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571: Buy Modern Pre-Fab Homes with Dwellito
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. 
October 18, 2019
570: Zulily Launches Price-Comparison Tool
Zulily has introduced a new feature that shows online shoppers how much cheaper its prices are than Amazon or Walmart.
October 17, 2019
569: McKinsey & Co is Opening a Retail Store
McKinsey & Company, the well-known global management consulting firm, has opened its first brick-and-mortar retail store in the Mall of America called Modern Retail Collective.
October 16, 2019
568: Pinterest’s New ‘Shop the Look’ Ads Can Feature Multiple Products in a Single Ad
Pinterest recently announced their Shop the Look ads are in a new collections format for mobile. These revamped ads allow retailers to feature multiple products in one ad.
October 15, 2019
567: Amazon Go Tech Coming to Airports and Theatres
Amazon is looking to license its Amazon Go cashierless technology to other retailers, specifically movie theaters, airports, and sports stadiums.
October 14, 2019
566: Rent the Runway Freezes New Subscriptions
Rent the Runway recently stopped accepting new customers due to warehouse system updates that resulted in hundreds of canceled orders and a customer service catastrophe.
October 11, 2019
565: Forever 21 Files for Bankruptcy
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. Also, Brittany explains the 'VSCO Girl' trend and traces back to the exact moment The Ramones shirt caught on in modern female culture. 
October 10, 2019
564: Amazon to Launch Alexa-powered Food Network Kitchen Service
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. 
October 9, 2019
563: Get Fresh Fish Right to Your Door with The Fish Drop
From the minds behind the, The Fish Drop gives you access to the freshness and quality that has come to be expected from the largest seafood market in the western hemisphere. Mentions: - Fulton Fish Market - The Fish Drop
October 8, 2019
562: Amazon orders 100K Rivian Electric Trucks as Part of Carbon Neutral 2040 Plan
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 100% renewable energy by 2030. The e-commerce giant already runs 40% of its fleet on renewable energy.  Mentions: - Rivian - Amazon Co-founds The Climate Pledge, Setting Goal to Meet the Paris Agreement 10 Years Early
October 7, 2019
561: Shop at Amazon and Help Fight Climate Change with Beam
You can now help fight climate change when you shop on Amazon through a new Chrome extension called Beam. Mentions: - Beam Project - Ep 311: Lolli Lets You Earn Bitcoin While Shopping Online - Rakuten
October 4, 2019
560: Walmart Relaunches Shuttered Scoop Brand
Walmart recently announced that it was reviving Scoop, one of its older but iconic fashion brands.
October 3, 2019
559: Enjoy is an On-Demand Mobile Store
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. Mentions: - Enjoy - Welcome to a new kind of delivery experience. (YouTube) - Ron Johnson (Wikipedia)
October 2, 2019
558: You Can Now Order Postmates at Yankee Stadium
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. Mentions: - New York Yankees Exclusive Partnership With Postmates - Today's Special: Fast Food (Noah Kagan Presents)
October 1, 2019
557: Shopify Launches CBD Platform for U.S. Sellers
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.  Mentions: -  Shopify: Sell CBD Online - BigCommerce CBD 
September 30, 2019
556: Get Cookware and Kitchen Guidance with Equal Parts
Pattern (formerly known as branding firm Gin Lane) has launched Equal Parts, a part cookware, part home cooking coaching brand. Mentions: - Equal Parts - Pattern Brands - Gin Lane - Red Antler - 37Signals - Basecamp - Wildbit  - Hello Fresh - Brandless - Ikea Kitchen - Becooked - CKBK - Feast - Tasty - Misen
September 27, 2019
555: Amazon Rolls Out Cash Payment Option for US Customers
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 hours to pay for the goods at a participating Western Union. PayCode is an ideal solution for the retail giant to attract customers wary of divulging their financial information online and those who do not have a bank account. Mentions: - Amazon PayCode
September 26, 2019
554: DogSpot Lets You Leave Your Dog Safely While Running Errands
Each kennel has features to make your pup happy including air-conditioning, secure access, LCD touchscreen, air ventilation, heated floors, and a shatterproof window.  Mentions: - DogSpot
September 25, 2019
553: Amazon's Multi-Story Warehouses Aims to Cut Delivery Times
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 delivery times in dense cities to hours instead of days. Mentions: - Amazon’s New Multistory Warehouse Aims to Cut Delivery Times - Prologis
September 24, 2019
552: Target’s Circle Loyalty Program Goes Nationwide
Target said Monday it will be launching its revamped loyalty program, Target Circle, nationwide beginning Oct. 6. Target said that over the past 18 months of testing, over 2 million people have already enrolled in Target Circle, which doesn’t require the person to pay a membership fee or have a Target credit card. Mentions: - Target Circle Card - Target Red Card -
September 23, 2019
551: Shopify Acquires 6 River Systems for $450 million
Shopify announced that it is acquiring 6 River Systems, a startup focused on fulfillment automation for ecommerce and retail operations. Mentions: - Shopify - Shopify Sustainability Fund - 6 River Systems - Chuck Autonomous Vehicle (Video)
September 20, 2019
550: Starbucks to Open Pick Up Only Store
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.  Mentions: - Starbucks Announces Reserve Roastery Coming to Chicago’s Mag Mile in 2019 - Todd Carmichael - LaColombe - Dangerous Grounds (TV Series) - Starbucks Penn Station - Amtrak
September 19, 2019
549: A.C. Moore Challenges Etsy with Handmade Marketplace
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 products available for sale.  • A.C. Moore Marketplace • Zibbet
September 18, 2019
548: Amazon Tests Whole Foods Payment SystemUsing Hands as ID
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 rolling them out at its Whole Foods supermarket chain in the next few months.
