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Magento begins to integrate more deeply into the Adobe stack

When Adobe acquired Magento, the e-commerce platform aimed at SMBs, last May for $1.68 billion, you knew it would only be a matter of time before the company would begin integrating its new purchase into the Adobe technology stack. Today, at the MagentoLive customer conference in Amsterdam, Magento announced some new integrations with Adobe. Perhaps the most important piece is that Magento tools are beginning to take advantage of the Adobe intelligence layer they call Sensei. They are using Sens...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, TC, Adobe, eCommerce, Magento, Marketing, Smb


Former Stitch Fix COO Julie Bornstein is rewriting the e-commerce playbook

More than two years after Julie Bornstein–Stitch Fix’s former chief operating officer–mysteriously left the subscription-based personal styling service only months before its initial public offering, she’s taking the wraps off her first independent venture. Shortly after departing Stitch Fix, Bornstein began building The Yes, an AI-powered shopping platform expected to launch in the first half of 2020. She’s teamed up with The Yes co-founder and chief technology officer Amit Aggarwal, who’s h...
Tags: eCommerce, Funding, Startups, Venture Capital, Artificial Intelligence, Bain Capital Ventures, Chief Operating Officer, Deep Neural Networks, E-commerce, Entrepreneur, Forerunner Ventures, Google, Jon Callaghan, Kirsten Green, Machine Learning, Moda Operandi


6 Things You Can Do Now to Boost Your Holiday E-Commerce Sales

By Brandon Bauer For digital marketers, the holiday e-commerce season is never far from mind. But now that the calendar has turned from summer to fall, it’s time to shift fully into planning mode. After all, the biggest shopping season of the year only lasts six weeks, so we had better make the most of it. As you begin mapping out your holiday strategy, keep these three things in mind: 1. Be mindful of past data If you’ve run holiday campaigns in the past, you already have a wealth of informat...
Tags: Internet, E-commerce & Social Media, Black Friday, Digital Marketing, Ecommerce, Holiday Sales, Holiday Season, Search Engine Marketing


Stores Closing Will Reduce Retail Jobs But Job Growth as Aides to Elderly

The Credit Suisse US Store Closure Index shows 2019 is on track to be the biggest store closure year in the 24-year history of the index. Credit Suisse projects that retail store closures will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Ecommerce, Business, Technology, Jobs, Future, World, Credit Suisse, Innovation, Prediction, Credit Suisse US Store Closure Index


YellowHeart allows musicians and concert organizers to take more control of resold tickets

YellowHeart is trying to solve a problem that should be familiar to anyone who’s ever tried to buy a ticket to a popular concert: Those tickets will often get snatched up by scalpers, who then resell them at a much higher price. In fact, the startup’s CEO, Josh Katz, said he founded the company because he’s a music “megafan” himself, and he was “just tired of getting ripped off by scalpers.” At the same time, he said this isn’t just a problem for concertgoers. Instead, he painted it as a “lose-l...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Media, Senate, Tech, Alex, Blockchain, Ticketing, Adam, Katz, Alpert, Josh Katz, Adam Alpert, El Media Group, YellowHeart


Streaming Is the New Cable

NBCUniversal has named Matt Strauss, a longtime executive at Comcast Corporation -- the parent company of NBCUniversal since 2011 -- to oversee its new Peacock streaming service set to launch in April. Strauss most recently served as EVP at Comcast, where he oversaw Comcast's video, Internet and voice services. NBCUniversal could have a lot riding on Peacock, as it is a late arrival in the streaming business. Its entry follows the launch of CBS All Access five years ago and recent announceme...
Tags: Apple, Ecommerce, Disney, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Cbs, Peacock, Comcast Corporation, Matt Strauss


Snapchat goes after retailers and DTC brands with new Dynamic Ads

Snap today is announcing a new kind of advertising product, Dynamic Ads, that will help it to better attract ad dollars from retail, e-commerce, and other direct-to-consumer brands — a group that today thrives on Instagram. With Dynamic Ads, advertisers can now automatically create ads in real-time based on extensive product catalogs that may contain hundreds of thousands of products. These ads are then served to Snapchat users based on their interests using a variety of templates provided by...
Tags: Social, TC, Ecommerce, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Advertising, Brands, Tech, E-commerce, Snapchat, Retail, Ads, Adtech, Snap, Facebook Snapchat, Direct To Consumer


