Amazon’s Next-Day Delivery Focus Boosts Startups Ready to Help the E-Tailer’s Competition

Amazon’s pledge last month to pump $800 million into making next-day delivery the new standard upped the pressure on its brick-and-mortar rivals to spend more trying to catch up all over again. That’s good news for logistics startups helping Walmart, Best Buy, Macy’s, and other retailers compete online. These upstarts, often led by Amazon alumni, […]

This ‘Fashion Discovery Site’ Claims to Be Able to Predict Upcoming Trends in Luxury Fashion

Fashion brands, from haute couture to street style, have been relying heavily on social media influencers to peddle their clothes. But the true power still relies with the customer, based on new findings from one of the top fashion e-commerce platforms. Self-described as a “fashion discovery site,” Moda Operandi recently published its first ever “Runway […]

Wayfair Is Latest E-Commerce Retailer to Open a Physical Store

The so-called digital native retailers also really like physical retail after all. Online home furnishings retailer Wayfair w said on Tuesday it would be opening its first full-service permanent store at the Natick Mall in Natick, Mass., near Boston in early autumn, joining the growing ranks of e-commerce stars adding physical stores to their retail […]

Pinterest Plans to Be More ‘Shoppable’ as a Public Company

Pinterest is betting big on ads and e-commerce as it heads to the public market, breaking away from its hobbyist beginnings as it aims to show investors it can eventually turn a profit. The online bulletin board plans to grow by making it easier for users, or pinners, as Pinterest calls them, to buy products. […]

Instagram Wants to Help Users Buy Products in its App

Instagram is strengthening its role in e-commerce by allowing users to pay for dresses, makeup, and watches inside its app. The new checkout feature, which begins rolling out on Tuesday, lets users make in-app purchases from 23 retailers, including Nike, Burberry, and H&M. The list of retailers is expected to grow. “When we set out […]

Amazon Is Closing 87 Pop-Up Shops but Has Other Brick-and-Mortar Plans

Operating a chain of brick-and-mortar retail stores in the age of Amazon is a tough business. Just ask Amazon. The e-commerce giant is closing its 87 pop-up stores in the U.S. as executives rethink the plan to sell goods in physical retail stores, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. “After much review, we came to […]

Alibaba Eyes U.S. Small Businesses in New Tie-Up With Office Depot

Alibaba’s business-to-business trading platform has forged its first U.S. partnership with a large company as it teams up with Office Depot. Alibaba.com baba will create a new online destination to access the business supplies distributor’s network and build out its offering to small businesses in the U.S. The partnership gives the Chinese online retailer access […]