September 17, 2019
547: Walmart and BuzzFeed Deliver Shoppable recipes
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 online grocery cart.
September 16, 2019
546: Fulfillment by Amazon Donations Program
Amazon is launching a new donations program, called Fulfillment by Amazon Donations, for third-party sellers that store their inventory in Amazon’s warehouses in the U.S. and UK.
September 13, 2019
545: Le Tote Buys Iconic Department Store Lord & Taylor
Lord & Taylor, once known as a high-end fashion destination has been sold to Le Tote, Inc., a fashion rental subscription service. LeTote scooped up the luxury retailer for a mere $75 million with an additional $25 million in the form of a secured promissory note after two years.
September 12, 2019
544: Buy Now, Pay Later with Sezzle
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. 
September 11, 2019
543: Idle Fish is China's Top Second-Hand Market
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 China’s largest online marketplace, Taobao, Idle Fish is now China’s largest secondhand trading platform in terms of monthly active users, with more than 200 million registered users, and over half of them born after 1990. Idle Fish started as an online platform allowing China’s consumers to cash in on used goods that “idle” at home.  Mentions: • Idle Fish • Ant Forrest • Alizilla • ThredUp
September 10, 2019
542: ThredUp Partners with JC Penney and Macys
Macy's and JCPenney have recently announced plans to partner with a trendy online consignment store popular among millennial and Gen Z shoppers called ThredUp. They will be opening branded stores with their secondhand clothing and accessories in 40 Macy’s locations and 30 J.C. Penney stores starting this month.  Mentions: • ThredUp • Blobby's World • Recommerce Surges as Retailers, Brands Get in the Game (Practical eCommerce)
September 9, 2019
541: Amazon Might Fine Sellers for Using Giant Boxes
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. Mentions: • Amazon Pushes Brands to Be Less Boxy • 3M Flex & Seal Shipping Roll
September 6, 2019
540: Target Partners with Disney for In-Store Disney Shops
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 in October. • How will Target's new Disney shops compare with J.C. Penney's?
September 5, 2019
539: Nuuly is URBN's New Clothing Rental Subscription Service
Combining the growing trend of rental services and the popular concept of subscription boxes, Urban Outfitters has officially launched their rental subscription service called Nuuly. Nuuly is a rental platform that offers more than 1,000 items from over 100 different brands. For $88 a month, subscribers can rent six items at a time per month. Also: Brittany offers fashion tips, John admits he "Marie Kondo"-ed his t-shirt collection, Bart shares his t-shirt hack.  Mentions: Nuuly  Rent the Runway  Marie Kondo 
September 4, 2019
538: Uber Eats Offers Dine-In Option
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 service. Instead, restaurants pay a fee that varies from market to market, and customers can tip restaurant employees through the app. The feature is designed to allow restaurants to focus mainly on making food and providing top-notch service to customers.  The new Dine-In option is now available in some cities, including Austin, Dallas, Phoenix and San Diego. Also: We discuss food delivery options and their myriad fees and the ongoing chicken sandwich battle. Mentions: Uber Eats  Uber Eats Pool could make ordering food a whole lot cheaper  The Rise of the Virtual Restaurant 
September 3, 2019
537: Pinterest Launches Wellness Tools to Help Users Cope with Stress, Anxiety
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 for Mental Health Innovation, Vibrant Emotional Health, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the activities are meant for users to complete when they are feeling anxious, sad or stressed.  Also: The gang discusses the toxic world of social media, meditation and mediation apps. Mentions: Bird Twitter Is My Oasis in Internet Hell Insight Timer (Meditation App) Calm (Meditation App)  
August 30, 2019
536: Facebook to Test Video Subscriptions
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 BritBox, CollegeHumor’s Dropout, MotorTrend App and Tastemade Plus. Also, we discuss our favorite streaming platforms, John reviews the Amazon Prime remake of 'Papillion' and Brittany confesses her love for the show 'Jersey Shore'.  Mentions: Facebook Video Subscriptions Trevor Wallace You Betcha Papillion Jersey Shore
August 29, 2019
535: Amazon Launches Personal Shopper Stylist Program
The eCommerce Minute is back after a short Summer break!   Today's episode: Amazon has recently launched Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe, a styling service available to all Prime members through the Amazon App.