This brilliant app waits on hold for you

DoNotPay helps you get out of parking tickets, cancel forgotten subscriptions, and now it can call you when it’s your turn in a customer service phone queue. The app today is launching “Skip Waiting On Hold”. Just type in the company you need to talk to, and DoNotPay calls for you using tricks to get a human on the line quick. Then it calls you back and connects you to the agent so you never have to listen to that annoying hold music. And in case the company tries to jerk you around or screw ...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Putin, Finance, Government, US, Tech, Customer Service, Comcast, DMV, Moscow, Andreessen Horowitz


This app waits on hold for you

DoNotPay helps you get out of parking tickets, cancel forgotten subscriptions, and now it can call you when it’s your turn in a customer service phone queue. The app today is launching “Skip Waiting On Hold”. Just type in the company you need to talk to, and DoNotPay calls for you using tricks to get a human on the line quick. Then it calls you back and connects you to the agent so you never have to listen to that annoying hold music. And in case the company tries to jerk you around or screw ...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Putin, Finance, Government, US, Tech, Customer Service, Comcast, DMV, Moscow, Andreessen Horowitz


Amazon Pay users in India can now pay their utility, mobile and cable bills with Alexa

Amazon Pay users in India can now use voice command with Alexa to pay their utility, internet, mobile, and satellite cable TV bills, the e-commerce giant said on Wednesday. This is the first time, the company said, it is pairing these functionalities with Amazon Pay in any market. The e-commerce giant, which competes with Walmart’s Flipkart in India, said any Alexa-enabled device such as the Echo Dot smart speaker, the Fire TV Stick dongle, or headphones from third-party vendors will support the...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, India, Tech, Walmart, Payments, Fire TV Stick, Alexa, Amazon Pay, Puneesh Kumar, Amazon Pay Amazon, Alexa Experiences and Devices


5 Important Lessons Brands Can Learn From Apple

I'll admit it, it was love at first sight when I purchased my first MacBook. It was my iPhone that prompted my decision to give up years of PC efficiencies and dive head first into learning a new operating system, but familiarity had kept me complacent for too long. Still, I remember the excitement of unpacking my new laptop. It struck me then that Apple knew me better than I knew myself. I marveled at the sleek, clean design and beauty that the company wisely brought to what once felt like ...
Tags: Apple, Ecommerce


Walmart launches in-home grocery delivery in three cities: Kansas City, Pittsburgh & Vero Beach

Walmart will bring your groceries to you and put them away in the fridge, with the launch of its new service, InHome. The retailer is today debuting its new in-home grocery delivery service in three cities: Kansas City, (Missouri and Kansas); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Vero Beach, Florida. Customers in these markets can subscribe to InHome for $19.95 per month, then receive free, unlimited deliveries where Walmart associates enter their home and put the groceries away while live-streaming ...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, Kansas, Grocery, Delivery, Vero Beach Florida, Kansas City Missouri, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Vero Beach, Nortek Security Control, Walmart Grocery, Level Home, Kansas City Pittsburgh


GoFundMe launches free platform for nonprofits and charities, rolls out button to donate anywhere

GoFundMe has made its name primarily as a platform for individuals to create fundraisers for personal causes — a service that has seen hundreds of campaigns go viral through social media to raise collectively well over $5 billion in funding to date. Now, the startup is taking the next step in its ambition to build what CEO Rob Solomon calls the “giving layer of the internet”. GoFundMe is launching a new free-to-use fundraising platform for nonprofits of all sizes called GoFundMe Charity; and ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Funding, US, Tech, Paypal, Boston Marathon, Philanthropy, Gofundme, Rob Solomon, Mohamed, American Cancer Society, Solomon, Accel Greylock TCV Iconic Meritech


DoorDash opens a shared kitchen in Redwood City

DoorDash is opening its first shared commissary kitchen in Redwood City, Calif., bringing new delivery and pickup options to customers in Peninsula towns including Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto. This is part of a broader trend of companies like opening shared kitchens that allow restaurant partners to expand their delivery footprint without dealing with all the expenses of opening a new location. DoorDash says this first kitchen will be used by restaurants including Nation’s Gian...
Tags: Food, Startups, Ecommerce, Tech, Doordash, Bay Area, Peninsula, Redwood City, Redwood City Calif, Palo Alto This, Humphry Slocombe, Atherton Menlo Park, Rooster Rice, Rooster Rice CFO Min Park


Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook

There’s a strategic cost to the defection of Visa, Stripe, eBay, and more from the Facebook -led cryptocurrency Libra Association . They’re not just names dropping off a list. Each potentially made Libra more useful, ubiquitous, or reputable. Now they could become obstacles to the token’s launch or growth. Fearing regulators’ inquiries not just into their Libra involvement but the rest of their businesses, these companies are pulling out at least for now. None had made precise commitments...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Ebay, Government, Tech, Paypal, Policy, Payments, Stripe, Libra, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Mastercard, Visa


Pegging Libra to just the $ could soothe regulators, a16z says

What if Libra wasn’t backed by a basket of international currencies, but only the dollar? Regulatory pushback to the Facebook-led cryptocurrency Libra has caused major partners including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and eBay to pull out of the Libra Association. But one of the remaining members has floated a major change to the stablecoin that could calm concerns that Libra could hurt the world economy by challenging national currencies for supremacy. Last week, venture partner Chris Dixon of Andre...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Ebay, Finance, Government, US, Tech, Venture Capital, Crypto, Payments, Andreessen Horowitz, Talent, Libra, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain


Club Factory raises $100M to expand its lifestyle e-commerce platform in India

Club Factory, a Chinese e-commerce platform that sells fashion and beauty items and electronics accessories, has raised $100 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its footprints in India. The new financing round — Series D — was led by Qiming Venture Partners Bertelsmann, IDG Capital, and” other Fortune 500 companies from the U.S. and Asia,” the five-year-old Hangzhou-headquartered startup said. Club Factory, which raised $100 million in its previous financing round early las...
Tags: Ecommerce, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Bertelsmann, Hangzhou, App Annie, Qiming Venture Partners, IDG Capital, Vincent Lou, Club Factory, Qiming Venture Partners Bertelsmann IDG Capital, Snapdeal Club Factory


Africa e-tailer Jumia’s shares fall 4% day after IPO lockup expiration

Shares of Africa focused e-commerce company Jumia dropped 4% the day after the lockup period expired for its . The lockup provision prevents major shareholders — namely those who purchased equity pre-public listing — from selling their shares for a specified number of days following the IPO. Jumia’s stock price began Thursday at $7.54, fell to an all-time low of $6.98 by 2pm, and then closed 35 cents down from opening, at $7.19. Jumia’s trading volume on Thursday moved up 19 percent over the da...
Tags: TC, Ecommerce, Money, Finance, Ipo, Africa, Tech, E-commerce, Economy, SEC, Rocket Internet, New York Stock Exchange, Stock, Stock Exchange, Lagos, Nyse


To beat Amazon Go, Standard Cognition buys cashierless DeepMagic

Valued at $535 million, autonomous retail startup Standard Cognition has emerged as a soon-to-be tech giant and the best hope for merchants to compete with Amazon Go. Cashierless checkout is poised to transform brick-and-mortar commerce, and shop owners fear having to battle Amazon’s technology alone or partner with it, exposing data it could use against them. The $86 million-funded Standard Cognition is racing to equip storefronts with an independent alternative using cameras to track what c...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, New York, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, M&a, Payments, Talent, Exit, Fisher


Getting more people to open your emails

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, the growth marketing team that trains startups in advanced growth, helps you hire senior growth marketers, and finds you vetted growth agencies. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor What’s the right way to sponsor a YouTube influencer? How to get people to open your emails We’ve ag...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, Ecommerce, Column, Pinterest, Advertising Tech, Tech, Content Marketing, Venture Capital, Docker, Email Marketing, Puma, Cameo, Intuit, Growth


Salesforce adds integrated order management system to its arsenal

Salesforce certainly has a lot of tools crossing the sales, service and marketing categories, but until today when it announced Lightning Order Management, it lacked an integration layer that allowed companies to work across these systems to manage orders in a seamless way. “This is a new product built from the ground up on the Salesforce Lightning Platform to allow our customers to fulfill, manage and service their orders at scale,” Luke Ball, VP of product management at Salesforce told Tech...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Ecommerce, Enterprise, Tech, ERP, Salesforce, Ball, Order Management, Salesforce Customers, Commerce Cloud and Service Cloud


Toys R Us relaunches its website where online sales are powered by Target

Toys R Us is back online, thanks to a new deal with Target. Tru Kids, the parent company that acquired the defunct toy chain following its bankruptcy, has announced the relaunch of the ToysRUs.com website as it begins the process of opening its retail stores across the U.S. As a part of its comeback strategy, the Toys R Us website’s product pages will redirect to Target.com when consumers click the “buy” button to make an online purchase. The retailers didn’t discuss the terms of the deal, but a...
Tags: Ecommerce, Family, Toys, Kids, Shopping, Parents, Disney, Tech, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Retail, Online Retail, Toys R US, Target, Houston Texas, ToysRUS


