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Ecommerce Product Releases: August 15, 2018

Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-August from companies that offer services to online merchants. Changes include more prominent recommendations, increased events development for local happenings, expanded job tool, a browsable local section in the Facebook app, and a standalone Facebook Local app. Springbot, a...


Interview with ShopGoodwill.com Sr. Director on using e-commerce to expand the reach of local Goodwill chapters and the Thrift business.

In my second interview with Goodwill Industries International I spoke with Ryan Smith, Sr. Director of e-commerce operations at shopgoodwill.com. In my first interview with Goodwill Industries International I spoke with Adam Stiska Director of Online and Mobile about the mobile app. In this interview I spoke with Ryan...


Interview with b8ta founder and president Phillip Raub on building the platform for the future of retail

I spoke with Phillip Raub, founder and president of b8ta, the startup that's building a platform to build modern physical retail experiences on top of. B8ta has shown that the traditional mold of what a retail experience was can be broken and re-constructed successfully, and now some of the...


Interview with Goodwill Industries International Director of online and mobile on managing an omni-channel retail experience with a purpose.

In this interview I sepak with Adam Stiska Director of Mobile and Digital Strategies at Goodwill Industries International on managing a multi-stakeholder commerce and online technology strategy. One of the hidden gems in retail is the "Thrift" sector where the dynamics of sourcing, inventory management and discovery are fundamentally...


Kroger goes to China with Alibaba's help

Kroger is teaming up with Alibaba to sell groceries on the Chinese e-commerce giant's platform, the company announced Tuesday.

The big picture: The battle between American retailers is heating up overseas, with iconic U.S. brands all vying for massive — and rapidly growing — foreign markets. The Chinese market...


eBay opens access to new APIs for image search, machine translation, and marketplace

eBay made a handful of developer-focused announcements today, as the ecommerce giant looks to open up third-party access to its own back-end technology. Over the past year, eBay has added a bunch of new computer vision features to its shopping platform. Building on this, eBay is now opening up...


Robots Serve The Platter In China

The curious implementation is expected to bring reduction in costs up to a million yuan per year, living up to its objectives of higher efficiency and lower labour costs. According to industry experts, the implementation of robots is supposed to be an exhibition of Alibaba's tech prowess rather than...


Robots Serve The Platter In China

The curious implementation is expected to bring reduction in costs up to a million yuan per year, living up to its objectives of higher efficiency and lower labour costs. According to industry experts, the implementation of robots is supposed to be an exhibition of Alibaba's tech prowess rather than...


Alibaba's Starbucks Partnership Is Just the Start for Its Newly Acquired Delivery Network

Alibaba Group is already using the large delivery fleet it acquired when it took control of food delivery company Ele.me in May. The e-commerce giant announced in early August that it would use Ele.me's extensive delivery network to assist China's largest coffee provider, Starbucks, in a new delivery push....


U.K. ad authority to rule on Amazon's "misleading" Prime delivery

After Amazon missed deliveries across the country, the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority will rule this week whether the retail giant's 2-day Prime delivery claims are misleading and will stop allowing the company to promise one-day delivery to its customers, according to The Times U.K.Why it matters: The ultra-fast, one...


Flipkart: Flipping An Apple Cart

" From try, touch and taste to only a few taps on a mobile, Sachin and Flipkart introduced a new way of shopping and delivery to the country," says Sharma. At the time of this break-up, start-up Flipkart had grown to a level where the media had begun to...


How is Blockchain Disrupting the Supply Chain Industry?

What is Supply Chain Management? In more clear terms, Supply chain management includes the integrated planning as well as the execution of different processes. Supply Chain Challenges and Blockchain SolutionsBlockchain can be applied to many challenges of the Supply Chain industry such as complicated record keeping and tracking of...


Millennials Get It: They're Most Open To Retail Email

On a positive note, only 44% of millennials are perturbed about email excess, vs. 55% of baby boomers and 51% of Gen Xers. The study warns that the millennials may denote indifference or apathy. Millennials are also more likely to use email to "Get in touch" with a brand,...


Video: This Makeup Company Created a Pop-Up 'Retail Museum' That's All Glitz, Glamour and Fun

Decadence is taking on a new form at Winky Lux's new "Retail museum" in New York.The ecommerce makeup company is hosting a six-month pop-up shop in the city's SoHo neighborhood that's more about experiencing makeup products than it is about buying anything. Visitors can walk into the shop, test...


Is The Future Of Retail Unfolding In China?

While not nearly as dramatic as its $18 billion bet on India's Flipkart, Walmart's recent announcement to invest $320 million in China's Dada-JD Daojia could provide a glimpse into the future of retail. China is a fascinating market to study retail's evolution. Its revenues totaled $55 billion last year...


Walmart Is Currently The World's Largest Retailer, But Alibaba And Amazon Are Closing In

Global B2C eCommerce grew by 10% in 2017 to reach US$1.8 trillion, driven by online sales from brick-and-mortar stores and marketplaces. Marketplaces Grow Their Share Of eCommerceFifty-six percent of global B2C eCommerce occurred via marketplaces in 2017. Marketplace growth is driven by online spend per buyer, growth in the...


IoT Disruption Has Begun. And Retail Is Just the Start. When Will Your Industry Be Affected?

IoT connectivity, in contrast, allows customers to enhance their experiences in real time, making it the most direct way for businesses to improve their customer experience. IoT's impact on retail companies is especially significant, so these organizations' challenge is to understand and balance the cost of implementation and the...


Alibaba's New Retail Could Be What Makes American Retail Great Again

The answer lies in thinking beyond the constraints of the two-party system of retail operations, e-commerce and legacy brick-and-mortar retailing, and instead in employing an entirely new operating system for reaching and inspiring consumers to shop-a system that blends, yes, the best of what both current worlds have to...


Walmart co-leads $500M investment in Chinese online grocery service Dada-JD Daojia

Walmart sold its China-based e-commerce business in 2016, but the U.S. retail giant is very much involved in the Chinese internet market through a partnership with e-commerce firm JD.com. Alibaba's most serious rival, JD scooped up Walmart's Yihaodian business and offered its own online retail platform to help enable...


Alibaba tweaks a controversial legal structure

Alibaba's attempt to make its VIEs safer is to be welcomed and will be watched closely by China's richest entrepreneurs, many of whom use them, too. VIEs are ubiquitous, especially among the country's internet firms, which have a total market capitalisation of over $1trn. To get around this, tech...