August 28, 2019
534: iDoorBox is a Portable, Secure Home Delivery Solution
Doorbox Corporation has invented a solution to solve the growing problem of package theft of Amazon and other online deliveries by implementing what they claim is the world’s first alarm-enabled, foldable, secure packaged delivery box.
August 14, 2019
533: Amazon and Realogy to Partner on Home Sales
Amazon has recently announced that it will partner with Realogy Holdings Corp. to launch a new home-buying program called TurnKey. TurnKey will allow homebuyers in 15 cities to instantly connect with a pre-vetted, high-rated real estate agent in their area.
August 13, 2019
532: Google Launches Shopping Portal
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.
August 12, 2019
531: Rent Space in Your Yard with ‘Rent the Backyard’
Founded by Spencer Burleigh and Brian Bakerman, Rent The Backyard will help homeowners make some extra cash by renting out their backyard.
August 9, 2019
530: eBay to Launch Fulfillment Service for Sellers
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 network of pre-approved third-party vendors. 
August 8, 2019
529: Toys R Us is Back. Again.
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 return comes a little over a year after the chain collapsed, resulting in the shuttering of all 700 of its American stores.
August 7, 2019
528: Refraction AI Wants to Put Delivery Bots in the Bike Lane
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 travel in rain or snow, making it qualify under e-bike regulations, especially since it does not exceed 15 mph.
August 6, 2019
527: Pinterest Rolls Out Video Tools for Creators and Brands
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 analytics, and Pin scheduling.
August 5, 2019
526: Rent Your Unused RV with Outdoorsy
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 the nation by storm: young people are so over hotels. 
August 2, 2019
525: Walmart and Sam's Club Offer Audible Prescription Labels
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 their pharmacies. 
August 1, 2019
524: Amazon to Spend $700M to Retrain Workforce
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.
July 31, 2019
523: Uber Lets Riders Shop with Cargo Consoles
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. 
July 30, 2019
522: Alexa Will Dish Out Medical Advice to UK Citizens
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. 
July 29, 2019
521: Amazon Will Give You $10 to Track You on the Web
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 Assistant tool compares Amazon’s price for products with prices that users see on, and elsewhere.  In order for it to work, the assistant needs access to users’ web activity, including the links of certain pages of content they view. 
July 26, 2019
520: 7-Eleven Adds Location-based Delivery Option
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 select “Show 7NOW Pins” to find a hot spot close by. 
July 25, 2019
519: Whole Foods Aims to be a ‘Clean Beauty’ Destination
Whole Foods Market has revealed its plans to make the grocery chain a “clean beauty destination” revamping their organic soaps and skincare offerings. 
July 24, 2019
518: Amazon Competitor VeriShop Goes Live
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. 
July 23, 2019
517: Amazon Launches 'Counter' Retail Pickup Centers
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.
July 22, 2019
516: Get Cheap Flights from Philly with Moonfish
Moonfish’s online platform finds users the cheapest flights possible- like a flight to Barcelona out of PHL for $200. 
July 19, 2019
515: Shop 'The Drop' at Amazon
The Drop aims to provide "exclusive access to limited-edition, street-style inspired collections designed by fashion influencers from around the world”.
July 18, 2019
514: L.L. Bean Partners with Uber to Offer Free Rides to Campsites
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. 
July 17, 2019
513 : Dollar General Offers FedEx Parcel Service
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.
July 16, 2019
512: Google Tests Shoppable Recommendations in YouTube
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. 
July 15, 2019
511: Amazon Trains Delivery Bots with 3d Models
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. 
July 12, 2019
510: Best Buy Gets Into Home Fitness
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.”
July 11, 2019
509: Amazon Exits the Restaurant Biz
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 lurked in the shadows of its competitors for too long, and Amazon has decided to pull the plug. 
July 10, 2019
508: Sam's Club Makes Tire Buying a Snap
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”.  Sam's dug through 25+ year old technology, 600 clubs, five systems and inventory for each, totaling 1,100+ data sources to built the app in 9 months.  Sam’s Club employees will carry tablets to use the app to assist customers. 
July 9, 2019
507: Macy's is Using Pinterest Pincodes in Summer Campaign
Macy’s recently launched an out-of-home experiential campaign that asks consumers to use their phones at popular summer spots around the United States.  In partnership with Pinterest, these places feature Pinterest Pincodes that consumers can scan with their phones, and are then directed to a Pinterest board with outfits curated for that specific location.
July 8, 2019
506: Amazon's StyleSnap Will Change the Way You Shop
Amazon has recently introduced StyleSnap, an AI-powered feature that helps you shop for those pieces that you just can’t seem to find. 
