nd, 2018

6:13

FedEx has announced that they will be expanding their ground operations to add a sixth day to their delivery schedule.

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315: StoreMe Lets Travelers Stash Their Bags

October 1st, 2018

7:40

StoreMe is an on-demand mobile app that connects travelers and tourists with a place to safely store their stuff, from a few hours to up to seven days.

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314: Use Bitcoin to Buy a New Rolls-Royce in Houston

September 28th, 2018

6:44

A Houston area car dealership is the first Rolls-Royce dealer to accept bitcoin and bitcoin cash for the purchase their luxury cars.

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313: Amazon Will Ship You a Live Christmas Tree

September 27th, 2018

5:11

Amazon will wrap and ship fresh-cut, full-size Christmas trees beginning in November.

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312: Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma to Step Down

September 26th, 2018

6:30

Alibaba co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has announced he's getting ready to leave the company he founded in 1999.

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311: Lolli Lets You Earn Bitcoin While Shopping Online

September 25th, 2018

7:16

Lolli is a startup that wants you to earn bitcoin as you shop. Lolli's mission: Put cryptocurrencies like bitcoin into the hands of consumers, …

310: Let a Robot Make Your Coffee at Cafe X

September 24th, 2018

5:39

The Cafe X concept identifies and remedies the pain points of the coffee buying experience and then using robotics and automation to solve those …

309: The Last Blockbuster is Getting Its Own Beer

September 14th, 2018

4:36

In honor of this last Blockbuster, 10 Barrel Brewing Company is creating a beer fittingly called "The Last Blockbuster."

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308: GlassesUSA: Scan Your Glasses, Learn Your Prescription

September 13th, 2018

6:34

Glasses USA has created a free app called Prescription Scanner that will allow you to scan and pull your current prescription right from your …

307: Walmart Files VR Shopping Patent

September 12th, 2018

4:42

The two patents describe a "virtual showroom" and a fulfillment system that connect shoppers equipped with VR headsets and special sensory gloves to …

306: Fight Food Waste with Imperfect Produce

September 11th, 2018

6:57

Imperfect Produce partners with farmers, taking their weird-yet-edible outcasts and offering them to the public through discounted subscription boxes.

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305: IBM Patents a Coffee Drone

September 10th, 2018

5:29

IBM has secured a patent for a coffee drone that not only flies around public spaces to provide hot java but also may predict which people need a caffeine boost.

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304: Real-Life Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart Opens in South Carolina

September 7th, 2018

3:58

A real-life recreation of the iconic Kwik-E-Mart convenience store from the series has just opened in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The store was …

303: Walmart Launches Moosejaw Marketplace

September 6th, 2018

5:52

The store will offer Walmart online shoppers access to an assortment of outdoor specialty items that weren’t available on the site in the past.

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302: REI Goes Big on Used Gear

September 5th, 2018

5:25

The site offers lightly used gear that was returned to REI under its guarantee program, with items discounted up to 65% from the original.

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301: Walmart Teams With Rakuten on eBooks

September 4th, 2018

7:09

The company announced a partnership with Rakuten Kobo to bring you ebooks, available in-store and online. The service will be called Walmart eBooks.

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300: Kroger's OptUp App Makes Healthy Shopping Easy

September 3rd, 2018

8:10

Kroger has launched a new shopping app called OptUP, a data-driven app to help consumers make more informed decisions about the food they buy.

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299: Porsche Launches Digital Charging Service for EVs

August 31st, 2018

6:13

The Porsche Charging Service app will simplify the process of finding an electric-car charger and paying to use it.

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298: Google Readying First Retail Store

August 30th, 2018

6:32

According to a report, Google has signed a lease on a 14,000 square foot space to be used as a two-level permanent retail store.

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297: Walmart Expands Convenience Store Test

August 29th, 2018

7:58

The Plano, Texas location is 2,900 sq ft & has eight fuel pumps, grab-and-go foods, a wall of cold beverages and a walk-in beer cooler.

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296: Best Buy Grabs GreatCall for $800M

August 28th, 2018

5:27

Great Call has with over 900,00 subscribers and provides connected health and emergency response services to the aging population.

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295: Pat's Steaks Now Delivers Nationwide

August 27th, 2018

6:14

Iconic South Philadelphia steak shop Pat's Steaks is now offering nationwide delivery of its signature sandwiches.

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294: Kroger Partners with Alibaba on Grocery

August 24th, 2018

4:55

Kroger is venturing into the international market with the launch of Our Brands through Alibaba's Tmall platform.

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293: Office Depot Opens In-Store Coworking Space

August 23rd, 2018

7:28

Its called the Workonomy Hub and is integrated into their Los Gatos, California store.

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292: Casper to Open 200 Stores

August 22nd, 2018

7:02

Online mattress startup Casper is planning to open 200 retail stores over the next three years, including 18 “pop-up” locations that will become permanent.

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291: Uber Partners with Cargo to Sell Munchies to Passengers

August 21st, 2018

4:51

Cargo makes it easy for rideshare drivers to sell goods to their passengers.

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290: CLEAR Lets You Buy Beer With a Fingerprint

August 20th, 2018

7:09

Seattle sports fans will be the first in the U.S. to buy booze with a fingerprint.

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289: Optoro Helps Companies Cope With Returns

August 17th, 2018

7:46

Optoro uses data analytics to help brands determine the best way to sell off excess inventory.

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288: Walmart Tests Grocery-picking Robots

August 16th, 2018

8:03

The Alphabot robots will help associates pick and package grocery orders.

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287: GM's Maven Launches Airbnb for Cars

August 15th, 2018

8:31

GM announced a new peer-to-peer car-sharing service in which owners of GM-branded vehicles would rent their cars to other people.

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286: Kroger Launches Its Own Delivery Service

August 14th, 2018

5:03

The Grocery giant has announced they're launching their own delivery service called 'Kroger Ship'.

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285: WeWork Gets Into Retail with WeMRKT

August 13th, 2018

7:46

Co-working giant WeWork is getting into retail, with the launch of WeMRKET a “modern retail space” that will be piloted at WeWork 205 Hudson in New York City.

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284: Starbucks Partners on Delivery Deal with Alibaba

August 10th, 2018

4:10

The service would be run through Alibaba's food delivery unit called Ele.me

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283: CallPage Lets You Call Your Site Visitors

August 9th, 2018

5:12

CallPage allows you to call interested visitors to your site.

