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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. 
10:14
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.  
08:19
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.
06:48
June 13, 2019
489: Cars.com 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.   Cars.com 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. 
11:29
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’. 
06:49
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. 
07:16
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. 
07:43
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. 
08:43
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
10:36
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. 
10:19
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. 
07:39
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). 
07:31
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.
07:35
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.
07:15
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.
06:04
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.
07:13
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. 
09:39
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.
08:22
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.
07:39
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. 
07:46
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 WalmartPetRx.com, similar to PetSmart's Chewy.com, that will deliver pet meds straight to your door. 
07:48
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.
07:12
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. 
09:27
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.
08:30
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. 
10:24
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.
09:15
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.
10:53
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.
07:02
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. 
08:07
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.
07:21
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.
05:31
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.
08:22
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.
09:14
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.
09:48
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.
09:01
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.
07:27
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. 
08:05
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.
08:03
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. 
11:03
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.
07:39
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.  
10:18
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.
10:15
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.
08:56
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. 
08:21
April 17, 2019
448: Wayfair Plots First Physical Store
After acheiving success as an online furniture and home decor website, Wayfair.com is now looking to the real world for its next investment. The company is opening up its permanent first brick-and-mortar store inside a 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. 
07:31
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.
07:08
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.
08:29
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.
10:03
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. 
08:19
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. 
08:47
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.
07:45
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.
10:42
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.
14:05
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. 
10:22
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. 
06:02
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.
08:49
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.
11:34
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.
30:51
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.
09:02
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. 
06:38
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.
06:41
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.
06:47
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.
09:20
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.
10:24
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.
09:35
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. 
06:26
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.
06:48
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.
19:16
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. 
07:55
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 pb.com/minute
10:24
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 pb.com/minute
08:55
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 pb.com/minute
08:34
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 pb.com/minute
07:21
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 pb.com/minute
08:33
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 pb.com/minute
09:22
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 pb.com/minute
08:37
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 pb.com/minute
09:14
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 pb.com/minute
08:31
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 pb.com/minute
09:11
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 pb.com/minute
10:16
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 pb.com/minute
06:26
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 pb.com/minute
09:59
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 pb.com/minute
06:24
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 pb.com/minute
06:17
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 pb.com/minute
08:19
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 pb.com/minute
09:11
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 pb.com/minute
08:53
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 pb.com/minute
07:40
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 pb.com/minute
06:56
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 pb.com/minute
08:09
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 pb.com/minute
08:25
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 pb.com/minute
07:12
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 pb.com/minute
13:12
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 pb.com/minute
09:33
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 pb.com/minute
08:14
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 pb.com/minute
09:48
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 pb.com/minute
07:21
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 pb.com/minute
08:14
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 pb.com/minute
08:16
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 pb.com/minute
05:47
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 pb.com/minute
07:24
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 pb.com/minute 8huDHNsoEAlJZ5SKwxTo
06:53
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 pb.com/minute
04:30
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 pb.com/minute
08:35
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 pb.com/minute
09:47
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 pb.com/minute
10:40
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 pb.com/minute
07:24
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 pb.com/minute
08:28
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 pb.com/minute
07:23
January 16, 2019
383: Amazon Looks to Airports for Amazon Go Expansion
Amazon is expanding their checkout-free Go stores to airports targeting busy travelers. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at pb.com/minute
05:52
January 15, 2019
382: Pepsi Rolls Out Snack Robots to College Campuses
The Snackbots are outdoor, self-driving robots on wheels making its way around college campuses delivering snacks and soft drinks. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at pb.com/minute
07:22
January 14, 2019
381: Eileen Fisher Wants Her Clothes Back
Eileen Fisher takes your used clothing and gives them new life.  This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at pb.com/minute
07:06
January 11, 2019
380: Amazon Wants to Stop Selling CraP
That’s what some folks at Amazon have dubbed products they are offering that sell for less than what it costs to buy and deliver. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at pb.com/minute
08:19
January 10, 2019
379: Hertz Partners with Clear to Speed Checkout
Users will be able to bypass the lines by letting a biometric kiosk scan their face when they’re ready to leave the rental car lot. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at pb.com/minute
10:06
January 9, 2019
378: Facebook Wants You to Buy and Watch HBO on Facebook
The social media giant is in talks with HBO, Showtime, and Starz about adding streaming video.  Facebook would offer subscriptions to these channels which users would watch within the Facebook platform. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at pb.com/minute
10:30
January 8, 2019
377: Costa’s ‘Clever’ Coffee Cup
Their "Clever Cups" are reusable cups that include a contactless payment chip. Instead of cups being used for single-usage, the cups are for continuous use. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes. eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at pb.com/minute
07:46
January 7, 2019
376: Alibaba Used Customer Data to Create a Spicy Snickers
Alibaba helped Mars create a new flavor of Snickers bar for the Chinese market – all based on collected consumer data. 
