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In the News: Small Businesses Challenges as Economy Opens Up

Finding qualified employees and adjusting to lower sales are two big challenges small businesses are facing as the economy continues to reopen. This is according to the ADP Small [email protected] Survey. The more than 2,000 small business owners in the survey also said cash flow, the economy, increase in production costs, capacity constraints and supply chain disruption are ongoing challenges. This week’s roundup starts with, the ADP Survey Finds Small Business Facing 2 Big Challenges article. Thi...
Tags: Amazon, US, Sales, America, Shopify, ADP, Dun Bradstreet, Small Business News, Bande, Stacy Greiner, Black Business Accelerator


The new WWW: Helping accelerate the retail recovery

The web has been a lifeline during lockdown. Digital tools have helped us stay connected — families with each other, teachers with students and businesses with customers. There has never been a time when technology could be more helpful to people, communities and countries.Unsurprisingly, as a result of the pandemic, our use of technology has leapt forward five to ten years in as many months — accelerating trends that we were already experiencing in the retail sector and beyond. Trends: the ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Germany, Africa, Spain, Middle East, Shopify, Nicolas, Matt Brittin, France Germany Italy, Google Images, Google Ads, Google in Europe, Nancy France, Google Digital Workshop, Connected Commerce Council


Tech stocks look cheap and could explode in coming decades with their true value still in the early stages of being unlocked, an investment chief says

Francis Scialabba. Francis Scialabba Tech stocks are "ridiculously cheap" despite antitrust fears, said Ram Parameswaran, founder and CIO of tech-focused fund Octahedron Capital. Speaking on Bloomberg's Odd Lots podcast, Parameswaran said big tech stocks, are undervalued in part because antitrust fears are overblown. Parameswaran is also bullish on smaller tech companies directly competing with the likes of Amazon: "There are riches in niches." Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Tech, Markets, Bloomberg, Alibaba, Antitrust, Aws, Shopify, Databricks, Wayfair, Peloton, Amazon Alibaba, Amazon He, Parameswaran, Opening Bell Global


Local Retailers Fight to Compete with Online Marketplaces

A new Shopify merchant/consumer research reveals local retailers are fighting more than ever to compete with online marketplaces. This as the economy starts opening after what seems like a never-ending pandemic. Competing With Online Marketplaces According to Shopify research, two in five local retailers are struggling to compete. And 59% say they may need to close their doors in the next two years. However, almost two-thirds of small business owners (65%) are implementing different tactics t...
Tags: Sales, Shopify, Small Business News, Shopify Solutions Along


Daily Crunch: In $1.2B deal, EV battery maker Solid Power files to go public

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Welcome back to the Daily Crunch for June 15, 2021. Henry here while your regular scribe is enjoying some hard-earned R&R. We just secured Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to speak at our City Spotlight: Pittsburgh event. As Brian Heater said today, Pittsburgh currently has one of the world’s most vibrant robotic startup ecosystems, is at the center of much of the worl...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Europe, Senate, Tech, Ford, Bmw, Andreessen Horowitz, Khan, Nasdaq, Carnegie Mellon University, George Eliot, Shopify, Federal Trade Commission, Creandum


Shopify expands its one-click checkout, Shop Pay, to any merchant on Facebook or Google

E-commerce platform Shopify announced this morning its one-click checkout service known as Shop Pay will become available to any U.S. merchant that sells on Facebook or Google — even if they don’t use Shopify’s software to power their online stores. That makes Shop Pay the first Shopify product offered to non-Shopify merchants, the company notes. First introduced at its developer conference in 2017, Shop Pay is similar to other instant checkout solutions that offer an easier way to pay online by...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Instagram, Shopping, Google Search, Tech, E-commerce, Economy, Online Shopping, United States, Mobile Payments, Shop, Stripe


SkyWatch raises $17.2M for its Earth observation data platform

Waterloo-based SkyWatch was among the first startups to recognize that the key to unlocking the real benefits of the space economy lay in making Earth observation data accessible and portable, and now the company has raised a $17.2 million Series B to help it further that goal. Fresh on the heals of a partnership with Poland-based satellite operator SatRevolution, SkyWatch is now set to bridge the gulf between satellite startups and customers in a bigger way as it lowers the barriers to entry fo...
Tags: TC, Business, Space, New York City, Tech, Economy, Earth, Companies, Satellite, Poland, Aws, Silicon Valley, Shopify, Data Management, Waterloo, Startup Company


Three Best Akeneo Solutions Partners to assist you

Akeneo and Shopify have recently closed to enable integration between Shopify Plus and Akeneo PIM. The combination between Akeneo Shopify is feasible because of a brand new connector that’s available on the Akeneo marketplace. It creates a good integration between Shopify and Akeneo PIM software, enabling retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and eCommerce brands to seamlessly import and export high-quality product information from Akeneo PIM to Shopify. The plugin connects both platforms and ...
Tags: Business, Sales, North America, Shopify, Akeneo, Akeneo Shopify, Akeneo PIM, Redstage Redstage, Shopify Akeneo Connector


Fred DeLuca ran Subway like a titan, sleeping with franchisees' wives, micromanaging, and penny-pinching. Insiders say he set it up for failure.

