eCommerce Minute

eCommerce Minute
The eCommerce Minute is your daily dose of eCommerce, tech and retail news, with your hosts Bart Mroz and John Suder. The show is a production of SUMO Heavy, an eCommerce consulting firm with offices in Brooklyn, NY, and Philadelphia. Support this podcast:

494: ‘Care Free Boat Club’ is Like Uber for Pleasure Boats
Jun 19 • 9 min
The Carefree Boat Club gives members all of the perks of being out on the water without any of the expenses or hassles of actually owning a boat. —- Support this podcast:
493: Flexa Will Let You Shop Retailers with Bitcoin
Jun 18 • 9 min
Flexa has established a network and launched an iOS wallet app called Spedn that allows you to spend cryptocurrencies at brick-and-mortar retailers —- Support this podcast:
492: Amazon Offers Gift Cards for 3-D Scans of Your Body
Jun 17 • 10 min
Amazon has been conducting research that involves digital 3D “scans” of people’s bodies in exchange for a $25 Amazon gift card. The purpose of the study is to “learn about diversity among body shapes,” for customizable apparel and not for marketing…
491: Amazon Launches ‘Alexa Delete What I Say’ Voice Command Script
Jun 14 • 8 min
Your Alexa devices will now allow you to request that your conversations or commands be deleted from the database. —- Support this podcast:
490: Shopify Acquires Handshake B2B Platform
Jun 13 • 6 min
Shopify’s acquisition of Handshake brings domain expertise and product efficiency to Shopify Plus and its expanding market of huge merchants. —- Support this podcast:
489: Uses Tinder-like Services to Match Salespeople and Customers
Jun 12 • 11 min
Car shopping is one of the most dreaded, anxiety-inducing financial decisions. People repeatedly list car shopping as the worst shopping experience. understands this fear and feeling of vulnerability, so they decided to do something about it.…
488: Taco Fans Can Book a Room at the Taco Bell Hotel
Jun 11 • 6 min
Taco Bell announced that it is debuting The Bell, a hotel and resort in Palm Springs, California. The hotel plans to open its doors on August 9, but only for a limited time. The hotel will feature a pool with themed activities and sauce packet floaties; a…
487: Amazon Working on a Wearable Device That Reads Emotions
Jun 10 • 7 min
Amazon is developing a voice-activated device worn on the wrist, that can recognize human emotions, described as a health and wellness product. According to Bloomberg, the Alexa voice software team and Amazon’s Lab126 hardware division are collaborating…
486: Coupang: South Korea’s Amazon Killer
Jun 7 • 7 min
Coupang is the largest online retailer in South Korea, with more than $3.8 billion in annual sales. The startup is celebrating its 9th birthday this year, and half of South Korea’s 51 million people have downloaded its mobile app. Coupang is the…
485: Amazon ‘Gamifies’ Warehouse Tasks
Jun 6 • 8 min
The games allow employees to compete against each other, which also sneakily pushes workers to up the ante among themselves to pack more boxes, and in turn, raises overall productivity levels. —- Support this podcast:…
484: The Binji Card Consolidates All Your Credit and Debit Cards Into One
Jun 5 • 10 min
On May 15, 2019, Binji, a financial tech company launched the most fully realized personal finance platform to pay and receive payments in today’s digital age. It’s the only platform offering the ability to consolidate credit and debit cards into a single…
483: Crazy Cazboy’s is a Retail Treasure Hunt
Jun 4 • 10 min
Crazy Cazboy’s is changing the way pricing and sales dynamics work; it’s a store where prices decrease steadily throughout the week. On Friday, the discounter brings out new merchandise all priced at $6. On Saturday, prices drop to $5. Continuing the…
482: Amazon’s New Box Packing Robots Work Faster Than Humans
Jun 3 • 7 min
Amazon has officially begun rolling out machines that do an important job that is held by thousands of people; boxing customer’s orders. Amazon’s plan is to reduce labor and boost profits using automation to do common warehouse tasks, and not just solely…
481: Dunkin’ Introduces Limited Edition Themed Nail Polish
May 31 • 7 min
Dunkin’ has recently introduced a limited edition line of nail polishes throughout the United States in a partnership with vegan nail polish company, Lauren B. Beauty. The featured shades are inspired by Dunkin’s Signature Lattes, Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream…
480: Alexa Guard Turns Your Echo Into a Security Device
May 30 • 7 min
Amazon has just released an update for your Echo that will listen for signs that someone is breaking into your home. —- Support this podcast:
479: Walmart Brasil to Ditch eCommerce
May 29 • 7 min
Walmart Brazil has struggled with its e-commerce presence and has decided instead to focus on bricks and mortar retail. —- Support this podcast:
478: Amazon, Walmart join online SNAP Pilot
May 28 • 6 min
For the first time, shoppers will be able to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program online for groceries. —- Support this podcast:
477: Burger King Delivers Whoppers in Traffic
May 27 • 7 min
Burger King has recently begun to roll out its ‘Traffic Jam Whopper’ campaign in Mexico City. This delivery platform will bring BK food to consumers in the most heavily gridlocked areas within a 1.8 mile radius of a Burger King restaurant. —- Support this…
476: Amazon Alexa Launches HIPAA-Compliant Skills
May 24 • 9 min
The skills might allow patients to book appointments, check on prescription deliveries, identify wait times at emergency rooms, and access some limited healthcare information. —- Support this podcast:
475: Walmart Undercuts Amazon with Next Day Delivery
May 23 • 8 min
Walmart has announced its undercutting Amazon’s newest Prime-member perk and launching free, next-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of products. —- Support this podcast:
474: Spotify Tests Voice-Enabled Ads
May 22 • 7 min
The streaming music and podcast service announced the launch of voice-enabled advertisements, which will encourage the listener to say a verbal command to take action on the ad’s content. —- Support this podcast:
473: Tampa Airport Debuts ‘TPA All-Access’ Pass
May 21 • 7 min
The program will allow non-travelers each Saturday to access shops and restaurants beyond the security checkpoint year-round. —- Support this podcast:
472: Walmart is Going Big on Pet Care
May 20 • 7 min
The world’s biggest retailer is launching an online pet pharmacy and will expand its in-store veterinary clinics. Walmart’s online pet pharmacy site is, similar to PetSmart’s, that will deliver pet meds straight to your door. —-…
471: AliPay Users Have Planted 100M Trees in China
May 17 • 7 min
Users are rewarded for making environmentally friendly decisions and earn points, such as recycling old clothes or walking to work instead of driving. These points can then be redeemed to plant trees. To date, more than 100 million actual trees have been…
470: NBCUniversal Introduces ‘ShoppableTV’
May 16 • 9 min
Soon you’ll be able to shop with your smartphone just by pointing it at your TV. That’s the concept behind Shoppable TV which was recently unveiled by Comcast’s NBCUniversal. —- Support this podcast:
469: Burger King Jabs McDonald’s with ‘Unhappy Meals’
May 15 • 8 min
Timed to Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the “Real Meals” include the Blue Meal, Salty Meal, Yaaas Meal, and DGAF Meal. Burger King is also making a donation to Mental Health America, but says that’s “just a plus,” as awareness was the key goal of…
468: Amazon is Now Making Drivers Take Selfies
May 14 • 10 min
The company will then use facial recognition software to make sure they know exactly who is delivering your packages. —- Support this podcast:
467: Marriott Launches Airbnb Competitor Homes & Villas
May 13 • 9 min
The hotel chain is launching its own version of home sharing for vacation rentals to compete with the likes of digital sellers like Airbnb and VRBO. The initial offerings will include 2,000 homes in 100 destinations. The company says it will focus on…
466: Walmart Unveils First ‘Intelligent’ Lab Store
May 10 • 10 min
Walmart has unveiled its new “store of the future” which will serve as a testing ground for new technologies. The store concept is called the Intelligent Retail Lab — or “IRL” for short — features AI-enabled cameras and interactive displays. —- Support…
465: Amazon Launches Middle East Marketplace
May 9 • 7 min
The rebranded Souq will allow customers to shop Amazon in Arabic for the first time on its websites and apps. —- Support this podcast:
464: 7-Eleven Lab Store Features Upscale Fare
May 8 • 8 min
7-Eleven is testing some new concepts for its convenience stores. It’s opened up an experimental testing ground in Dallas that company execs have named the Lab Store. With its rebranded lab store, 7-Eleven is testing its ability to be seen as a convenient…
463: Giant Food Pilots Produce Prescriptions
May 7 • 7 min
The grocer plans to participate in a program called Produce RX to help give their customers in the Washington DC area access to healthy foods. The program is in partnership with DC Greens, a nonprofit that works to improve food education, increase food…
462: Forever 21 Shutters Chinese eCommerce Site
May 6 • 5 min
Clothing and fashion retailer Forever 21 announced its shutting down its online stores in China. The company announced that it would close all its online shops, while huge clearance sales are ongoing in its physical stores. —- Support this podcast:…
461: Target Launches ‘Everspring’ Clean Product Line
May 3 • 8 min
Target is joining the growing ranks of retailers shifting product lines to organic, all-natural, and recyclable products. Everspring is the name of a new suite of products launched by Target that are made from renewable materials, recycled products, and…
460: Amazon to Make One Day the Shipping Standard
May 2 • 9 min
Amazon will speed things up even further with One Day shipping for eligible Prime items. —- Support this podcast:
459: This Magic Sticker Keeps Produce Fresher Longer
May 1 • 9 min
A company from Washington called StixFresh has developed a solution formulated from all-natural ingredients that can help extend the shelf-life of avocados, citrus fruits, mangoes, and apples up to 14 days. —- Support this podcast:…
458: Facebook is Building a Voice Assistant
Apr 30 • 9 min
It’s not clear exactly how Facebook expects to use the assistant, but one sign may be in the team that’s heading up the project. CNBC reports that Facebook’s Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality group is leading the effort. That’s the division overseeing…
457: Adidas Makes a 100% Recyclable Shoe
Apr 29 • 7 min
We recycle paper, glass, and plastic. We recycle metal and cardboard. But have you ever thought about recycling your sneakers? Adidas thinks it’s time. They’re launching a new performance shoe made entirely of recyclable materials. Adidas says that, by…
456: Stay Awake Forever with Black Insomnia Coffee
Apr 26 • 8 min
If you’re starting to feel your ‘morning joe’ just isn’t cutting it ti anymore, we’ve got a blend for you. It’s called Black Insomnia Coffee. Dubbed “the world’s strongest coffee,” a single cup contains 736 mg of caffeine. —- Support this podcast:…
455: Amazon to Close Chinese Marketplace
Apr 25 • 8 min
Amazon is pulling the plug on its Chinese marketplace. The U.S. e-commerce giant will instead focus on the lucrative businesses of selling overseas goods and cloud services in the world’s most populous nation. This means Amazon customers in China will no…
454: Reusable Liviri Boxes Tackle Meal Kit Packaging Waste
Apr 24 • 11 min
Meal kit convenience comes with a massive downside. A typical meal kit delivery comes with insulation, gel-filled icepacks, and tiny lil containers or bags holding individual ingredients–like a few sprigs of herbs or a few spoonfuls of sauce or condiments…
453: Cup Noodles Machine Uses Instagram as Currency
Apr 23 • 7 min
Hungry, but short on cash? Listen close, we’ve got some good news. Nissin Foods, makers of the iconic Cup Noodles, has teamed with food and drink blog Foodbeast to create a vending machine that trades Instagram posts for prizes. —- Support this podcast:…
452: Walmart Plans to Add Thousands of Robot Workers
Apr 22 • 10 min
Walmart is going robotic. The largest retailer in the world announced it is adding thousands of robot workers to its stores. Some robots will be autonomous floor scrubbers. Walmart also plans to use robots that can scan inventory on shelves and bots to…
451: Amazon Go Will Take Cash After All
Apr 19 • 10 min
Amazon Go has been touted to be the convenience store of the future - no cashiers, no cash - just use your phone to check in, grab your things and go. A frictionless transaction for the customer on the go. Well, we might have to put a pin in that last…
450: Yes, Alexa is Listening to Everything You Say
Apr 18 • 8 min
Millions of consumers have embraced the voice revolution, using their devices for news, music, games, and ecommerce. But, With any new-fangled tech, there’s always that one person you know who says, “I won’t use that, someone might be listening.” Well,…