July 5, 2019
505: Walmart Shakes Up
As of this month, Walmart is fully integrating Jet’s teams into its own ecommerce operations. 
July 4, 2019
504: Ikea Will Sell You a Rug But Only If You Really Love It
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 designs. 
July 3, 2019
503: Amazon's New Rewards Card Targets Those with Bad Credit
The new card is another attempt by Amazon to make its retail services accessible to more consumers.
July 2, 2019
502: The DRNKPAY App Curbs Drunk Shopping
DRNKPAY not only helps control spending but also creates awareness as to how much the user is drinking.
July 1, 2019
501: Shopify to Take on Amazon with $1B Fulfillment Network
Shopify has taken a page from Amazon’s playbook by announcing the launch of a network of fulfillment warehouses and shipping logistics capabilities in the United States. 
June 28, 2019
500: Our 500th Episode
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
June 27, 2019
499: The World's First AI-Developed Whiskey
Together with Finnish tech company Fourkind and Microsoft, Swedish distiller Mackmyra is creating the world’s first whiskey developed with artificial intelligence. 
June 26, 2019
498: A Digital Dress Sells for $9500
The world’s first digital dress has been purchased for $9,500, and it’s only available to wear online. 
June 25, 2019
497: 'Good, Cheap and Fast' Is the No-Frills Amazon Shopping Site
Good Cheap and Fast finds above-average products selling for below-average prices by using data science, price tracking and human analysis.
June 24, 2019
496: Vancouver Market Hands Out Embarrassing Plastic Bags
A Vancouver market has introduced plastic bags with embarrassing designs in order to deter customers from using single-use plastic bags. 
June 21, 2019
495: Facebook to Launch Crypto Coin
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 internet more broadly. 
June 20, 2019
494: ‘Care Free Boat Club' is Like Uber for Pleasure Boats
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.
June 19, 2019
493: Flexa Will Let You Shop Retailers with Bitcoin
Flexa has established a network and launched an iOS wallet app called Spedn that allows you to spend cryptocurrencies at brick-and-mortar retailers
June 18, 2019
492: Amazon Offers Gift Cards for 3-D Scans of Your Body
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 study is to “learn about diversity among body shapes,” for customizable apparel and not for marketing purposes. 
June 17, 2019
491: Amazon Launches 'Alexa Delete What I Say' Voice Command Script
Your Alexa devices will now allow you to request that your conversations or commands be deleted from the database.  
June 14, 2019
490: Shopify Acquires Handshake B2B Platform
Shopify’s acquisition of Handshake brings domain expertise and product efficiency to Shopify Plus and its expanding market of huge merchants.
June 13, 2019
489: Uses Tinder-like Services to Match Salespeople and Customers
Car shopping is one of the most dreaded, anxiety-inducing financial decisions. People repeatedly list car shopping as the worst shopping experience. understands this fear and feeling of vulnerability, so they decided to do something about it.  They’ve introduced technology that will match you with a real-life salesperson tailored perfectly to fit your shopping style. 
June 12, 2019
488: Taco Fans Can Book a Room at the Taco Bell Hotel
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 only for a limited time.  The hotel will feature a pool with themed activities and sauce packet floaties; a nail and a hair salon inspired by Taco Bell, and a gift shop selling exclusive branded apparel.  The entire establishment will feature taco-inspired decor, and everything from the guest rooms to the cocktails will have a ‘Taco Bell Twist’. 
June 11, 2019
487: Amazon Working on a Wearable Device That Reads Emotions
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 hardware division are collaborating on the new device. 
June 10, 2019
486: Coupang: South Korea's Amazon Killer
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 mobile app.   Coupang is the fastest-growing and best-financed e-commerce site in South Korea. 
June 7, 2019
485: Amazon 'Gamifies' Warehouse Tasks
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. 
June 6, 2019
484: The Binji Card Consolidates All Your Credit and Debit Cards Into One
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 digital age. It's the only platform offering the ability to consolidate credit and debit cards into a single card to use as funding sources for your Binji Account
June 5, 2019
483: Crazy Cazboy's is a Retail Treasure Hunt
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, prices drop to $5. Continuing the day-to-day decline, on Wednesday the price on all products reaches a low of 25 cents.  The store then closes on Thursday to restock, and the prices go back to $6. 
June 4, 2019
482: Amazon's New Box Packing Robots Work Faster Than Humans
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 plan is to reduce labor and boost profits using automation to do common warehouse tasks, and not just solely for speed reasons as some may speculate. 
June 3, 2019
481: Dunkin' Introduces Limited Edition Themed Nail Polish
Dunkin’ has recently introduced a limited edition line of nail polishes throughout the United States in a partnership with vegan nail polish company, Lauren B. Beauty.  The featured shades are inspired by Dunkin's Signature Lattes, Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Flavored Coffees, and their iconic orange and pink logo colors. Dunkin’s coffee inspired shade range features colors such as: Cocoa Mocha (a chocolate brown) and Caramel Craze (a candy-colored brown), and one of Baskin Robins’ inspired shades is Pistachio Almond Fudge (a turquoise). 
