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MikMak mobile video shopping platform raises $3.2M seed led by VaynerMedia

MikMak, the service that creates and distributes short-form “mini-mercials” so users can shop via video, has today announced the close of a $3.2 million seed round, led by VaynerMedia, with participation from SLOW Ventures, UTA Ventures, BRaVe Ventures and MX Investments.<p>As part of the round, Gary …

Notoriously secretive Amazon starts offering public tours of Seattle headquarters

Amazon will start offering regular public tours of its Seattle headquarters, pulling back the curtain on its internal operations in a new effort to …

Flipkart Exits The E-Book Business, Transfers Users To Rakuten Kobo

Flipkart, one of the biggest players in India’s booming e-commerce market, has conceded that there is one part of online retail it can’t win, and stopped selling e-books. Users who have already made purchases can still access their libraries on the Flipkart e-book app or through Kobo, the e-book …

Amazon Expands Launchpad, Its Product Hunt-Meets-Shopify-Shyp Rival, To The UK

Following on from last week’s news that Amazon would expand its Pantry household items delivery service to the UK while also discounting new Prime memberships in the country, the e-commerce giant is now quietly adding another service to the UK to build holiday shopping momentum: Launchpad — a …

eCommerce

Photoslurp Helps Brands Sell Products From Instagram

One of the nice things about Instagram is that unlike the rest of the web, the platform is generally devoid of annoying hyperlinks in posts and comments. However, while no hyperlinks make a cleaner user experience, they also make it hard for e-commerce brands to drive shoppers to external …

Alibaba Hit $14.3B In Total Sales On Singles’ Day, With 69 Percent Made On Mobile Devices

Alibaba Group reaped $14.3 billion in sales during Singles’ Day, a 60 percent increase from last year’s tally. The most significant number from yesterday’s annual shopping bonanza, however, is not how much Chinese consumers spent, but what devices they used to make purchases from Alibaba’s …

Shopify’s New App Sello Allows Anyone To Create An Online Store From Their Phone

E-commerce company Shopify is launching a new app called Sello.<p>Sello product director Christopher Lobay said that even though Shopify has made it easier for businesses to build online stores, it now wants to go further by “democratizing” the selling process and “removing all the intimidation” that …

Amazon Pantry Arrives In U.K. Along With A Prime Price Cut

Amazon is today expanding its grocery delivery options for U.K. consumers with the launch of its Amazon Pantry service to Prime subscribers in the U.K. The service allows shoppers to fill a box with household items like detergent or tissues, baby care items, pet items, and food and drink items that …

Amazon’s dominance of online shopping starts with product searches, study shows

Amazon is king when it comes to online shopping — and that dominance starts from the very moment people start searching for products online.<p>A new …

Amazon Prime causes massive influx of packages, forces college to rethink mailroom

College students ordering en masse have made a mess of at least one college campus mailroom this fall — it simply isn’t big enough to handle the load.<p>…

Nintendo starts offering digital downloads on Amazon for 3DS and Wii U games

You can now buy the download codes to <i>Mario Kart 8</i>, <i>Animal Crossing: New Leaf</i> and a host of classic Nintendo games through Amazon. Nintendo 3DS and Wii …

The power of Amazon: A single Facebook post was all this startup needed to take off

To Amazon, it was just another Facebook post. It went up at 2:01 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon: “The Petzi Treat Cam is a remote treat dispenser and …

Amazon expands Prime Now into Portland, will deliver food from local groceries

Amazon quietly launched its Prime Now one-hour delivery service in Portland, Ore. sometime on Tuesday, the same day the service became available in …

Amazon using Prime Now to offer MyHabit customers two-hour delivery for free

Amazon is redefining the meaning of flash sales.<p>In emails sent to customers yesterday, Amazon told its MyHabit.com customers that some orders may be …

Target to begin testing faster delivery times that offer Amazon-like speeds

Target is gearing up to launch a new program this fall that intends on speeding up shipping times that comes close to matching Amazon’s speed and …

Amazon invests in fashion site that shows you where to buy what celebrities are wearing

Amazon has joined the investor list for Clique Media, the Los Angeles startup best known for fashion shopping site Who What Wear, according to …

