eCommerce Minute

215: Six Hundred Four Opens First Virtual Sneaker Store

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The eCommerce Minute is your daily dose of eCommerce, tech and retail news, with your hosts Bart Mroz and John Suder. The show is a production of SUMO Heavy, an eCommerce consulting firm with offices in Brooklyn, NY, and Philadelphia.
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347: Walmart's Weird Robot Bee Patent
The patent is for autonomous robotic bees, technically called pollination drones, that could potentially pollinate crops just like real bees.
November 14, 2018
346: CVS Pilots 'Care Pass' Membership Program
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.
November 13, 2018
345: Amazon Offers Free Shipping on All Holiday Orders
Amazon is offering free shipping during the holidays for all US customers on hundreds of millions of items.
November 12, 2018
344: Shopify Adds Venmo Payments
Shopify has announced the addition of Venmo as a payment option at checkout for its 600,000 merchant clients.
November 9, 2018
343: Walmart Launches Mobile 'Check Out With Me'
‘Check Out With Me’ will enable customers to pay for items directly with associates using hand-held devices equipped with a Bluetooth receipt printer.
November 8, 2018
342: Amazon Ups Its Prime for Business Offerings
New perks include same-day and one-day shipping for free on over 1 million items, spending analytics, buying guides.
November 7, 2018
341: Blue Apron Teams Up with'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.
November 6, 2018
340: Brandless Has a Retention Problem
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.
November 5, 2018
339: Amazon Prime Day Outage Caused by Oracle Database Move
The Prime Day outage was caused by Amazon moving its database for an Ohio warehouse off of Oracle's to its own technology.
November 2, 2018
338: Alibaba Kicks Off 10th Annual 11.11 Shopping Festival
The event is in its 10th year and now a monthlong shopping festival, and the company says this will be its biggest ever.
November 1, 2018
337: Target Offers Free 2-Day Shipping for Holidays
Target will offer free 2-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items ordered between November 1 and December 22.
October 31, 2018
336: eBay Sues Amazon for Illegal Seller Poaching
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 sellers to Amazon." eBay is demanding a jury trial for the suit.
October 30, 2018
335: WeWork Partners with Rent the Runway
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.
October 29, 2018
334: Square Launches Terminal
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 smartphone/smartwatch to make a mobile payment.
October 26, 2018
333: Lyft’s Monthly Subscription Goes Nationwide
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.
October 25, 2018
332: Alibaba's Space Egg Hotel Room Service Robot
The robot is called Space Egg and is designed to act like a robot porter, used to ferry items around hotels to guests.
October 24, 2018
331: Amazon Launches 'Shark Tank' Store
The new collection features over 70 products that successfully received funding from the popular “Shark Tank” TV show during seasons 1 through 9.
October 23, 2018
330: BuzzFeed is Opening a Toy Store in NYC
BuzzFeed is planning to open a toy store in the Flatiron District of New York City, just in time for the holidays.
October 22, 2018
329: Shop Your Values with DoneGood
DoneGood makes it easy to use your purchasing power to make the world better every time you shop online.
October 19, 2018
327: CommerceHub's Last-Mile Big-Ticket Delivery Solution
CommerceHub streamlines the last-mile delivery process of large or bulk merchandise.
October 18, 2018
328: Farmers Fridge Brings Healthy Food to Vending Machines
Farmers Fridge makes eating healthy food for people on the go as easy as using a vending machine.
October 18, 2018
326: Target Launches 'Smartly' Discount Brand
Target has launched a new essentials brand called Smartly featuring over 70 products with most items less than $2.
October 16, 2018
325: Deliverr Helps Businesses Compete with Amazon Prime
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.
October 15, 2018
324: Dunkin Donut's Tiny Home Powered by Coffee
The tiny home measures just 275 square feet and is powered by an oil that’s produced from spent Dunkin’ coffee grounds.
October 12, 2018
323: Square Now Lets Sellers Offer Payment Plans
The service, called Square Installments, will enable small business sellers to offer financing on purchases from $250 to $10,000.
October 11, 2018
322: Snapchat Unveils New eCommerce Features
Snap, Inc. has announced an updated set of eCommerce ad products.
October 10, 2018
321: Walmart's Stress-Tracking Cart Patent
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.
October 9, 2018
320: eBay Now Sells Wireless Plans with Used Phones
eBay now lets you add a prepaid wireless phone plan as an add-on option in the listing.
October 8, 2018
319: Relaunches, Targeting Urban Customers
The site now has a stronger focus on the needs of city dwellers and millennials and features a new, three-hour grocery delivery service.
October 5, 2018
318: Amazon Opens '4-Star' Store in NYC
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.
October 4, 2018
317: Snapchat Partners with Amazon for Visual Search
Snap announced a new visual search tool for the company's Snapchat app in partnership with Amazon.
October 3, 2018
316: FedEx Ground Now Running 6 Days a Week
FedEx has announced that they will be expanding their ground operations to add a sixth day to their delivery schedule.
October 2, 2018
315: StoreMe Lets Travelers Stash Their Bags
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.
October 1, 2018
314: Use Bitcoin to Buy a New Rolls-Royce in Houston
A Houston area car dealership is the first Rolls-Royce dealer to accept bitcoin and bitcoin cash for the purchase their luxury cars.
September 28, 2018
313: Amazon Will Ship You a Live Christmas Tree
Amazon will wrap and ship fresh-cut, full-size Christmas trees beginning in November.
September 27, 2018
312: Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma to Step Down
Alibaba co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has announced he's getting ready to leave the company he founded in 1999.
September 26, 2018
311: Lolli Lets You Earn Bitcoin While Shopping Online
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, risk-free. Lolli offers a browser extension for Chrome and Safari that so far pairs with more than 600 retailers, like Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Lucky Brand, Home Depot,,, SeatGeek ,Walmart, Best Buy and ClassPass.
September 25, 2018
310: Let a Robot Make Your Coffee at Cafe X
The Cafe X concept identifies and remedies the pain points of the coffee buying experience and then using robotics and automation to solve those issues.
September 24, 2018
309: The Last Blockbuster is Getting Its Own Beer
In honor of this last Blockbuster, 10 Barrel Brewing Company is creating a beer fittingly called "The Last Blockbuster."
September 14, 2018
308: GlassesUSA: Scan Your Glasses, Learn Your Prescription
Glasses USA has created a free app called Prescription Scanner that will allow you to scan and pull your current prescription right from your existing glasses.
