eCommerce Minute

eCommerce Minute

By eCommerce Minute
The eCommerce Minute is your daily dose of eCommerce, tech and retail news, with your hosts John Suder, Bart Mroz, and Brittany Blackman. The show is a production of SUMO Heavy, an eCommerce consulting firm with offices in Brooklyn, NY, and Philadelphia.
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647: Macy's "Retooling" Includes the Closure of 125 Stores
The closures will cut more than 2,000 corporate jobs as a part of a cost-savings effort. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
10:02
February 19, 2020
646: Amazon's Virginia HQ2 Will Be 100% Solar
The headquarters will be powered by a solar farm more than 200 miles away in Southern Virginia. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
09:44
February 18, 2020
645: Staples New Store Concept Includes Event Space and Podcast Studios
This new store concept is built around the ever-evolving needs of the retail customer with a focus on community, hands-on learning and solutions. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
07:38
February 17, 2020
644: Brandless Halts Operations
The company will be laying off 70 people, or nearly 90% of its staff, according to a company spokesperson. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
11:29
February 14, 2020
643: Sephora to Open 100 Stores in 2020
New locations will open in 75 different cities including Charlotte, North Carolina; San Jose, California; and Nashville, Tennessee. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
16:08
February 13, 2020
642: Amazon 'Launches' Dating Site as Valentine's Day Joke
Creatives Ani Acopian and Suzy Shinn partnered with animation studio Thinko and designer Morgan Gruer to flesh out the concept. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
10:32
February 12, 2020
641: Rebag Uses Data to Judge Your Luxury Bag's Worth
Rebag, the luxury handbag buying and selling retail destination has a tool that allows users to check the value of luxury handbags. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
09:18
February 11, 2020
640: SmallDoor is a Pet Care Subscription Service
Small Door is a veterinary services membership startup, that recently announced the grand opening of its NYC location at 15 Seventh Ave. International companies that rely on Chinese factories to make their products and depend on Chinese consumers for sales are already warning of costly problems. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
06:51
February 10, 2020
639: Coronavirus Disrupts Overseas Trade
International companies that rely on Chinese factories to make their products and depend on Chinese consumers for sales are already warning of costly problems. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
09:41
February 7, 2020
638: Atari is Opening Hotels
The destination will offer gaming playgrounds that include VR and AR games, and some locations will have venues and studios to accommodate e-sports events. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
09:12
February 6, 2020
637: FedEx Begins Sunday Ground Service
The company said delivering residential packages on Sundays speeds up most shipping lanes by one or two days, an advantage that is particularly valuable for shippers and consumers of health care and perishable goods. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
11:25
February 5, 2020
636: Google Designed an Envelope to Hide Your Phone from Yourself
Google has acquired Dublin-based Pointy, which developed a solution to help traditional retailers compete with ecommerce giants like Amazon. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
11:31
February 4, 2020
635: RandomPizza Randomly Delivers You Pizza
For a $19.99 a month subscription, RandomPizza will deliver two pizzas from a random pizza joint at a random time. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
06:28
February 3, 2020
634: Google Acquires Pointy, A Startup That Aids Local Retailers
Google has acquired Dublin-based Pointy, which developed a solution to help traditional retailers compete with ecommerce giants like Amazon. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
06:38
January 31, 2020
633: Shopify Capital Lends a Hand to Small Businesses
The service enables new merchants to get an initial loan of $200 when they sign up to Shopify and link their bank account. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
08:29
January 30, 2020
632: Rent the Runway to Pilot Sales Program at Nordstrom Rack
Rent the Runway and Nordstrom Rack are expanding their partnership by bringing some of its gently worn, ready-to-wear products to a number of the off-price chain’s stores. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
08:30
January 29, 2020
631: Google Launches New Clothing Search Format for Better eCommerce Queries
Web searches for products will now present a section featuring the most popular products from stores around the web, which you can filter and browse. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
10:29
January 28, 2020
630: Amazon to Launch Luxury Platform