Amazon plans to end certain product ads that promoted third-party websites

Amazon will no longer show product ads at the bottom of search results that lead to third-party retail sites starting this November.<p>Amazon will …

Alibaba Q1 2015 Revenue Misses Expectations

Alibaba’s investment in its mobile business is starting to bear fruit, but the e-commerce giant still reported disappointing results for the first fiscal quarter of 2015.<p>First-quarter revenue rose 28 percent to $3.26 billion, which not only fell below the $3.39 billion analysts polled by Thomson …

Alibaba Launches English Version Of Anti-Counterfeiting Tool

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has launched an English-language version of TaoProtect, one of its counterfeit reporting system. Used on Tmall and Taobao (Alibaba’s top B2C and B2B platforms, respectively) TaoProtect lets merchants report listings that infringe on copyrights, patents and …

Tiger Global Leads $30M Investment In E-Commerce Robotics Firm GreyOrange

Robotics is the latest area of interest in India for Tiger Global, after the New York-based hedge fund led a $30 million investment in GreyOrange, a company that automates e-commerce and logistics processes.<p>Tiger Global has been on a prolific spending spree in India since raising $2.5 billion in …

Target offers free shipping to lure back-to-school shoppers away from Amazon

Target is offering free shipping again this summer in time for back-to-school shopping season after it saw orders soar this holiday after running a …

Amazon Prime Will Now Only Allow Sharing Between Two Adults, Four Kids

Before August 1st, you could share the cheap shipping benefits of Amazon Prime with up to four other adults. Now, the company will limit sharing …

Snapdeal, One Of India’s Largest E-Commerce Players, Reportedly Gets $500M From Alibaba, Foxconn And SoftBank

Snapdeal, one of India’s biggest e-commerce companies, has scooped up $500 million in funding from Alibaba, Foxconn and SoftBank, according to Re/code.<p>The Wall Street Journal first reported in June that Alibaba and Foxconn were in talks to jointly invest $500 million in Snapdeal in June at about a …

Walmart Takes Full Control Of Yihaodian, Its Online Retail Business In China

Walmart is increasing its efforts in China’s e-commerce space after the world’s largest retailer took full ownership of Yihaodian, its online retail business in the country.<p>The U.S. firm is buying up the remaining 49 percent stake in Yihaodian, a lesser rival to U.S.-listed duo Alibaba and JD.com, …

Alibaba Strikes Partnership With Consumer Goods Giant Unilever

In another nod to the importance of cross-border e-commerce to its business strategy, Alibaba announced a strategic partnership with consumer goods giant Unilever today.<p>Unilever has operated an online store on Alibaba’s B2C platform Tmall for five years, but the new agreement means more …

MySmartPrice Raises $10M To Bring Physical Retailers Online In India

India’s e-commerce boom continues unbounded. Beyond the top players such as Flipkart and Snapdeal raising billions to support their capital intensive businesses, startups in other parts of the online retail space are raising significant numbers too.<p>One such company is MySmartPrice, a …

Scratch, An E-Commerce App That Lets You Text Requests To Expert Shoppers, Raises $3.6 Million

A number of startups, including Magic, Operator, GoButler and Fetch, have been developing mobile shopping apps that function more like personal assistants, allowing users to submit commerce-related requests by voice or text for items ranging from products they want to purchase to airline tickets …

Rakuten Buys Virtual Fitting Room Startup Fits.Me In A Fashion Commerce Play

Rakuten — Japan’s answer to Amazon with e-commerce operations and investments that stretch from digital media and e-commerce marketplaces through to social media and transport apps — is making another acquisition to expand its holdings, this time in the area of fashion.<p>The company has acquired …

Rural consumers accounted for 10% of Alibaba's $9 billion Singles Day haul

Yes, a full week later we’re <i>still</i> digesting data from China’s massive Singles Day online shopping bonanza. But the latest info nugget to emerge from …

eCommerce

Asia’s shoppers, armed with smartphones, lead the way at showrooming

Asia’s shoppers are experts at “showrooming” – the phenomenon of looking at items at a brick-and-mortar store whilst simultaneously checking the …

Asia