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282: Waymo and Walmart Partner for Self-Driving BOPIS Test

August 8th, 2018

7:25

Walmart is teaming up with driverless car company Waymo on a one-store test project that will allow shoppers who ordered groceries online to be shuttled to and from the store in Waymo vehicles.

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281: Earn Rewards with Tommy Hilfiger's Connected Clothes

August 7th, 2018

7:18

The clothes are equipped with smart-chip technology and offer rewards for people who participate in on-the-go experiences, creating a micro-community …

280: Tesla Sells $1500 Surfboards

August 6th, 2018

3:44

The surfboard was designed in Tesla's design studios “in collaboration with Lost Surfboards and Matt “Mayhem” Biolos.” According to the product …

279: Worldpay's Drone Delivery Mat Fights Fraud

August 3rd, 2018

5:24

Payments processor Worldpay has come up with a solution to combat fraud with a new prototype system that secures proper payment before completing …

278: Amazon's Handy Part Finder Tool

August 2nd, 2018

5:13

The tool, part of the Amazon app, is able to identify and match around 100 types of screws, bolts, and nuts, then show you matching parts in its …

277: Walmart Plots Streaming Service

August 1st, 2018

6:27

Walmart is looking to chip away at one more core service that Amazon Prime Members enjoy – streaming video. Insider sources reports that the service …

276: Facebook Gets Into the Movie Ticket Game

July 31st, 2018

6:05

Facebook is diving deeper into eCommerce, and soon there's one more thing you'll be able to buy: Movie Tickets. Starting soon, Facebook users will see a new tab on the pages called Movies. The Movies page will give …

275: Hyundai Launches Amazon Digital Showroom

July 30th, 2018

5:38

The showroom features photo galleries and lets potential car buyers view and compare different Hyundai models. The showroom includes price comparisons, reviews, vehicle details, test drive bookings, the ability to check …

274: Home Depot Installs Pickup Lockers

July 27th, 2018

5:53

Home Depot is installing pickup lockers within its stores as part of its "Buy Online, Pickup In Store" program.

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273: Tagwalk Wants to Be the Google of Fashion

July 26th, 2018

6:01

By using more than 2,800 keywords, users can search by brand, season, city, trend, color, fabric or style through 128,000 pictures.

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272: Walmart’s Weird In-store Tracking Patent

July 25th, 2018

6:04

The patent says the company plans to coat its floors with various invisible substances designed to rub off onto shopping cart wheels.

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271: Target's Secret Superfan App

July 24th, 2018

5:21

Target has an invite-only app called Studio Connect that allows users to connect with the Target designers.

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270: The Last Blockbuster in America

July 23rd, 2018

6:56

As the era of physical media fades, so does the fate of the once mighty Blockbuster Video chain. One store remains in Bend, Oregon.

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269: Facebook's Patent Reveals eCom Chatbot

July 20th, 2018

5:21

The Facebook patent allows users to pay for goods through message bots, highlighting the company's continued expansion into eCommerce.

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268: Shopfiction: The First Shoppable Novel

July 19th, 2018

5:41

Novelist Riley Costello has created a new way to sell apparel and home goods as her fans read her last novel. She's even trademarked the process as 'Shopfiction.'

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267: Amazon's New 'Back to School' Online Stores

July 18th, 2018

5:47

Amazon has announced new Back to School and Off to College online stores, with new landing pages for each.

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266: Kroger Rolls Out Driverless Grocery

July 17th, 2018

6:48

Grocery chain Kroger is partnering with autonomous car company Nuro to introduce driverless cars to its grocery delivery.

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265: Alibaba's 'AI Copywriter'

July 16th, 2018

4:40

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has created an AI that can generate 20,000 lines of copy at the click of a button.

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264: The Sound of Vinyl is a New Way to Collect

July 13th, 2018

8:24

The Sound of Vinyl is an online record store and discovery engine with over 20,000 titles from every major label, plus indie titles.

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263: Amazon Might Be Planning a Holiday Toy Catalog

July 12th, 2018

4:48

Looking to fill the void left by Toys R Us, Amazon might publish a physical toy catalog for the holiday season.

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262: Kohl's is Already Hiring for the Holidays

July 11th, 2018

6:01

Kohl's announced last Wednesday that it would begin hiring seasonal workers for the back-to-school, fall and holiday shopping season earlier than its …

261: Get Cheap Broadway Tickets with Broadway Roulette

July 10th, 2018

6:16

You pick the day, they pick the show - just $49 - $59.

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260: Ikea Gets Into Streetwear with Chris Stamp Colab

July 9th, 2018

6:17

The Swedish retailer Ikea announced a new collaborative line of products called SPANST. The collection features furniture and accessories but also …

259: Amazon Shakes Up Pharmacy Biz w/ PillPack Acquisition

July 6th, 2018

10:21

Amazon shook up the healthcare business last week with the acquisition of online pharmacy startup PillPack for around $1 billion.

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258: RideSafe is Insurance for Uber and Lyft Passengers

July 5th, 2018

6:48

Ride-sharing passengers will now be able to purchase on-demand, per day accident and death coverage insurance via a new smartphone app.

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257: Run Your Business On the Go With Shopify Ping

July 4th, 2018

6:32

Ping is a free mobile app for Shopify merchants that bring together customer conversations, marketing workflows in a single interface.

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256: Facebook Cracks Down on Junk Sellers

July 3rd, 2018

5:52

The new features will allow users to share their shopping experiences and leave feedback after viewing a Facebook ad.

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255: Amazon Gives Incentives to Start Your Delivery Biz

July 2nd, 2018

6:22

The program gives new partner companies discounted rates on fuel, insurance, and delivery vans, as well as expert guidance and driver training from Amazon.

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254: PayPal Buys Fraud Detection Platform Simility

June 29th, 2018

5:49

PayPal continued its acquisition streak with the recent acquisition of Simility, a specialist in AI-based fraud and risk management.

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253: JD.com's Shopping Festival Holiday Pulls in $24B

June 28th, 2018

6:51

Chinese eCommerce giant JD.com pulled in $24.6B during their annual 618 Shopping Festival, held this year June 2 to the 18th. That number set a new …

252: Supreme Court Oks States to Collect eCommerce Sales Tax

June 27th, 2018

8:58

A 5-4 ruling cleared states to collect sales tax from online retailers, even if those companies don’t have a physical presence in the state.