The platform will initially roll out in the US before expanding internationally, and 12 brands are already working with Amazon on the project. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
10:10
January 27, 2020
629: Away Co-Founder Returns as CEO
Steph Korey’s return comes just a month after stepping down as chief executive of the online luggage seller. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
13:20
January 24, 2020
628: Visa Acquires Plaid for $5.3 Billion
Visa said the deal has the potential to add as much as 100 basis points to the company’s net revenue growth by 2021. Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
11:09
January 23, 2020
627: NRF 2020 Vision Recap
This year the event saw roughly 40,000 people from 99 countries attending the first day of the Big Show. Mentions: NRF 2020 Vision ARTICLES https://nrfbigshow.nrf.com/2020-articles Hosts: John Suder (@johnsuder) Producer and Director of Marketing at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/johnsuder Bart Mroz (@bartmroz) CEO/Co-founder of SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/bartmroz Brittany Blackman (@BrittanytB) Writer and Junior Marketing Coordinator at SUMO Heavy https://twitter.com/BrittanytB About the eCommerce Minute: The eCommerce Minute is a production of SUMO Heavy, a digital commerce and strategy firm located in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about SUMO Heavy: http://www.sumoheavy.com Follow Us: Newsletter: SUMO Heavy Weekly https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sumoheavy Twitter: @sumoheavy
13:27
January 22, 2020
626: Alexa, Pay For My Gas
The platform, powered by technology from Fiserv, a fin-tech company, is set to launch in April at more than 11,500 Exxon and Mobil gas stations in the United States.
12:12
January 21, 2020
625: Kyte Delivers Rental Cars to Your Door
A contract worker, which Kyte calls a "Surfer", drops the rental car off at your location, and then it's up to them to get home or wherever they're off to next.
10:16
January 20, 2020
624: Pier 1 Sinks Lower and Closes 450 Stores
The upcoming closures will shutter nearly half of Pier 1's 942 stores and are expected to compromise the jobs of thousands of employees. Mentions: - What’s Going on With IKEA Customer Service? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-going-ikea-customer-service-bart-mroz/
10:40
January 17, 2020
623: Forever 21 Relaunches International eCommerce
Following months of beta testing, Forever 21 is relaunching its international online store to target consumers in Canada, Asia, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America.
09:51
January 16, 2020
622: Uber is Adding Public Transit Tickets to its App in Las Vegas
Uber users in Las Vegas will soon be able to purchase public transit tickets through the app. This makes Las Vegas the second city to bring public transit into its services.
07:04
January 15, 2020
621: Rebook Disrupted Flights with Freebird
Freebird is a service for independent travelers and companies that helps rebook flights after cancellations or other “disruption events.” - Freebird https://www.getfreebird.com/
11:54
January 14, 2020
620: Walmart Rethinks eCommerce in its Battle Against Amazon
Walmart CEO Doug McMillion revealed at a recent strategy meeting that Walmart supercenters will be a key centerpiece of Walmart’s retail strategy going forward.
18:07
January 13, 2020
619: Amazon Tests Cargo Bike Deliveries
In the program, major freight delivery services including Amazon, UPS, and DHL, will use solely cargo e-bikes to make deliveries.
07:52
January 10, 2020
618: Pandora Launches Interactive Voice Ads
Pandora is expanding on its Voice Mode native voice assistant by testing interactive voice ad functionality. Mentions: - iTunes Ping https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITunes_Ping
15:12
January 9, 2020
617: Rent the Runway Partners with W Hotels
Guests who book a room at one of four of the hotel’s properties will be given access to Rent the Runway’s Unlimited Closet collection for $69. - We're back for Season 4 of the eCommerce Minute. - W Hotels X Rent the Runway https://w-hotels.marriott.com/about/fashion/rent-the-runway/
14:06
January 8, 2020
616: The eCommerce Minute 2019 Wrap-Up Show
Our yearly super-sized episode featuring an extended conversation with the gang about the biggest stories of the year as well as trends and predictions for 2020.  - Alibaba Singles Day - Mailchimp and Shopify break Up - The Away.com Fiasco - Subscription Boxes: Winners and Losers - eCommerce and The Pharma Business - Food Delivery and Ghost Kitchens - Toys R Us is Reborn (again) - That Peloton Ad - Walmart's Cocaine Sweater - Baby Yoda knockoffs - Where are the Baby Yoda Toys? Trends and Predictions - Magento 1 Sundown - Voice Commerce: Wil It Ever Take Off? - D2C/Bricks and Clicks - The Rise of Sustainable Brands - The CBD/Weed Business - Bitcoin as Payment - Amazon Passes UPS and FedEx by 2022 - Social Commerce is Rising  The eCommerce Minute will return for Season 4 with new episodes on January 8, 2020.