05:37
January 4, 2019
375: Season Three Premiere
The Season Three premiere of the eCommerce Minute. In this super-sized episode John and Bart discuss the holiday break, take care of some podcast announcements and make their predictions for 2019. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online by Pitney Bowes. eCommerce Minute listeners can get a FREE 30-day trial when you visit pb.com/minute
21:19
January 3, 2019
374: The eCommerce Minute 2018 Wrap-Up Show
On this super-sized episode, Bart and John take a fond look back at some of the episodes from 2018 and look ahead to the trends and stories for 2019. The eCommerce Minute will return with new episodes in January.
38:13
December 21, 2018
373: Brewery Teams with Kellogg's to Fight Food Waste with 'Throwaway IPA' Beer
Kelloggs has teamed up with Seven Bro7thers Brewery to use "rejected" Corn Flakes in their beer production.
05:13
December 20, 2018
372: Walmart Launches App to Order Online Items In-Store
The new program allows sales assistants to help customers find items and complete transactions in-store using their handheld devices.
07:09
December 19, 2018
371: RedThread Uses Body Scanning for Best Clothing Fit
RedThread aims to do away with sizes and instead focus on actual fit.
05:59
December 18, 2018
370: Sweetgreen Partners with WeWork on Office Delivery
WeWork and salad startup Sweetgreen have teamed up to make it easier for WeWork members and employees to get a healthy meal.
06:33
December 17, 2018
369: Facebook Now Lets You Share Holiday Wish Lists
The new feature allows users to share and collaborate on collections of saved content and share them with friends and family.
05:43
December 14, 2018
368: Walmart Acquires Art.com
Art.com is largest online art sellers in the world with more than two million curated images in its inventory.
05:58
December 13, 2018
367: Shop with Crypto at Coin2Shop
Coin2Shop is a browser extension that you can use to shop on Amazon or eBay using your cryptocurrencies as cash.
06:22
December 12, 2018
366: 9 Brands Come Together Under One Roof in Brooklyn Shop
HiO is a new retail concept in Brooklyn is testing the idea that consumers will find value in discovering new brands through a brick-and-mortar experience.
08:19
December 11, 2018
365: Alibaba Made a Smart Screen to Help Blind People Shop
Smart Touch is a smart screen that was developed by Alibaba and Damo Academy to assist visually and physically disabled individuals with mobile device tasks, specifically shopping tasks.
04:45
December 10, 2018
364: Overstock to Ditch Retail for Crypto
Founder and CEO Patrick Byrne is selling the entire business and going all in on crypto.
05:06
December 7, 2018
363: Payless Tricks 'Influencers' with Fake Luxury Pop-Up
As part of a viral ad campaign, the shoe retailer opened a fake luxury store and filled it with its discount shoewear.
06:02
December 6, 2018
362: Italic: Luxury Goods Without the Labels
Italic is betting big that consumers might be more interested in the quality and design rather than the showy label and brand name.
05:59
December 5, 2018
361: T-Mobile Let Students Redesign a Part of its Website
The task was part of a partnership with Adobe's annual analytics challenge where teams of students compete to win a $35,000 prize as well as potential employment.
05:46
December 4, 2018
360: ShopRunner Launches Mobile Marketplace 'District'
District showcases items from about 140 retailers and features a dynamic real-time feed that presents shoppers with trending products tailored to each user based on past actions, as well as information shared with the app.
05:07
December 3, 2018
359: Instagram Lets Users Shop From Video Posts
In its latest product update, users will now be able to shop from the videos in their feed.
06:57
November 30, 2018
358: Marie Claire Uses Editors to Drive eCommerce
The magazine has launched Marie Claire Edit, an aggregator site where readers can shop from retail partners.
06:32
November 29, 2018
357: Ford, Walmart & Postmates Team Up on Robot Delivery
Ford Motor Company is joining forces with Walmart and Postmates to create an autonomous grocery delivery service in Miami, Florida.
07:38
November 28, 2018
356: eBay Launches Holiday Toy Catalog
This holiday season, eBay is following Amazons lead and releasing a holiday toy catalog. The online retailer is putting out a Toy Book with the hottest gifts this year, as well as listings for rare and retro playthings from your childhood.
06:19
November 27, 2018
355: Uber Launches Rewards Program
Uber has launched a new loyalty program called Uber Rewards.
07:52
November 26, 2018
354: MASSE Lets You Shop Via Trusted Recommendations
Two Jet.com alums have created a community of shoppers you can trust with their new social shopping platform called MASSE.
07:00
November 23, 2018
P&G Intros New 'eCommerce Only' Tide Box
The new Tide liquid detergent comes in a container about the size of a small shoebox is designed for e-commerce sales only.
07:34
November 22, 2018
352: Walmart Looks to Make Big Boxes Into 'Town Centers'
The ‘Town Center’ features amenities that would conceptually make Walmart a community gathering space.