May 31, 2019
480: Alexa Guard Turns Your Echo Into a Security Device
Amazon has just released an update for your Echo that will listen for signs that someone is breaking into your home.
May 30, 2019
479: Walmart Brasil to Ditch eCommerce
Walmart Brazil has struggled with its e-commerce presence and has decided instead to focus on bricks and mortar retail.
May 29, 2019
478: Amazon, Walmart join online SNAP Pilot
For the first time, shoppers will be able to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program online for groceries.
May 28, 2019
477: Burger King Delivers Whoppers in Traffic
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 in the most heavily gridlocked areas within a 1.8 mile radius of a Burger King restaurant.
May 27, 2019
476: Amazon Alexa Launches HIPAA-Compliant Skills
The skills might allow patients to book appointments, check on prescription deliveries, identify wait times at emergency rooms, and access some limited healthcare information. 
May 24, 2019
475: Walmart Undercuts Amazon with Next Day Delivery
Walmart has announced its undercutting Amazon's newest Prime-member perk and launching free, next-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of products.
May 23, 2019
474: Spotify Tests Voice-Enabled Ads
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.
May 22, 2019
473: Tampa Airport Debuts 'TPA All-Access' Pass
The program will allow non-travelers each Saturday to access shops and restaurants beyond the security checkpoint year-round. 
May 21, 2019
472: Walmart is Going Big on Pet Care
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, similar to PetSmart's, that will deliver pet meds straight to your door. 
May 20, 2019
471: AliPay Users Have Planted 100M Trees in China
Users are rewarded for making environmentally friendly decisions and earn points, such as recycling old clothes or walking to work instead of driving.  These points can then be redeemed to plant trees.   To date, more than 100 million actual trees have been planted covering 580 square miles in desert regions of the country.
May 17, 2019
470: NBCUniversal Introduces 'ShoppableTV'
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. 
May 16, 2019
469: Burger King Jabs McDonald's with 'Unhappy Meals'
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 plus," as awareness was the key goal of the partnership.
May 15, 2019
468: Amazon is Now Making Drivers Take Selfies
The company will then use facial recognition software to make sure they know exactly who is delivering your packages. 
May 14, 2019
467: Marriott Launches Airbnb Competitor Homes & Villas
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.  The company says it will focus on premium and luxury homes in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  Among its listings, you will find unique homes like a castle in Ireland with a private lake, a 6-bedroom London townhome with a climbing wall, and an oceanfront villa in Anguilla with a private beach, butler, and staff.
May 13, 2019
466: Walmart Unveils First 'Intelligent' Lab Store
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 Intelligent Retail Lab — or “IRL” for short —  features AI-enabled cameras and interactive displays.
May 10, 2019
465: Amazon Launches Middle East Marketplace
The rebranded Souq will allow customers to shop Amazon in Arabic for the first time on its websites and apps.
May 9, 2019
464: 7-Eleven Lab Store Features Upscale Fare
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 its ability to be seen as a convenient place to pick up healthy snacks and enjoy a better-for-you meal. 
May 8, 2019
463: Giant Food Pilots Produce Prescriptions
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 improve food education, increase food access and advocate for better food policy.
May 7, 2019
462: Forever 21 Shutters Chinese eCommerce Site
Clothing and fashion retailer Forever 21 announced its shutting down its online stores in China. The company announced that it would close all its online shops, while huge clearance sales are ongoing in its physical stores.
May 6, 2019
461: Target Launches 'Everspring' Clean Product Line
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 materials, recycled products, and plants.   The Everspring line will encompass more than 70 household products, such as paper towels, napkins, cleaning products, laundry detergent, and hand soaps.
May 3, 2019
460: Amazon to Make One Day the Shipping Standard
Amazon will speed things up even further with One Day shipping for eligible Prime items.
May 2, 2019
459: This Magic Sticker Keeps Produce Fresher Longer
A company from Washington called StixFresh has developed a solution formulated from all-natural ingredients that can help extend the shelf-life of avocados, citrus fruits, mangoes, and apples up to 14 days.
May 1, 2019
458: Facebook is Building a Voice Assistant
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 effort.  That’s the division overseeing development on its AR Oculus headsets.   The voice-enabled tech might be incorporated into devices like Oculus and its Portal video chat.
April 30, 2019
457: Adidas Makes a 100% Recyclable Shoe
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 recyclable materials. Adidas says that, by enabling a manufacturing model where raw materials from one shoe can be used to make another, it intends to take responsibility for the entire life of a product.
April 29, 2019
456: Stay Awake Forever with Black Insomnia Coffee
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 caffeine. 
April 26, 2019
455: Amazon to Close Chinese Marketplace
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 goods and cloud services in the world’s most populous nation. This means Amazon customers in China will no longer able to buy goods from Chinese merchants.
