In this week's newsletter, I grapple with the industry moving toward faster lines of e-commerce, which is natural, for how unnaturally automaton-like the shopping experience will become.
A community of Orthodox Jews prospers by selling products on Amazon — and keeping one foot in modernity and one foot out.
Prime members in the continental US can get more than 10 million items within one day, Amazon said Monday.
An emerging black market offers Amazon sellers pricey ways to cheat the marketplace and mislead customers, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Walmart's Jet.com saw a 39% decrease in online sales revenue on Cyber Monday compared to last year, despite promoting steep discounts.
How does a powerful, innovative behemoth megacorporation repeatedly fail at its most basic task: running a website?
It's expensive for retailers to get online orders to your home, so Target and Walmart have a plan to get you to come to their stores.
Amazon joins eBay as a destination for random, dopey consumerism — especially of food.
eBay is brushing up in a big race against Amazon for your shopping sprees.
“Rarely do you walk into your boss’ office and they say, ‘We’re cutting your pay by 1.5%. Tough cookies. And it’s happening in 30 days.’”
“It’s like trying to open up a convenience store next to Walmart and trying to do business against them."
Instead the company will focus on "urban city centers" and online sales.
"When Google sneezes, we catch pneumonia," said Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne.
Watch out, Amazon.
A vast web of Amazon review fraud lives online, and it's designed to evade the company’s efforts to thwart it.
In a race to catch up to Amazon in e-commerce, Walmart reported misleading information about its e-commerce business and fired an executive who claimed the company was breaking the law, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.
Shoppers who are spending less at Macy's are instead spending more on Amazon Prime, according to research released Wednesday.
Walmart's e-commerce sales grew by 23% in the quarter that includes holiday sales; that's a significant decline from the previous quarter, when they grew over 50%.
Sellers say the move might increase the quality of clothes on Amazon Marketplace, but also prices.
The UPS expects to process a record 1.4 million returns Wednesday after a holiday season of heavy online shopping.
In the battle to win back customers from Amazon, traditional retailers are turning their stores into little fulfillment centers.
Smaller retailers grew faster in both revenue and mobile purchases over Black Friday weekend compared to big retailers, according to Adobe Analytics data.
Amazon is no longer a company of garage-sale merchants. Businesses on Amazon are bought and sold for millions of dollars, and these are the companies that broker those deals.
It's the holy grail for Amazon sellers — and as more spending moves online, it gets more valuable by the day.
Whole Foods has struggled to build a modern tech infrastructure. Now, Amazon has the potential to "put them lightyears ahead."
It's a hands-free, voice-activated camera called Echo Look, and it comes with a built-in stylist.
The latest round of funding gives Flipkart some much-needed firepower against Amazon, which has invested $5 billion in India since 2013.
Jack Dorsey’s payments company will allow small businesses to process $12,000 through Apple Pay without having to pay fees.
The online retailer is developing its own athleisure brand.
Sierra Santana shows us what a real week looks like in the life of a professional plus-size model.
The company's CEO said it's "changing the way women and hopefully men are going to shop for fashion in the future."
The online retailer is offloading excess inventory in a novel way. Are some customers willing to pay more than the lowest possible price?
The mobile app dreams of being a Craigslist killer — who hasn't? — and has raised about $90 million from big-name investors.
The site promised consumers the lowest prices on the web. But those discounts will get a little smaller as it gives up on charging membership fees.
After filing for bankruptcy last year, the retailer just relaunched as an online-only brand. And as part of the resurrection, it's looking at nostalgic twenty-somethings as a new market.
“It just pops up on a drone right in front of your door?”
The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon's e-books business.
A partnership between the two tech giants will give brands even more firepower in making hyper-personalized digital ads.
SCARY: spend your $$ online without touching a single screen.
The Supreme Court advocate is looking to understand whether sex toys that aid in homosexual acts can be sold legally in a country where homosexual intercourse is itself outlawed. NSFW.
Marc Lore, who sold his company to Amazon for $500 million, is willing to make one big promise about his new site: You won't find a lower price anywhere.
Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant that is bigger than Amazon and eBay combined, sold more than $9 billion worth of goods Tuesday during its annual "Singles' Day" shopping holiday. "Singles' Day," which Alibaba CEO Jack Ma made up to take place every Nov. 11, is the Chinese equivalent of Cyber Monday in the U.S. and is the biggest shopping day of the year globally on a revenue basis.
The company's investors are selling off after another large quarterly loss. This time, its failed smartphone helped Amazon lose more than half a billion dollars in three months.
Can combining algorithms, stylists, and mail create a DIY–personal shopper hybrid for the masses? Stitch Fix's entire business depends on it.
Hukkster, the discount-tracking app backed by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, was dying but managed to find a savior in Marc Lore's Jet.com. A tussle over a small sum of money led to the deal — and Hukkster — getting killed.
Chad Dickerson spoke at length with BuzzFeed about Etsy allowing vendors to use outside production, why New York's tech industry is alive and well, and why he loves HBO's Silicon Valley.
Terry Lundgren spoke at length with BuzzFeed on these topics and more during last week's Global Retailing Conference in Arizona. Here are excerpts from the conversation.
Wanelo is a booming social platform for shopping that's catching the eye of retailers from Urban Outfitters to Nordstrom to Abercrombie & Fitch.
Users no longer need a Square account to send money to someone.
The two e-commerce retailers are aggressively trying to undercut each others' book prices, which is great for consumers but not so much for authors.