Hello!Welcome to this weekly roundup of stories from Insider's Business co-Editor in Chief Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.What we're going over today:Subway cofounder Fred DeLuca ruled the company like a demigod and pursued wives of franchisees. Here's how one man sent the world's biggest fast-food chain into a tailspin.Top VCs share 46 of the most promising startups of 2021.The first new Alzheimer's drug in decades has raised co...
Tags: California, Amc, US, America, Newsletter, Trends, Nike, Amazon Prime, Hillary Clinton, Pegasus, Miami, Fidelity, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Fda, Cia


See 7 pitch decks that fintechs looking to disrupt banking, wealth management, and credit scores used to raise millions

Check out these pitch decks for examples of fintech founders sold their vision. Yulia Reznikov/Getty Images Insider has been tracking the next wave of hot new startups that are blending finance and tech. Check out these pitch decks to see how fintech founders sold their vision. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fintech VC funding hit a fresh quarterly record of $22.8 billion in the first three months of 2021, according to CB Insights data. While mega-rounds helped propel o...
Tags: Amazon, Ebay, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Walmart, Fidelity, Morgan Stanley, Fintech, Shopify, Venrock, Cb Insights, Citi, Vanguard, Lance, Charles Schwab


The fintech endgame: New supercompanies combine the best of software and financials

Shiran Shalev Contributor Share on Twitter Shiran Shalev is a principal at Battery Ventures, where he focuses primarily on software and consumer investments, including fintech. More posts by this contributor Why Breach Detection Is Your New Must-Have, Cyber Security Tool Aaron Rinberg Contributor Aaron Rinberg is a vice president at Battery Ventures. ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Column, Enterprise, Finance, Insurance, Tech, E-commerce, Venture Capital, Financial Services, Fintech, Shopify, Battery Ventures, Customer Service Software, Shiran Shalev, Aaron Rinberg Contributor Aaron Rinberg


Netflix is launching an e-commerce site to sell show-related merchandise like anime hoodies and $60 'Lupin' throw pillows

Netflix Netflix has opened an online shop selling products inspired by shows like "Lupin" and "The Witcher." Current offerings include hoodies, necklaces and a Kendama toy, all inspired by "Yasuke" and "Eden." It is only running in the US for now but will expand to other countries in the coming months. See more stories on Insider's business page. Netflix is launching an e-commerce site selling merchandise inspired by its shows, The New York Times reported on Thursday. Netflix.shop ...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Media, Entertainment, US, Trends, Walmart, Netflix, New York Times, Times, Shopify, Simon, Kendama, Netflix Netflix, Sarah Jackson


Netflix Launches Its Own Online Store, Which Will Sell Exclusive Merch for Shows Like ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Witcher’

Netflix has been selling its subscription products direct-to-consumer since it was founded more than two decades ago. Now the streaming giant has launched Netflix.shop — the company’s first owned-and-operated retail outlet to sell products directly. Of course, Netflix already has licensing deals for hundreds of products based on its original programming, sold by Target, Walmart, […]
Tags: News, Netflix, Shopify, Witcher, Target Walmart


See 6 pitch decks that fintechs looking to disrupt banking, wealth management, and cybersecurity used to raise millions

Yulia Reznikov/Getty Images Insider has been tracking the next wave of hot new startups that are blending finance and tech. Check out these pitch decks to see how fintech founders sold their vision. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fintech VC funding hit a fresh quarterly record of $22.8 billion in the first three months of 2021, according to CB Insights data. While mega-rounds helped propel overall funding, new cash was spread across 614 deals. Insider has been tracking...
Tags: Amazon, Ebay, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Walmart, Fidelity, Morgan Stanley, Fintech, Shopify, Venrock, Cb Insights, Citi, Vanguard, Lance, Charles Schwab