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251: Buy Shares of Classic Cars with Rally Road

June 26th, 2018

8:34

The New York-based startup lets investors buy equity stakes in classic cars for as little as $50.

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250: Snapchat Adds Ticket Buying via SeatGeek

June 25th, 2018

7:05

Thanks to an integration with SeatGeek, Sports teams and musicians can sell tickets directly to fans via their Snapchat Stories. This marks the first ticket buying integration within the app.

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249: Walmart Uncorks Private Label Wine

June 22nd, 2018

8:01

Walmart has introduced a new private label wine collection called Winemakers Selection. It includes ten wines sourced from California, France, and …

248: Macys and b8ta Partner for Pop-Up Shops

June 21st, 2018

6:42

Macy's has announced its partnering with electronics discovery store b8ta to expand it's Market @Macy's pop-up shops within Macy's stores. Part of the deal includes Macy's taking a minority stake in b8ta, which also …

247: Google to Invest $550M into JD.com

June 20th, 2018

5:44

The investment is part of Google's effort to expand their presence in the fast-growing Asian market and to battle rivals like Amazon.

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246: Amazon Slammed for Destroying Returns in Germany

June 19th, 2018

5:28

Amazon is reportedly destroying “massive amounts” of as-new and returned items in Germany.

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245: Heineken Gets Into US eCommerce

June 18th, 2018

9:27

Draft for Home will sell a line of home tap machines, along with the special 2-liter kegs that dispense your favorite brews.

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244: Wish: The Billion Dollar eCommerce Startup

June 15th, 2018

9:36

The SF-based startup hit $1 billion in revenue in 2017 and said revenue had doubled year after year since the founding of Wish eight years ago.

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243: Buy Refurbished Goods at North Face Renewed

June 14th, 2018

4:30

North Face has launched a pilot program for online sales of refurbished clothing called "The North Face Renewed”.

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242: Uber Wants to Know if You're Wasted (or Not)

June 13th, 2018

7:16

According to a new patent filing, the rideshare service is working on a plan to detect whether a ride customer is hammered or not before they climb into the car.

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241: Alibaba's Cainiao Smart Delivery Box

June 12th, 2018

3:51

Alibaba wants to put a temperature-controlled smart locker outside your home.

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240: Best Buy Rolls Out Tech Support Subscription

June 11th, 2018

7:36

Best Buy has launched a $200 per year subscription version of their Geek Squad called Total Tech Support.

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239: Apple Tests 'Order Ahead' for Drinks at Music Festivals

June 8th, 2018

6:19

Apple debuted the new service last week at the Bottle Rock Music Festival near San Francisco.

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238: Katz's Deli Has a Delicious Subscription

June 7th, 2018

9:05

Historic Katz's Deli in New York City has finally got a solution for your long-distance pastrami cravings.

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237: Walmart Debuts Jetblack Personal Shopper Service

June 6th, 2018

7:21

Jetblack is a personal shopper service where you'll simply text a request to have Walmart fulfill your needs, by purchasing the item and shipping it …

236: Amazon/Sears Tire Partnership (Too Little, Too Late?)

June 5th, 2018

8:37

Sears has entered into a partnership with Amazon to sell and install tires; both DieHard branded and others — at Sears Auto Centers nationwide.

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235: Quiddity: The Video-Based Review and Lifestyle Site

June 4th, 2018

8:20

Quiddity is a new video-based review and lifestyle site that combines video, product details and "inspirational content" to create immersive experiences.

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234: Gravy: Livestream Gaming Meets Online Commerce

June 1st, 2018

9:44

Gravy is a new app that combines gaming, shopping, and fundraising in one app. It's self-described as 'the first shopping game show you play on your phone'.
Each night at 8:30 pm, Gravy live streams a show that gives …

233: PayPal Gets Deep Into Google

May 31st, 2018

4:52

Google is adding deep integration with PayPal.

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232: Amazon's Smile Codes Encourage Box Re-Use

May 30th, 2018

6:47

The codes, dubbed "Smile Codes" can be scanned by customers with the Amazon app to reveal instructions on how to use their Amazon package boxes for arts and crafts.

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231: Hatchful: Shopify's Digital Branding Assistant

May 29th, 2018

10:52

Hatchful is a digital designer in the palm of your hands. It's a mobile app aimed to help business owners create a visual identity for their brand.

230: Uber to Test 5-Minute Drone Food Deliveries

May 28th, 2018

5:16

Under the UberEats umbrella, Uber promises food delivery in 5 to 30 minutes, beginning in their test city San Diego.

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229: Rent Luxury Watches at Eleven James

May 25th, 2018

6:38

Eleven James, often referred to as 'The Netflix for Watches' is an online subscription rental service for luxury watches. Founded in 2013, it offers …

228: Adobe to Acquire Magento for $1.68b

May 24th, 2018

17:15

Adobe announced on Monday that it was acquiring eCommerce platform Magento Commerce for $1.68 Billion.

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227: Trader Joe's Has a Podcast

May 23rd, 2018

8:44

Trader Joe’s has released a limited series podcast called ‘Inside Trader Joe's’.

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226: The New, Adorable Electric UPS Trucks

May 22nd, 2018

4:30

UPS has teamed up with electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival to roll out a "pilot fleet" of electric delivery vehicles in London and Paris. The new …

225: Walmart’s Uber/Lyft Partnerships End

May 21st, 2018

5:21

A recent report from Reuters states that rideshare companies Uber and Lyft will no longer be handling grocery for deliveries for Walmart.

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SPECIAL REPORT: PayPal Buys iZettle for $2.2B

May 18th, 2018

6:40

PayPal confirms that it is buying payments startup iZettle for $2.2B in an all-cash deal to close in Q3 2018.

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224: Tesla Kills The Semi

May 18th, 2018

6:04

On the Tesla Q1 2018 earnings call CEO Elon Musk essentially admitted the project had been put on hold.

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223: iZettle Expands from Payments to Commerce

May 17th, 2018

5:29

iZettle is expanding its service portfolio beyond payments and financing and branching into eCommerce.