September 13, 2018
307: Walmart Files VR Shopping Patent
The two patents describe a "virtual showroom" and a fulfillment system that connect shoppers equipped with VR headsets and special sensory gloves to a VR Walmart store.
September 12, 2018
306: Fight Food Waste with Imperfect Produce
Imperfect Produce partners with farmers, taking their weird-yet-edible outcasts and offering them to the public through discounted subscription boxes.
September 11, 2018
305: IBM Patents a Coffee Drone
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.
September 10, 2018
304: Real-Life Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart Opens in South Carolina
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 designed with the same look and feel from the animated series, and the store's creators said four years of planning went into the attraction.
September 7, 2018
303: Walmart Launches Moosejaw Marketplace
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.
September 6, 2018
302: REI Goes Big on Used Gear
The site offers lightly used gear that was returned to REI under its guarantee program, with items discounted up to 65% from the original.
September 5, 2018
301: Walmart Teams With Rakuten on eBooks
The company announced a partnership with Rakuten Kobo to bring you ebooks, available in-store and online. The service will be called Walmart eBooks.
September 4, 2018
300: Kroger's OptUp App Makes Healthy Shopping Easy
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.
September 3, 2018
299: Porsche Launches Digital Charging Service for EVs
The Porsche Charging Service app will simplify the process of finding an electric-car charger and paying to use it.
August 31, 2018
298: Google Readying First Retail Store
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.
August 30, 2018
297: Walmart Expands Convenience Store Test
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.
August 29, 2018
296: Best Buy Grabs GreatCall for $800M
Great Call has with over 900,00 subscribers and provides connected health and emergency response services to the aging population.
August 28, 2018
295: Pat's Steaks Now Delivers Nationwide
Iconic South Philadelphia steak shop Pat's Steaks is now offering nationwide delivery of its signature sandwiches.
August 27, 2018
294: Kroger Partners with Alibaba on Grocery
Kroger is venturing into the international market with the launch of Our Brands through Alibaba's Tmall platform.
August 24, 2018
293: Office Depot Opens In-Store Coworking Space
Its called the Workonomy Hub and is integrated into their Los Gatos, California store.
August 23, 2018
292: Casper to Open 200 Stores
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.
August 22, 2018
291: Uber Partners with Cargo to Sell Munchies to Passengers
Cargo makes it easy for rideshare drivers to sell goods to their passengers.
August 21, 2018
290: CLEAR Lets You Buy Beer With a Fingerprint
Seattle sports fans will be the first in the U.S. to buy booze with a fingerprint.
August 20, 2018
289: Optoro Helps Companies Cope With Returns
Optoro uses data analytics to help brands determine the best way to sell off excess inventory.
August 17, 2018
288: Walmart Tests Grocery-picking Robots
The Alphabot robots will help associates pick and package grocery orders.
August 16, 2018
287: GM's Maven Launches Airbnb for Cars
GM announced a new peer-to-peer car-sharing service in which owners of GM-branded vehicles would rent their cars to other people.
August 15, 2018
286: Kroger Launches Its Own Delivery Service
The Grocery giant has announced they're launching their own delivery service called 'Kroger Ship'.
August 14, 2018
285: WeWork Gets Into Retail with WeMRKT
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.
August 13, 2018
284: Starbucks Partners on Delivery Deal with Alibaba
The service would be run through Alibaba's food delivery unit called
August 10, 2018
283: CallPage Lets You Call Your Site Visitors
CallPage allows you to call interested visitors to your site.
August 9, 2018
282: Waymo and Walmart Partner for Self-Driving BOPIS Test
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.
August 8, 2018
281: Earn Rewards with Tommy Hilfiger's Connected Clothes
The clothes are equipped with smart-chip technology and offer rewards for people who participate in on-the-go experiences, creating a micro-community of brand ambassadors.
August 7, 2018
280: Tesla Sells $1500 Surfboards
The surfboard was designed in Tesla's design studios “in collaboration with Lost Surfboards and Matt “Mayhem” Biolos.” According to the product description, the board features a finish similar to the company's cars, and a top that's reinforced with carbon fiber.
August 6, 2018
279: Worldpay's Drone Delivery Mat Fights Fraud
Payments processor Worldpay has come up with a solution to combat fraud with a new prototype system that secures proper payment before completing deliveries.
August 3, 2018
278: Amazon's Handy Part Finder Tool
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 catalog.
August 2, 2018
277: Walmart Plots Streaming Service
Walmart is looking to chip away at one more core service that Amazon Prime Members enjoy – streaming video. Insider sources reports that the service could be priced at under $8 a month.
August 1, 2018
276: Facebook Gets Into the Movie Ticket Game
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 users options to purchase movie tickets through AMC, Fandango, or Atom Tickets.
July 31, 2018
275: Hyundai Launches Amazon Digital Showroom
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 dealership inventories and other Shopper Assurance elements through Amazon Vehicles, the automaker said in a news release.
July 30, 2018
274: Home Depot Installs Pickup Lockers
Home Depot is installing pickup lockers within its stores as part of its "Buy Online, Pickup In Store" program.
July 27, 2018
273: Tagwalk Wants to Be the Google of Fashion
By using more than 2,800 keywords, users can search by brand, season, city, trend, color, fabric or style through 128,000 pictures.
July 26, 2018
272: Walmart’s Weird In-store Tracking Patent
The patent says the company plans to coat its floors with various invisible substances designed to rub off onto shopping cart wheels.
July 25, 2018
271: Target's Secret Superfan App
Target has an invite-only app called Studio Connect that allows users to connect with the Target designers.
July 24, 2018
270: The Last Blockbuster in America
As the era of physical media fades, so does the fate of the once mighty Blockbuster Video chain. One store remains in Bend, Oregon.
July 23, 2018
269: Facebook's Patent Reveals eCom Chatbot
The Facebook patent allows users to pay for goods through message bots, highlighting the company's continued expansion into eCommerce.
July 20, 2018
268: Shopfiction: The First Shoppable Novel
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.'
July 19, 2018
267: Amazon's New 'Back to School' Online Stores
Amazon has announced new Back to School and Off to College online stores, with new landing pages for each.
July 18, 2018
266: Kroger Rolls Out Driverless Grocery
Grocery chain Kroger is partnering with autonomous car company Nuro to introduce driverless cars to its grocery delivery.