1:00:55
December 20, 2019
615: Lyft Launches Rental Car Service
The rental-car service will allow customers to rent a vehicle directly from the Lyft app.
13:33
December 19, 2019
614: Returnly Announces Instant Exchanges for Shopify Plus
The Instant Gift Exchange program allows gift recipients to immediately browse a site and repurchase a preferred item before returning their original item. 
11:15
December 18, 2019
613: Kroger Partners With ClusterTruck To Make Deliveries
The Kroger Delivery Kitchen Powered by ClusterTruck will offer meals on-demand without any delivery or service fees. 
08:03
December 17, 2019
612: Alexa Will Now Remind You to Take Your Pills
The feature will allow customers to set up their own medication reminders and request voice refills using their prescription information. Download the SUMO Heavy 2019 Voice Commerce Survey Free download. The newest SUMO Heavy report, ‘The Current State and Future of Voice-Assisted Shopping’ explores voice assistant adoption, its frequency of use, and the impact of voice-enabled technology on the future of eCommerce. http://www.voicecommercesurvey.com
08:14
December 16, 2019
611: Ease Holiday Parking Madness with MyPark
Philadelphia-area shoppers can now reserve parking spots at the always crowded King of Prussia Mall.  Subscribe to the SUMO Heavy Newsletter bit.ly/sumoheavynewsletter
08:19
December 13, 2019
610: Glossier Pops Up in Nordstrom Locations
The successful D2C brand will open temporary pop-up stores in select Nordstrom locations. Subscribe to the SUMO Heavy Newsletter bit.ly/sumoheavynewsletter
09:02
December 12, 2019
609: Popular Meal-kit Subscription Service Plated Closes
Albertsons Companies is shifting the Plated platform from a subscription-based meal kit service to an in-store brand. Subscribe to the SUMO Heavy Newsletter bit.ly/sumoheavynewsletter
13:24
December 11, 2019
608: eBay Sells StubHub for $4B
eBay has agreed to sell its StubHub ticketing business to Swiss ticket reseller Viagogo Entertainment Inc. for $4.05 billion in cash. Subscribe to the SUMO Heavy Newsletter bit.ly/sumoheavynewsletter
17:10
December 10, 2019
607: Zappos Launches Goods for Good
The new customer experience makes it easier and more convenient than ever to shop across eco-friendly brands.  Zappos Goods for Goods https://www.zappos.com/e/goods-for-good Subscribe to the SUMO Heavy Newsletter bit.ly/sumoheavynewsletter The High Cost of Fast Fashion https://blog.sumoheavy.com/the-high-cost-of-fast-fashion-1b792d11a588
15:35
December 9, 2019
606: LVMH Scoops Up Tiffany for $16.2B
The Parisian conglomerate will acquire Tiffany for $135 per share in cash, in a transaction with an equity value of $16.2 billion.  Subscribe to the SUMO Heavy Newsletter bit.ly/sumoheavynewsletter The High Cost of Fast Fashion https://blog.sumoheavy.com/the-high-cost-of-fast-fashion-1b792d11a588
12:39
December 6, 2019
605: AC Moore Exits Bricks and Mortar Retail
Up to 40 locations and a distribution facility will be acquired by rival Michaels, which has a 1,300-store footprint and is the largest arts and crafts retailer in the U.S. Mentions: Blitsy https://blitsy.com/ Zibbet https://www.zibbet.com/  Subscribe to the SUMO Heavy Newsletter bit.ly/sumoheavynewsletter The High Cost of Fast Fashion https://blog.sumoheavy.com/the-high-cost-of-fast-fashion-1b792d11a588
13:24
December 5, 2019
604: PayPal Acquires Shopping Rewards Site Honey for $4B
The acquisition, which is PayPal’s largest to date, will give the payments giant a step up in fully understand a consumer’s shopping journey.