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222: Shopify is Opening a Bricks and Mortar Store

May 16th, 2018

6:04

The Canadian company stated that it was opening the retail location in an undisclosed location in the US by the Summer.

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221: PayPal's AR Payment Glasses

May 15th, 2018

6:30

Soon, you could be paying for goods with your glasses. That's what PayPal has in mind, according to a recently revived patent.

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220: Amazon to Discount Retailers Using Amazon Pay

May 14th, 2018

5:38

Amazon's 'Pay' payment system has been struggling to gain large-scale adoption. So the commerce giant has decided to pass along the discounts they get on credit card fees along to retailers if they agree to implement …

219: Walmart Buys 77% of Flipkart for $16B

May 11th, 2018

5:50

Walmart has outbid Amazon for a $16B stake in India's e-commerce giant Flipkart. Flipkart's board has approved the deal to sell a 77% stake of the company to Walmart.

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218: Sears Launches Online Leasing Program

May 10th, 2018

6:40

Sears is expanding its product leasing program to the Sears and Kmart websites. The program is an extension of their in-store WhyNotLeaseIt program.

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217: Facebook's Brings AR Tools to Messenger Bots

May 9th, 2018

9:08

At the 2018 Facebook f8 developers conference last week, the company rolled out new features to augment the Messenger platform to help brands sell …

216: Instagram Launches Payment for Commerce

May 8th, 2018

6:50

The new feature allows users to register a debit or credit card as part of a profile allowing you to shop and pay, without ever leaving the platform.

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215: Six Hundred Four Opens First Virtual Sneaker Store

May 7th, 2018

9:37

Bringing together virtual reality and eCommerce, sneaker brand Six Hundred Four recently opened a VR sneaker store.

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214: Square Buys Site Builder Weebly for $365M

May 4th, 2018

8:09

Payment processor Square announced that they are acquiring website builder Weebly for $365 million dollars.

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213: Snapchat's New Shoppable Lenses

May 3rd, 2018

8:03

Snapchat’s new Shoppable AR takes Sponsored Lenses one step further and allows businesses to sell products directly from a Snapchat filter.

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212: Amazon Unlocks In-Car Deliveries

May 2nd, 2018

7:40

Amazon has teamed up with GM and Volvo to provide a service where your vehicle can be unlocked and packages delivered.

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211: Nobody Wants The Apple HomePod

May 1st, 2018

5:44

Apple's first foray into the smart speaker market hasn't been going so well. Despite rave reviews for its sound quality, Home Pod sales have been disappointing, according to a report by Bloomberg.

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210: Brandless Gets Physical with a Pop-Up Store

April 30th, 2018

8:27

Starting May 1st, the 3 dollar grocery and personal care website is launching a pop-up store in Los Angeles.

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209: Is Walmart’s Jet.com Crashing?

April 27th, 2018

5:06

Jet.com saw a 60% decline in traffic over last year, as Walmart invests in its Walmart.com marketing efforts while cutting back on Jet promotions.

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208: Amex Integrates Shoppable AR at Coachella

April 26th, 2018

7:00

For the first weekend of the annual Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, Amex created a shoppable AR component in the Coachella app. The AR …

207: Amazon Prime Tops 100 Million Members

April 25th, 2018

4:58

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced in his annual shareholder letter that the e-commerce giant has exceeded 100 million paid Prime subscribers.

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206: April 25th is 'Way Day' at Wayfair.com

April 24th, 2018

4:02

Online furniture retailer Wayfair is the latest company to invent its own shopping holiday called "Way Day", which occurs on April 25th.

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205: Adidas Closes Stores to Focus on eCommerce

April 23rd, 2018

9:25

German sportswear company Adidas is preparing to close more stores this year to focus on digital initiatives.

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204: 6,000 Dogs Work at Amazon

April 20th, 2018

4:20

On a typical day at Amazon HQ in Seattle, employees share their space with as many as 6,000 of their four-legged friends. Every day is bring your dog to work day, a longstanding tradition at the e-commerce company.

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203: Target Tests 'Fetch' Reordering System

April 19th, 2018

7:31

Target is piloting a reorder service that's powered by smart devices in your home. It will monitor things like toilet paper, hand soap and paper towels, and reorder the items when supplies get low.

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202: Nordstrom's 24-Hour a Day Men's Store

April 18th, 2018

5:15

Nordstrom is opening a men’s store in New York City that will operate 24 hours a day. The store will offer a variety of services at the store, including overnight in-store pickup, a self-service return kiosk, shoe …

201: Subscribe and Drive with BMW’s New Service

April 17th, 2018

5:59

The app-based service, called Access, will launch first in Nashville and give subscribers access to a fleet of cars for a set fee.

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200: Boxed Unveils ‘Prime-Style’ Subscription

April 16th, 2018

5:53

Club retailer Boxed has launched a premium-perks program similar to Amazon Prime that provides free priority shipping, price-matching for competitors, and other benefits for subscribers. Boxed Up costs $49 a year after …

199: Costco's 'Treasure Hunt' Floor Plan

April 13th, 2018

9:26

If you're visiting Costco anytime soon, be prepared for a treasure hunt. The rotisserie chicken and cheap vodka purveyor allegedly designs its store layout to purposely confuse their customers.

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198: Voice-Activated Coupons for Google Assistant

April 12th, 2018

6:28

Target and Google teamed up for a voice-activated coupon on Google Assistant. The coupon was for a $15 offer for Target orders placed on shopping service Google Express via Google Assistant.

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197: Retailers Test Apple's Business Chat

April 11th, 2018

3:59

A variety of companies are currently beta testing Apple’s new Business Chat functionality, part of the iOs 11.3 software update.

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04.10.18: Most Retailers Miss the Mark on Social Media

April 10th, 2018

5:40

Most retailers are visible on social media, but might not be posting the messages customers really want.

This is according to The Social Shopping Report, a study conducted by Astound Commerce Insights.

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04.09.18: Kohl's Amazon Return Program is Driving Traffic

April 9th, 2018

7:25

Kohl's Chairman, President, and CEO Kevin Mansell says that the partnership has so far been successful, noting that driving traffic has been Kohl's …

04.06.18: Bolt's Zero-Fraud Checkout

April 6th, 2018

7:15

Bolt is a startup that wants to give e-commerce retailers a better shot at competing with Amazon in the checkout experience.