449: H&M Makes Clothes from Pineapple Leaves, Orange Peels, and Algae
Apr 17 • 8 min
Fashion designers are always pushing the envelope when it comes to the latest designs. Is the next trend in fast fashion, natural and organic materials from plants? H&M’s latest collection is using materials from Pineapple leaves, Orange Peels, and Algae.…
448: Wayfair Plots First Physical Store
Apr 16 • 7 min
After acheiving success as an online furniture and home decor website, is now looking to the real world for its next investment. The company is opening up its permanent first brick-and-mortar store inside a Massachusetts mall. Shoppers will be…
447: Amazon Slashes Prices at Whole Foods
Apr 15 • 7 min
They announced lower prices on hundreds of items and plan to double the number of weekly deals for Prime members. —- Support this podcast:
446: Microsoft Might Be Building a Shopify Competitor
Apr 12 • 8 min
The rumors are flying that Microsoft is planning one of two things – either unleashing a Shopify competitor or try to buy up Shopify itself. Microsoft officials told The Information that Microsoft is seriously considering such a move because its…
445: Walmart Partners with Google on Voice-Assisted Grocery Shopping
Apr 11 • 10 min
The grocery battle between Walmart and Amazon rages on. Walmart is rolling out a new voice-ordering capability called Walmart Voice Order, which works across Google Assistant-powered platforms. Voice shopping for grocery pickup will be offered at more…
444: The 2019 Drunk Shopping Report
Apr 10 • 8 min
Have you ever woken after a particularly rough night and found those Amazon emails in your inbox listing several strange items on their way to your doorstep? No need to feel shame - You’re not alone. A survey carried out by tech and business newsletter…
443: Square Updates eCommerce Tools for Small Business
Apr 9 • 8 min
Square, Inc. recently announced a retooling of its Square Online Store and Square for Retail products. These tools allow merchants to add e-commerce to their sales operations, including tools like Instagram selling, shipping and in-store pickup. The…
442: McDonald’s Grabs AI Startup Dynamic Yield
Apr 8 • 7 min
McDonald’s corporation recently announced its biggest acquisition in 20 years with the 300 million dollar purhcase of Dynamic Yield Ltd., Dynamic Yield is a startup that provides retailers with algorithmically driven “decision logic” technology and allows…
441: BigCommerce Launches B2B eCommerce Initiative
Apr 5 • 10 min
eCommerce platform Big Commerce is rolling a new platform for business-to-business solutions for online merchants. It brings together services for wholesalers, manufacturers, and distributors to create a unified B2B e-commerce solution. —- Support this…
440: Adobe Launches Commerce Cloud
Apr 4 • 14 min
At the Adobe Summit last week in Las Vegas, Adobe announced the launch of Commerce Cloud, the newest part of the company’s Experience Cloud. Commerce Cloud is built on the company’s 1.68 billion dollar acquisition of the Magento platform last May.…
439: Alibaba’s Futuristic ‘Fly Zoo’ Hotel
Apr 3 • 10 min
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has unveiled a futuristic model for hotels. The 290 room “Flyzoo Hotel” in Hangzhou, China was brought together by Alibaba’s online travel platform Fliggy. The hotel brings together technology and hospitality to find…
438: Amazon Closes Pop-Up Shops, Refocuses on Retail
Apr 2 • 6 min
The pop-ups were a way for Amazon to test various retail concepts but were never meant to be permanent. They were an experiment to let customers try out and buy products like tablets, smart speakers, and other tech gadgets. With the closing, the company…
437: Instagram Launches In-app Checkout
Apr 1 • 8 min
In a blog post earlier this week, Instagram announced Checkout, a new feature that allows users to buy items they find in their feeds without having to click out of the app. Checkout offers a secure shopping environment and doesn’t require members to log…
436: MailChimp and Shopify Have Broken Up
Mar 29 • 11 min
MailChimp states that Shopify had released updated terms that would negatively impact their business and put users at risk. —- Support this podcast:
435: Apple’s ‘It’s Show Time’ Event Recap
Mar 28 • 30 min
In this super-sized episode, co-hosts John Suder and Bart Mroz break down the announcements made at Apple’s “It’s Show Time” event on March 25, 2019. —- Support this podcast:
433: Never Run Out of Coffee with a Bottomless Subscription
Mar 27 • 9 min
For $36 a year - plus about $11.29 per order, depending on the blend, Bottomless will keep you stocked with your favorite beans before you even run out. Bottomless sends its members an internet-connected scale free of charge, which members place under…
433: Walmart Revamps the Painful Return Process
Mar 26 • 6 min
Attempting to make your next trip to Walmart a more pleasant one, Walmart will allow shoppers to return purchases and get a refund without having to walk more than a few steps into a store. Employees called “customer hosts” will personally process shopper…
432: ‘Amazon Day’ Lets You Get All Your Packages at Once
Mar 25 • 6 min
Amazon recently announced a new feature that could help stop the porch pirates. The new feature is called Amazon Day, and it allows Prime members to pick the day on which all their orders from the week will be delivered all – at once. Calling it “a new…
431: NYC Teams Up with Recyclers and Brands to Recycle Fashion
Mar 22 • 6 min
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is teaming with the New York City Department of Sanitation and NYC Economic Development Corp. for a citywide social media campaign titled #WearNext in order to reduce the amount of clothing being dumped in landfills. The NYC…
430: Walmart is Planning to Sell Its Own Tablets
Mar 21 • 9 min
A recent report by Bloomberg says the retailer will be releasing a tablet device in the near future. The tablet will be marketed under Walmart’s ONN brand. The report states that the tablet is being manufactured by a supplier in China and will run on…
429: Wally Shop: The Zero Waste Grocery Service
Mar 20 • 10 min
The Wally Shop is a Brooklyn, New York-based startup that bills itself as a zero-waste grocery store. It is an eco-friendly way to get your groceries. When you order, a bike courier will head to a farmer’s market or food co-op and deliver it to you. This…
428: Amazon Plans to Launch Grocery Chain
Mar 19 • 9 min
The first store is set for Los Angeles in the fall of 2019 and the company has reportedly signed at least two additional locations for 2020 openings. It is negotiating to open stores in San Francisco, Seattle, and Philadelphia. The Journal also reports…
427: Airbnb Buys Hotel Tonight
Mar 18 • 6 min
Airbnb is buying HotelTonight, the hotel-booking application that lets travelers arrange last-minute accommodations. The financial terms weren’t disclosed, but sources told Axios the homeshare giant paid close to Hotel Tonight’s last private valuation of…
426: Amazon Kills the Dash Button
Mar 15 • 6 min
Amazon has stopped selling the Dash button, although - if you’ve got one already - it will still work. The idea behind the button was to make it really simple to buy replacement products for goods when you’re running low. It also meant a direct pipeline…
425: Shoptalk 2019 Recap
Mar 14 • 19 min
A super-sized episode: Co-hosts John Suder and Bart Mroz recap Shoptalk 2019, the huge retail show held yearly in Las Vegas. Since 2015, Shoptalk has been widely regarded as retail’s best show with 8,000+ attendees, including more than 750 CEOs, and the…
424: Martha Stewart Jumps on the CBD Bandwagon
Mar 13 • 7 min
Martha Stewart is the latest celebrity to lend her name to line of CBD-infused products. CNBC reports that Stewart has signed on as an adviser to Canopy Growth, one of the largest marijuana producers in the world, to develop a line of CBD products for…
423: The FedEx SameDay Delivery Bot
Mar 12 • 10 min
FedEx has developed an autonomous battery-powered delivery robot to facilitate same-day, last-mile deliveries. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this…
422: Amazon’s ‘Project Zero’ Lets Brands Fight Against Fakes
Mar 11 • 8 min
Once approved, brands that join Project Zero will be able to directly flag and remove counterfeit listings of their products from Amazon on their own. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day…
421: Tide Announces Nationwide On-Demand Laundry Service
Mar 8 • 8 min
Tide Cleaners will offer several laundry services, including 24/7 drop boxes located in high rise buildings, offices, and storefronts. The service lets customers pre-pay for laundry and pick up the clean clothes once the app notifies them they’re ready.…
420: Amazon and Western Union Debut PayCode
Mar 7 • 7 min
PayCode allows people to shop and buy from Amazon’s online store and then pay for their purchases at local Western Union locations. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at…
419: Scandit Will Take the Guesswork Out of Shopping with Food Allergies
Mar 6 • 8 min
The technology allows shoppers to use their smartphones to scan products on grocery shelves and helps pinpoint items that help meet their dietary needs. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free…
418: Toys R Us is Back…Sort of
Mar 5 • 9 min
A group of former company executives have joined together to create a new company, called Tru Kids. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this podcast:…
417: Walgreens Testing Targeted In-Store Ads on Cooler Cases
Mar 4 • 8 min
Sensors and cameras will scan faces and estimate age and gender to deliver targeted messages. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this podcast:…
416: Target Launches 3rd-Party Marketplace Target +
Mar 1 • 9 min
There is no way for sellers to apply to the program; instead, Target explains that each partner is “carefully selected” and then invited into the program. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free…
415: CVS Tests In-Store Health HUB Concept
Feb 28 • 8 min
The concept reduces floor space for retail and seasonal items and expands space for health care and wellness. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this…
414: Barneys New York to Launch ‘The High End’ Cannabis Shop
Feb 27 • 9 min
The luxury cannabis lifestyle shop, in its Beverly Hills flagship store, makes it the first major retailer to open a legal cannabis department. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial…
413: LinkedIn Rolls Out LinkedIn Live
Feb 26 • 10 min
LinkedIn Live will allow individuals or organizations to broadcast real-time video to LinkedIn Groups or to the entire LinkedIn platform. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at…
412: Amazon to Bring Lockers to Coachella
Feb 25 • 6 min
Attendees will be able to conveniently order items like sunscreen, hats, and phone chargers and have shipped to the lockers onsite at the festival. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day…
411: Ikea to Test Furniture Leasing
Feb 22 • 9 min
The world’s largest furniture retailer is doing a proof of concept test starting in its home base of Switzerland by leasing office furniture. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at…
410: Amazon Wins Patent to Deliver Packages on Buses
Feb 21 • 6 min
According to a new patent filing, your Amazon package could be riding on a nearby bus, waiting for your pickup. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this…
409: Warby Parker’s New AR Virtual Try-On
Feb 20 • 6 min
Using Apple’s ARKit and Face ID technology, the app can show users what glasses would look like by rendering them in 3D and overlaying them on top of your face. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a…
408: Apple Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts to Depart in April
Feb 19 • 8 min
Ahrendts had served in the role at Apple for five years. Executive Director Deirdre O’Brien will assume Ahrendt’s role. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —-…
407: ‘Amazon Live’ Takes on QVC
Feb 18 • 9 min
Amazon Live will feature hosts demonstrating products that are for sale on the platform. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this podcast:…
406: Willie Nelson Launches CBD-Infused Coffee
Feb 15 • 8 min
The coffee is a medium-dark whole-bean blend with “flavor notes of cherry and cocoa.” Each 8 oz. cup contains 7 mg. of hemp-derived CDB. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at…
405: Sell Your Digital Products for Free with Zipsell
Feb 14 • 7 min
Zipsell is a self-hosted platform that allows you to set up a fully-functional online store for selling digital products. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —-…
404: Walmart Makes Training a Game with Spark City
Feb 13 • 6 min
The company is using a virtual simulation video game called “Spark City” to train its employees. The game puts employees in charge of a fictional dry grocery department and challenges them with making it run efficiently. This episode sponsored by SendPro…