July 17, 2018
265: Alibaba's 'AI Copywriter'
Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has created an AI that can generate 20,000 lines of copy at the click of a button.
July 16, 2018
264: The Sound of Vinyl is a New Way to Collect
The Sound of Vinyl is an online record store and discovery engine with over 20,000 titles from every major label, plus indie titles.
July 13, 2018
263: Amazon Might Be Planning a Holiday Toy Catalog
Looking to fill the void left by Toys R Us, Amazon might publish a physical toy catalog for the holiday season.
July 12, 2018
262: Kohl's is Already Hiring for the Holidays
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 ever done before.
July 11, 2018
261: Get Cheap Broadway Tickets with Broadway Roulette
You pick the day, they pick the show - just $49 - $59.
July 10, 2018
260: Ikea Gets Into Streetwear with Chris Stamp Colab
The Swedish retailer Ikea announced a new collaborative line of products called SPANST. The collection features furniture and accessories but also streetwear-styled clothing in collaboration with Chris Stamp, the LA-based fashion designer.
July 9, 2018
259: Amazon Shakes Up Pharmacy Biz w/ PillPack Acquisition
Amazon shook up the healthcare business last week with the acquisition of online pharmacy startup PillPack for around $1 billion.
July 6, 2018
258: RideSafe is Insurance for Uber and Lyft Passengers
Ride-sharing passengers will now be able to purchase on-demand, per day accident and death coverage insurance via a new smartphone app.
July 5, 2018
257: Run Your Business On the Go With Shopify Ping
Ping is a free mobile app for Shopify merchants that bring together customer conversations, marketing workflows in a single interface.
July 4, 2018
256: Facebook Cracks Down on Junk Sellers
The new features will allow users to share their shopping experiences and leave feedback after viewing a Facebook ad.
July 3, 2018
255: Amazon Gives Incentives to Start Your Delivery Biz
The program gives new partner companies discounted rates on fuel, insurance, and delivery vans, as well as expert guidance and driver training from Amazon.
July 2, 2018
254: PayPal Buys Fraud Detection Platform Simility
PayPal continued its acquisition streak with the recent acquisition of Simility, a specialist in AI-based fraud and risk management.
June 29, 2018
253:'s Shopping Festival Holiday Pulls in $24B
Chinese eCommerce giant pulled in $24.6B during their annual 618 Shopping Festival, held this year June 2 to the 18th. That number set a new record for the festival, with a whopping 37% increase over last years festival.
June 28, 2018
252: Supreme Court Oks States to Collect eCommerce Sales Tax
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.
June 27, 2018
251: Buy Shares of Classic Cars with Rally Road
The New York-based startup lets investors buy equity stakes in classic cars for as little as $50.
June 26, 2018
250: Snapchat Adds Ticket Buying via SeatGeek
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.
June 25, 2018
249: Walmart Uncorks Private Label Wine
Walmart has introduced a new private label wine collection called Winemakers Selection. It includes ten wines sourced from California, France, and Italy.
June 22, 2018
248: Macys and b8ta Partner for Pop-Up Shops
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 helps brands build out physical stores.
June 21, 2018
247: Google to Invest $550M into
The investment is part of Google's effort to expand their presence in the fast-growing Asian market and to battle rivals like Amazon.
June 20, 2018
246: Amazon Slammed for Destroying Returns in Germany
Amazon is reportedly destroying “massive amounts” of as-new and returned items in Germany.
June 19, 2018
245: Heineken Gets Into US eCommerce
Draft for Home will sell a line of home tap machines, along with the special 2-liter kegs that dispense your favorite brews.
June 18, 2018
244: Wish: The Billion Dollar eCommerce Startup
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.
June 15, 2018
243: Buy Refurbished Goods at North Face Renewed
North Face has launched a pilot program for online sales of refurbished clothing called "The North Face Renewed”.
June 14, 2018
242: Uber Wants to Know if You're Wasted (or Not)
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.
June 13, 2018
241: Alibaba's Cainiao Smart Delivery Box
Alibaba wants to put a temperature-controlled smart locker outside your home.
June 12, 2018
240: Best Buy Rolls Out Tech Support Subscription
Best Buy has launched a $200 per year subscription version of their Geek Squad called Total Tech Support.
June 11, 2018
239: Apple Tests 'Order Ahead' for Drinks at Music Festivals
Apple debuted the new service last week at the Bottle Rock Music Festival near San Francisco.
June 8, 2018
238: Katz's Deli Has a Delicious Subscription
Historic Katz's Deli in New York City has finally got a solution for your long-distance pastrami cravings.
June 7, 2018
237: Walmart Debuts Jetblack Personal Shopper Service
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 to you for same or next day delivery.
June 6, 2018
236: Amazon/Sears Tire Partnership (Too Little, Too Late?)
Sears has entered into a partnership with Amazon to sell and install tires; both DieHard branded and others — at Sears Auto Centers nationwide.
June 5, 2018
235: Quiddity: The Video-Based Review and Lifestyle Site
Quiddity is a new video-based review and lifestyle site that combines video, product details and "inspirational content" to create immersive experiences.
June 4, 2018
234: Gravy: Livestream Gaming Meets Online Commerce
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 audiences the chance to compete for discounts on new, innovative products and win cash prizes, all while raising money for charity.
June 1, 2018
233: PayPal Gets Deep Into Google
Google is adding deep integration with PayPal.
May 31, 2018
232: Amazon's Smile Codes Encourage Box Re-Use
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.
May 30, 2018
231: Hatchful: Shopify's Digital Branding Assistant
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.
May 29, 2018
230: Uber to Test 5-Minute Drone Food Deliveries
Under the UberEats umbrella, Uber promises food delivery in 5 to 30 minutes, beginning in their test city San Diego.
May 28, 2018
229: Rent Luxury Watches at Eleven James
Eleven James, often referred to as 'The Netflix for Watches' is an online subscription rental service for luxury watches. Founded in 2013, it offers curated watch collections to both men and women for a flat monthly subscription.
May 25, 2018
228: Adobe to Acquire Magento for $1.68b
Adobe announced on Monday that it was acquiring eCommerce platform Magento Commerce for $1.68 Billion.
May 24, 2018
227: Trader Joe's Has a Podcast
Trader Joe’s has released a limited series podcast called ‘Inside Trader Joe's’.
May 23, 2018
226: The New, Adorable Electric UPS Trucks
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 light-weight EVs have zero tailpipe emissions, 150-mile battery range, and advanced safety features.