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04.05.18: Visits Rise at Whole Foods with Amazon Lockers

April 5th, 2018

7:52

Shoppers are making more quick trips to Whole Foods stores that have installed Amazon.com lockers, research from location data advertising firm …

04.04.18: Alibaba and Ford Unveil Car Vending Machine

April 4th, 2018

4:58

Alibaba and Ford have unveiled a car vending machine in Guangzhou, China. The car facility came about as a result of a partnership signed two years …

04.03.18: Macy’s to Roll Out Mobile Checkout by Year’s End

April 3rd, 2018

6:04

Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette announced at Shoptalk 2018 a rollout of mobile self-checkout at all stores by years end.

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04.02.18: HelloFresh is Growing 5X Faster Than Blue Apron

April 2nd, 2018

5:30

In its earnings report, HelloFresh reported increased revenue and decreased losses pushing it further ahead of BlueApron.

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03.30.18: Target Aims at Waste with Denim Recycling Program

March 30th, 2018

6:33

Target ran a test program where selected stores in the Northwest could trade in their old denim clothing for a 10% off coupon for new jeans.

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03.29.18: Amazon to Buy Empty Toys ‘R’ Us Locations

March 29th, 2018

8:30

Amazon has reportedly looked into expanding their retail footprint by acquiring some locations from bankrupt Toys R Us.

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03.28.18: Google Launches Shopping Actions

March 28th, 2018

6:51

Google has announced a new program called Shopping Actions that will allow users to purchase items through Google Assistant and shopping ads in …

03.27.18: Marc Lore @ ShopTalk: Business as Usual at Walmart

March 27th, 2018

6:30

Despite Walmart’s disappointing Q4 results, Marc Lore told the crowd at ShopTalk 2018 that they're staying the course, and that he's not going …

03.26.18: Macy's Instagram Live Share Hack for Spring Promo

March 26th, 2018

9:41

Retailer Macy's has created a unique Instagram hack to promote their Spring 2018 campaign. The campaign is called 'Remarkable You" that helps customers via Instagram put together outfits with help from influencers and …

03.23.18: Couple Gets Dozens of Unwanted Amazon Orders

March 23rd, 2018

8:20

The couple received box after box from China and which included everything from Bluetooth speakers and humidifiers to phone chargers and flashlights.

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03.22.18: Millennials Happy to Pay More for Mobile Shopping

March 22nd, 2018

10:55

37% of U.S. consumers are willing to pay more for a product or service providing that they can get a superior shopping experience with mobile, according to a recent study.

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03.21.18: Betabrand: 3D Designs to Market in 5 Days

March 21st, 2018

7:08

The company has recently announced it now can design and prepare pre-sale products like shoes in five days or less, rather than the typical 18-month process.

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03.20.18: America Has a Drunk Shopping Problem

March 20th, 2018

6:25

According to a report by finder.com, Americans who drink alcohol regularly admit to purchasing while under the influence — an estimated 68 million …

03.19.18: Voice Shopping Set to Jump to $40B by 2022

March 19th, 2018

11:25

A study released by OC&C Strategy Consultants expects voice shopping to surge over 1,900% to $40 billion, up from the current number of $2 …

03.16.18: Tesla Sends Its New Semi On a Cargo Run

March 16th, 2018

8:25

Last week, the carmaker sent the new Tesla Semi heavy-duty truck on a voyage, carrying battery packs from the Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to the car factory in Fremont, California.

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Special Report: Goodbye, Toys 'R' Us

March 15th, 2018

6:53

BONUS EPISODE: People around the country are mourning the loss of a piece of their childhood today, following yesterday's announcement that Toys 'R' …

03.15.18: Social Video Shopping is Showing Results

March 15th, 2018

6:54

Shoppable social video is coming of age, and we can look to recent shopping events as proof that consumers are ready and willing to shop via social platforms. MikMak is one company that's making this a reality.

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03.14.18: Alexa is Laughing at You

March 14th, 2018

7:20

Many people last week reported hearing unprompted laughs from their smart speaker devices. The laughs were occurring randomly when nobody is using the device, or in response to a request to turn on or off lights.

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03.13.18: Here’s Why Amazon has Been Sending You Package Pics

March 13th, 2018

5:46

Amazon has been quietly expanding a program over the past few months in which some of its delivery providers take a picture of where they put your package.

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03.12.18: Apple Wants You to “Lose Your Wallet”

March 12th, 2018

5:00

Apple is holding a "Lose Your Wallet" shopping event in Los Angeles, giving discounts to users using the Apple Pay payment service at select retail …

03.09.18: BuzzFeed Partners with Walmart to Sell Kitchen Goods

March 9th, 2018

5:49

Digital publisher BuzzFeed is expanding its commerce business by creating a line of its own cookware, which it will sell exclusively through Walmart.

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03.08.18: eBay Debuts '$10 and Under' Page

March 8th, 2018

5:47

eBay has unveiled a new "Under $10" page featuring millions of products priced $10 and under to compete with Amazon and the growing dollar store …

03.07.18: Warby Parker to Hit 100 Stores, Web Retail Follows

March 7th, 2018

7:00

Online eyeglass retailer Warby Parker has big ambitions for brick and mortar retail. The company, founded in 2010, is looking to have nearly 100 retail locations across the U.S. this year.

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03.06.18: Rep the Squad: Netflix for Jerseys

March 6th, 2018

7:30

Rep the Squad is a Netflix-like service that allows you to borrow authentic sports jerseys for $19.95 a month.

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03.05.18: Amazon Put a Ring On It

March 5th, 2018

8:57

Amazon has reportedly acquired home security provider Ring to the tune of one billion dollars.

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03.02.18: Walmart to Launch Allswell Online Mattress Brand

March 2nd, 2018

7:17

Walmart is launching its own private-label mattress and bedding brand that will be sold exclusively online, part of the giant retailer’s effort to …

03.01.18: Amazon's Warehouse Wrist Tracker Patent

March 1st, 2018

5:39

Amazon has received patent approval for a wristband system able to gauge the accuracy of warehouse workers' item and picking location.

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02.28.18: Market @ Macy's Pop Up Shops

February 28th, 2018

4:56

Macy's is launching a series of pop-up shops aimed to boost exposure of brands looking to break into traditional brick and mortar retail.

