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Walmart shuts down its experimental personal shopping service, Jet black

Walmart is shutting down its personal shopping service, Jet black, on February 21, after struggling to find adoption or additional investment. The service had allowed New York-area customers to text message orders for home delivery. According to its website, Jet black will now no longer accept new orders and will refund its customers their most recent $50 monthly membership fee. The retailer is trying to spin the shutdown as a learning experience, noting that part of the initiative was to test a...
Tags: Ecommerce, New York, Microsoft, America, Tech, Walmart, Retail, M-commerce, Journal, Nea, Scott Eckert, Walmart Grocery, Jet Black, Fleiss, Store No. 8, Jenny Fleiss

Walmart is shutting down its exclusive Jet Black shopping service and laying off almost 300 people

Walmart's New York City-based, members-only shopping service Jet Black will shut down on February 21. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer first reported that the Walmart-owned venture would shutter. But Walmart may still be able to use technology developed through Jet Black. A Walmart spokesperson told Business Insider that the retailer will "focus on how to leverage Walmart's infrastructure to make conversational commerce scalable." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Wa...
Tags: New York City, Trends, Walmart, Wall Street Journal, Scott Eckert, Jet Black, Sarah Nassauer, Nate Faust, Walmart SVP, Jenny Fleiss, Allswell Walmart, Jet Black A Walmart’s 21 Groundbreaking Women Entrepreneurs to Inspire You Post

Whether motivated by passion, a desire for profits or both, women business owners are a vital part of the entrepreneurial world—but too often they remain under the radar. In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, meet 21 groundbreakers—successful women entrepreneurs whose stories will motivate and inspire you to take the leap to start your own business. 1. Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani learned early on to fight fo...
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Thirty-one women who “run the world” — and what can be learned from them

Today, a new book called “Girls Who Run the World” hits real and virtual bookshelves, and for anyone with a middle-school aged kid or looking to inspire a high-schooler, it might be worth checking out. Featuring 31 women who are the CEOs of companies that they have created themselves — think Spanx, Glossier, Caribou Sciences, and Stitch Fix — each of their stories underscores that dreams really can be made into reality when you want something badly enough. We talked yesterday with the book’s aut...
Tags: TC, Stanford, Tech, Autodesk, Birchbox, Tracy Young, Anne Wojcicki, Diet Coke, Mariam Naficy, Shiseido, Jesse Genet, Lumi, Emily Weiss, Nina Tandon, Jennifer Hyman, Farmgirl Flowers

Rent the Runway just opened its largest brick-and-mortar store yet

Who would have thought Rent the Runway would emerge as a competitor to The Wing and all traditional brick-and-mortar retail? Its newest store, complete with co-working space, shows it’s more than just a designer gown rental service. Shortly after landing a $125 million investment at a $1 billion valuation, Rent the Runway (RTR) has replanted roots in San Francisco, opening an 8,300 square foot West Coast flagship in the city’s Union Square neighborhood. Located on 228 Grant Avenue, the store is ...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Entertainment, Washington, San Francisco, Tech, Starbucks, West Coast, Maureen Sullivan, Rent The Runway, Union Square, Sullivan, RTR, Jenn Hyman, Jenny Fleiss

Rent the Runway Becomes a Unicorn With Mutual Fund Backing

Rent the Runway raised a fresh $125 million from investors co-led by Franklin Templeton Investments and Bain Capital Ventures. Rent the Runway was started in 2009 by Jennifer Hyman and Jenny Fleiss as a way to rent designer dresses for events like weddings, galas and parties. Over the past few years, the company has refocused its efforts on a subscription business, asking customers to pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to its catalog of clothing, accessories and more.
Tags: Science, Jennifer Hyman, Franklin Templeton Investments, Jenny Fleiss, Bain Capital Ventures Rent

Walmart tech incubator Store No. 8 launches VR startup Spatial&

Walmart’s tech incubator Store N°8 today launched its next startup, a VR merchandising company called Spatial&. The company offers VR experiences that enable customers to connect with merchandise, and is kicking things off by collaborating with DreamWorks Animation VR tour. At select Walmart locations across the U.S., Spatial& will set up a VR experience in the parking lot, allowing customers to visit DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” through VR. Afterwards, customers are ...
Tags: Shopping, Tech, Walmart, Intel, Commerce, Retail, Dreamworks, Vr, Virtual Reality, Dreamworks Animation, Intel Core, San Bernardino California, San Antonio Texas, Burbank California, Las Vegas Nevada, Franklin

Meet Caper, the AI self-checkout shopping cart

The Amazon boogie-man has every retailer scrambling for ways to fight back. But the cost and effort to install cameras all over the ceiling or into every shelf could block stores from entering the autonomous shopping era. Caper Labs wants to make eliminating checkout lines as easy as replacing their shopping carts while offering a more familiar experience for customers. The startup makes a shopping cart with a built-in barcode scanner and credit card swiper, but it’s finalizing the technology to...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Hardware, NYC, Funding, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Jp Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Payments