May 22, 2018
225: Walmart’s Uber/Lyft Partnerships End
A recent report from Reuters states that rideshare companies Uber and Lyft will no longer be handling grocery for deliveries for Walmart.
May 21, 2018
SPECIAL REPORT: PayPal Buys iZettle for $2.2B
PayPal confirms that it is buying payments startup iZettle for $2.2B in an all-cash deal to close in Q3 2018.
May 18, 2018
224: Tesla Kills The Semi
On the Tesla Q1 2018 earnings call CEO Elon Musk essentially admitted the project had been put on hold.
May 18, 2018
223: iZettle Expands from Payments to Commerce
iZettle is expanding its service portfolio beyond payments and financing and branching into eCommerce.
May 17, 2018
222: Shopify is Opening a Bricks and Mortar Store
The Canadian company stated that it was opening the retail location in an undisclosed location in the US by the Summer.
May 16, 2018
221: PayPal's AR Payment Glasses
Soon, you could be paying for goods with your glasses. That's what PayPal has in mind, according to a recently revived patent.
May 15, 2018
220: Amazon to Discount Retailers Using Amazon Pay
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 the payment service.
May 14, 2018
219: Walmart Buys 77% of Flipkart for $16B
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.
May 11, 2018
218: Sears Launches Online Leasing Program
Sears is expanding its product leasing program to the Sears and Kmart websites. The program is an extension of their in-store WhyNotLeaseIt program.
May 10, 2018
217: Facebook's Brings AR Tools to Messenger Bots
At the 2018 Facebook f8 developers conference last week, the company rolled out new features to augment the Messenger platform to help brands sell more.
May 9, 2018
216: Instagram Launches Payment for Commerce
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.
May 8, 2018
215: Six Hundred Four Opens First Virtual Sneaker Store
Bringing together virtual reality and eCommerce, sneaker brand Six Hundred Four recently opened a VR sneaker store.
May 7, 2018
214: Square Buys Site Builder Weebly for $365M
Payment processor Square announced that they are acquiring website builder Weebly for $365 million dollars.
May 4, 2018
213: Snapchat's New Shoppable Lenses
Snapchat’s new Shoppable AR takes Sponsored Lenses one step further and allows businesses to sell products directly from a Snapchat filter.
May 3, 2018
212: Amazon Unlocks In-Car Deliveries
Amazon has teamed up with GM and Volvo to provide a service where your vehicle can be unlocked and packages delivered.
May 2, 2018
211: Nobody Wants The Apple HomePod
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.
May 1, 2018
210: Brandless Gets Physical with a Pop-Up Store
Starting May 1st, the 3 dollar grocery and personal care website is launching a pop-up store in Los Angeles.
April 30, 2018
209: Is Walmart’s Crashing? saw a 60% decline in traffic over last year, as Walmart invests in its marketing efforts while cutting back on Jet promotions.
April 27, 2018
208: Amex Integrates Shoppable AR at Coachella
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 experience allowed cardholders to buy select merchandise using the Coachella app's AR camera anywhere on the festival grounds.
April 26, 2018
207: Amazon Prime Tops 100 Million Members
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced in his annual shareholder letter that the e-commerce giant has exceeded 100 million paid Prime subscribers.
April 25, 2018
206: April 25th is 'Way Day' at
Online furniture retailer Wayfair is the latest company to invent its own shopping holiday called "Way Day", which occurs on April 25th.
April 24, 2018
205: Adidas Closes Stores to Focus on eCommerce
German sportswear company Adidas is preparing to close more stores this year to focus on digital initiatives.
April 23, 2018
204: 6,000 Dogs Work at Amazon
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.
April 20, 2018
203: Target Tests 'Fetch' Reordering System
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.
April 19, 2018
202: Nordstrom's 24-Hour a Day Men's Store
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 shining, and “sneaker cleanings.”
April 18, 2018
201: Subscribe and Drive with BMW’s New Service
The app-based service, called Access, will launch first in Nashville and give subscribers access to a fleet of cars for a set fee.
April 17, 2018
200: Boxed Unveils ‘Prime-Style’ Subscription
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 a free 30-day trial.
April 16, 2018
199: Costco's 'Treasure Hunt' Floor Plan
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.
April 13, 2018
198: Voice-Activated Coupons for Google Assistant
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.
April 12, 2018
197: Retailers Test Apple's Business Chat
A variety of companies are currently beta testing Apple’s new Business Chat functionality, part of the iOs 11.3 software update.
April 11, 2018
04.10.18: Most Retailers Miss the Mark on Social Media
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.
April 10, 2018
04.09.18: Kohl's Amazon Return Program is Driving Traffic
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 No. 1 priority for the last two years.
April 9, 2018
04.06.18: Bolt's Zero-Fraud Checkout
Bolt is a startup that wants to give e-commerce retailers a better shot at competing with Amazon in the checkout experience.
April 6, 2018
04.05.18: Visits Rise at Whole Foods with Amazon Lockers
Shoppers are making more quick trips to Whole Foods stores that have installed lockers, research from location data advertising firm inMarket showed.
April 5, 2018
04.04.18: Alibaba and Ford Unveil Car Vending Machine
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 ago between the eCommerce giant and the car maker. The unstaffed, digital vending machine is called the Super Test-Drive Center and houses dozens of Ford vehicles in the multi-story building.
April 4, 2018
04.03.18: Macy’s to Roll Out Mobile Checkout by Year’s End
Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette announced at Shoptalk 2018 a rollout of mobile self-checkout at all stores by years end.
April 3, 2018
04.02.18: HelloFresh is Growing 5X Faster Than Blue Apron
In its earnings report, HelloFresh reported increased revenue and decreased losses pushing it further ahead of BlueApron.
April 2, 2018
03.30.18: Target Aims at Waste with Denim Recycling Program
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.
March 30, 2018
03.29.18: Amazon to Buy Empty Toys ‘R’ Us Locations
Amazon has reportedly looked into expanding their retail footprint by acquiring some locations from bankrupt Toys R Us.
March 29, 2018
03.28.18: Google Launches Shopping Actions
Google has announced a new program called Shopping Actions that will allow users to purchase items through Google Assistant and shopping ads in search results.
March 28, 2018
03.27.18: Marc Lore @ ShopTalk: Business as Usual at Walmart
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 anywhere anytime soon.