11:10
December 4, 2019
603: Tik Tok Tests Social Commerce
TikTok is running beta tests that allow influencers to embed social commerce links into their video content on the app. 
15:30
December 3, 2019
602: Kylie Jenner Makes a $600 Million Deal with Coty
Kylie Jenner has sold 51 percent of her cosmetics and skincare brand to Coty for $600 million, a price tag that now values the enterprise at whopping $1.2 billion.
18:42
December 2, 2019
601: Nike Parts Ways with Amazon
Athletic retail giant Nike will stop selling its products on Amazon, officially ending a two-year pilot program.
11:14
November 29, 2019
600: Google to Offer Checking Accounts in Partnership with Banks Next Year
The service will be offered next year in conjunction with financial institutions like Citigroup.  Mentions: - Google, Checking Accounts, And The Emperor’s New Clothes https://www.forbes.com/sites/ronshevlin/2019/11/25/google-checking-accounts-and-the-emperors-new-clothes/#603db93a193c - Gavin Belson's new trick: Technology + Ethics = Tethics. (HBO's Silicon Valley, S6E5.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfRUQh_EHoQ
12:39
November 28, 2019
599: Amazon debuts Alexa-compatible Christmas Tree
A 7-foot tall voice-activated Douglas fir named ‘Mr. Christmas’ popped up on Amazon’s website, the first-ever Alexa compatible smart Christmas tree. Subscribe to the SUMO Heavy Weekly Newsletter bit.ly/SUMOHeavyNewsletter
14:16
November 27, 2019
598: Amazon to Open Grocery Store Not Called Whole Foods in 2020
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to CNET that the eCommerce giant will be opening a grocery store in Woodland Hills, California in 2020. The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon had signed more than a dozen leases in the Los Angeles area, as well as some in Philadelphia, Seattle, D.C., and Chicago as part of its plan to build out the new chain. Subscribe to the SUMO Heavy Weekly Newsletter bit.ly/SUMOHeavyNewsletter
09:47
November 26, 2019
597: Costco and Instacart to Test One-Hour Prescription Deliveries
Costco is now teaming up with delivery start-up Instacart to test free delivery of prescription drugs to members. Subscribe to the SUMO Heavy Weekly Newsletter bit.ly/SUMOHeavyNewsletter
07:46
November 25, 2019
596: Facebook Launches Facebook Pay
Facebook is consolidating its payment processing for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp into one brand called  Facebook Pay.
10:39
November 22, 2019
595: Alibaba Singles Day 2019 Breaks Another Record
The world’s biggest shopping festival garnered a record-breaking $38.4 billion in sales this year. 
08:58
November 21, 2019
594: Ralph Lauren Launches Digital Product Identities
Ralph Lauren Corporation has announced the launch of Digital Product Identities (IDs) for tens of millions of Ralph Lauren products. Subscribe to the SUMO Heavy Weekly Newsletter bit.ly/SUMOHeavyNewsletter
12:22
November 20, 2019
593: Hackers Can Use Lasers to Control Your Amazon or Google Devices
Cybersecurity researchers have recently found that your home voice devices can actually be hacked using lasers.  Mentions: - The Current and Future State of Voice Commerce - The SUMO Heavy Weekly Newsletter
09:28
November 19, 2019
592: Uber is Getting Into the Ads Business
According to a report by TechCrunch, ride-hailing company Uber is working to invest in building an ads business inside of its Uber Eats sector.
10:55
November 18, 2019
591: Apple Could Soon Offer Phone Subscriptions
Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at the possibility of bundling hardware into a subscription service, and there are a few speculations about exactly what that could entail. 
11:54
November 15, 2019
590: Shopify Rolls Out Email Marketing
Shopify has recently launched Shopify Email, in which Shopify describes as an email marketing tool designed to help you build meaningful relationships with your customers in an increasingly crowded commerce landscape. With Shopify Email, you can create, run and track email marketing campaigns natively inside Shopify Marketing. Using highly customizable email templates, existing brand assets, and product content from your store, creating marketing campaigns is now simple and streamlined. 