403: Kohl’s to Bring Weight Watchers Studio to Chicago Store
Feb 12 • 8 min
Called WW Studio, Kohl’s will launch an 1,800 square foot studio within its store and offer wellness workshops. Kohl’s will also begin selling the WW Healthy Kitchen products, branded kitchenware, and cookware later this year. This episode sponsored by…
402: Honda’s Dream Drive Aims to Gamify Car Travel
Feb 11 • 8 min
Dream Drive is a suite of apps for both driver and passenger, where users can accumulate points for vouchers for discounts. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —-…
401: Walmart Launches Motile, a Tech Accessory Line
Feb 8 • 7 min
Walmart calls it “smart accessories for an untethered world.” It’s a private level line of tech accessories under the brand name “Motile.” This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at…
400: Big Brands to Test Loop Reusable Packaging Subscription
Feb 7 • 13 min
Loop is a circular shopping platform that transforms the packaging of your everyday essentials from single-use disposable to durable, feature-packed designs. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free…
399: Parcel Guard is a Smart Mailbox for Online Shoppers
Feb 6 • 9 min
Parcel Guard is an anti-theft mailbox that can only be accessed by your delivery person and you. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this podcast:…
398: Supermarket Drones Help to Keep Shelves Stocked
Feb 5 • 8 min
Pensa Systems has developed a drone that can fly around a store and examine items on shelves and in coolers. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this…
397: Meet Caper, the AI-powered Smart Shopping Cart
Feb 4 • 9 min
The Caper cart is an AI-powered smart shopping cart that lets customers skip the checkout line. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this podcast:…
396: Murder Your Thirst with Liquid Death
Feb 1 • 7 min
Liquid Death is Austrian mountain water sold in cans. Mike Cessario, a West Coast agency creative, created the brand last year as a side project. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial…
395: Amazon Rolls Out the Scout Delivery Robot
Jan 31 • 8 min
The company is using the autonomous robot to deliver packages. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this podcast:
394: Walmart’s Eavesdropping Surveillance Patent
Jan 30 • 8 min
According to the filing and claims, it’s “an example system for capturing and analyzing sounds in a shopping facility.” This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —-…
393: Brandless Offers Product Subscriptions
Jan 29 • 5 min
The new service will allow their customers to receive certain products on a schedule - weekly, monthly, twice a year, or any timeline of their choosing. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free…
392: Amazon Eyes Closed Sears Stores for Whole Foods Expansion
Jan 28 • 7 min
Yahoo Finance reports that Whole Foods is taking a serious look at abandoned Sears and K-Mart stores. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this podcast:…
391: WeChat Pay Unveils Credit Scoring
Jan 25 • 6 min
Those with higher scores get special perks for things like waived banking fees, elimination of deposits on rentals, and hotel bookings. WeChat Pay Points analyzes spending behavior and social media connections to formulate a credit score for even those…
390: Square Unveils Debit Card for Store Owners
Jan 24 • 4 min
The card, which is free to obtain and use, will allow Square connected businesses to withdraw and spend the money brought in via Square payments. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial…
389: Amazon is Sending Free Samples Based on Your Data
Jan 23 • 8 min
Axios reports the online giant has partnered with brands including Folgers and Maybelline to send free samples directly to your home. The companies will target Amazon Prime subscribers based on the company’s massive collection of personal data on its…
388: WeWork Gets Into the Food Biz with Laird Hamilton
Jan 22 • 9 min
WeWork recently announced a $32 million investment in Laird Superfood, started by surf star Laird Hamilton. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this…
387: Facebook Tries Live Video Shopping
Jan 21 • 10 min
This new feature would let users do their own live videos to show products and do live demos. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this podcast:…
386: Arby’s Launched a Subscription Box
Jan 18 • 7 min
The Arby’s subscription box unveiled at the announcement contained a store serving tray, an Arby’s hat, a bacon scarf, and some Arby’s temporary tattoos. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free…
385: Let Weebly Fix Your Bad Product Photos
Jan 17 • 8 min
Weebly Photo Studio lets you send products to Weebly to have the items professionally photographed. The service costs $75 per item. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at…
384: Entrupy’s Product Fingerprinting Fights Counterfeits
Jan 16 • 7 min
The advanced technology records microscopic differences in manufactured products then houses those recorded differences as “product fingerprints”. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at…
383: Amazon Looks to Airports for Amazon Go Expansion
Jan 15 • 5 min
Amazon is expanding their checkout-free Go stores to airports targeting busy travelers. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this podcast:…
382: Pepsi Rolls Out Snack Robots to College Campuses
Jan 14 • 7 min
The Snackbots are outdoor, self-driving robots on wheels making its way around college campuses delivering snacks and soft drinks. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —-…
381: Eileen Fisher Wants Her Clothes Back
Jan 11 • 7 min
Eileen Fisher takes your used clothing and gives them new life. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —- Support this podcast:
380: Amazon Wants to Stop Selling CraP
Jan 10 • 8 min
That’s what some folks at Amazon have dubbed products they are offering that sell for less than what it costs to buy and deliver. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —-…
379: Hertz Partners with Clear to Speed Checkout
Jan 9 • 10 min
Users will be able to bypass the lines by letting a biometric kiosk scan their face when they’re ready to leave the rental car lot. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day trial at —-…
378: Facebook Wants You to Buy and Watch HBO on Facebook
Jan 8 • 10 min
The social media giant is in talks with HBO, Showtime, and Starz about adding streaming video. Facebook would offer subscriptions to these channels which users would watch within the Facebook platform. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes…
377: Costa’s ‘Clever’ Coffee Cup
Jan 7 • 7 min
Their “Clever Cups” are reusable cups that include a contactless payment chip. Instead of cups being used for single-usage, the cups are for continuous use. This episode sponsored by SendPro from Pitney Bowes. eCommerce Minute listeners get a free 30-day…
376: Alibaba Used Customer Data to Create a Spicy Snickers
Jan 4 • 5 min
Alibaba helped Mars create a new flavor of Snickers bar for the Chinese market – all based on collected consumer data. —- Support this podcast:
375: Season Three Premiere
Jan 3 • 21 min
The Season Three premiere of the eCommerce Minute. In this super-sized episode John and Bart discuss the holiday break, take care of some podcast announcements and make their predictions for 2019. This episode sponsored by SendPro Online by Pitney Bowes.…
374: The eCommerce Minute 2018 Wrap-Up Show
Dec 21, 2018 • 38 min
On this super-sized episode, Bart and John take a fond look back at some of the episodes from 2018 and look ahead to the trends and stories for 2019. The eCommerce Minute will return with new episodes in January. —- Support this podcast:…
373: Brewery Teams with Kellogg’s to Fight Food Waste with ‘Throwaway IPA’ Beer
Dec 20, 2018 • 5 min
Kelloggs has teamed up with Seven Bro7thers Brewery to use “rejected” Corn Flakes in their beer production. —- Support this podcast:
372: Walmart Launches App to Order Online Items In-Store
Dec 19, 2018 • 7 min
The new program allows sales assistants to help customers find items and complete transactions in-store using their handheld devices. —- Support this podcast:
371: RedThread Uses Body Scanning for Best Clothing Fit
Dec 18, 2018 • 5 min
RedThread aims to do away with sizes and instead focus on actual fit. —- Support this podcast:
370: Sweetgreen Partners with WeWork on Office Delivery
Dec 17, 2018 • 6 min
WeWork and salad startup Sweetgreen have teamed up to make it easier for WeWork members and employees to get a healthy meal. —- Support this podcast:
369: Facebook Now Lets You Share Holiday Wish Lists
Dec 14, 2018 • 5 min
The new feature allows users to share and collaborate on collections of saved content and share them with friends and family. —- Support this podcast:
368: Walmart Acquires
Dec 13, 2018 • 5 min is largest online art sellers in the world with more than two million curated images in its inventory. —- Support this podcast:
367: Shop with Crypto at Coin2Shop
Dec 12, 2018 • 6 min
Coin2Shop is a browser extension that you can use to shop on Amazon or eBay using your cryptocurrencies as cash. —- Support this podcast:
366: 9 Brands Come Together Under One Roof in Brooklyn Shop
Dec 11, 2018 • 8 min
HiO is a new retail concept in Brooklyn is testing the idea that consumers will find value in discovering new brands through a brick-and-mortar experience. —- Support this podcast:
365: Alibaba Made a Smart Screen to Help Blind People Shop
Dec 10, 2018 • 4 min
Smart Touch is a smart screen that was developed by Alibaba and Damo Academy to assist visually and physically disabled individuals with mobile device tasks, specifically shopping tasks. —- Support this podcast:
364: Overstock to Ditch Retail for Crypto
Dec 7, 2018 • 5 min
Founder and CEO Patrick Byrne is selling the entire business and going all in on crypto. —- Support this podcast:
363: Payless Tricks ‘Influencers’ with Fake Luxury Pop-Up
Dec 6, 2018 • 6 min
As part of a viral ad campaign, the shoe retailer opened a fake luxury store and filled it with its discount shoewear. —- Support this podcast:
362: Italic: Luxury Goods Without the Labels
Dec 5, 2018 • 5 min
Italic is betting big that consumers might be more interested in the quality and design rather than the showy label and brand name. —- Support this podcast:
361: T-Mobile Let Students Redesign a Part of its Website
Dec 4, 2018 • 5 min
The task was part of a partnership with Adobe’s annual analytics challenge where teams of students compete to win a $35,000 prize as well as potential employment. —- Support this podcast:
360: ShopRunner Launches Mobile Marketplace ‘District’
Dec 3, 2018 • 5 min
District showcases items from about 140 retailers and features a dynamic real-time feed that presents shoppers with trending products tailored to each user based on past actions, as well as information shared with the app. —- Support this podcast:…
359: Instagram Lets Users Shop From Video Posts
Nov 30, 2018 • 6 min
In its latest product update, users will now be able to shop from the videos in their feed. —- Support this podcast:
358: Marie Claire Uses Editors to Drive eCommerce
Nov 29, 2018 • 6 min
The magazine has launched Marie Claire Edit, an aggregator site where readers can shop from retail partners. —- Support this podcast:
357: Ford, Walmart & Postmates Team Up on Robot Delivery
Nov 28, 2018 • 7 min
Ford Motor Company is joining forces with Walmart and Postmates to create an autonomous grocery delivery service in Miami, Florida. —- Support this podcast:
356: eBay Launches Holiday Toy Catalog
Nov 27, 2018 • 6 min
This holiday season, eBay is following Amazons lead and releasing a holiday toy catalog. The online retailer is putting out a Toy Book with the hottest gifts this year, as well as listings for rare and retro playthings from your childhood. —- Support this…
355: Uber Launches Rewards Program
Nov 26, 2018 • 7 min
Uber has launched a new loyalty program called Uber Rewards. —- Support this podcast:
354: MASSE Lets You Shop Via Trusted Recommendations
Nov 23, 2018 • 7 min
Two alums have created a community of shoppers you can trust with their new social shopping platform called MASSE. —- Support this podcast:
P&G Intros New ‘eCommerce Only’ Tide Box
Nov 22, 2018 • 7 min
The new Tide liquid detergent comes in a container about the size of a small shoebox is designed for e-commerce sales only. —- Support this podcast:
352: Walmart Looks to Make Big Boxes Into ‘Town Centers’
Nov 21, 2018 • 8 min
The ‘Town Center’ features amenities that would conceptually make Walmart a community gathering space. —- Support this podcast:
351: Kroger Brings Back Toys R Us for the Holidays
Nov 20, 2018 • 5 min
Kroger has partnered with Geoffrey LLC to put Geoffrey’s Toy Box merchandise in nearly 600 stores this holiday season. —- Support this podcast:
350: Dollar Shave Club Rolls Out Vending Machines
Nov 19, 2018 • 8 min
The online shaving supply company will be rolling out a line of vending machines featuring trail-size versions of its products. —- Support this podcast:
349: Facebook Debuts Small Biz Pop-Ups at Macys