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02.27.18: Nike Air Jordans Sell Out on Snapchat in 23 Mins

February 27th, 2018

11:05

Nike made history by becoming the first brand to sell a product directly through the Snapchat app, selling out in 23 minutes.

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02.26.18: J.Crew Partners with WeWork

February 26th, 2018

4:11

Coworking giant WeWork is launching a partnership with J.Crew to host a panel discussion series at select WeWork locations in New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

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02.23.18: Walmart’s Store Assistant App Makes Your Shopping Trip Easier

February 23rd, 2018

5:02

The new and improved features to the Walmart app help you get in and out of the store quickly but also help you before you even leave the house.

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02.22.18: eBay Wants to Make Shopping and Selling Fun Again

February 22nd, 2018

4:35

The eCommerce marketplace will be rolling out new augmented reality features this year to make shopping and selling on the site more engaging.

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02.21.18: Shopify is Getting Into the Weed Business

February 21st, 2018

5:14

The eCommerce giant will handle online cannabis sales for the province of Ontario, Canada.

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02.20.18: Tesla to Sell Solar Gear at Home Depot

February 20th, 2018

5:24

By July 2018, Tesla -staffed kiosks will appear in 800 Home Depots across the US.

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02.19.18: Amazon Delivers Whole Foods in 2 Hours

February 19th, 2018

5:15

Whole Foods fans, rejoice: Amazon’s Prime Now service will start delivering your Whole Foods goodies in about 20 minutes.

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02.16.18: L.L. Bean Drops Unlimted Returrn Policy

February 16th, 2018

5:09

The retailer, after touting a 100% return guarantee on any product ever sold - regardless of condition - is finally scrapping of the policy.

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02.15.18: Amazon to Launch UPS/FedEx Competitor

February 15th, 2018

4:07

Amazon is reportedly set to launch a competitor to FedEx and UPS named ‘Shipping with Amazon’.

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02.14.18: Dunkin' Removes the Donuts From Its Name

February 14th, 2018

4:56

The iconic donuts and coffee chain is making a big change for their future stores.

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02.13.18: Walmart Will Fine Late Suppliers

February 13th, 2018

4:44

Walmart will now require suppliers to deliver goods exactly on time or face fines, in an effort to keep inventory low and shelves stocked as it battles Amazon.com

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02.12.18: Amazon's SmileCodes

February 12th, 2018

4:41

Amazon is taking a stab at QR Codes with their new SmileCodes.

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02.09.18: Best Buy is Pulling CDs From Its Stores

February 9th, 2018

5:29

Electronics retailer Best Buy has announced they are pulling compact discs from their store shelves, and not everyone is happy.

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02.08.18: eBay & Mashable Partner to Launch 'Shoppable' Images

February 8th, 2018

5:32

eBay has teamed up with Mashable for a launch of their shoppable images pilot.

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02.07.18: Chill Out in Amazon's Rainforest Spheres

February 7th, 2018

5:26

At Amazon HQ in Seattle, employees can now chill out in a real rainforest.

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02.06.18: Coty Says 'Let's Get Ready' on the Echo Show

February 6th, 2018

4:29

Beauty company Coty has created a new visual skill for Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Show called ‘Let’s Get Ready’.

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Stripe

February 5th, 2018

5:20

Four years ago Stripe said it would be the first major online payment processor to accept bitcoin. This week, they’re giving up on the idea.

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O2.02.18: Fishbox Delivers Your Packages When You Want

February 2nd, 2018

5:06

With Fishbox, customers get packages delivered at a time that’s convenient for them.

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02.01.18: Cloud Cyberattacks Could Cost Retail $3.4 Billion

February 1st, 2018

4:59

A major cyber attack on U.S. cloud services could cost retail and wholesale Industries up to $3.4 billion in losses.

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01.31.18: The Swedish Shopping Mall for Recycled Goods

January 31st, 2018

5:42

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a shopping center dedicated entirely to repaired and up-cycled goods.

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01.30.18: Walmart 3D Patent Lets You Pick Your Produce

January 30th, 2018

5:02

A new patent from Walmart would allow consumers to view real images of the groceries before purchasing them online.

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01.29.18: Your Amazon Order Might Lock You Out of Trusted Traveler Programs

January 29th, 2018

5:39

If you’re planning on doing a lot of traveling in the coming year, you might want to double check your Amazon orders.

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01.26.18: The Online Mall That Only Accepts Cryptocurrencies

January 26th, 2018

5:42

Megaxstore.com aims to accept payment only in Bitcoin Cash or’MGX Coins’, a form of token created by the partners.

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01.25.18: Swyft Micro Stores Could Change eCommerce

January 25th, 2018

5:49

Swyft vending machines will soon link customers who order certain goods online with delivery services like Uber and Lyft that will ferry the order to your door.

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01.24.18: Wlamart Offers Free Opioid Disposal Product

January 24th, 2018

5:06

Walmart will soon be offering a free drug disposal product to pharmacy customers as part of an effort to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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01.23.18: Amazon Patents AR Mirror to Try On Virtual Clothes

January 23rd, 2018

5:37

A recent patent filing by Amazon is a blended reality display that puts your image onto a virtual scene, wearing your virtual outfit.

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01.22.18: CVS to Stop 'Photoshopping' Ads

January 22nd, 2018

5:30

CVS Pharmacy said it would stop “materially” altering beauty images in brand-created marketing materials that appear in stores, online and on social …

01.19.18: 5 Takeaways from CES 2018

January 19th, 2018

7:02

These were the five big takeaways from this years Consumer Electronics Show, according to RetailDive.com.

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01.18.18: Take the Guesswork Out of Gifts with Target's GiftNow

January 18th, 2018

5:37

With Target’s GiftNow you’ll be able to send the recipient a gift that they’ll be able to personalize.

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01.17.18: Circuit City is Making a Comeback

January 17th, 2018

5:49

Iconic electronics retailer Circuit City is set to make a comeback February 15 of this year, beginning with a relaunch of their website.

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01.16.18: Kohl's Taps Grocers to Fill Store Space

January 16th, 2018

5:15

Retail chain Kohl’s is looking to partner with convenience stores or grocery chains to lease space within certain stores.

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01.15.18: Walmart Closes 63 Sam's Club Locations in Shift to eCommerce

January 15th, 2018

5:54

As many as 12 of the shuttered Sam’s Club locations will be converted to e-commerce fulfillment centers.