March 27, 2018
03.26.18: Macy's Instagram Live Share Hack for Spring Promo
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 Macy’s stylists, according to a news release.
March 26, 2018
03.23.18: Couple Gets Dozens of Unwanted Amazon Orders
The couple received box after box from China and which included everything from Bluetooth speakers and humidifiers to phone chargers and flashlights.
March 23, 2018
03.22.18: Millennials Happy to Pay More for Mobile Shopping
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.
March 22, 2018
03.21.18: Betabrand: 3D Designs to Market in 5 Days
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.
March 21, 2018
03.20.18: America Has a Drunk Shopping Problem
According to a report by, Americans who drink alcohol regularly admit to purchasing while under the influence — an estimated 68 million people, drawn from their study of 2,000 American adults.
March 20, 2018
03.19.18: Voice Shopping Set to Jump to $40B by 2022
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 billion today.
March 19, 2018
03.16.18: Tesla Sends Its New Semi On a Cargo Run
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.
March 16, 2018
Special Report: Goodbye, Toys 'R' Us
BONUS EPISODE: People around the country are mourning the loss of a piece of their childhood today, following yesterday's announcement that Toys 'R' Us will close all 800 of its U.S stores.
March 15, 2018
03.15.18: Social Video Shopping is Showing Results
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.
March 15, 2018
03.14.18: Alexa is Laughing at You
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.
March 14, 2018
03.13.18: Here’s Why Amazon has Been Sending You Package Pics
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.
March 13, 2018
03.12.18: Apple Wants You to “Lose Your Wallet”
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 locations.
March 12, 2018
03.09.18: BuzzFeed Partners with Walmart to Sell Kitchen Goods
Digital publisher BuzzFeed is expanding its commerce business by creating a line of its own cookware, which it will sell exclusively through Walmart.
March 9, 2018
03.08.18: eBay Debuts '$10 and Under' Page
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 trend.
March 8, 2018
03.07.18: Warby Parker to Hit 100 Stores, Web Retail Follows
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.
March 7, 2018
03.06.18: Rep the Squad: Netflix for Jerseys
Rep the Squad is a Netflix-like service that allows you to borrow authentic sports jerseys for $19.95 a month.
March 6, 2018
03.05.18: Amazon Put a Ring On It
Amazon has reportedly acquired home security provider Ring to the tune of one billion dollars.
March 5, 2018
03.02.18: Walmart to Launch Allswell Online Mattress Brand
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 bolster its e-commerce business.
March 2, 2018
03.01.18: Amazon's Warehouse Wrist Tracker Patent
Amazon has received patent approval for a wristband system able to gauge the accuracy of warehouse workers' item and picking location.
March 1, 2018
02.28.18: Market @ Macy's Pop Up Shops
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.
February 28, 2018
02.27.18: Nike Air Jordans Sell Out on Snapchat in 23 Mins
Nike made history by becoming the first brand to sell a product directly through the Snapchat app, selling out in 23 minutes.
February 27, 2018
02.26.18: J.Crew Partners with WeWork
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.
February 26, 2018
02.23.18: Walmart’s Store Assistant App Makes Your Shopping Trip Easier
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.
February 23, 2018
02.22.18: eBay Wants to Make Shopping and Selling Fun Again
The eCommerce marketplace will be rolling out new augmented reality features this year to make shopping and selling on the site more engaging.
February 22, 2018
02.21.18: Shopify is Getting Into the Weed Business
The eCommerce giant will handle online cannabis sales for the province of Ontario, Canada.
February 21, 2018
02.20.18: Tesla to Sell Solar Gear at Home Depot
By July 2018, Tesla -staffed kiosks will appear in 800 Home Depots across the US.
February 20, 2018
02.19.18: Amazon Delivers Whole Foods in 2 Hours
Whole Foods fans, rejoice: Amazon’s Prime Now service will start delivering your Whole Foods goodies in about 20 minutes.
February 19, 2018
02.16.18: L.L. Bean Drops Unlimted Returrn Policy
The retailer, after touting a 100% return guarantee on any product ever sold - regardless of condition - is finally scrapping of the policy.
February 16, 2018
02.15.18: Amazon to Launch UPS/FedEx Competitor
Amazon is reportedly set to launch a competitor to FedEx and UPS named ‘Shipping with Amazon’.
February 15, 2018
02.14.18: Dunkin' Removes the Donuts From Its Name
The iconic donuts and coffee chain is making a big change for their future stores.
February 14, 2018
02.13.18: Walmart Will Fine Late Suppliers
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
February 13, 2018
02.12.18: Amazon's SmileCodes
Amazon is taking a stab at QR Codes with their new SmileCodes.
February 12, 2018
02.09.18: Best Buy is Pulling CDs From Its Stores
Electronics retailer Best Buy has announced they are pulling compact discs from their store shelves, and not everyone is happy.
February 9, 2018
02.08.18: eBay & Mashable Partner to Launch 'Shoppable' Images
eBay has teamed up with Mashable for a launch of their shoppable images pilot.
February 8, 2018
02.07.18: Chill Out in Amazon's Rainforest Spheres
At Amazon HQ in Seattle, employees can now chill out in a real rainforest.
February 7, 2018
02.06.18: Coty Says 'Let's Get Ready' on the Echo Show
Beauty company Coty has created a new visual skill for Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Show called ‘Let’s Get Ready’.
February 6, 2018
02.05.18: Stripe Ends Bitcoin Support
Stripe Ends Bitcoin Support
February 5, 2018
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.
February 5, 2018
O2.02.18: Fishbox Delivers Your Packages When You Want
With Fishbox, customers get packages delivered at a time that’s convenient for them.
February 2, 2018
02.01.18: Cloud Cyberattacks Could Cost Retail $3.4 Billion
A major cyber attack on U.S. cloud services could cost retail and wholesale Industries up to $3.4 billion in losses.
February 1, 2018
01.31.18: The Swedish Shopping Mall for Recycled Goods
ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a shopping center dedicated entirely to repaired and up-cycled goods.
January 31, 2018
01.30.18: Walmart 3D Patent Lets You Pick Your Produce
A new patent from Walmart would allow consumers to view real images of the groceries before purchasing them online.
January 30, 2018
01.29.18: Your Amazon Order Might Lock You Out of Trusted Traveler Programs
If you’re planning on doing a lot of traveling in the coming year, you might want to double check your Amazon orders.