Nov 16, 2018 • 6 min
Facebook organized the 9 pop up stores to be part of The Market @ Macy’s. The Market @ Macy’s concept debuted earlier this year to provide space and exposure to small brands. —- Support this podcast:
348: Alibaba’s Singles Day Tops $30 Billion
Nov 15, 2018 • 8 min
When it was all said and done, the total for this year was a staggering $30.8 Billion. That number topped the $25.3 billion record set in 2017 and shows a nearly 27 percent year-on-year rise. This is a huge number, of course, but smaller than the 39…
347: Walmart’s Weird Robot Bee Patent
Nov 14, 2018 • 5 min
The patent is for autonomous robotic bees, technically called pollination drones, that could potentially pollinate crops just like real bees. —- Support this podcast:
346: CVS Pilots ‘Care Pass’ Membership Program
Nov 13, 2018 • 6 min
CarePass members get free delivery on most prescriptions and online purchases, access to a pharmacist helpline, a 20 percent discount on all CVS-branded products and a monthly $10 coupon. —- Support this podcast:
345: Amazon Offers Free Shipping on All Holiday Orders
Nov 12, 2018 • 7 min
Amazon is offering free shipping during the holidays for all US customers on hundreds of millions of items. —- Support this podcast:
344: Shopify Adds Venmo Payments
Nov 9, 2018 • 4 min
Shopify has announced the addition of Venmo as a payment option at checkout for its 600,000 merchant clients. —- Support this podcast:
343: Walmart Launches Mobile ‘Check Out With Me’
Nov 8, 2018 • 5 min
‘Check Out With Me’ will enable customers to pay for items directly with associates using hand-held devices equipped with a Bluetooth receipt printer. —- Support this podcast:
342: Amazon Ups Its Prime for Business Offerings
Nov 7, 2018 • 5 min
New perks include same-day and one-day shipping for free on over 1 million items, spending analytics, buying guides. —- Support this podcast:
341: Blue Apron Teams Up with
Nov 6, 2018 • 7 min’s newly launched City Grocery offering is now selling Blue Apron meal kits, featuring menu offerings exclusive to Jet customers. This is the first time they’ve been available through an online retailer. —- Support this podcast:…
340: Brandless Has a Retention Problem
Nov 5, 2018 • 6 min
Just 20% of shoppers who placed an order on the site in the fourth quarter of 2017 placed another order a quarter later, according to data from Edison Trends. —- Support this podcast:
339: Amazon Prime Day Outage Caused by Oracle Database Move
Nov 2, 2018 • 7 min
The Prime Day outage was caused by Amazon moving its database for an Ohio warehouse off of Oracle’s to its own technology. —- Support this podcast:
338: Alibaba Kicks Off 10th Annual 11.11 Shopping Festival
Nov 1, 2018 • 8 min
The event is in its 10th year and now a monthlong shopping festival, and the company says this will be its biggest ever. —- Support this podcast:
337: Target Offers Free 2-Day Shipping for Holidays
Oct 31, 2018 • 6 min
Target will offer free 2-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items ordered between November 1 and December 22. —- Support this podcast:
336: eBay Sues Amazon for Illegal Seller Poaching
Oct 30, 2018 • 10 min
Online marketplace eBay has filed a complaint in California Superior Court alleging that Amazon “perpetuated a scheme to infiltrate and exploit eBay’s internal member email system” in order to “recruit high-value eBay sellers to Amazon.” eBay is demanding…
335: WeWork Partners with Rent the Runway
Oct 29, 2018 • 7 min
The coworking giant is partnering with designer rental service Rent the Runway. Rent the Runway is staging 15 drop-off points at locations in New York, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Miami. —- Support this podcast:…
334: Square Launches Terminal
Oct 26, 2018 • 7 min
Terminal is an all-in-one device that can process payments over Wi-Fi and print out receipts. The Terminal accepts chip cards inserted at the front, mag-stripe cards swiped along the edge, and the tap of a smartphone/smartwatch to make a mobile payment.…
333: Lyft’s Monthly Subscription Goes Nationwide
Oct 25, 2018 • 8 min
Last week, Lyft unveiled their All-Access Pass. The plan costs $299 upfront. Riders can take 30 rides each month, as long as those rides cost $15 or less each. —- Support this podcast:
332: Alibaba’s Space Egg Hotel Room Service Robot
Oct 24, 2018 • 7 min
The robot is called Space Egg and is designed to act like a robot porter, used to ferry items around hotels to guests. —- Support this podcast:
331: Amazon Launches ‘Shark Tank’ Store
Oct 23, 2018 • 5 min
The new collection features over 70 products that successfully received funding from the popular “Shark Tank” TV show during seasons 1 through 9. —- Support this podcast:
330: BuzzFeed is Opening a Toy Store in NYC
Oct 22, 2018 • 6 min
BuzzFeed is planning to open a toy store in the Flatiron District of New York City, just in time for the holidays. —- Support this podcast:
329: Shop Your Values with DoneGood
Oct 19, 2018 • 5 min
DoneGood makes it easy to use your purchasing power to make the world better every time you shop online. —- Support this podcast:
327: CommerceHub’s Last-Mile Big-Ticket Delivery Solution
Oct 18, 2018 • 8 min
CommerceHub streamlines the last-mile delivery process of large or bulk merchandise. —- Support this podcast:
328: Farmers Fridge Brings Healthy Food to Vending Machines
Oct 18, 2018 • 7 min
Farmers Fridge makes eating healthy food for people on the go as easy as using a vending machine. —- Support this podcast:
326: Target Launches ‘Smartly’ Discount Brand
Oct 16, 2018 • 7 min
Target has launched a new essentials brand called Smartly featuring over 70 products with most items less than $2. —- Support this podcast:
325: Deliverr Helps Businesses Compete with Amazon Prime
Oct 15, 2018 • 5 min
Deliverr helps business offer rapid delivery experiences for their customers and uses machine learning and predictive intelligence to determine which of its warehouses to store its client’s goods. —- Support this podcast:…
324: Dunkin Donut’s Tiny Home Powered by Coffee
Oct 12, 2018 • 6 min
The tiny home measures just 275 square feet and is powered by an oil that’s produced from spent Dunkin’ coffee grounds. —- Support this podcast:
323: Square Now Lets Sellers Offer Payment Plans
Oct 11, 2018 • 4 min
The service, called Square Installments, will enable small business sellers to offer financing on purchases from $250 to $10,000. —- Support this podcast:
322: Snapchat Unveils New eCommerce Features
Oct 10, 2018 • 5 min
Snap, Inc. has announced an updated set of eCommerce ad products. —- Support this podcast:
321: Walmart’s Stress-Tracking Cart Patent
Oct 9, 2018 • 7 min
Walmart wants to know if its shoppers are stressed out. That’s the idea behind a patent application for a biometric feedback shopping cart handle was recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. —- Support this podcast:…
320: eBay Now Sells Wireless Plans with Used Phones
Oct 8, 2018 • 8 min
eBay now lets you add a prepaid wireless phone plan as an add-on option in the listing. —- Support this podcast:
319: Relaunches, Targeting Urban Customers
Oct 5, 2018 • 9 min
The site now has a stronger focus on the needs of city dwellers and millennials and features a new, three-hour grocery delivery service. —- Support this podcast:
318: Amazon Opens ‘4-Star’ Store in NYC
Oct 4, 2018 • 5 min
Amazon has opened a 4-star concept store in New York City’s Soho neighborhood featuring only products that have been rated 4 stars or better. —- Support this podcast:
317: Snapchat Partners with Amazon for Visual Search
Oct 3, 2018 • 7 min
Snap announced a new visual search tool for the company’s Snapchat app in partnership with Amazon. —- Support this podcast:
316: FedEx Ground Now Running 6 Days a Week
Oct 2, 2018 • 6 min
FedEx has announced that they will be expanding their ground operations to add a sixth day to their delivery schedule. —- Support this podcast:
315: StoreMe Lets Travelers Stash Their Bags
Oct 1, 2018 • 7 min
StoreMe is an on-demand mobile app that connects travelers and tourists with a place to safely store their stuff, from a few hours to up to seven days. —- Support this podcast:
314: Use Bitcoin to Buy a New Rolls-Royce in Houston
Sep 28, 2018 • 6 min
A Houston area car dealership is the first Rolls-Royce dealer to accept bitcoin and bitcoin cash for the purchase their luxury cars. —- Support this podcast:
313: Amazon Will Ship You a Live Christmas Tree
Sep 27, 2018 • 5 min
Amazon will wrap and ship fresh-cut, full-size Christmas trees beginning in November. —- Support this podcast:
312: Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma to Step Down
Sep 26, 2018 • 6 min
Alibaba co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has announced he’s getting ready to leave the company he founded in 1999. —- Support this podcast:
311: Lolli Lets You Earn Bitcoin While Shopping Online
Sep 25, 2018 • 7 min
Lolli is a startup that wants you to earn bitcoin as you shop. Lolli’s mission: Put cryptocurrencies like bitcoin into the hands of consumers, risk-free. Lolli offers a browser extension for Chrome and Safari that so far pairs with more than 600…
310: Let a Robot Make Your Coffee at Cafe X
Sep 24, 2018 • 5 min
The Cafe X concept identifies and remedies the pain points of the coffee buying experience and then using robotics and automation to solve those issues. —- Support this podcast:
309: The Last Blockbuster is Getting Its Own Beer
Sep 14, 2018 • 4 min
In honor of this last Blockbuster, 10 Barrel Brewing Company is creating a beer fittingly called “The Last Blockbuster.” —- Support this podcast:
308: GlassesUSA: Scan Your Glasses, Learn Your Prescription
Sep 13, 2018 • 6 min
Glasses USA has created a free app called Prescription Scanner that will allow you to scan and pull your current prescription right from your existing glasses. —- Support this podcast:
307: Walmart Files VR Shopping Patent
Sep 12, 2018 • 4 min
The two patents describe a “virtual showroom” and a fulfillment system that connect shoppers equipped with VR headsets and special sensory gloves to a VR Walmart store. —- Support this podcast:
306: Fight Food Waste with Imperfect Produce
Sep 11, 2018 • 6 min
Imperfect Produce partners with farmers, taking their weird-yet-edible outcasts and offering them to the public through discounted subscription boxes. —- Support this podcast:
305: IBM Patents a Coffee Drone
Sep 10, 2018 • 5 min
IBM has secured a patent for a coffee drone that not only flies around public spaces to provide hot java but also may predict which people need a caffeine boost. —- Support this podcast:
304: Real-Life Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart Opens in South Carolina
Sep 7, 2018 • 3 min
A real-life recreation of the iconic Kwik-E-Mart convenience store from the series has just opened in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The store was designed with the same look and feel from the animated series, and the store’s creators said four years of…
303: Walmart Launches Moosejaw Marketplace
Sep 6, 2018 • 5 min
The store will offer Walmart online shoppers access to an assortment of outdoor specialty items that weren’t available on the site in the past. —- Support this podcast:
302: REI Goes Big on Used Gear
Sep 5, 2018 • 5 min
The site offers lightly used gear that was returned to REI under its guarantee program, with items discounted up to 65% from the original. —- Support this podcast:
301: Walmart Teams With Rakuten on eBooks
Sep 4, 2018 • 7 min
The company announced a partnership with Rakuten Kobo to bring you ebooks, available in-store and online. The service will be called Walmart eBooks. —- Support this podcast:
300: Kroger’s OptUp App Makes Healthy Shopping Easy
Sep 3, 2018 • 8 min
Kroger has launched a new shopping app called OptUP, a data-driven app to help consumers make more informed decisions about the food they buy. —- Support this podcast:
299: Porsche Launches Digital Charging Service for EVs
Aug 31, 2018 • 6 min
The Porsche Charging Service app will simplify the process of finding an electric-car charger and paying to use it. —- Support this podcast:
298: Google Readying First Retail Store
Aug 30, 2018 • 6 min
According to a report, Google has signed a lease on a 14,000 square foot space to be used as a two-level permanent retail store. —- Support this podcast:
297: Walmart Expands Convenience Store Test
Aug 29, 2018 • 7 min
The Plano, Texas location is 2,900 sq ft & has eight fuel pumps, grab-and-go foods, a wall of cold beverages and a walk-in beer cooler. —- Support this podcast:
296: Best Buy Grabs GreatCall for $800M
Aug 28, 2018 • 5 min
Great Call has with over 900,00 subscribers and provides connected health and emergency response services to the aging population. —- Support this podcast:
295: Pat’s Steaks Now Delivers Nationwide
Aug 27, 2018 • 6 min
Iconic South Philadelphia steak shop Pat’s Steaks is now offering nationwide delivery of its signature sandwiches. —- Support this podcast:
294: Kroger Partners with Alibaba on Grocery
Aug 24, 2018 • 4 min
Kroger is venturing into the international market with the launch of Our Brands through Alibaba’s Tmall platform. —- Support this podcast:
293: Office Depot Opens In-Store Coworking Space
Aug 23, 2018 • 7 min
Its called the Workonomy Hub and is integrated into their Los Gatos, California store. —- Support this podcast:
292: Casper to Open 200 Stores
Aug 22, 2018 • 7 min
Online mattress startup Casper is planning to open 200 retail stores over the next three years, including 18 “pop-up” locations that will become permanent. —- Support this podcast:
291: Uber Partners with Cargo to Sell Munchies to Passengers
Aug 21, 2018 • 4 min
Cargo makes it easy for rideshare drivers to sell goods to their passengers. —- Support this podcast:
290: CLEAR Lets You Buy Beer With a Fingerprint
Aug 20, 2018 • 7 min
Seattle sports fans will be the first in the U.S. to buy booze with a fingerprint. —- Support this podcast:
289: Optoro Helps Companies Cope With Returns
Aug 17, 2018 • 7 min
Optoro uses data analytics to help brands determine the best way to sell off excess inventory. —- Support this podcast:
288: Walmart Tests Grocery-picking Robots
Aug 16, 2018 • 8 min
The Alphabot robots will help associates pick and package grocery orders. —- Support this podcast:
287: GM’s Maven Launches Airbnb for Cars
Aug 15, 2018 • 8 min
GM announced a new peer-to-peer car-sharing service in which owners of GM-branded vehicles would rent their cars to other people. —- Support this podcast:
286: Kroger Launches Its Own Delivery Service
Aug 14, 2018 • 5 min
The Grocery giant has announced they’re launching their own delivery service called ‘Kroger Ship’. —- Support this podcast:
285: WeWork Gets Into Retail with WeMRKT
Aug 13, 2018 • 7 min
Co-working giant WeWork is getting into retail, with the launch of WeMRKET a “modern retail space” that will be piloted at WeWork 205 Hudson in New York City. —- Support this podcast:
284: Starbucks Partners on Delivery Deal with Alibaba
Aug 10, 2018 • 4 min
The service would be run through Alibaba’s food delivery unit called —- Support this podcast:
283: CallPage Lets You Call Your Site Visitors
Aug 9, 2018 • 5 min
CallPage allows you to call interested visitors to your site. —- Support this podcast:
282: Waymo and Walmart Partner for Self-Driving BOPIS Test
Aug 8, 2018 • 7 min
Walmart is teaming up with driverless car company Waymo on a one-store test project that will allow shoppers who ordered groceries online to be shuttled to and from the store in Waymo vehicles. —- Support this podcast:…
281: Earn Rewards with Tommy Hilfiger’s Connected Clothes
Aug 7, 2018 • 7 min
The clothes are equipped with smart-chip technology and offer rewards for people who participate in on-the-go experiences, creating a micro-community of brand ambassadors. —- Support this podcast:
280: Tesla Sells $1500 Surfboards
Aug 6, 2018 • 3 min
The surfboard was designed in Tesla’s design studios “in collaboration with Lost Surfboards and Matt “Mayhem” Biolos.” According to the product description, the board features a finish similar to the company’s cars, and a top that’s reinforced with carbon…
279: Worldpay’s Drone Delivery Mat Fights Fraud
Aug 3, 2018 • 5 min
Payments processor Worldpay has come up with a solution to combat fraud with a new prototype system that secures proper payment before completing deliveries. —- Support this podcast:
278: Amazon’s Handy Part Finder Tool
Aug 2, 2018 • 5 min
The tool, part of the Amazon app, is able to identify and match around 100 types of screws, bolts, and nuts, then show you matching parts in its catalog. —- Support this podcast:
277: Walmart Plots Streaming Service
Aug 1, 2018 • 6 min
Walmart is looking to chip away at one more core service that Amazon Prime Members enjoy – streaming video. Insider sources reports that the service could be priced at under $8 a month. —- Support this podcast:
276: Facebook Gets Into the Movie Ticket Game
Jul 31, 2018 • 6 min
Facebook is diving deeper into eCommerce, and soon there’s one more thing you’ll be able to buy: Movie Tickets. Starting soon, Facebook users will see a new tab on the pages called Movies. The Movies page will give users options to purchase movie tickets…
275: Hyundai Launches Amazon Digital Showroom
Jul 30, 2018 • 5 min
The showroom features photo galleries and lets potential car buyers view and compare different Hyundai models. The showroom includes price comparisons, reviews, vehicle details, test drive bookings, the ability to check dealership inventories and other…
274: Home Depot Installs Pickup Lockers
Jul 27, 2018 • 5 min
Home Depot is installing pickup lockers within its stores as part of its “Buy Online, Pickup In Store” program. —- Support this podcast:
273: Tagwalk Wants to Be the Google of Fashion
Jul 26, 2018 • 6 min
By using more than 2,800 keywords, users can search by brand, season, city, trend, color, fabric or style through 128,000 pictures. —- Support this podcast:
272: Walmart’s Weird In-store Tracking Patent
Jul 25, 2018 • 6 min
The patent says the company plans to coat its floors with various invisible substances designed to rub off onto shopping cart wheels. —- Support this podcast:
271: Target’s Secret Superfan App
Jul 24, 2018 • 5 min
Target has an invite-only app called Studio Connect that allows users to connect with the Target designers. —- Support this podcast:
270: The Last Blockbuster in America
Jul 23, 2018 • 6 min
As the era of physical media fades, so does the fate of the once mighty Blockbuster Video chain. One store remains in Bend, Oregon. —- Support this podcast:
269: Facebook’s Patent Reveals eCom Chatbot
Jul 20, 2018 • 5 min
The Facebook patent allows users to pay for goods through message bots, highlighting the company’s continued expansion into eCommerce. —- Support this podcast:
268: Shopfiction: The First Shoppable Novel
Jul 19, 2018 • 5 min
Novelist Riley Costello has created a new way to sell apparel and home goods as her fans read her last novel. She’s even trademarked the process as ‘Shopfiction.’ —- Support this podcast:
267: Amazon’s New ‘Back to School’ Online Stores
Jul 18, 2018 • 5 min
Amazon has announced new Back to School and Off to College online stores, with new landing pages for each. —- Support this podcast:
266: Kroger Rolls Out Driverless Grocery
Jul 17, 2018 • 6 min
Grocery chain Kroger is partnering with autonomous car company Nuro to introduce driverless cars to its grocery delivery. —- Support this podcast:
265: Alibaba’s ‘AI Copywriter’
Jul 16, 2018 • 4 min
Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has created an AI that can generate 20,000 lines of copy at the click of a button. —- Support this podcast:
264: The Sound of Vinyl is a New Way to Collect
Jul 13, 2018 • 8 min
The Sound of Vinyl is an online record store and discovery engine with over 20,000 titles from every major label, plus indie titles. —- Support this podcast:
263: Amazon Might Be Planning a Holiday Toy Catalog
Jul 12, 2018 • 4 min
Looking to fill the void left by Toys R Us, Amazon might publish a physical toy catalog for the holiday season. —- Support this podcast:
262: Kohl’s is Already Hiring for the Holidays
Jul 11, 2018 • 6 min
Kohl’s announced last Wednesday that it would begin hiring seasonal workers for the back-to-school, fall and holiday shopping season earlier than its ever done before. —- Support this podcast:
261: Get Cheap Broadway Tickets with Broadway Roulette
Jul 10, 2018 • 6 min
You pick the day, they pick the show - just $49 - $59. —- Support this podcast:
260: Ikea Gets Into Streetwear with Chris Stamp Colab
Jul 9, 2018 • 6 min
The Swedish retailer Ikea announced a new collaborative line of products called SPANST. The collection features furniture and accessories but also streetwear-styled clothing in collaboration with Chris Stamp, the LA-based fashion designer. —- Support this…
259: Amazon Shakes Up Pharmacy Biz w/ PillPack Acquisition
Jul 6, 2018 • 10 min
Amazon shook up the healthcare business last week with the acquisition of online pharmacy startup PillPack for around $1 billion. —- Support this podcast:
258: RideSafe is Insurance for Uber and Lyft Passengers
Jul 5, 2018 • 6 min
Ride-sharing passengers will now be able to purchase on-demand, per day accident and death coverage insurance via a new smartphone app. —- Support this podcast:
257: Run Your Business On the Go With Shopify Ping
Jul 4, 2018 • 6 min
Ping is a free mobile app for Shopify merchants that bring together customer conversations, marketing workflows in a single interface. —- Support this podcast:
256: Facebook Cracks Down on Junk Sellers
Jul 3, 2018 • 5 min
The new features will allow users to share their shopping experiences and leave feedback after viewing a Facebook ad. —- Support this podcast:
255: Amazon Gives Incentives to Start Your Delivery Biz
Jul 2, 2018 • 6 min
The program gives new partner companies discounted rates on fuel, insurance, and delivery vans, as well as expert guidance and driver training from Amazon. —- Support this podcast:
254: PayPal Buys Fraud Detection Platform Simility
Jun 29, 2018 • 5 min
PayPal continued its acquisition streak with the recent acquisition of Simility, a specialist in AI-based fraud and risk management. —- Support this podcast:
253:’s Shopping Festival Holiday Pulls in $24B
Jun 28, 2018 • 6 min
Chinese eCommerce giant pulled in $24.6B during their annual 618 Shopping Festival, held this year June 2 to the 18th. That number set a new record for the festival, with a whopping 37% increase over last years festival. —- Support this podcast:…
252: Supreme Court Oks States to Collect eCommerce Sales Tax
Jun 27, 2018 • 8 min
A 5-4 ruling cleared states to collect sales tax from online retailers, even if those companies don’t have a physical presence in the state. —- Support this podcast:
251: Buy Shares of Classic Cars with Rally Road
Jun 26, 2018 • 8 min
The New York-based startup lets investors buy equity stakes in classic cars for as little as $50. —- Support this podcast:
250: Snapchat Adds Ticket Buying via SeatGeek
Jun 25, 2018 • 7 min
Thanks to an integration with SeatGeek, Sports teams and musicians can sell tickets directly to fans via their Snapchat Stories. This marks the first ticket buying integration within the app. —- Support this podcast:…
249: Walmart Uncorks Private Label Wine
Jun 22, 2018 • 8 min
Walmart has introduced a new private label wine collection called Winemakers Selection. It includes ten wines sourced from California, France, and Italy. —- Support this podcast:
248: Macys and b8ta Partner for Pop-Up Shops
Jun 21, 2018 • 6 min
Macy’s has announced its partnering with electronics discovery store b8ta to expand it’s Market @Macy’s pop-up shops within Macy’s stores. Part of the deal includes Macy’s taking a minority stake in b8ta, which also helps brands build out physical stores.…
247: Google to Invest $550M into
Jun 20, 2018 • 5 min
The investment is part of Google’s effort to expand their presence in the fast-growing Asian market and to battle rivals like Amazon. —- Support this podcast:
246: Amazon Slammed for Destroying Returns in Germany
Jun 19, 2018 • 5 min
Amazon is reportedly destroying “massive amounts” of as-new and returned items in Germany. —- Support this podcast:
245: Heineken Gets Into US eCommerce
Jun 18, 2018 • 9 min
Draft for Home will sell a line of home tap machines, along with the special 2-liter kegs that dispense your favorite brews. —- Support this podcast:
244: Wish: The Billion Dollar eCommerce Startup
Jun 15, 2018 • 9 min
The SF-based startup hit $1 billion in revenue in 2017 and said revenue had doubled year after year since the founding of Wish eight years ago. —- Support this podcast:
243: Buy Refurbished Goods at North Face Renewed
Jun 14, 2018 • 4 min
North Face has launched a pilot program for online sales of refurbished clothing called “The North Face Renewed”. —- Support this podcast:
242: Uber Wants to Know if You’re Wasted (or Not)
Jun 13, 2018 • 7 min
According to a new patent filing, the rideshare service is working on a plan to detect whether a ride customer is hammered or not before they climb into the car. —- Support this podcast:
241: Alibaba’s Cainiao Smart Delivery Box
Jun 12, 2018 • 3 min
Alibaba wants to put a temperature-controlled smart locker outside your home. —- Support this podcast:
240: Best Buy Rolls Out Tech Support Subscription
Jun 11, 2018 • 7 min
Best Buy has launched a $200 per year subscription version of their Geek Squad called Total Tech Support. —- Support this podcast:
239: Apple Tests ‘Order Ahead’ for Drinks at Music Festivals
Jun 8, 2018 • 6 min
Apple debuted the new service last week at the Bottle Rock Music Festival near San Francisco. —- Support this podcast:
238: Katz’s Deli Has a Delicious Subscription
Jun 7, 2018 • 9 min
Historic Katz’s Deli in New York City has finally got a solution for your long-distance pastrami cravings. —- Support this podcast:
237: Walmart Debuts Jetblack Personal Shopper Service
Jun 6, 2018 • 7 min
Jetblack is a personal shopper service where you’ll simply text a request to have Walmart fulfill your needs, by purchasing the item and shipping it to you for same or next day delivery. —- Support this podcast:
236: Amazon/Sears Tire Partnership (Too Little, Too Late?)