Happy Birthday, HubSpot! 15 Lessons Over 15 Years

15 years ago today, on June 9, 2006, HubSpot was “officially” started. I say “officially”, because unofficially, I had been noodling on the idea of HubSpot for a couple of years with my co-founder, Brian Halligan while we were both classmates in grad school. I picked the June 9th date, because that’s the official date that I graduated and was no longer a student. (Brian graduated a year ahead of me, and I was still working on my thesis). I don’t have a lot of photos from the early years, becau...
Tags: Startups, Tesla, Customer, Brian, New York Stock Exchange, Shopify, Nps, Elon, Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah, Tobi, PDFA


A Guide To Shopify Inventory Management

Are you an online store owner? Do you struggle to manage the Shopify inventory management system? If yes, you’re at the right place. Here, we will discuss why inventory management is essential and how you can easily manage Shopify listings. The eCommerce industry is expected to reach $4.5 trillion in 2021, and in the future, experts have predicted online shopping will value more than 95% of all purchases. For Shopify store owners, who want to improve their sales and boost revenue, inven...
Tags: Sales, Tips, Shopify, Inventory Management Inventory


A huge web outage knocked out hundreds of sites including the White House, Reddit, and the UK government

The White House site was impacted by the massive outage. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais A widespread outage hit sites including The White House, Shopify, and Reddit early Tuesday. The outage appeared to be linked to content delivery network Fastly, which reported problems at around 6 a.m. ET. See more stories on Insider's business page. Websites including the White House, Gov.uk, Spotify, and Reddit were down early Tuesday amid a widespread outage apparently linked to popular conten...
Tags: Spotify, UK, News, Internet, White House, Trends, Paypal, Ap, Bbc, New York Times, Reddit, Financial Times, Shopify, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Tech Insider, Fastly


A huge outage knocked out hundreds of sites including the White House, Reddit, and the UK government

The White House site was impacted by the massive outage. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais A widespread outage hit sites including The White House, Shopify, and Reddit early Tuesday. The outage appeared to be linked to content delivery network Fastly, which reported problems at around 6 a.m. ET. See more stories on Insider's business page. Websites including the White House, Gov.uk, Spotify, and Reddit were down early Tuesday amid a widespread outage apparently linked to popular conten...
Tags: Spotify, UK, News, Internet, White House, Trends, Paypal, Ap, Bbc, New York Times, Reddit, Financial Times, Shopify, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Tech Insider, Fastly


A huge web outage knocked out hundreds of sites including the White House, Reddit, and UK government

The White House site was affected by the massive outage. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais A widespread outage hit sites including those of the White House, Shopify, and Reddit early Tuesday. The outage appeared to be linked to the content-delivery network Fastly. Fastly reported problems at about 6 a.m. ET. The issue appeared to be fixed roughly an hour later. Sign up for the 10 Things in Tech daily newsletter. Websites from entities including the White House, Gov.uk, Spotify, and Reddit ...
Tags: Spotify, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, News, Internet, White House, Trends, New York Times, Reddit, Financial Times, Shopify, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Tech Insider, Fastly, PayPal Shopify


10 things in tech: Bezos in space, iPhone update, Streaming price increases

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Jeff Bezos will be flying into space with his brother on July 20. The two plan to be on the first human flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft. He's not the only one with big plans for space exploration - here's how his ideas compare with Elon Musk's and Richard Branson's.2. Apple just un...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Fbi, Nick Clegg, Richard Branson, Miami, Jeff Bezos, Facetime, Shopify


Daily Crunch: Facebook extends Trump’s suspension until January 2023

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for June 4, 2021. What a week, yeah? That was four super-packed days. But don’t think that the pace of news is about to slow down. It’s not. Next week is Apple’s big WWDC developer event, which we previewed here. And TechCrunch’s next event focused on mobility is just around the corner. Here’s to catching up on sleep this weekend. ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Softbank, Nigeria, Linkedin, Tech, Eu, Reid Hoffman, Brian, Toyota, Donald Trump, Shopify, Zuckerberg, Eric Eldon, Trump


Five excellent reasons to attend TC Early Stage 2021: Marketing & Fundraising

There’s no crying in baseball, and there are certainly no shortcuts in building a successful startup. But, thanks to TC Early Stage 2021: Marketing and Fundraising on July 8-9, you don’t have to reinvent the freakin’ wheel. This two-day bootcamp offers early-stage founders (pre-seed through Series A) access to the startup ecosystem’s leading experts and top investors. They’ll host a series of interactive Q&A sessions focused on essential topics, like pitch development, fundraising, brand buildin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Events, Tech, Rebecca, Canva, Shopify, Benjamin, Zapier, Rahul Vohra, Ashley Barrington, Chloe Leaaetoa, Socicraft, TC Early Stage 2021, Rebecca Reeve Henderson, MarketPearl Sequoia Capital