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01.12.18: These Lava Lamps Help Encrypt the Internet

January 12th, 2018

4:25

A wall in Cloudflare’s lobby features an array of over 100 lava lamps generating the random code that keeps the web safe.

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01.11.18: Kohler Brings Alexa to Your Bathroom

January 11th, 2018

5:24

The Kohler Company is bring Alexa to the bathroom with their new Verdera voice lighted mirror.

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01.08.18: Germany orders Amazon to stop 'typo targeting' Birkenstock misspellers

January 8th, 2018

4:48

A German court has recently ordered Amazon to stop using typo targeting to serve ads to shoppers who miss spell the brand-name Birkenstock on Google.

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01.05.18: Family will finally get $846k inheritence lost by UPS

January 5th, 2018

4:38

A Canadian family whose $846,000 inheritance was lost by UPS will finally get the cash back from their bank, 10 months after their ordeal started.

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01.04.18: The Top Abandoned Cart Items During the Holidays

January 4th, 2018

5:33

UX analytics from ContentSquare analyzed over 29 million online shopping sessions across 14 retail accounts during the 3.5 month holiday to get a …

01.03.18: Walmart's Personal Shopper Service for Rich Moms

January 3rd, 2018

4:57

Walmart continues to explore ways to reach new customers. Their tech incubator is reportedly in the early stages of piloting a shopping service and at wealthy New York City moms.

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01.02.18: UPS Office Workers Help with Deliveries During Holiday Surge

January 2nd, 2018

4:41

UPS was so strapped for workers it had to call in office workers to help deliver holiday packages at the last minute.

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12.22.17: Special Episode: Our 2017 Year-End Wrap-Up

December 22nd, 2017

16:23

We take a look at the winners and losers in eCommerce for 2017 and make our predictions for 2018. This is our final show for 2017, will be back on January 2, 2018.

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12.21.17: Under Armour Drone Delivers Free Steph Curry Sneakers to Fans

December 21st, 2017

5:14

On Saturday, December 16, under armor used a drone to drop Steph Curry autographed sneakers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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12.20.17: Poland to Phase Out Sunday Shopping

December 20th, 2017

5:21

Poland’s lawmakers have approved a law that will phase out Sunday shopping by the year 2020, as the government pushes ahead with what it sees as a …

12.19.17: eCommerce Surge Slows Down Holiday Deliveries.

December 19th, 2017

5:37

More people than ever doing your holiday shopping online. And that’s putting extraordinary pressure on package delivery services like UPS and FedEx …

12.18.17: Target Acquires Same-Day Delivery Service Shipt

December 18th, 2017

4:32

Target has entered the same day shipping game. It announced last week that acquired Shipt, a fast-growing same-day delivery company for $550 million.

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12.15.17: UPS to Make Deliveries with Electric Bikes in Florida

December 15th, 2017

5:05

UPS has launched its first silent electric delivery trike along Las Olas Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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12.14.17: Target Rolls Out Mobile Wallet

December 14th, 2017

4:14

Target has rolled out their long rumored mobile wallet, allowing customers to pay for items by scanning their phones at checkout.

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12.13.17: Amazon is Going Big on Video

December 13th, 2017

4:50

Video will be the next big thing at online shopping. And Amazon is going to make sure it leads the way.

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12.12.17: GM Brings eCommerce to the Dashboard

December 12th, 2017

4:50

Soon you’ll be able to shop from the comfort of your driver’s seat. GM is adding a ‘Marketplace’ to the car dashboard.

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12.11.27: Good News for Holiday Procrastinators at Walmart.com

December 11th, 2017

4:42

Procrastinators, take note: Walmart is making a play for last-minute shoppers in the last weeks before Christmas.

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12.08.17: The Drone Will Self-Destruct in 3-2-1...

December 8th, 2017

5:17

Amazon has been granted a patent for drone technology that allows the craft to strategically self-destruct in the event of an emergency.

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12.07.17: Macy's to Hire 7,000 Additional Seasonal Workers

December 7th, 2017

4:47

Macy’s said last week that it had a strong start to the holiday season, and would hire an additional 7000 seasonal workers to help with the heavy …

12.06.17: Alexa Comes to the Workplace

December 6th, 2017

5:31

Amazon’s Alexa for Business allows users to book conference rooms, begin video conferences, and print documents among a multitude of other common …

12.05.17: Walmart and DHL Order Tesla Semis

December 5th, 2017

4:35

Retail giant Walmart, DHL, and others have pre-ordered the new Tesla Semi’s for testing. The new trucks will be 20% more efficient than a standard diesel fuel truck.

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11.29.27: Amazon Go is Almost a Go

November 29th, 2017

5:15

It looks like Amazon’s cashier-less store concept, Amazon Go, is almost ready to go.

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11.28.17: Black Friday 2017 Online Sales Up 16%

November 29th, 2017

5:21

Online sales this past Black Friday were up 16% over 2016, according to report by Adobe Analytics.

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11.27.17: Target Makes Cyber Monday a Weeklong Event

November 27th, 2017

4:36

Target is extending Cyber Monday with a site wide discount and daily deals through Saturday, December 2nd.

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11.24.17: Kmart to Air Holiday Game Show

November 24th, 2017

5:09

Kmart’s “Ridiculous Cash Bash is a game show that will air on the Game Show Network on December 28 as part of its holiday marketing.

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11.23.17: Stove Top's Stretchy Stuffing Pants for Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2017

3:50

If you’re planning on getting stuffed this Thanksgiving, Stove Top has you covered with their stretchy unisex “stuffing pants”.

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11.22.27: Deter Delivery Thieves with BoxLock

November 22nd, 2017

4:28

BoxLock Home is the first smart padlock designed to protect your deliveries from porch pirates and package thieves.

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11.21.27: Real-Time Reporting with Shopify Live View

November 21st, 2017

5:40

The new Shopify Live View gives you a real-time view of the activity on your store.

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11.20.17: Holiday Shoppers Not Quite Ready for Chatbots

November 20th, 2017

4:48

Consumers don’t want robots shopping for them. That’s the findings of a recent study conducted by applet enabler IFTTT.

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11.17.17: Walmart Raising Online Prices

November 17th, 2017

5:28

Walmart has been quietly raising prices on their website for consumer goods in an effort to boost profits, drive store traffic and compete with Amazon.