Jun 5, 2018 • 8 min
Sears has entered into a partnership with Amazon to sell and install tires; both DieHard branded and others — at Sears Auto Centers nationwide. —- Support this podcast:
235: Quiddity: The Video-Based Review and Lifestyle Site
Jun 4, 2018 • 8 min
Quiddity is a new video-based review and lifestyle site that combines video, product details and “inspirational content” to create immersive experiences. —- Support this podcast:
234: Gravy: Livestream Gaming Meets Online Commerce
Jun 1, 2018 • 9 min
Gravy is a new app that combines gaming, shopping, and fundraising in one app. It’s self-described as ‘the first shopping game show you play on your phone’. Each night at 8:30 pm, Gravy live streams a show that gives audiences the chance to compete for…
233: PayPal Gets Deep Into Google
May 31, 2018 • 4 min
Google is adding deep integration with PayPal. —- Support this podcast:
232: Amazon’s Smile Codes Encourage Box Re-Use
May 30, 2018 • 6 min
The codes, dubbed “Smile Codes” can be scanned by customers with the Amazon app to reveal instructions on how to use their Amazon package boxes for arts and crafts. —- Support this podcast:
231: Hatchful: Shopify’s Digital Branding Assistant
May 29, 2018 • 10 min
Hatchful is a digital designer in the palm of your hands. It’s a mobile app aimed to help business owners create a visual identity for their brand. —- Support this podcast:
230: Uber to Test 5-Minute Drone Food Deliveries
May 28, 2018 • 5 min
Under the UberEats umbrella, Uber promises food delivery in 5 to 30 minutes, beginning in their test city San Diego. —- Support this podcast:
229: Rent Luxury Watches at Eleven James
May 25, 2018 • 6 min
Eleven James, often referred to as ‘The Netflix for Watches’ is an online subscription rental service for luxury watches. Founded in 2013, it offers curated watch collections to both men and women for a flat monthly subscription. —- Support this podcast:…
228: Adobe to Acquire Magento for $1.68b
May 24, 2018 • 17 min
Adobe announced on Monday that it was acquiring eCommerce platform Magento Commerce for $1.68 Billion. —- Support this podcast:
227: Trader Joe’s Has a Podcast
May 23, 2018 • 8 min
Trader Joe’s has released a limited series podcast called ‘Inside Trader Joe’s’. —- Support this podcast:
226: The New, Adorable Electric UPS Trucks
May 22, 2018 • 4 min
UPS has teamed up with electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival to roll out a “pilot fleet” of electric delivery vehicles in London and Paris. The new light-weight EVs have zero tailpipe emissions, 150-mile battery range, and advanced safety features. —-…
225: Walmart’s Uber/Lyft Partnerships End
May 21, 2018 • 5 min
A recent report from Reuters states that rideshare companies Uber and Lyft will no longer be handling grocery for deliveries for Walmart. —- Support this podcast:
SPECIAL REPORT: PayPal Buys iZettle for $2.2B
May 18, 2018 • 6 min
PayPal confirms that it is buying payments startup iZettle for $2.2B in an all-cash deal to close in Q3 2018. —- Support this podcast:
224: Tesla Kills The Semi
May 18, 2018 • 6 min
On the Tesla Q1 2018 earnings call CEO Elon Musk essentially admitted the project had been put on hold. —- Support this podcast:
223: iZettle Expands from Payments to Commerce
May 17, 2018 • 5 min
iZettle is expanding its service portfolio beyond payments and financing and branching into eCommerce. —- Support this podcast:
222: Shopify is Opening a Bricks and Mortar Store
May 16, 2018 • 6 min
The Canadian company stated that it was opening the retail location in an undisclosed location in the US by the Summer. —- Support this podcast:
221: PayPal’s AR Payment Glasses
May 15, 2018 • 6 min
Soon, you could be paying for goods with your glasses. That’s what PayPal has in mind, according to a recently revived patent. —- Support this podcast:
220: Amazon to Discount Retailers Using Amazon Pay
May 14, 2018 • 5 min
Amazon’s ‘Pay’ payment system has been struggling to gain large-scale adoption. So the commerce giant has decided to pass along the discounts they get on credit card fees along to retailers if they agree to implement the payment service. —- Support this…
219: Walmart Buys 77% of Flipkart for $16B
May 11, 2018 • 5 min
Walmart has outbid Amazon for a $16B stake in India’s e-commerce giant Flipkart. Flipkart’s board has approved the deal to sell a 77% stake of the company to Walmart. —- Support this podcast:
218: Sears Launches Online Leasing Program
May 10, 2018 • 6 min
Sears is expanding its product leasing program to the Sears and Kmart websites. The program is an extension of their in-store WhyNotLeaseIt program. —- Support this podcast:
217: Facebook’s Brings AR Tools to Messenger Bots
May 9, 2018 • 9 min
At the 2018 Facebook f8 developers conference last week, the company rolled out new features to augment the Messenger platform to help brands sell more. —- Support this podcast:
216: Instagram Launches Payment for Commerce
May 8, 2018 • 6 min
The new feature allows users to register a debit or credit card as part of a profile allowing you to shop and pay, without ever leaving the platform. —- Support this podcast:
215: Six Hundred Four Opens First Virtual Sneaker Store
May 7, 2018 • 9 min
Bringing together virtual reality and eCommerce, sneaker brand Six Hundred Four recently opened a VR sneaker store. —- Support this podcast:
214: Square Buys Site Builder Weebly for $365M
May 4, 2018 • 8 min
Payment processor Square announced that they are acquiring website builder Weebly for $365 million dollars. —- Support this podcast:
213: Snapchat’s New Shoppable Lenses
May 3, 2018 • 8 min
Snapchat’s new Shoppable AR takes Sponsored Lenses one step further and allows businesses to sell products directly from a Snapchat filter. —- Support this podcast:
212: Amazon Unlocks In-Car Deliveries
May 2, 2018 • 7 min
Amazon has teamed up with GM and Volvo to provide a service where your vehicle can be unlocked and packages delivered. —- Support this podcast:
211: Nobody Wants The Apple HomePod
May 1, 2018 • 5 min
Apple’s first foray into the smart speaker market hasn’t been going so well. Despite rave reviews for its sound quality, Home Pod sales have been disappointing, according to a report by Bloomberg. —- Support this podcast:…
210: Brandless Gets Physical with a Pop-Up Store
Apr 30, 2018 • 8 min
Starting May 1st, the 3 dollar grocery and personal care website is launching a pop-up store in Los Angeles. —- Support this podcast:
209: Is Walmart’s Crashing?
Apr 27, 2018 • 5 min saw a 60% decline in traffic over last year, as Walmart invests in its marketing efforts while cutting back on Jet promotions. —- Support this podcast:
208: Amex Integrates Shoppable AR at Coachella
Apr 26, 2018 • 7 min
For the first weekend of the annual Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, Amex created a shoppable AR component in the Coachella app. The AR experience allowed cardholders to buy select merchandise using the Coachella app’s AR camera anywhere on…
207: Amazon Prime Tops 100 Million Members
Apr 25, 2018 • 4 min
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced in his annual shareholder letter that the e-commerce giant has exceeded 100 million paid Prime subscribers. —- Support this podcast:
206: April 25th is ‘Way Day’ at
Apr 24, 2018 • 4 min
Online furniture retailer Wayfair is the latest company to invent its own shopping holiday called “Way Day”, which occurs on April 25th. —- Support this podcast:
205: Adidas Closes Stores to Focus on eCommerce
Apr 23, 2018 • 9 min
German sportswear company Adidas is preparing to close more stores this year to focus on digital initiatives. —- Support this podcast:
204: 6,000 Dogs Work at Amazon
Apr 20, 2018 • 4 min
On a typical day at Amazon HQ in Seattle, employees share their space with as many as 6,000 of their four-legged friends. Every day is bring your dog to work day, a longstanding tradition at the e-commerce company. —- Support this podcast:…
203: Target Tests ‘Fetch’ Reordering System
Apr 19, 2018 • 7 min
Target is piloting a reorder service that’s powered by smart devices in your home. It will monitor things like toilet paper, hand soap and paper towels, and reorder the items when supplies get low. —- Support this podcast:…
202: Nordstrom’s 24-Hour a Day Men’s Store
Apr 18, 2018 • 5 min
Nordstrom is opening a men’s store in New York City that will operate 24 hours a day. The store will offer a variety of services at the store, including overnight in-store pickup, a self-service return kiosk, shoe shining, and “sneaker cleanings.” —-…
201: Subscribe and Drive with BMW’s New Service
Apr 17, 2018 • 5 min
The app-based service, called Access, will launch first in Nashville and give subscribers access to a fleet of cars for a set fee. —- Support this podcast:
200: Boxed Unveils ‘Prime-Style’ Subscription
Apr 16, 2018 • 5 min
Club retailer Boxed has launched a premium-perks program similar to Amazon Prime that provides free priority shipping, price-matching for competitors, and other benefits for subscribers. Boxed Up costs $49 a year after a free 30-day trial. —- Support this…
199: Costco’s ‘Treasure Hunt’ Floor Plan
Apr 13, 2018 • 9 min
If you’re visiting Costco anytime soon, be prepared for a treasure hunt. The rotisserie chicken and cheap vodka purveyor allegedly designs its store layout to purposely confuse their customers. —- Support this podcast:…
198: Voice-Activated Coupons for Google Assistant
Apr 12, 2018 • 6 min
Target and Google teamed up for a voice-activated coupon on Google Assistant. The coupon was for a $15 offer for Target orders placed on shopping service Google Express via Google Assistant. —- Support this podcast:…
197: Retailers Test Apple’s Business Chat
Apr 11, 2018 • 3 min
A variety of companies are currently beta testing Apple’s new Business Chat functionality, part of the iOs 11.3 software update. —- Support this podcast:
04.10.18: Most Retailers Miss the Mark on Social Media
Apr 10, 2018 • 5 min
Most retailers are visible on social media, but might not be posting the messages customers really want. This is according to The Social Shopping Report, a study conducted by Astound Commerce Insights. —- Support this podcast:…
04.09.18: Kohl’s Amazon Return Program is Driving Traffic
Apr 9, 2018 • 7 min
Kohl’s Chairman, President, and CEO Kevin Mansell says that the partnership has so far been successful, noting that driving traffic has been Kohl’s No. 1 priority for the last two years. —- Support this podcast:
04.06.18: Bolt’s Zero-Fraud Checkout
Apr 6, 2018 • 7 min
Bolt is a startup that wants to give e-commerce retailers a better shot at competing with Amazon in the checkout experience. —- Support this podcast:
04.05.18: Visits Rise at Whole Foods with Amazon Lockers
Apr 5, 2018 • 7 min
Shoppers are making more quick trips to Whole Foods stores that have installed lockers, research from location data advertising firm inMarket showed. —- Support this podcast:
04.04.18: Alibaba and Ford Unveil Car Vending Machine
Apr 4, 2018 • 4 min
Alibaba and Ford have unveiled a car vending machine in Guangzhou, China. The car facility came about as a result of a partnership signed two years ago between the eCommerce giant and the car maker. The unstaffed, digital vending machine is called the…
04.03.18: Macy’s to Roll Out Mobile Checkout by Year’s End
Apr 3, 2018 • 6 min
Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette announced at Shoptalk 2018 a rollout of mobile self-checkout at all stores by years end. —- Support this podcast:
04.02.18: HelloFresh is Growing 5X Faster Than Blue Apron
Apr 2, 2018 • 5 min