April 25, 2019
454: Reusable Liviri Boxes Tackle Meal Kit Packaging Waste
Meal kit convenience comes with a massive downside. A typical meal kit delivery comes with insulation, gel-filled icepacks, and tiny lil containers or bags holding individual ingredients–like a few sprigs of herbs or a few spoonfuls of sauce or condiments –all  this inside a giant cardboard box. The Liviri containers eliminate single-use packaging and can be reused up to 75 times. 
April 24, 2019
453: Cup Noodles Machine Uses Instagram as Currency
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 for prizes.
April 23, 2019
452: Walmart Plans to Add Thousands of Robot Workers
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 scan inventory on shelves and bots to automatically scan deliveries as they roll off trucks. The company said it’s a high-tech approach to solving workplace problems.  
April 22, 2019
451: Amazon Go Will Take Cash After All
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 might have to put a pin in that last part about being cashless.  Responding to growing criticism, Amazon has revealed that it plans to allow customers who shop at its Amazon Go stores to pay with cash.
April 19, 2019
450: Yes, Alexa is Listening to Everything You Say
Millions of consumers have embraced the voice revolution, using their devices for news, music, games, and ecommerce. But, With any new-fangled tech, there's always that one person you know who says, "I won't use that, someone might be listening." Well, this time your conspiracy-minded friend is actually right. According to a report from Bloomberg, Amazon employs thousands of workers who listen to voice recordings captured by the company's Echo "smart" speaker devices in people's homes.
April 18, 2019
449: H&M Makes Clothes from Pineapple Leaves, Orange Peels, and Algae
Fashion designers are always pushing the envelope when it comes to the latest designs.   Is the next trend in fast fashion, natural and organic materials from plants? H&M’s latest collection is using materials from Pineapple leaves, Orange Peels, and Algae. 
April 17, 2019
448: Wayfair Plots First Physical Store
After acheiving success as an online furniture and home decor website, 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 Massachusetts mall.  Shoppers will be able to buy an assortment of home decor products, as well as place orders for home deliveries.  A spokeswoman said the store’s “front of the house” will cover more than 3,700 square feet. 
April 16, 2019
447: Amazon Slashes Prices at Whole Foods
They announced lower prices on hundreds of items and plan to double the number of weekly deals for Prime members.
April 15, 2019
446: Microsoft Might Be Building a Shopify Competitor
The rumors are flying that Microsoft is planning one of two things – either unleashing a Shopify competitor or try to buy up Shopify itself. Microsoft officials told The Information that Microsoft is seriously considering such a move because its customers, especially larger ones, are asking for such a capability.
April 12, 2019
445: Walmart Partners with Google on Voice-Assisted Grocery Shopping
The grocery battle between Walmart and Amazon rages on.  Walmart is rolling out a new voice-ordering capability called  Walmart Voice Order, which works across Google Assistant-powered platforms. Voice shopping for grocery pickup will be offered at more than 2,100 Walmart stores and for online delivery at more than 800 stores.
April 11, 2019
444: The 2019 Drunk Shopping Report
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 doorstep? No need to feel shame - You're not alone. A survey carried out by tech and business newsletter The Hustle revealed that waking up with a hangover plus a confirmation receipt for a purchase while drunk is actually a pretty common thing in the United States. 
April 10, 2019
443: Square Updates eCommerce Tools for Small Business
Square, Inc. recently announced a retooling of its Square Online Store and Square for Retail products. These tools allow merchants to add e-commerce to their sales operations, including tools like Instagram selling, shipping and in-store pickup. The products are partly the result of the payment company's acquisition of Weebly last year. 
April 9, 2019
442: McDonald's Grabs AI Startup Dynamic Yield
McDonald's corporation recently announced its biggest acquisition in 20 years with the 300 million dollar purhcase of Dynamic Yield Ltd., Dynamic Yield is a startup that provides retailers with algorithmically driven “decision logic” technology and allows McDonald's to better personalize menus.
April 8, 2019
441: BigCommerce Launches B2B eCommerce Initiative
eCommerce platform Big Commerce is rolling a new platform for business-to-business solutions for online merchants. It brings together services for wholesalers, manufacturers, and distributors to create a unified B2B e-commerce solution.
April 5, 2019
440: Adobe Launches Commerce Cloud
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.  Commerce Cloud is built on the company's 1.68 billion dollar acquisition of the Magento platform last May. Commerce Cloud is essentially a fully managed cloud-based version of the Magento platform fully integrated with the rest of Adobe’s tools, including its Analytics Cloud, Marketing Cloud and Advertising Cloud.
April 4, 2019
439: Alibaba's Futuristic 'Fly Zoo' Hotel
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 technology and hospitality to find innovations that empower the hospitality industry in the digital age. 
April 3, 2019
438: Amazon Closes Pop-Up Shops, Refocuses on Retail
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 gadgets. With the closing, the company is focusing on more traditional brick and mortar stores. 