January 29, 2018
01.26.18: The Online Mall That Only Accepts Cryptocurrencies aims to accept payment only in Bitcoin Cash or’MGX Coins’, a form of token created by the partners.
January 26, 2018
01.25.18: Swyft Micro Stores Could Change eCommerce
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.
January 25, 2018
01.24.18: Wlamart Offers Free Opioid Disposal Product
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.
January 24, 2018
01.23.18: Amazon Patents AR Mirror to Try On Virtual Clothes
A recent patent filing by Amazon is a blended reality display that puts your image onto a virtual scene, wearing your virtual outfit.
January 23, 2018
01.22.18: CVS to Stop 'Photoshopping' Ads
CVS Pharmacy said it would stop “materially” altering beauty images in brand-created marketing materials that appear in stores, online and on social media.
January 22, 2018
01.19.18: 5 Takeaways from CES 2018
These were the five big takeaways from this years Consumer Electronics Show, according to
January 19, 2018
01.18.18: Take the Guesswork Out of Gifts with Target's GiftNow
With Target’s GiftNow you’ll be able to send the recipient a gift that they’ll be able to personalize.
January 18, 2018
01.17.18: Circuit City is Making a Comeback
Iconic electronics retailer Circuit City is set to make a comeback February 15 of this year, beginning with a relaunch of their website.
January 17, 2018
01.16.18: Kohl's Taps Grocers to Fill Store Space
Retail chain Kohl’s is looking to partner with convenience stores or grocery chains to lease space within certain stores.
January 16, 2018
01.15.18: Walmart Closes 63 Sam's Club Locations in Shift to eCommerce
As many as 12 of the shuttered Sam’s Club locations will be converted to e-commerce fulfillment centers.
January 15, 2018
01.12.18: These Lava Lamps Help Encrypt the Internet
A wall in Cloudflare’s lobby features an array of over 100 lava lamps generating the random code that keeps the web safe.
January 12, 2018
01.11.18: Kohler Brings Alexa to Your Bathroom
The Kohler Company is bring Alexa to the bathroom with their new Verdera voice lighted mirror.
January 11, 2018
01.08.18: Germany orders Amazon to stop 'typo targeting' Birkenstock misspellers
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.
January 8, 2018
01.05.18: Family will finally get $846k inheritence lost by UPS
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.
January 5, 2018
01.04.18: The Top Abandoned Cart Items During the Holidays
UX analytics from ContentSquare analyzed over 29 million online shopping sessions across 14 retail accounts during the 3.5 month holiday to get a sense of what items people are abandoning in their carts - and why.
January 4, 2018
01.03.18: Walmart's Personal Shopper Service for Rich Moms
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.
January 3, 2018
01.02.18: UPS Office Workers Help with Deliveries During Holiday Surge
UPS was so strapped for workers it had to call in office workers to help deliver holiday packages at the last minute.
January 2, 2018
12.22.17: Special Episode: Our 2017 Year-End Wrap-Up
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.
December 22, 2017
12.21.17: Under Armour Drone Delivers Free Steph Curry Sneakers to Fans
On Saturday, December 16, under armor used a drone to drop Steph Curry autographed sneakers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
December 21, 2017
12.20.17: Poland to Phase Out Sunday Shopping
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 return to Roman Catholic values. The bill passed despite criticism that it may eliminate thousands of jobs.
December 20, 2017
12.19.17: eCommerce Surge Slows Down Holiday Deliveries.
More people than ever doing your holiday shopping online. And that’s putting extraordinary pressure on package delivery services like UPS and FedEx as they face unusually high daily package volumes.
December 19, 2017
12.18.17: Target Acquires Same-Day Delivery Service Shipt
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.
December 18, 2017
12.15.17: UPS to Make Deliveries with Electric Bikes in Florida
UPS has launched its first silent electric delivery trike along Las Olas Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
December 15, 2017
12.14.17: Target Rolls Out Mobile Wallet
Target has rolled out their long rumored mobile wallet, allowing customers to pay for items by scanning their phones at checkout.
December 14, 2017
12.13.17: Amazon is Going Big on Video
Video will be the next big thing at online shopping. And Amazon is going to make sure it leads the way.
December 13, 2017
12.12.17: GM Brings eCommerce to the Dashboard
Soon you’ll be able to shop from the comfort of your driver’s seat. GM is adding a ‘Marketplace’ to the car dashboard.
December 12, 2017
12.11.27: Good News for Holiday Procrastinators at
Procrastinators, take note: Walmart is making a play for last-minute shoppers in the last weeks before Christmas.
December 11, 2017
12.08.17: The Drone Will Self-Destruct in 3-2-1...
Amazon has been granted a patent for drone technology that allows the craft to strategically self-destruct in the event of an emergency.
December 8, 2017
12.07.17: Macy's to Hire 7,000 Additional Seasonal Workers
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 customer volume in the weeks before Christmas.
December 7, 2017
12.06.17: Alexa Comes to the Workplace
Amazon’s Alexa for Business allows users to book conference rooms, begin video conferences, and print documents among a multitude of other common office tasks.
December 6, 2017
12.05.17: Walmart and DHL Order Tesla Semis
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.
December 5, 2017
11.29.27: Amazon Go is Almost a Go
It looks like Amazon’s cashier-less store concept, Amazon Go, is almost ready to go.
November 29, 2017
11.28.17: Black Friday 2017 Online Sales Up 16%
Online sales this past Black Friday were up 16% over 2016, according to report by Adobe Analytics.
November 29, 2017
11.27.17: Target Makes Cyber Monday a Weeklong Event
Target is extending Cyber Monday with a site wide discount and daily deals through Saturday, December 2nd.
November 27, 2017
11.24.17: Kmart to Air Holiday Game Show
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.
November 24, 2017
11.23.17: Stove Top's Stretchy Stuffing Pants for Thanksgiving
If you’re planning on getting stuffed this Thanksgiving, Stove Top has you covered with their stretchy unisex “stuffing pants”.
November 23, 2017
11.22.27: Deter Delivery Thieves with BoxLock
BoxLock Home is the first smart padlock designed to protect your deliveries from porch pirates and package thieves.
November 22, 2017
11.21.27: Real-Time Reporting with Shopify Live View
The new Shopify Live View gives you a real-time view of the activity on your store.
November 21, 2017
11.20.17: Holiday Shoppers Not Quite Ready for Chatbots
Consumers don’t want robots shopping for them. That’s the findings of a recent study conducted by applet enabler IFTTT.