In its earnings report, HelloFresh reported increased revenue and decreased losses pushing it further ahead of BlueApron. —- Support this podcast:
03.30.18: Target Aims at Waste with Denim Recycling Program
Mar 30, 2018 • 6 min
Target ran a test program where selected stores in the Northwest could trade in their old denim clothing for a 10% off coupon for new jeans. —- Support this podcast:
03.29.18: Amazon to Buy Empty Toys ‘R’ Us Locations
Mar 29, 2018 • 8 min
Amazon has reportedly looked into expanding their retail footprint by acquiring some locations from bankrupt Toys R Us. —- Support this podcast:
03.28.18: Google Launches Shopping Actions
Mar 28, 2018 • 6 min
Google has announced a new program called Shopping Actions that will allow users to purchase items through Google Assistant and shopping ads in search results. —- Support this podcast:
03.27.18: Marc Lore @ ShopTalk: Business as Usual at Walmart
Mar 27, 2018 • 6 min
Despite Walmart’s disappointing Q4 results, Marc Lore told the crowd at ShopTalk 2018 that they’re staying the course, and that he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. —- Support this podcast:
03.26.18: Macy’s Instagram Live Share Hack for Spring Promo
Mar 26, 2018 • 9 min
Retailer Macy’s has created a unique Instagram hack to promote their Spring 2018 campaign. The campaign is called ‘Remarkable You” that helps customers via Instagram put together outfits with help from influencers and Macy’s stylists, according to a news…
03.23.18: Couple Gets Dozens of Unwanted Amazon Orders
Mar 23, 2018 • 8 min
The couple received box after box from China and which included everything from Bluetooth speakers and humidifiers to phone chargers and flashlights. —- Support this podcast:
03.22.18: Millennials Happy to Pay More for Mobile Shopping
Mar 22, 2018 • 10 min
37% of U.S. consumers are willing to pay more for a product or service providing that they can get a superior shopping experience with mobile, according to a recent study. —- Support this podcast:
03.21.18: Betabrand: 3D Designs to Market in 5 Days
Mar 21, 2018 • 7 min
The company has recently announced it now can design and prepare pre-sale products like shoes in five days or less, rather than the typical 18-month process. —- Support this podcast:
03.20.18: America Has a Drunk Shopping Problem
Mar 20, 2018 • 6 min
According to a report by, Americans who drink alcohol regularly admit to purchasing while under the influence — an estimated 68 million people, drawn from their study of 2,000 American adults. —- Support this podcast:…
03.19.18: Voice Shopping Set to Jump to $40B by 2022
Mar 19, 2018 • 11 min
A study released by OC&C Strategy Consultants expects voice shopping to surge over 1,900% to $40 billion, up from the current number of $2 billion today. —- Support this podcast:
03.16.18: Tesla Sends Its New Semi On a Cargo Run
Mar 16, 2018 • 8 min
Last week, the carmaker sent the new Tesla Semi heavy-duty truck on a voyage, carrying battery packs from the Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to the car factory in Fremont, California. —- Support this podcast:
Special Report: Goodbye, Toys ‘R’ Us
Mar 15, 2018 • 6 min
BONUS EPISODE: People around the country are mourning the loss of a piece of their childhood today, following yesterday’s announcement that Toys ‘R’ Us will close all 800 of its U.S stores. —- Support this podcast:
03.15.18: Social Video Shopping is Showing Results
Mar 15, 2018 • 6 min
Shoppable social video is coming of age, and we can look to recent shopping events as proof that consumers are ready and willing to shop via social platforms. MikMak is one company that’s making this a reality. —- Support this podcast:…
03.14.18: Alexa is Laughing at You
Mar 14, 2018 • 7 min
Many people last week reported hearing unprompted laughs from their smart speaker devices. The laughs were occurring randomly when nobody is using the device, or in response to a request to turn on or off lights. —- Support this podcast:…
03.13.18: Here’s Why Amazon has Been Sending You Package Pics
Mar 13, 2018 • 5 min
Amazon has been quietly expanding a program over the past few months in which some of its delivery providers take a picture of where they put your package. —- Support this podcast:
03.12.18: Apple Wants You to “Lose Your Wallet”
Mar 12, 2018 • 5 min
Apple is holding a “Lose Your Wallet” shopping event in Los Angeles, giving discounts to users using the Apple Pay payment service at select retail locations. —- Support this podcast:
03.09.18: BuzzFeed Partners with Walmart to Sell Kitchen Goods
Mar 9, 2018 • 5 min
Digital publisher BuzzFeed is expanding its commerce business by creating a line of its own cookware, which it will sell exclusively through Walmart. —- Support this podcast:
03.08.18: eBay Debuts ‘$10 and Under’ Page
Mar 8, 2018 • 5 min
eBay has unveiled a new “Under $10” page featuring millions of products priced $10 and under to compete with Amazon and the growing dollar store trend. —- Support this podcast:
03.07.18: Warby Parker to Hit 100 Stores, Web Retail Follows
Mar 7, 2018 • 7 min
Online eyeglass retailer Warby Parker has big ambitions for brick and mortar retail. The company, founded in 2010, is looking to have nearly 100 retail locations across the U.S. this year. —- Support this podcast:
03.06.18: Rep the Squad: Netflix for Jerseys
Mar 6, 2018 • 7 min
Rep the Squad is a Netflix-like service that allows you to borrow authentic sports jerseys for $19.95 a month. —- Support this podcast:
03.05.18: Amazon Put a Ring On It
Mar 5, 2018 • 8 min
Amazon has reportedly acquired home security provider Ring to the tune of one billion dollars. —- Support this podcast:
03.02.18: Walmart to Launch Allswell Online Mattress Brand
Mar 2, 2018 • 7 min
Walmart is launching its own private-label mattress and bedding brand that will be sold exclusively online, part of the giant retailer’s effort to bolster its e-commerce business. —- Support this podcast:
03.01.18: Amazon’s Warehouse Wrist Tracker Patent
Mar 1, 2018 • 5 min
Amazon has received patent approval for a wristband system able to gauge the accuracy of warehouse workers’ item and picking location. —- Support this podcast:
02.28.18: Market @ Macy’s Pop Up Shops
Feb 28, 2018 • 4 min
Macy’s is launching a series of pop-up shops aimed to boost exposure of brands looking to break into traditional brick and mortar retail. —- Support this podcast:
02.27.18: Nike Air Jordans Sell Out on Snapchat in 23 Mins
Feb 27, 2018 • 11 min
Nike made history by becoming the first brand to sell a product directly through the Snapchat app, selling out in 23 minutes. —- Support this podcast:
02.26.18: J.Crew Partners with WeWork
Feb 26, 2018 • 4 min
Coworking giant WeWork is launching a partnership with J.Crew to host a panel discussion series at select WeWork locations in New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta and Philadelphia. —- Support this podcast:
02.23.18: Walmart’s Store Assistant App Makes Your Shopping Trip Easier
Feb 23, 2018 • 5 min
The new and improved features to the Walmart app help you get in and out of the store quickly but also help you before you even leave the house. —- Support this podcast:
02.22.18: eBay Wants to Make Shopping and Selling Fun Again
Feb 22, 2018 • 4 min
The eCommerce marketplace will be rolling out new augmented reality features this year to make shopping and selling on the site more engaging. —- Support this podcast:
02.21.18: Shopify is Getting Into the Weed Business
Feb 21, 2018 • 5 min
The eCommerce giant will handle online cannabis sales for the province of Ontario, Canada. —- Support this podcast:
02.20.18: Tesla to Sell Solar Gear at Home Depot
Feb 20, 2018 • 5 min
By July 2018, Tesla -staffed kiosks will appear in 800 Home Depots across the US. —- Support this podcast:
02.19.18: Amazon Delivers Whole Foods in 2 Hours
Feb 19, 2018 • 5 min
Whole Foods fans, rejoice: Amazon’s Prime Now service will start delivering your Whole Foods goodies in about 20 minutes. —- Support this podcast:
02.16.18: L.L. Bean Drops Unlimted Returrn Policy
Feb 16, 2018 • 5 min
The retailer, after touting a 100% return guarantee on any product ever sold - regardless of condition - is finally scrapping of the policy. —- Support this podcast:
02.15.18: Amazon to Launch UPS/FedEx Competitor
Feb 15, 2018 • 4 min
Amazon is reportedly set to launch a competitor to FedEx and UPS named ‘Shipping with Amazon’. —- Support this podcast:
02.14.18: Dunkin’ Removes the Donuts From Its Name
Feb 14, 2018 • 4 min
The iconic donuts and coffee chain is making a big change for their future stores. —- Support this podcast:
02.13.18: Walmart Will Fine Late Suppliers
Feb 13, 2018 • 4 min
Walmart will now require suppliers to deliver goods exactly on time or face fines, in an effort to keep inventory low and shelves stocked as it battles —- Support this podcast:
02.12.18: Amazon’s SmileCodes
Feb 12, 2018 • 4 min
Amazon is taking a stab at QR Codes with their new SmileCodes. —- Support this podcast:
02.09.18: Best Buy is Pulling CDs From Its Stores
Feb 9, 2018 • 5 min
Electronics retailer Best Buy has announced they are pulling compact discs from their store shelves, and not everyone is happy. —- Support this podcast:
02.08.18: eBay & Mashable Partner to Launch ‘Shoppable’ Images
Feb 8, 2018 • 5 min
eBay has teamed up with Mashable for a launch of their shoppable images pilot. —- Support this podcast:
02.07.18: Chill Out in Amazon’s Rainforest Spheres
Feb 7, 2018 • 5 min
At Amazon HQ in Seattle, employees can now chill out in a real rainforest. —- Support this podcast:
02.06.18: Coty Says ‘Let’s Get Ready’ on the Echo Show
Feb 6, 2018 • 4 min
Beauty company Coty has created a new visual skill for Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Show called ‘Let’s Get Ready’. —- Support this podcast:
02.05.18: Stripe Ends Bitcoin Support
Feb 5, 2018 • 5 min
Stripe Ends Bitcoin Support —- Support this podcast:
Feb 5, 2018 • 5 min
Four years ago Stripe said it would be the first major online payment processor to accept bitcoin. This week, they’re giving up on the idea. —- Support this podcast:
O2.02.18: Fishbox Delivers Your Packages When You Want
Feb 2, 2018 • 5 min
With Fishbox, customers get packages delivered at a time that’s convenient for them. —- Support this podcast:
02.01.18: Cloud Cyberattacks Could Cost Retail $3.4 Billion
Feb 1, 2018 • 4 min
A major cyber attack on U.S. cloud services could cost retail and wholesale Industries up to $3.4 billion in losses. —- Support this podcast:
01.31.18: The Swedish Shopping Mall for Recycled Goods
Jan 31, 2018 • 5 min
ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a shopping center dedicated entirely to repaired and up-cycled goods. —- Support this podcast:
01.30.18: Walmart 3D Patent Lets You Pick Your Produce
Jan 30, 2018 • 5 min
A new patent from Walmart would allow consumers to view real images of the groceries before purchasing them online. —- Support this podcast:
01.29.18: Your Amazon Order Might Lock You Out of Trusted Traveler Programs
Jan 29, 2018 • 5 min
If you’re planning on doing a lot of traveling in the coming year, you might want to double check your Amazon orders. —- Support this podcast:
01.26.18: The Online Mall That Only Accepts Cryptocurrencies
Jan 26, 2018 • 5 min aims to accept payment only in Bitcoin Cash or’MGX Coins’, a form of token created by the partners. —- Support this podcast:
01.25.18: Swyft Micro Stores Could Change eCommerce
Jan 25, 2018 • 5 min
Swyft vending machines will soon link customers who order certain goods online with delivery services like Uber and Lyft that will ferry the order to your door. —- Support this podcast:
01.24.18: Wlamart Offers Free Opioid Disposal Product
Jan 24, 2018 • 5 min