Interview: How Walmart’s Digital Concierge Service Uses Omnichannel Conversational Commerce To Make Shopping Convenient And Personal

In this interview, Jetblack CEO and founder Jenny Fleiss explains how her members-only service aims to revolutionize how people shop by combining the convenience of ecommerce with the customized attention of a personal assistant
Tags: Trends, Walmart, Jenny Fleiss

Luggage and accessories brand Paravel lands $3.2 mln seed

Paravel, a luggage and accessories brand, has secured $3.2 million in seed funding. The lead investors were 8VC and Fitz Gate Ventures. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK, August 30, 2018 Paravel, the luggage and accessories brand co-founded by Indré Rockefeller and Andy Krantz, has raised a $3.2 Million seed round. The round is anchored by major investors 8VC and Fitz Gate Ventures, alongside Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch, Allison Williams and notable entrepreneurs including Jenny Fleiss, co-founder of Rent th...
Tags: New York, Trends, Jonathan, Zola, David Heath, Paravel, VC Deals, Fitz Gate Ventures, Jenny Fleiss, Jetblack, Indré Rockefeller, Andy Krantz, Lizzie Tisch Allison Williams, Jetblack Shan Lyn Ma, Bombas Founded

SF’s Full Harvest Bags $8.5M to Help Sell “Ugly and Surplus” Produce

Full Harvest, an online market for imperfect produce that previously would have been thrown out, announced it has raised $8.5 million in a Series A round of funding.The funding was led by Spark Capital and includes investors such as Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, Rent the Runway co-founder Jenny Fleiss, and John Scherr, head of strategic partnerships at CircleUp. Full Harvest raised $2 million in seed funding last year.The San Francisco-based startup was founded in 2016 with the goal of reducing f...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Startups, Uber, Big Data, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Investment, E-commerce, Analytics, People, Software, Innovation, United Nations, Venture Capital

Walmart Wants to Trick Rich People Into Shopping at Walmart by Texting Orders to Bots

Walmart is getting creative in its total war with Amazon. The retail giant recently announced a new service called Jetblack, a text message-based personal shopping service helmed by Rent the Runway co-founder Jenny Fleiss. Its initial target demographic? Rich families who live “in Manhattan doorman buildings” and…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Walmart, Manhattan, Rich People Things, Jenny Fleiss, Jetblack, War On Walmart, Walmart Wants to Trick Rich People Into Shopping

Walmart’s new personal shopping service Jetblack launches in New York

Walmart’s tech incubator is out with its first experiment. The incubator, known as Store No. 8, just launched Jetblack, a concierge-style service for requesting stuff and getting it really quick. During its pilot period, the project was known as Code Eight. To shop with Jetblack, first you need an invite. Right now the service is limited to some customers in Manhattan and Brooklyn who are part of an eight month pilot program restricted to buildings with a doorman, though that will soon expand...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, New York, Tech, Walmart, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Personal Shopper, Alfred, Concierge, Jenny Fleiss, Jetblack

Jetblack Is the Chic-Commerce Service You Never Expected From Walmart

Jetblack, a new shopping service that combines the convenience of eCommerce with the customized attention of a personal assistant, is now available in limited release to customers in New York. Founded and led by Rent the Runway co-founder Jenny Fleiss, Jetblack offers its members the ability to text nearly any shopping request and Jetblack will find the right products and deliver them the same or next day, for no additional charge. Spotted in the wild: new Jetblack delivery bags with...
Tags: Google, Startups, Mobile, New York, Incubators, Uncategorized, Advertising, Walmart, E-commerce, Retail, Manhattan, Personalization, Ai, Hermès, Marc Lore,

Some of the top female founders in the U.S. are backing the latest Female Founders Fund

Roughly five years after the launch of its first fund in 2013, Female Founders Fund (F3) has closed on $27 million for its latest seed fund — backed by some of the startup world’s top women entrepreneurs and investors. Backed by a clutch of seriously impressive names in the startup and tech community, entrepreneurs financed by F3’s latest endeavor can count on a rolodex that includes Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Fooundation; Katrina Lake, the founder and CEO of Stit...
Tags: TC, Business, New York, Arianna Huffington, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Bumble, Whitney Wolfe, Melinda Gates, Laser, FirstMark Capital

Walmart Latest Acquisition Is Virtual Reality Startup Spatialand

Walmart has acquired a small virtual reality shop, called Spatialand, to be the centerpiece of VR efforts that the company hopes will someday transform the shopping experience across the company's different websites and stores. Spatialand makes software tools that let creators transform existing content into immersive, virtual reality experiences. The startup worked with Walmart's technology incubator, Store No. 8, on a project last year, and has now been acquired by that group. The startup's ...
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