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11.16.17: Mobile Will (Finally) Dominate This Holiday Season

November 16th, 2017

5:16

Over 54% of holiday retail store visits will come from smartphones and tablets, surpassing desktop computers for the first time.

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11.15.17: Online Shoppers Would Rather Have Free Than Fast Shipping

November 15th, 2017

4:02

According to the Deloitte 2017 Holiday Survey, free shipping is much more important to shoppers than fast shipping for an additional fee.

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11.14.17: Postmates Joins the Grocery Game

November 14th, 2017

4:55

Postmates is starting a grocery delivery service called Postmates Fresh in Manhattan, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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11.13.17: Alibaba Smashes Singles Day Record

November 13th, 2017

4:52

Alibaba’s sites TMall and Taobao smashed its Singles Day record once again as sales crossed $25 billion.

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11.10.17: Find Your Fit with Warby Parker and iPhone X

November 10th, 2017

5:01

The Warby Parker app uses the new iPhone X TrueDepth camera to recommend the perfect glasses.

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11.09.17: iOS 11.2 Update Introduces Apple Cash

November 9th, 2017

4:29

Apple plans to introduce Apple Pay Cash in the iOS 11.2 and watchOS 4.2 updates. The features are now live for US public beta testers.

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11.08.17: Shop at Best Buy with Alexa

November 8th, 2017

4:54

Just in time for the holidays, you can now shop the deal of the day at Best Buy just by talking to Alexa.

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11.07.17: Kroger to Launch Apparel Line

November 7th, 2017

4:35

Kroger wants to be known for more than groceries. The supermarket chain announced Friday morning that it’s launching an apparel brand in the fall of next year.

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11.06.17: Amazon Exits Fresh Delivery in Certain States

November 6th, 2017

4:56

It is surprising move, Amazon stated last week that it was ending it’s Fresh delivery service in several states. Amazon stated that deliveries in …

11.03.17: Customers Want Target to Dial Back the 'Christmas Creep'

November 3rd, 2017

4:48

Based on feedback from customers, Target will dial back the presence of Christmas signs and displays at the front entrance is of their stores until after Thanksgiving.

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11.02.07: Burberry Taps Apple's AR Tech to Engage App Users

November 2nd, 2017

5:05

Burberry is the latest luxury brand to experiment with augmented reality, adding AR to its smart phone app as fashion retailers look for new ways to engage with big spenders online.

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11.01.17: Survey: 68% of App Users Want Deals and Offers

November 1st, 2017

3:48

A recent survey noted that 68% of mobile users want to do more than just browse and shop on e-commerce apps: they also want access to offers, deals, rewards programs as well as a AR capabilities.

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10.31.17: The Walmart Robots Are Here to Help

October 31st, 2017

4:57

The retailer is testing out shelf-scanning robots in more than 50 stores across the US. Their sole purpose is to scan the shelves, looking for sold …

10.30.17: Under Armour Launches Subscription Box

October 30th, 2017

4:58

Sportswear company Under Armour is getting into the subscription box game. It’s called ArmourBox.

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10.27.17: More Retailers Opt to Close on Thanksgiving

October 27th, 2017

4:57

Despite the fact that many Black Friday sales now begin on Thanksgiving, numerous stores remain reluctant to open their doors. Over 75 well-known retailers are expected to be closed.

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10.26.17: Amazon Key Opens the Door for In-Home Deliveries

October 26th, 2017

5:26

Amazon Key, available for Prime members, unlocks the front door for package delivery and other trusted services.

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10.25.17: Toys R Us Gets a Black Friday Head Start

October 25th, 2017

5:00

Toy retailer Toys R Us is getting a head start on the holiday shopping season by shipping its holiday catalog early.

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10.24.17: Target offers free holiday shipping

October 24th, 2017

4:53

Target took aim at Amazon and Walmart on Monday, announcing it will offer free holiday shipping starting in November and offer over 1700 items priced …

10.23.17: Our 100th Episode!

October 23rd, 2017

5:18

For our 100th episode, Bart and John take a look back at how the show has progressed and discuss future plans for the show.

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10.20.17: Mercedes Drone Delivery Pilot in Zurich

October 20th, 2017

4:24

Mercedes-Benz tests a drone delivery pilot in Zurich.

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10.04.17: Shopify Rolls Out Instagram Shopping

October 5th, 2017

4:51

Shopify Rolls Out Instagram Shopping

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09.12.17: Amazon's Whole Foods Price Cuts Up Store Traffic by 25%

September 13th, 2017

5:04

Amazon's Whole Foods Price Cuts Up Store Traffic by 25%

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09.06.17: UPS adds VR to driver training to simulate road conditions, hazards

September 6th, 2017

3:10

UPS adds VR to driver training to simulate road conditions, hazards

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09.04.17: Holiday sales to rise on e-commerce

September 5th, 2017

4:32

Holiday sales to rise on e-commerce

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08.25.17: Amazon Prime Members to get Whole Foods discount

August 25th, 2017

5:04

Amazon Prime Members to get Whole Foods discount

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08.24.17: Study: Online Sales & Mobile Payments Aid Back to School Shopping Growth

August 24th, 2017

3:51

‘Study: Online Sales & Mobile Payments Aid Back to School Shopping Growth’

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08.11.17: EBay Introduces Image-Driven Search Tools

August 11th, 2017

4:42

EBay Introduces Image-Driven Search Tools

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08.10.17: 3 Back to School Lessons for Retailers

August 10th, 2017

4:42

3 Back to School Lessons for Retailers

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08.02.17: Walmart & JD.com Announce Holiday to Rival Singles Day

August 2nd, 2017

4:35

Walmart & JD.com Announce Holiday to Rival Singles Day

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07.19.17: Target Adds New Brabds

July 19th, 2017

5:20

Target Adds New Brands to Up Its Image

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07.18.17: Amazon Meal Kit

July 18th, 2017

4:52

Amazon Fresh is Coming for Blue Apron

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07.13.17: Walmart VR

July 13th, 2017

4:31

Walmart is Training with VR Visit SUMOHeavy.com

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07.05.17: Photobucket is Holding Your Images Hostage

July 5th, 2017

4:48

Photobucket is Holding Your Images Hostage

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