E-Commerce

Why food delivery companies are betting on airports

A group of companies focused on food pickup and delivery, including Servy and AtYourGate, have gained traction throughout the pandemic. Now these companies are hoping to use that foothold to turn airport food delivery into a central feature of the travel retail world -- but there are many educational and labor hurdles to getting there.

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  • JUL 28, 2021

    How livestream shopping marketplaces are trying to become mainstream

    For years, retailers and tech companies have tried to harness live video as a means of reaching online shoppers. Now, numerous live video shopping startups have found themselves flush with cash as venture capitalists and celebs pour into the sector in search of the next big thing.

  • JUL 28, 2021

    Unpacked: How Uber’s logistics ambitions are becoming more serious

    After acquiring Transplace for $2.25 billion, Uber Freight is cementing its status as an important player in the growing world of digital freight brokerage. But it is also opening itself up to an entry into the parcel shipping space.

  • JUL 15, 2021
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    Retail salespeople are transforming themselves into social influencers

    For decades, sales employees have been strictly floor workers: they interacted with customers browsing in stores, showcasing and pitching them items in order to make commissions. But as more and more customers continue to buy online, their mostly commission-based sales associates as not just charismatic employees but also people with social reach who can become potential drivers of site traffic.

  • JUL 12, 2021

    Instacart’s new CEO signals a social media-like future

    Ex-Facebook exec Fidji Simo's hiring -- along with the vision she outlined in an interview with CNBC -- signals Instacart’s shift into a more social-media-like future, one that focuses both on driving habitual usage, and ramping up the company's advertising business.

  • JUL 09, 2021

    How Maisonette is tapping into the back-to-school boom with its new private label line

    Outside of athleisure, fashion sales were some of the hardest hit during the pandemic. Now, with apparel sales ticking back up again, retailers and brands are looking for ways to stand out in the crowded field -- including those in the kids clothing category. One way online children's boutique Maisonette is approaching this is by launching its third private label.

  • JUN 29, 2021

    Etsy sets its sights on Latin America with Elo7 acquisition

    Etsy is making a play for Brazil with its latest acquisition of the online marketplace Elo7. Latin America is a weak-spot for Etsy, and it's the latest signal, as Etsy seeks to build a "house of brands," that it is increasingly on acquisitions — rather than partnerships — for new customer acquisition.

  • JUN 29, 2021

    Facing an existential threat, link-in-bio companies are pivoting to direct selling

    Increasingly, link-in-bio companies are building digital storefronts, where anyone who clicks a link in bio can toggle through various products that a creator has for sale. It's a shift that not only helps the link services stay relevant but also represents the latest example of e-commerce and product discovery moving to social media.

  • JUN 23, 2021

    Instagram and Shopify are poised to join the new affiliate link wars

    Instagram and Shopify appear to be entering the affiliate commissions race. It's a sign that the two companies are trying to disrupt Amazon’s dominance over product affiliate links.

  • JUN 23, 2021

    How Cuisinart managed wholesale relationships during peak demand

    Like many homeware brands, Cuisinart experienced a surge in popularity during lockdowns. The consumer demand for its products, especially trendy appliances like air fryers and bread makers, prompted Cuisinart to make some changes to how it works with retailers.

  • JUN 16, 2021

    Instacart is courting CPG brands by giving them more control over product display

    In early May, Instacart quietly added a new feature called “Product Library,” which lets brands whose products are bought and sold on Instacart edit how their products appear on the platform. The Product Library update might be small, but it showcases the extent to which Instacart, as it becomes an increasingly ad-focused company, has tried to make itself more friendly to brands.

  • JUN 15, 2021

    How City Hive is courting liquor shops with white label tools

    Digital alcohol delivery surged during lockdowns, with major players like Drizly and Minibar dominating sales within past year. However, smaller, niche platforms also found success in wooing local merchants. One startup that's offering liquor stores an alternative to big marketplaces is City Hive, which allows small businesses to provide white labeled pickup and delivery fulfillment.

  • JUN 11, 2021

    The fast fashion wars go mobile: How apps like Shein and Blushmark are challenging H&M and Zara

    Online-only, super-fast, super-cheap fashion dominated the pandemic, spurred by TikTok trends. Now, traditional fast fashion retailers will have to keep up. While brick-and-mortar retailers like H&M and Zara are struggling to return to pre-pandemic sales level, online-only fast fashion retailers like Blushmark and Shein are rising in popularity, becoming some of the most downloaded shopping apps in Apple's store. Taking cues from Blushmark and Shein, traditional retailers are reallocating investment to ecommerce, adding features like buy-now-and-pay-later to their sites, and expanding e-commerce to new geographies. Still, digital players have unique advantages of production in an online only model. 

  • SEP 13, 2021
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    Back to school 2021: What happened and what it means moving forward

    Watch this on-demand webinar where experts discuss the changes to the back-to-school season and what it means for retailers now and in the future.

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