Walgreens partners with FedEx to accept online returns, print labels

FedEx and Walgreens are partnering to make online returns more convenient, in a move that’s a part of a growing trend where brick-and-mortar retailers cater to the needs of e-commerce shoppers in order to increase foot traffic at their stores. Under the new agreement, consumers will be able to drop off their online returns at thousands of Walgreens locations nationwide. They’ll also be able to print out their return shipping label in the store, if need be. The partnership involves the use ...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Shopping, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, Walgreens, Online Shopping, Retail, Fedex, Kohl, U S, Stein Mart, Amazon Lockers, Richard Ashworth, FedEx Returns Technology


Amazon, Walmart confront India’s slowing economy as holiday season growth stalls

Even India’s biggest festive season, featuring blinding marketing blitzkrieg and heavy discounts from Amazon India and Walmart’s Flipkart, has failed to escape the pains of slowing economy. Online retailers in India sold goods worth $3 billion in the six-day festive sale that concluded last week, growing at an impressive 30% since last year, according to research firm RedSeer. The catch? A year before, the growth rate stood at 93%. Forrester projected online retailers in India to generate about ...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, India, Tech, Walmart, Policy, Commerce, Nielsen, Flipkart, Ross, Jabong, Amazon India, Forrester, Diwali


Robinhood revives checking with new debit card & 2% interest

This time it actually has insurance. Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood is launching Cash Management, a new feature that earns users 2.05% APY interest on uninvested money in their account with the ability to spend it through a special Mastercard debit card. The waitlist opens today in the US with the first users to be admitted soon. “If you have $5000 in your account while you’re thinking about what to invest in, you’d have an extra $105 at the end of the year” thanks to Robinhood Cash Man...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Finance, US, Samsung, Tech, ATM, SEC, Payments, Talent, Robinhood, DST Global, Cryptocurrency


Supreme Court Lets Lawsuit Claiming Domino's Website Violates Americans With Disabilities Act Proceed

The Supreme Court declined to give Domino’s Pizza Inc. an out from a lawsuit arguing that its website is inaccessible to people with blindness, denying a petition on Monday that could have allowed the company to evade facing the plaintiff in court.Read more...
Tags: Ecommerce, Science, Design, Technology, Supreme Court, Accessibility, Disability, Retail, Dominos, Americans with Disabilities Act, Blind, E Commerce, Blindness, Domino 's Pizza Inc


SCOTUS Lets Lawsuit Claiming Domino's Website Violates Americans With Disabilities Act Proceed

The Supreme Court declined to give Domino’s Pizza Inc. an out from a lawsuit arguing that its website is inaccessible to people with blindness, denying a petition on Monday that could have allowed the company to evade facing the plaintiff in court.Read more...
Tags: Ecommerce, Science, Design, Technology, Supreme Court, Accessibility, Disability, Retail, Dominos, Americans with Disabilities Act, Blind, E Commerce, Blindness, Domino 's Pizza Inc


Google Promises Assistant Users More Audio Privacy

Google has announced tweaks to its privacy policy following earlier reports that its Google Assistant software was eavesdropping on user conversations. Although it does not retain Assistant audio recordings by default, according to Senior Product Manager Nino Tasca, the company has increased privacy protections affecting the transcription process used to check the accuracy of responses to voice interactions. Google announced other changes to the way Assistant handles voice recordings and sai...
Tags: Google, Ecommerce, Nino Tasca


iPhone 11: Fewer Sales, More Yawns

After having countless conversations with iPhone users in the last few days, I've concluded that Apple will sell loads of these new devices -- but not as many as in the past. There are several reasons I'm expecting a downturn in iPhone sales. Among the top reasons are lack of support for 5G, lack of innovation, and high prices. I wanted to learn how users felt about trading up to the iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max this year, so I spent hours over the weekend visiting shoppers in stores. Wha...
Tags: Apple, Ecommerce


Google's 'Right to Be Forgotten' Approach Wins Nod From EU Court

Google need not comply with the right to be forgotten outside of the EU, according to a European Court of Justice ruling. A global de-referencing would meet the EU's data protection objectives, the court said, but it found that numerous third states do not recognize the right to de-referencing or have a different approach to that right. Further, the right to the protection of personal data is not an absolute right but must be considered in relation to its function in society and must be bala...
Tags: Google, Ecommerce, Eu, European Court Of Justice, EU court



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