April 2, 2019
437: Instagram Launches In-app Checkout
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 and doesn’t require members to log in because it stores members’ payment information.
April 1, 2019
436: MailChimp and Shopify Have Broken Up
MailChimp states that Shopify had released updated terms that would negatively impact their business and put users at risk.
March 29, 2019
435: Apple's 'It's Show Time' Event Recap
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.
March 28, 2019
433: Never Run Out of Coffee with a Bottomless Subscription
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 charge, which members place under their bag of coffee grounds. The scale weighs the beans and when it sees you running low, it sends a fresh bag o' beans to your doorstep.
March 27, 2019
433: Walmart Revamps the Painful Return Process
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 hosts” will personally process shopper returns by the front doors of select Walmart locations.  Greg Foran, President, and CEO of Walmart US, announced this new service at the UBS Global Consumer and Retail Conference on March 6. 
March 26, 2019
432: 'Amazon Day' Lets You Get All Your Packages at Once
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 pick the day on which all their orders from the week will be delivered all  – at once. Calling it “a new level of delivery convenience and predictability,” Amazon says Amazon Day will be available immediately for U.S.-based Amazon Prime members.
March 25, 2019
431: NYC Teams Up with Recyclers and Brands to Recycle Fashion
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 clothing being dumped in landfills. The NYC Department of Sanitation has created a map that will guide people to more than 1,100 locations across the city where they can take clothes they no longer wear. Participating stores and other locations across the city will act as drop-off points. The campaign also encourages consumers to find ways to repair, reuse, resell or swap old clothing.
March 22, 2019
430: Walmart is Planning to Sell Its Own Tablets
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 supplier in China and will run on Android. The target audience for the device is children.
March 21, 2019
429: Wally Shop: The Zero Waste Grocery Service
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 food co-op and deliver it to you.  This cuts down on carbon emissions.  All of the packaging that is used is recyclable, which cuts down on trash.
March 20, 2019
428: Amazon Plans to Launch Grocery Chain
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 Philadelphia.  The Journal also reports Amazon is exploring buying regional grocery chains to accelerate its growth. Unlike Whole Foods, the new grocery chain is expected to be more like a traditional supermarket.  \Whole Foods targets higher-end shoppers and good typically cost more.  A new grocery chain may target more price-sensitive shoppers.
March 19, 2019
427: Airbnb Buys Hotel Tonight
Airbnb is buying HotelTonight, the hotel-booking application that lets travelers arrange last-minute accommodations. The financial terms weren’t disclosed, but sources told Axios the homeshare giant paid close to Hotel Tonight’s last private valuation of about $463m. This would make it Airbnb’s largest acquisition ever. HotelTonight partners with hotels to offer un-sold rooms, catering to business travelers or those looking to make last-minute arrangements. 
March 18, 2019
426: Amazon Kills the Dash Button
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 low.  It also meant a direct pipeline to brands and sellers, which effectively removed the temptation to shop for lower prices. Amazon created more than 300 Dash buttons for various products.  Not only did they provide a fast way to re-order things, they also served as brand advertising for products when placed in homes.
March 15, 2019
425: Shoptalk 2019 Recap
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, including more than 750 CEOs, and the world's best speaker lineup and agenda.
March 14, 2019
424: Martha Stewart Jumps on the CBD Bandwagon
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 develop a line of CBD products for animals. 
March 13, 2019
423: The FedEx SameDay Delivery Bot
FedEx has developed an autonomous battery-powered delivery robot to facilitate same-day, last-mile deliveries. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
March 12, 2019
422: Amazon's 'Project Zero' Lets Brands Fight Against Fakes
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. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
March 11, 2019
421: Tide Announces Nationwide On-Demand Laundry Service
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 the app notifies them they’re ready.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
March 8, 2019
420: Amazon and Western Union Debut PayCode
PayCode allows people to shop and buy from Amazon’s online store and then pay for their purchases at local Western Union locations. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
March 7, 2019
419: Scandit Will Take the Guesswork Out of Shopping with Food Allergies
The technology allows shoppers to use their smartphones to scan products on grocery shelves and helps pinpoint items that help meet their dietary needs.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
March 6, 2019
418: Toys R Us is Back...Sort of
A group of former company executives have joined together to create a new company, called Tru Kids. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
March 5, 2019
417: Walgreens Testing Targeted In-Store Ads on Cooler Cases
Sensors and cameras will scan faces and estimate age and gender to deliver targeted messages. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
March 4, 2019
416: Target Launches 3rd-Party Marketplace Target +
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 program. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
March 1, 2019
415: CVS Tests In-Store Health HUB Concept
The concept reduces floor space for retail and seasonal items and expands space for health care and wellness. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 28, 2019
414: Barneys New York to Launch 'The High End' Cannabis Shop
The luxury cannabis lifestyle shop, in its Beverly Hills flagship store, makes it the first major retailer to open a legal cannabis department.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 27, 2019
413: LinkedIn Rolls Out LinkedIn Live
LinkedIn Live will allow individuals or organizations to broadcast real-time video to LinkedIn Groups or to the entire LinkedIn platform. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 26, 2019
