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How 10 people built a competitor to Amazon.com for $1 million—in 90 days

“Being a scrappy startup, it’s funny to see some of our designers forklift once in a while,” chuckles Chieh Huang, CEO of Boxed. Unlike most of Silicon Valley, which seems obsessed with multi-billion-dollar valuations for whatever ephemera the kids are into these days, Boxed moves just as many …

Staples Buys Personalization Startup Runa To Square Up To Amazon In Office Supplies

Staples is today announcing an acquisition of San Mateo-based Runa, a specialist in e-commerce personalization technology — one of a series of recent moves the company has been making to compete better with Amazon and others in the online sale of office supplies. A spokesperson for Staples confirms …

An E-Commerce Giant Reveals Its Strange Strategy: Sending Customers To Competitors

Wayfair is really good at selling things online. The Boston-based company sold $600 million worth of home décor products last year, and CEO Niraj Shah says that revenues are growing at 40% quarter-over-quarter. At that rate, the company could close in on $1 billion in sales for 2013.<p>Despite its …

Instacart: Crowdsourcing Your Grocery Shopping

Sequoia Capital partner Michael Moritz has a favorite disaster. Its name was Webvan, and it operated for less than two years during the dot-com bust …

Macy’s to Have 500 Fulfillment Stores by End of 2013

In what Macy’s is calling a continual effort to connect with the ever changing consumer, CEO Terry Lundgren announced plans to see a total of 500 …

Mobile Devices

E-Commerce | Online Retailing | Top 500 | Online Sales

E-Commerce | Online Retailing | Top 500 | Online Sales

Mixing bricks with clicks

KIDDICARE wants to be as disruptive as the little monsters who use its products. Traditional sellers of baby gear, laden with too many stores and …

Why the Mall Will Never Die

Today's teens have literally never known life without the modern web. Yet they still prefer brick and mortar shopping.<p>Exploring the psychology of the digital marketplace<p>By most accounts, the commercial Internet was born in 1995 -- the same year as today's high school seniors. That makes this Taylor …

What Amazon’s push into online groceries is really about

Amazon is making a move into the online grocery business, offering delivery service to the Los Angeles area as early as this week, according to a Reuters report. Dubbed AmazonFresh, the service could be available in 20 other urban areas, including some outside the US, by next year.<p>Amazon had been …

The art of handling bricks, clicks, swipes and more: RFID enhances omni-channel operational agility

The question "to exist on the web or not" is no longer valid the way it was when Amazon.com first went online in 1995. Back then online shops were …

Target revamps iPhone app to improve in-store experience | Retail Dive

With the revamp, the retailer has made it easier for users to set their Target stores and to connect to the free in-store Wi-Fi. A growing number of …

5 Steps Toward Omnichannel Success

"Omnichannel" is one of the hottest buzzwords in the retail industry. Yet while everyone is talking omnichannel, relatively few brands understand …

eCommerce

Ecommerce: Retail Friend Or Foe?

The Internet, has it turned out to be friend or foe of retail? Does it make merchants laugh or cry? Well, we suppose that depends upon the category in which you compete. If you’re a bookshop, you’re probably not laughing that much. If you used to be in the bricks-and-mortar movie rental business …

Groceries Could Be Amazon's Next Killer App — If It Can Solve the Math

This week, Amazon announced the expansion of its experiment in grocery delivery to Los Angeles. The bigger news, however, was the unveiling of a new …

eBay Gets Physical With A Street-Side Sales Kiosk For Kate Spade Saturday

On the heels of eBay CEO John Donahoe’s statement at TC Disrupt in April that the company would be using mobile technology to push further into offline commerce, eBay’s Retail Innovation team unveiled its second project: four pop-up storefronts created for the fashion line Kate Spade Saturday that …