November 20, 2017
11.17.17: Walmart Raising Online Prices
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.
November 17, 2017
11.16.17: Mobile Will (Finally) Dominate This Holiday Season
Over 54% of holiday retail store visits will come from smartphones and tablets, surpassing desktop computers for the first time.
November 16, 2017
11.15.17: Online Shoppers Would Rather Have Free Than Fast Shipping
According to the Deloitte 2017 Holiday Survey, free shipping is much more important to shoppers than fast shipping for an additional fee.
November 15, 2017
11.14.17: Postmates Joins the Grocery Game
Postmates is starting a grocery delivery service called Postmates Fresh in Manhattan, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
November 14, 2017
11.13.17: Alibaba Smashes Singles Day Record
Alibaba’s sites TMall and Taobao smashed its Singles Day record once again as sales crossed $25 billion.
November 13, 2017
11.10.17: Find Your Fit with Warby Parker and iPhone X
The Warby Parker app uses the new iPhone X TrueDepth camera to recommend the perfect glasses.
November 10, 2017
11.09.17: iOS 11.2 Update Introduces Apple Cash
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.
November 9, 2017
11.08.17: Shop at Best Buy with Alexa
Just in time for the holidays, you can now shop the deal of the day at Best Buy just by talking to Alexa.
November 8, 2017
11.07.17: Kroger to Launch Apparel Line
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.
November 7, 2017
11.06.17: Amazon Exits Fresh Delivery in Certain States
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 selected areas would stop on November 30.
November 6, 2017
11.03.17: Customers Want Target to Dial Back the 'Christmas Creep'
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.
November 3, 2017
11.02.07: Burberry Taps Apple's AR Tech to Engage App Users
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.
November 2, 2017
11.01.17: Survey: 68% of App Users Want Deals and Offers
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.
November 1, 2017
10.31.17: The Walmart Robots Are Here to Help
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 out, missing or missed placed items.
October 31, 2017
10.30.17: Under Armour Launches Subscription Box
Sportswear company Under Armour is getting into the subscription box game. It’s called ArmourBox.
October 30, 2017
10.27.17: More Retailers Opt to Close on Thanksgiving
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.
October 27, 2017
10.26.17: Amazon Key Opens the Door for In-Home Deliveries
Amazon Key, available for Prime members, unlocks the front door for package delivery and other trusted services.
October 26, 2017
10.25.17: Toys R Us Gets a Black Friday Head Start
Toy retailer Toys R Us is getting a head start on the holiday shopping season by shipping its holiday catalog early.
October 25, 2017
10.24.17: Target offers free holiday shipping
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 at $15 and under.
October 24, 2017
10.23.17: Our 100th Episode!
For our 100th episode, Bart and John take a look back at how the show has progressed and discuss future plans for the show.
October 23, 2017
10.20.17: Mercedes Drone Delivery Pilot in Zurich
Mercedes-Benz tests a drone delivery pilot in Zurich.
October 20, 2017
10.19.17: Indiegogo Opens a Marketplace for Creators
Indiegogo Opens a Marketplace for Creators
October 19, 2017
10.17.17: Levi's New Virtual Stylist
Levi's New Virtual Stylist
October 17, 2017
10.16.17: Ikea's 'Lurvig' Line of Pet Furniture
Ikea launches 'Lurvig' line of pet furniture
October 16, 2017
10.13.17: Drones Are Delivering Burgers and Sushi in Reykjavik
Drones Are Delivering Burgers and Sushi in Reykjavik
October 13, 2017
10.12.17: Gap Launches Baby Clothes Subscription Box
Gap launches subscription boxes for baby clothes
October 12, 2017
10.11.17: eCommerce Logistics Firm Radial Acquired by BPost
eCommerce Logistics Firm Radial Acquired by BPost
October 11, 2017
10.10.17: Costco Launches Grocery Delivery Service
Costco launches grocery delivery service
October 10, 2017
10.09.17: Walmart Launches Google Voice Ordering
Walmart goes live with Google voice ordering
October 9, 2017
10.06.17: Starbucks Exits eCommerce to Focus on Mobile
Starbucks Exits eCommerce to Focus on Mobile
October 6, 2017
10.05.17: is Launching a Grocery Line for 'Metro Millenials' is Launching a Grocery Line for 'Metro Millenials'
October 5, 2017
10.04.17: Shopify Rolls Out Instagram Shopping
Shopify Rolls Out Instagram Shopping
October 5, 2017
10.03.17: Off-price Set for $20B Growth
Off-price Set for $20B Growth
October 3, 2017
10.02.17: Ikea Buys TaskRabbit
Ikea Buys TaskRabbit
October 2, 2017
09.29.17: Alibaba to open brick-and-mortar mall in China
Alibaba to open brick-and-mortar mall in China
September 29, 2017
09.28.17: Walmart Wants to Stock Your Fridge When You're Not Home
Walmart Wants to Stock Your Fridge When You're Not Home
September 28, 2017
09.27.17: Albertsons Grabs Meal Kit Startup Plated for $200m
Albertsons Grabs Meal Kit Startup Plated for $200m
September 27, 2017
09.26.17: Ipsy Beauty Box Launches 'Shopper' eCommerce Biz
Ipsy Beauty Box Launches 'Shopper' eCommerce Biz
September 26, 2017
09.25.17: Same-day delivery services tripled in a year
Same-day delivery services tripled in a year
September 25, 2017
09.22.17: Buying Cars from Vending Machines with Carvana
Buying Cars from Vending Machines with Carvana
September 22, 2017
09.21.17: Kohl's to Accept Free Amazon Returns
Kohl's to Accept Free Amazon Returns
September 21, 2017
09.20.17: Virtual Shopping with Ikea Place
Virtual Shopping with Ikea Place
September 20, 2017
09.19.17: Toys R Us Files for Bankruptcy
Toys R Us Files for Bankruptcy
September 19, 2017