412: Amazon to Bring Lockers to Coachella
Attendees will be able to conveniently order items like sunscreen, hats, and phone chargers and have shipped to the lockers onsite at the festival.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 25, 2019
411: Ikea to Test Furniture Leasing
The world’s largest furniture retailer is doing a proof of concept test starting in its home base of Switzerland by leasing office furniture. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 22, 2019
410: Amazon Wins Patent to Deliver Packages on Buses
According to a new patent filing, your Amazon package could be riding on a nearby bus, waiting for your pickup. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 21, 2019
409: Warby Parker's New AR Virtual Try-On
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 your face. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 20, 2019
408: Apple Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts to Depart in April
Ahrendts had served in the role at Apple for five years. Executive Director Deirdre O'Brien will assume Ahrendt's role. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 19, 2019
407: ‘Amazon Live’ Takes on QVC
Amazon Live will feature hosts demonstrating products that are for sale on the platform.     This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 18, 2019
406: Willie Nelson Launches CBD-Infused Coffee
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. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 15, 2019
405: Sell Your Digital Products for Free with Zipsell
Zipsell is a self-hosted platform that allows you to set up a fully-functional online store for selling digital products.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 14, 2019
404: Walmart Makes Training a Game with Spark City
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 dry grocery department and challenges them with making it run efficiently. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 13, 2019
403: Kohl's to Bring Weight Watchers Studio to Chicago Store
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 this year. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 12, 2019
402: Honda's Dream Drive Aims to Gamify Car Travel
Dream Drive is a suite of apps for both driver and passenger, where users can accumulate points for vouchers for discounts.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 11, 2019
401: Walmart Launches Motile, a Tech Accessory Line
Walmart calls it “smart accessories for an untethered world.”  It’s a private level line of tech accessories under the brand name “Motile.” This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 8, 2019
400: Big Brands to Test Loop Reusable Packaging Subscription
Loop is a circular shopping platform that transforms the packaging of your everyday essentials from single-use disposable to durable, feature-packed designs. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 7, 2019
399: Parcel Guard is a Smart Mailbox for Online Shoppers
Parcel Guard is an anti-theft mailbox that can only be accessed by your delivery person and you.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 6, 2019
398: Supermarket Drones Help to Keep Shelves Stocked
Pensa Systems has developed a drone that can fly around a store and examine items on shelves and in coolers. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 5, 2019
397: Meet Caper, the AI-powered Smart Shopping Cart
The Caper cart is an AI-powered smart shopping cart that lets customers skip the checkout line.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 4, 2019
396: Murder Your Thirst with Liquid Death
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.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
February 1, 2019
395: Amazon Rolls Out the Scout Delivery Robot
The company is using the autonomous robot to deliver packages.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
January 31, 2019
394: Walmart's Eavesdropping Surveillance Patent
According to the filing and claims, it’s “an example system for capturing and analyzing sounds in a shopping facility.”  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
January 30, 2019
393: Brandless Offers Product Subscriptions
The new service will allow their customers to receive certain products on a schedule - weekly, monthly, twice a year, or any timeline of their choosing.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
January 29, 2019
392: Amazon Eyes Closed Sears Stores for Whole Foods Expansion
Yahoo Finance reports that Whole Foods is taking a serious look at abandoned Sears and K-Mart stores. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
January 28, 2019
391: WeChat Pay Unveils Credit Scoring
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 formulate a credit score for even those without established financial history. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at 8huDHNsoEAlJZ5SKwxTo
January 25, 2019
390: Square Unveils Debit Card for Store Owners
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.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
January 24, 2019
389: Amazon is Sending Free Samples Based on Your Data
Axios reports the online giant has partnered with brands including Folgers and Maybelline to send free samples directly to your home.  The companies will target Amazon Prime subscribers based on the company’s massive collection of personal data on its users, including things like browsing, order, and engagement history. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
January 23, 2019
388: WeWork Gets Into the Food Biz with Laird Hamilton
WeWork recently announced a $32 million investment in Laird Superfood, started by surf star Laird Hamilton. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
January 22, 2019
387: Facebook Tries Live Video Shopping
This new feature would let users do their own live videos to show products and do live demos.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
January 21, 2019
386: Arby’s Launched a Subscription Box
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.  This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
January 18, 2019
385: Let Weebly Fix Your Bad Product Photos
Weebly Photo Studio lets you send products to Weebly to have the items professionally photographed. The service costs $75 per item. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
January 17, 2019
384: Entrupy's Product Fingerprinting Fights Counterfeits
The advanced technology records microscopic differences in manufactured products then houses those recorded differences as "product fingerprints". This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at
January 16, 2019