Daily Crunch: Spotify’s new ‘Only You’ feature expands on personalization investment

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for June 2, 2021. It’s a good day in the tech world because former unicorn Spotify is out with new features about you. Yes, the company is taking its yearly listening review to a midyear format and packing its app with even more personalized mixes. My playlists are why I won’t leave Spotify until the heat death of the universe, so ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Europe, Taylor Swift, Etsy, Tech, Gm, Electric, Huawei, Shopify, Naspers, Accel


Tax fails; a few get richer, more get poor

The Covid-19 pandemic created wealth for some, including internet entrepreneurs, and poverty for many The post Tax fails; a few get richer, more get poor appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Opinion, Tax, Joe Biden, United Kingdom, Automation, Shopify, Trump, The Sunday Times Rich List, Digital Services Tax, Global Minimum Tax


Khaya Sithole: Tax fails; a few get richer, more get poor

The Covid-19 pandemic created wealth for some, including internet entrepreneurs, and poverty for many The post Khaya Sithole: Tax fails; a few get richer, more get poor appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Opinion, Tax, Joe Biden, United Kingdom, Automation, Shopify, Trump, The Sunday Times Rich List, Khaya Sithole, Digital Services Tax, Global Minimum Tax


Italy’s Commerce Layer raises $16M led by Coatue for its headless commerce platform

“Headless” commerce — a set of tools that companies can use with their own customized front ends to build apps for selling goods and services — have become a huge business, not just because companies are seeing a bigger demand than ever before for people buying online, but because those companies are generally more focused in their own strategies around how and what they want to present to the world. Today, one of the companies building headless tools is announcing a round of funding as it conti...
Tags: Facebook, Ecommerce, Europe, Tech, E-commerce, Chile, Italy, Coca Cola, Shopify, Bolivia, Florence Italy, Headless, Marooney, Coatue, Conforti, Caryn Marooney


Yalo raises $50M to build ‘c-commerce’ services for chat apps like WhatsApp

Facebook has long been working on raising WhatsApp’s profile as a channel for businesses to interact with (and sell to) their customers. Today, a startup that has built a suite of tools for retailers and others to build and run those services over WhatsApp and other messaging platforms is announcing growth funding to address that opportunity. Yalo, which describes itself as a c-commerce (“chat commerce”) startup building tools for businesses to use messaging apps as part of their customer outrea...
Tags: Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Asia, Mexico, China, US, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Argentina, Payments, Mata, Latin America


Extra Crunch roundup: Lordstown Motors’ woes, how co-CEOs work, Brian Chesky interview

Lordstown Motors released its Q1 earnings yesterday, and the electric vehicle manufacturer is facing a few challenges. Expenses were higher than expected, it plans to slash production by about 50%, and the company reported zero revenue and a net loss of $125 million. Oh, it also needs more capital. “But there’s more to the Lordstown mess than merely a single bad quarter,” writes Alex Wilhelm. “Lordstown’s earnings mess and the resulting dissonance with its own predictions are notable on their ow...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, South Korea, China, San Francisco, Tech, E-commerce, Getty Images, Netflix, Venture Capital, SEC, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, EC, Ted Sarandos


A millennial who began reading Wall Street Bets as a source of comedy started a Shopify store dedicated to knick-knacks and apparel based on the Reddit thread

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo One millennial began reading Wall Street Bets its comedic value, but would never use the advice. Instead, he started an online shop featuring knick knacks and T-shirts with now-famous Wall Street Bets slogans. A GameStonk shirt and another with a kid on the moon with a rocket ship are among his top sellers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Twenty-five-year-old Alan Walker started reading Reddit's just for laughs when he was ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Amc, Trends, Markets, Reddit, Las Vegas, Wall Street Journal, Shopify, Gamestop, Alan Walker, Walker, Short Squeeze, BMO, Gen Z


5 predictions for the future of e-commerce

Ethan Choi Contributor Share on Twitter Ethan Choi is a partner at Accel, where he invests in SaaS companies that are redefining workflow and collaboration, enterprise automation and e-commerce infrastructure. He also focuses on consumer internet companies and online marketplaces. In 2016, more than 20 years after Amazon’s founding and 10 years since Shopify launched, it would have been easy to assume e-commerce penetration ...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Ecommerce, Column, South Korea, China, Tech, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Shopify, Accel, D2C, Ethan Choi, EC Column, EC Ecommerce and D2C