09.18.17: La-Z-Boy Dives Into eCommerce to Win Millenials
La-Z-Boy Dives Into eCommerce to Win Millenials
September 18, 2017
09.15.17: The Death of Amazon’s One-Click Patent
The Death of Amazon’s One-Click Patent
September 15, 2017
09.14.17: Shopify Introduces Shopcodes
Shopify Introduces Shopcodes
September 14, 2017
09.13.17: Apple’s New ‘Town Square’ Retail Concept
Apple’s New ‘Town Square’ Retail Concept
September 13, 2017
09.12.17: Amazon's Whole Foods Price Cuts Up Store Traffic by 25%
Amazon's Whole Foods Price Cuts Up Store Traffic by 25%
September 13, 2017
09.11.17: Amazon Seeks Prime Location for new HQ
Amazon Seeks Prime Location for new HQ
September 11, 2017
09.06.17: UPS adds VR to driver training to simulate road conditions, hazards
UPS adds VR to driver training to simulate road conditions, hazards
September 6, 2017
09.04.17: Holiday sales to rise on e-commerce
Holiday sales to rise on e-commerce
September 5, 2017
09.01.17: Previously Owned by a Gay Man
Previously Owned by a Gay Man
September 1, 2017
08.31.17: Shopping apps rank among most-deleted
Shopping apps rank among most-deleted
August 31, 2017
08.30.17: YouCam Makeup Teams Up with QVC for its First Ever TV-Mobile AR
YouCam Makeup Teams Up with QVC for its First Ever TV-Mobile AR
August 30, 2017
08.29.17: Nordstrom expands 'reserve online, try in store' service
Nordstrom expands 'reserve online, try in store' service
August 29, 2017
08.28.17: ‘Study: The one app millennials can’t live without’
‘Study: The one app millennials can’t live without’
August 28, 2017
08.25.17: Amazon Prime Members to get Whole Foods discount
Amazon Prime Members to get Whole Foods discount
August 25, 2017
08.24.17: Study: Online Sales & Mobile Payments Aid Back to School Shopping Growth
‘Study: Online Sales & Mobile Payments Aid Back to School Shopping Growth’
August 24, 2017
08.23.17: Target expands Restock next-day delivery service
Target expands Restock next-day delivery service’
August 23, 2017
08.22.17: Walmart Expands Uber grocery delivery
Walmart Expands Uber grocery delivery
August 23, 2017
08.21.17: Amazon adds 'Instant Pickup' for Bricks & Mortar Push
Amazon adds 'Instant Pickup'
August 21, 2017
08.17.17: Walmart expands Pickup Towers for Online Orders
Walmart expands Pickup Towers for Online Orders
August 17, 2017
08.26.17: Happy Returns Eliminates the Hassle of Returns
Happy Returns Eliminates the Hassle of Returns
August 16, 2017
08.15.17: Online Shoppers Eager to Go Virtual
Online Shoppers Eager to Go Virtual
August 15, 2017
08.14.17: 2Q '17 Online Spending Jumps 14%
2Q '17 Online Spending Jumps 14%
August 15, 2017
08.11.17: EBay Introduces Image-Driven Search Tools
EBay Introduces Image-Driven Search Tools
August 11, 2017
08.10.17: 3 Back to School Lessons for Retailers
3 Back to School Lessons for Retailers
August 10, 2017
08.09.17: Simon Properties Debuts 'Concierge Bot' for Mall Shoppers
Simon Properties Debuts 'Concierge Bot' for Mall Shoppers
August 9, 2017
08.08.17: Walmart unveils 'Easy Reorder' of frequent purchases
Walmart unveils 'Easy Reorder' of frequent purchases
August 8, 2017
08.07.17: Shop Overseas Products with Grabr
Shop Overseas Products with Grabr
August 7, 2017
08.04.17: Fight Porch Pirates with Package Guard
Fight Porch Pirates with Package Guard
August 4, 2017
08.03.17: Amazon Launches The Hub Locker Delivery System
Amazon Launches The Hub Locker Delivery System
August 3, 2017
08.02.17: Walmart & Announce Holiday to Rival Singles Day
Walmart & Announce Holiday to Rival Singles Day
August 2, 2017
08.01.17: Amazon is hiring 50,000 people on Wednesday
Amazon is hiring 50,000 people on Wednesday
August 1, 2017
07.31.17: Campbell Soup Goes Big on e Commerce
Campbell Soup Goes Big on e Commerce
July 31, 2017
07.28.17: Jeff Bezos: (Briefly) King of the Triple Comma Club
Jeff Bezos: (Briefly) King of the Triple Comma Club
July 28, 2017
07.27.17: Walmart Cancels All SNES Preorders
Walmart Cancels All SNES Preorders
July 27, 2017
07.26.17: Luxury Consignment with RealReal
Luxury Consignment with RealReal
July 27, 2017
07.25.17: The Amazon Treasure Truck
The Amazon Treasure Truck
July 25, 2017
08.24.17: Tao Cafe': China's Cashless Store
Tao Cafe': China's Cashless Store
July 24, 2017
08.21.17: Shopify Adds eBay as a Sales Channel
Shopify Adds eBay as a Sales Channel
July 21, 2017
07.20.17: Rebel Shop Turns Your Emails Into a Shop
Rebel Shop Turns Your Emails Into a Shop
July 20, 2017
07.19.17: Target Adds New Brabds
Target Adds New Brands to Up Its Image
July 19, 2017
07.18.17: Amazon Meal Kit
Amazon Fresh is Coming for Blue Apron
July 18, 2017
07.17.17: Brandless: The $3 Grocery
Brandless: The $3 Online Grocery
July 17, 2017
07.14.17: Prime Day Recap
Amazon Prime Day 2017 Recap
July 14, 2017
07.13.17: Walmart VR
Walmart is Training with VR Visit
July 13, 2017
07.12.17: Amazon Patents Underwater Storage
Amazon Patents Underwater Storage
July 12, 2017
07.11.17: Amazon Prime Day
Amazon Prime Day
July 11, 2017
07.10.17 Smart Device Calls the Cops
A Smart Device Called the Cops
July 10, 2017
July 7, 2017
July 7, 2017
07.06.17: QVC Buys Rival HSN for $2.1B
QVC Buys Rival HSN for $2.1 Billion
July 6, 2017
07.05.17: Photobucket is Holding Your Images Hostage
Photobucket is Holding Your Images Hostage
July 5, 2017
07.04.17: Fireworks for Sale
Fireworks for Sale!
July 4, 2017
07.03.17: VISA Wants to turn your hand in to a credit card
VISA Wants to Turn Your Hand Into a Credit Card
July 3, 2017
06.30.17: Sell Me Something Weird or Confusing
Sell Me Something Weird or Confusing
June 30, 2017
06.29.17: QVC Streams Its Way to eCommerce Success
QVC Streams Its Way to eCommerce Success
June 29, 2017
June 29, 2017
June 29, 2017
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