09:45
November 14, 2019
589: Amazon to Support Utility Bill Payments with Alexa
Amazon recently announced during its keynote address at the Money 20/20 financial technology conference that Amazon Pay users will soon have the ability to pay utility bills using Alexa.  Mentions: - The Hustle Newsletter - I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can Get Yours, Too. (New York Times)
14:25
November 13, 2019
588: Walmart Offers Curbside Alcohol Pickup at 2,000 Locations
Walmart shoppers can now purchase alcohol through Walmart Grocery Pickup from 2,000 stores in 29 states.
11:38
November 12, 2019
November 11, 2019
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November 11, 2019
587: Google Buys Fitbit for $2.1 Billion
Google has announced that it’s buying wearable company Fitbit for $2.1 billion. The move comes as the company eyes up a piece of the crowded market for fitness trackers and smartwatches.
16:14
November 11, 2019
586: At Open Concept the Bar is Always Open
A new bar in St. Louis, Missouri is shaking up the scene with a concept we haven’t yet seen. Customers aren't charged by the glass –  but by the hour.  The new bar is appropriately named "Open Concept," and the website says for an average price of $10 an hour, you can drink as much as you can legally handle. Mentions: - Open Concept - Tech Company Says Using Facial Recognition Technology in Bars Isn't Creepy at All
10:52
November 8, 2019
585: After 17 Years, American Dream Mall Opens
After more than 17 years in the making, the first phase of America’s newest megamall has opened to the public in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  American Dream’s first phase features a Nickelodeon theme park and an NHL-regulation-size ice skating rink. The theme park will have more than 35 rides and attractions. 
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November 7, 2019
584: Swap Out your Shoes with Shoe Bank
Shoe Bank is a marketplace for swapping shoes where women of all ages can give and get new shoes without spending any money. - Shoe Bank
15:05
November 6, 2019
583: Best Buy Joins in for Next Day Delivery Just in Time for the Holidays
Best Buy fires back at the competition announcing the launch of free next-day delivery on thousands of items that it sells online. Mentions: - Kombucha Girl  - Toilet Paper Math is the Hardest Math (Reddit)
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November 5, 2019
582: Mira is a Search Engine Strictly for Beauty
Mira is a new AI-powered search engine that wants to create a more streamlined shopping experience for beauty consumers. - AskMira
16:40
November 4, 2019
581: Banksy's Gross Domestic Product Store is Now Online
Banksy’s merchandise is now up for sale on the Gross Domestic Product official website, and in classic Banksy fashion, the website is a little tricky to navigate. Through this system, applications are grouped by the item and time period they were submitted. According to the site, an independent third party will then randomly select a specific time frame for each item and only evaluate applications received during the selected time period. Mentions: - Gross Domestic Product - Pixsy - 504: Ikea Will Sell You a Rug But Only If You Really Love It - 251: Buy Shares of Classic Cars with Rally Road - Rally Rd. - Masterworks - Herb & Dorothy
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November 1, 2019
580: Walmart Relaunches Online 'Toys Lab'
Walmart has launched an online interactive ‘Toy Lab’ designed to invite kids to test the period’s most-wanted toys from their tablet or computer for the second straight holiday season.  Mentions:  - Walmart Toy Lab - Webkinz - Eko
14:24
October 31, 2019
579: You Can Now Earn a Degree to Be an 'Influencer'
The Italian online university eCampus has opened up a three-year program in social media influencing. The eCampus degree will offer classes in fashion psychology, semiotics and the philosophy of language, TV history, intercultural communication and information technology, among others. Also: An extended conversation about influencer culture. #spicytea
21:55
October 30, 2019
578: California Bans Fur Sales
California will be the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to ban most animals from circus performances under two new bills signed earlier this month by Gov. Gavin Newsom. This new bill could be a huge blow to the fur industry that makes products from animals like mink, chinchillas, rabbits and other animals. According to the most recent data available from the Fur Information Council the US retail fur industry brought in $1.5bn in sales in 2014. 
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October 29, 2019
577: Carlsberg is Developing a Beer Bottle Made of Paper
Danish beer maker Carlsberg unveiled what it says is the first "paper bottle" for beer, made out of sustainably-sourced wood fibers.
15:42
October 28, 2019