08:40
November 21, 2018
351: Kroger Brings Back Toys R Us for the Holidays
Kroger has partnered with Geoffrey LLC to put Geoffrey’s Toy Box merchandise in nearly 600 stores this holiday season.
05:53
November 20, 2018
350: Dollar Shave Club Rolls Out Vending Machines
The online shaving supply company will be rolling out a line of vending machines featuring trail-size versions of its products.
08:47
November 19, 2018
349: Facebook Debuts Small Biz Pop-Ups at Macys
Facebook organized the 9 pop up stores to be part of The Market @ Macy's. The Market @ Macy's concept debuted earlier this year to provide space and exposure to small brands.
06:35
November 16, 2018
348: Alibaba's Singles Day Tops $30 Billion
When it was all said and done, the total for this year was a staggering $30.8 Billion. That number topped the $25.3 billion record set in 2017 and shows a nearly 27 percent year-on-year rise. This is a huge number, of course, but smaller than the 39 percent year-on-year growth recorded in 2017.
08:08
November 15, 2018
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.
05:10
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.
06:59
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.
07:49
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.
04:52
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.
05:03
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.
05:09
November 7, 2018
341: Blue Apron Teams Up with Jet.com
Jet.com's newly launched City Grocery offering is now selling Blue Apron meal kits, featuring menu offerings exclusive to Jet customers. This is the first time they've been available through an online retailer.
07:24
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.
06:56
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.
07:11
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.
08:03
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.
06:21
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.
10:33
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.
07:06
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.
07:57
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.
08:34
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.
07:09
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.
05:22
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.
06:31
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.
05:56
October 19, 2018
327: CommerceHub's Last-Mile Big-Ticket Delivery Solution
CommerceHub streamlines the last-mile delivery process of large or bulk merchandise.
08:37
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.
07:24
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.
07:48
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.
05:46
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.
06:19
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.
04:42
October 11, 2018
322: Snapchat Unveils New eCommerce Features
Snap, Inc. has announced an updated set of eCommerce ad products.
05:48
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.
07:41
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.
08:32
October 8, 2018
319: Jet.com 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.
09:08
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.
05:43
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.
07:40
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.
06:13
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.
07:40
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.
06:44
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.
05:11
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.
06:30
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, Hotels.com, Jet.com, SeatGeek ,Walmart, Best Buy and ClassPass.
07:16
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.
05:39
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."
04:36
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.
06:34
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.
04:42
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.
06:57
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.
05:29
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.
03:58
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.
05:52
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.
05:25
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.
07:09
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.
08:10
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.
06:13
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.
06:32
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.
07:58
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.
05:27
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.
06:14
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.
04:55
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.
07:28
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.
07:02
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.
04:51
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.
07:09
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.
07:46
August 17, 2018
288: Walmart Tests Grocery-picking Robots
The Alphabot robots will help associates pick and package grocery orders.
08:03
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.
08:31
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'.
05:03
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.
07:46
August 13, 2018
284: Starbucks Partners on Delivery Deal with Alibaba
The service would be run through Alibaba's food delivery unit called Ele.me
04:10
August 10, 2018
283: CallPage Lets You Call Your Site Visitors
CallPage allows you to call interested visitors to your site.
05:12
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.
07:25
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.
07:18
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.
03:44
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.
05:24
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.
05:13
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.
06:27
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.
06:05
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.
05:38
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.
05:53
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.
06:01
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.
06:04
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.
05:21
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.
06:56
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.
05:21
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.'
05:41
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.
05:47
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.
06:48
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.
04:40
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.
08:24
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.
04:48
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.
06:01
July 11, 2018
261: Get Cheap Broadway Tickets with Broadway Roulette
You pick the day, they pick the show - just $49 - $59.
06:16
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.
06:17
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.
10:21
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.
06:48
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.
06:32
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.
05:52
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.
06:22
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.
05:49
June 29, 2018
253: JD.com's Shopping Festival Holiday Pulls in $24B
Chinese eCommerce giant JD.com pulled in $24.6B during their annual 618 Shopping Festival, held this year June 2 to the 18th. That number set a new record for the festival, with a whopping 37% increase over last years festival.
06:51
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.
08:58
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.
08:34
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.
07:05
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.
08:01
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.
06:42
June 21, 2018
247: Google to Invest $550M into JD.com
The investment is part of Google's effort to expand their presence in the fast-growing Asian market and to battle rivals like Amazon.
05:44
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.
05:28
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.
09:27
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.
09:36
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”.
04:30
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.
07:16
June 13, 2018
241: Alibaba's Cainiao Smart Delivery Box
Alibaba wants to put a temperature-controlled smart locker outside your home.
03:51
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.
07:36
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.
06:19
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.
09:05
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.
07:21
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.
08:37
June 5, 2018