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Shopify Debuts Shopkey, An App That Puts A Product Catalog In Your iOS Keyboard

A growing number of e-commerce businesses today are assisting their customers over SMS and mobile messaging. There are even SMS-based services, like Magic, Operator, GoButler, and others targeting the emerging “conversational shopping” market. Now, e-commerce platform Shopify is aiming to help its …

Tesco To Give Leftover Food To Charity As CEO Dave Lewis Admits He's 'Not Comfortable' With Levels Of Waste

Tesco is to become the first British supermarket to launch a bold new scheme to donate leftover food to charity, as their CEO admitted they were "not …

Top bananas: shopping list survey reveals bananas are number 1 supermarket impulse buy

Statistical analysis reveals the extent to which we fail to follow our shopping lists<p>One of the few times you actually use a pen to write something down these days is just before a trip to the supermarket.<p>In order to understand how these rather charming, old-fashioned scribbles influence what …

Price-Tracking Service PoachIt Shuts Down

Price monitoring as a standalone service doesn’t seem to be resonating with consumers. The latest example? PoachIt, a smart shopping tool that helped consumers track price changes and find discounts via both web and mobile, announced today that it’s shutting down. The company had raised $2.8 …

eCommerce

Tesco's now looking to offload its mobile business

With a £6 billion loss hanging over its head, Tesco has taken steps to help plug its financial leaks. This involved the sale of its Blinkbox streaming properties, including Movies, Music and Books, but it appeared that one of its more successful businesses, Tesco Mobile, would survive the cull. …

Unacast scores $1.6M to become the main tracker of every store you visit

The Internet made distance irrelevant.<p>Now, sensors in physical stores are helping to make proximity relevant, and startup Unacast is announcing a seed round of $1.6 million so it can become the backend.<p>The Oslo, Norway-based company, which has opened an office in London and is planning one for New …

New York City

Apple Pay to accept Discover cards this fall

Discover credit card holders will be able to tap into Apple Pay later this year.<p>Starting this fall, Apple Pay users in the US will be able to add their Discover cards to Apple's mobile payments system to buy items at supported stores and other sellers, Discover announced Monday. Apple Pay already …

Best Buy now accepts Apple Pay, coming to stores 'later this year'

Best Buy is getting behind Apple Pay. Today the electronics retailer pushed out an update for its iOS app that allows customers to buy items with Apple Pay for home delivery or in-store pickup. Later this year, Best Buy will let shoppers pay by NFC with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at its checkout …

Apple Pay

Loop Commerce Raises $16 Million For Its “E-Gifting” Checkout Service For Online Retailers

Loop Commerce, a company that has developed an alternative checkout technology for e-commerce sites that allows customers to more easily buy gifts for friends without having to worry with product details like size or color – or even recipients’ shipping addresses – is today announcing an additional …

Uber’s food delivery service is coming to New York City and Chicago

Uber has announced that it’s bringing its meal-delivery service UberEats to New York City and Chicago.<p>The service originally launched in August last year as UberFresh in LA. It rebranded as UberEats when it expanded to Barcelona in February this year.<p>UberEats is integrated into the company’s …

Coin, the universal credit card, finally ships

When Coin debuted two years ago, it promised to streamline your wallet by putting all of your credit cards, debit cards and gift cards on a single …

Apple Pay is reportedly launching in Canada this Fall

Apple Pay is gearing up to expand outside US borders.<p>According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the company is currently in talks with Canada’s six biggest banks (Royal Bank of Canada,Toronto-Dominion Bank,Bank of Nova Scotia,Bank of Montreal,Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National …

Apple Pay

Sprinklr Buys Get Satisfaction To Add Customer Feedback To Its Social Media Platform

Sprinklr, the social media management company that vaulted into the “unicorn club” last month after it raised $46m on a $1b+ valuation, is making an acquisition to expand into a new area, customer feedback. It is buying Get Satisfaction, makers of a platform that lets businesses connect with …

Square Acquires Fastbite To Add Cheap, Fast Meals To Caviar

When Square bought food delivery startup Caviar last summer, it seemed like a strange acquisition for the payments company. But over time it’s become clear that Square is committed to competing in the increasingly crowded food-delivery segment.<p>Thanks to its recent acquisition of San Francisco-based …

Amazon has filed its first ever lawsuit over fake product reviews

Amazon has filed a lawsuit against four websites – buyamazonreviews.com, buyazonreviews.com, bayreviews.net and buyreviewsnow.com – for allegedly selling fake product reviews.<p>When you are buying a product on Amazon, you tend to scroll down and check out the user reviews underneath the listings, so …

Groceries, homewares boost online sales

Online sales are estimated to have grown by 8.7 per cent year on year after strong growth in February, especially in homewares and groceries, …

Former Quidsi Execs Launch Primary, A New Site For Kids’ Clothing Essentials

A pair of former Quidsi execs, Galyn Bernard and Christina Carbonell, longtime employees who stayed with the company through its acquisition by Amazon.com, are today launching a new e-commerce site today called Primary which focuses on the kids’ clothing market. The two, who are both parents …

Free Shipping

Amazon’s New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products

Amazon has new hardware called the Dash Button that allows one-press ordering of products you’re likely to want to replace on a regular basis. The Dash Button comes in a number of different branded versions based on what it’s coded to order, and includes an adhesive backing and hook holster to let …

Smart Homes

RelayFoods.com Debuts Customizable Meal Planning

Online grocer RelayFoods.com has launched Meal Planning by Relay Foods, a free service enabling customers to create a personalized menu of healthy …

Customers

Three business models disrupting retail

Five years ago, "flash sale" start-ups introduced a new business model into the retail ecosystem: high-end goods, in limited supply, at affordable …

Exclusive: Amazon makes even temporary warehouse workers sign 18-month non-competes

Amazon is the country’s largest and most sophisticated online retailer, but it still runs largely on manual labor. Scattered around the country are massive warehouses staffed by workers who spend their days picking objects off shelves and putting them in boxes. During the holiday season, the …

Employment

Retailers fail to offer what shoppers want, survey finds

Despite retailers' efforts in recent years to give shoppers a "seamless" experience whether they're shopping in store, online or on their mobile phones, a gap remains between what customers expect and what retailers are offering, according to a new report from Accenture.<p>Eighty-two percent of U.S. …

Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of …

eCommerce

Kitchenbowl Raises $1M To Help Users Create Easy-To-Follow, GIF-Heavy Recipes

Okay, I’ll admit it: I don’t cook much, and when I do, it’s usually something simple like eggs or pasta. I’d like to be more adventurous, I swear, but every time I try to follow a fancy recipe, I always end up covered in sweat and/or tears.<p>That’s why I’m eager to try out recipes from a startup …

PayPal will let you return your bad purchase in Australia

Everyone has had an online shopping fail, such as the time you got the dress that has a cutout in the wrong spot. Australian shoppers using PayPal …

Razorpay Offers Stripe-Style Payments Focused Squarely On Indian E-Commerce Plays

The rise of companies like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Ola have put a spotlight on the e-commerce opportunity in India, where the growth of catchy businesses is being fuelled by consumer demand, improving Internet connectivity and generous VC funding. Now, a new startup called Razorpay — part of the …

Argos sells customisable 3D printed jewellery

Argos is running a 3D printing trial that will see shoppers able to customise jewellery. A dedicated site now allows customers to design and order a …