Walmart will soon be offering a free drug disposal product to pharmacy customers as part of an effort to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. —- Support this podcast:
01.23.18: Amazon Patents AR Mirror to Try On Virtual Clothes
Jan 23, 2018 • 5 min
A recent patent filing by Amazon is a blended reality display that puts your image onto a virtual scene, wearing your virtual outfit. —- Support this podcast:
01.22.18: CVS to Stop ‘Photoshopping’ Ads
Jan 22, 2018 • 5 min
CVS Pharmacy said it would stop “materially” altering beauty images in brand-created marketing materials that appear in stores, online and on social media. —- Support this podcast:
01.19.18: 5 Takeaways from CES 2018
Jan 19, 2018 • 7 min
These were the five big takeaways from this years Consumer Electronics Show, according to —- Support this podcast:
01.18.18: Take the Guesswork Out of Gifts with Target’s GiftNow
Jan 18, 2018 • 5 min
With Target’s GiftNow you’ll be able to send the recipient a gift that they’ll be able to personalize. —- Support this podcast:
01.17.18: Circuit City is Making a Comeback
Jan 17, 2018 • 5 min
Iconic electronics retailer Circuit City is set to make a comeback February 15 of this year, beginning with a relaunch of their website. —- Support this podcast:
01.16.18: Kohl’s Taps Grocers to Fill Store Space
Jan 16, 2018 • 5 min
Retail chain Kohl’s is looking to partner with convenience stores or grocery chains to lease space within certain stores. —- Support this podcast:
01.15.18: Walmart Closes 63 Sam’s Club Locations in Shift to eCommerce
Jan 15, 2018 • 5 min
As many as 12 of the shuttered Sam’s Club locations will be converted to e-commerce fulfillment centers. —- Support this podcast:
01.12.18: These Lava Lamps Help Encrypt the Internet
Jan 12, 2018 • 4 min
A wall in Cloudflare’s lobby features an array of over 100 lava lamps generating the random code that keeps the web safe. —- Support this podcast:
01.11.18: Kohler Brings Alexa to Your Bathroom
Jan 11, 2018 • 5 min
The Kohler Company is bring Alexa to the bathroom with their new Verdera voice lighted mirror. —- Support this podcast:
01.08.18: Germany orders Amazon to stop ‘typo targeting’ Birkenstock misspellers
Jan 8, 2018 • 4 min
A German court has recently ordered Amazon to stop using typo targeting to serve ads to shoppers who miss spell the brand-name Birkenstock on Google. —- Support this podcast:
01.05.18: Family will finally get $846k inheritence lost by UPS
Jan 5, 2018 • 4 min
A Canadian family whose $846,000 inheritance was lost by UPS will finally get the cash back from their bank, 10 months after their ordeal started. —- Support this podcast:
01.04.18: The Top Abandoned Cart Items During the Holidays
Jan 4, 2018 • 5 min
UX analytics from ContentSquare analyzed over 29 million online shopping sessions across 14 retail accounts during the 3.5 month holiday to get a sense of what items people are abandoning in their carts - and why. —- Support this podcast:…
01.03.18: Walmart’s Personal Shopper Service for Rich Moms
Jan 3, 2018 • 4 min
Walmart continues to explore ways to reach new customers. Their tech incubator is reportedly in the early stages of piloting a shopping service and at wealthy New York City moms. —- Support this podcast:
01.02.18: UPS Office Workers Help with Deliveries During Holiday Surge
Jan 2, 2018 • 4 min
UPS was so strapped for workers it had to call in office workers to help deliver holiday packages at the last minute. —- Support this podcast:
12.22.17: Special Episode: Our 2017 Year-End Wrap-Up
Dec 22, 2017 • 16 min
We take a look at the winners and losers in eCommerce for 2017 and make our predictions for 2018. This is our final show for 2017, will be back on January 2, 2018. —- Support this podcast:
12.21.17: Under Armour Drone Delivers Free Steph Curry Sneakers to Fans
Dec 21, 2017 • 5 min
On Saturday, December 16, under armor used a drone to drop Steph Curry autographed sneakers in the San Francisco Bay Area. —- Support this podcast:
12.20.17: Poland to Phase Out Sunday Shopping
Dec 20, 2017 • 5 min
Poland’s lawmakers have approved a law that will phase out Sunday shopping by the year 2020, as the government pushes ahead with what it sees as a return to Roman Catholic values. The bill passed despite criticism that it may eliminate thousands of jobs.…
12.19.17: eCommerce Surge Slows Down Holiday Deliveries.
Dec 19, 2017 • 5 min
More people than ever doing your holiday shopping online. And that’s putting extraordinary pressure on package delivery services like UPS and FedEx as they face unusually high daily package volumes. —- Support this podcast:…
12.18.17: Target Acquires Same-Day Delivery Service Shipt
Dec 18, 2017 • 4 min
Target has entered the same day shipping game. It announced last week that acquired Shipt, a fast-growing same-day delivery company for $550 million. —- Support this podcast:
12.15.17: UPS to Make Deliveries with Electric Bikes in Florida
Dec 15, 2017 • 5 min
UPS has launched its first silent electric delivery trike along Las Olas Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. —- Support this podcast:
12.14.17: Target Rolls Out Mobile Wallet
Dec 14, 2017 • 4 min
Target has rolled out their long rumored mobile wallet, allowing customers to pay for items by scanning their phones at checkout. —- Support this podcast:
12.13.17: Amazon is Going Big on Video
Dec 13, 2017 • 4 min
Video will be the next big thing at online shopping. And Amazon is going to make sure it leads the way. —- Support this podcast:
12.12.17: GM Brings eCommerce to the Dashboard
Dec 12, 2017 • 4 min
Soon you’ll be able to shop from the comfort of your driver’s seat. GM is adding a ‘Marketplace’ to the car dashboard. —- Support this podcast:
12.11.27: Good News for Holiday Procrastinators at
Dec 11, 2017 • 4 min
Procrastinators, take note: Walmart is making a play for last-minute shoppers in the last weeks before Christmas. —- Support this podcast:
12.08.17: The Drone Will Self-Destruct in 3-2-1…
Dec 8, 2017 • 5 min
Amazon has been granted a patent for drone technology that allows the craft to strategically self-destruct in the event of an emergency. —- Support this podcast:
12.07.17: Macy’s to Hire 7,000 Additional Seasonal Workers
Dec 7, 2017 • 4 min
Macy’s said last week that it had a strong start to the holiday season, and would hire an additional 7000 seasonal workers to help with the heavy customer volume in the weeks before Christmas. —- Support this podcast:…
12.06.17: Alexa Comes to the Workplace
Dec 6, 2017 • 5 min
Amazon’s Alexa for Business allows users to book conference rooms, begin video conferences, and print documents among a multitude of other common office tasks. —- Support this podcast:
12.05.17: Walmart and DHL Order Tesla Semis
Dec 5, 2017 • 4 min
Retail giant Walmart, DHL, and others have pre-ordered the new Tesla Semi’s for testing. The new trucks will be 20% more efficient than a standard diesel fuel truck. —- Support this podcast:
12.04.17: Small Biz Saturday Numbers Shrink
Dec 4, 2017 • 4 min
Shoppers spent $12.9 billion on Small Biz Saturday - far less than the $15.4 billion spent in 2016. —- Support this podcast:
12.01.17: Drones Deliver Fried Chicken to Fukushima
Dec 1, 2017 • 5 min
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten and convenience store operator Lawson have teamed up to test drone deliveries in Fukushima. —- Support this podcast:
11.30.16: Nordstrom’s Merchandise-free ‘Local’ Shop
Nov 30, 2017 • 5 min
Nordstrom has launched a new retail concept in west Hollywood called “Nordstrom Local“ which has merchandise on display, but not for purchase. —- Support this podcast:
11.29.27: Amazon Go is Almost a Go
Nov 29, 2017 • 5 min
It looks like Amazon’s cashier-less store concept, Amazon Go, is almost ready to go. —- Support this podcast:
11.28.17: Black Friday 2017 Online Sales Up 16%
Nov 29, 2017 • 5 min
Online sales this past Black Friday were up 16% over 2016, according to report by Adobe Analytics. —- Support this podcast:
11.27.17: Target Makes Cyber Monday a Weeklong Event
Nov 27, 2017 • 4 min
Target is extending Cyber Monday with a site wide discount and daily deals through Saturday, December 2nd. —- Support this podcast:
11.24.17: Kmart to Air Holiday Game Show
Nov 24, 2017 • 5 min
Kmart’s “Ridiculous Cash Bash is a game show that will air on the Game Show Network on December 28 as part of its holiday marketing. —- Support this podcast:
11.23.17: Stove Top’s Stretchy Stuffing Pants for Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2017 • 3 min
If you’re planning on getting stuffed this Thanksgiving, Stove Top has you covered with their stretchy unisex “stuffing pants”. —- Support this podcast:
11.22.27: Deter Delivery Thieves with BoxLock
Nov 22, 2017 • 4 min
BoxLock Home is the first smart padlock designed to protect your deliveries from porch pirates and package thieves. —- Support this podcast:
11.21.27: Real-Time Reporting with Shopify Live View
Nov 21, 2017 • 5 min
The new Shopify Live View gives you a real-time view of the activity on your store. —- Support this podcast:
11.20.17: Holiday Shoppers Not Quite Ready for Chatbots
Nov 20, 2017 • 4 min
Consumers don’t want robots shopping for them. That’s the findings of a recent study conducted by applet enabler IFTTT. —- Support this podcast:
11.17.17: Walmart Raising Online Prices
Nov 17, 2017 • 5 min
Walmart has been quietly raising prices on their website for consumer goods in an effort to boost profits, drive store traffic and compete with Amazon. —- Support this podcast:
11.16.17: Mobile Will (Finally) Dominate This Holiday Season
Nov 16, 2017 • 5 min
Over 54% of holiday retail store visits will come from smartphones and tablets, surpassing desktop computers for the first time. —- Support this podcast:
11.15.17: Online Shoppers Would Rather Have Free Than Fast Shipping
Nov 15, 2017 • 4 min
According to the Deloitte 2017 Holiday Survey, free shipping is much more important to shoppers than fast shipping for an additional fee. —- Support this podcast:
11.14.17: Postmates Joins the Grocery Game
Nov 14, 2017 • 4 min
Postmates is starting a grocery delivery service called Postmates Fresh in Manhattan, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. —- Support this podcast:
11.13.17: Alibaba Smashes Singles Day Record
Nov 13, 2017 • 4 min
Alibaba’s sites TMall and Taobao smashed its Singles Day record once again as sales crossed $25 billion. —- Support this podcast:
11.10.17: Find Your Fit with Warby Parker and iPhone X
Nov 10, 2017 • 5 min
The Warby Parker app uses the new iPhone X TrueDepth camera to recommend the perfect glasses. —- Support this podcast:
11.09.17: iOS 11.2 Update Introduces Apple Cash
Nov 9, 2017 • 4 min
Apple plans to introduce Apple Pay Cash in the iOS 11.2 and watchOS 4.2 updates. The features are now live for US public beta testers. —- Support this podcast:
11.08.17: Shop at Best Buy with Alexa
Nov 8, 2017 • 4 min
Just in time for the holidays, you can now shop the deal of the day at Best Buy just by talking to Alexa. —- Support this podcast:
11.07.17: Kroger to Launch Apparel Line
Nov 7, 2017 • 4 min
Kroger wants to be known for more than groceries. The supermarket chain announced Friday morning that it’s launching an apparel brand in the fall of next year. —- Support this podcast:
11.06.17: Amazon Exits Fresh Delivery in Certain States
Nov 6, 2017 • 4 min
It is surprising move, Amazon stated last week that it was ending it’s Fresh delivery service in several states. Amazon stated that deliveries in selected areas would stop on November 30. —- Support this podcast:
11.03.17: Customers Want Target to Dial Back the ‘Christmas Creep’
Nov 3, 2017 • 4 min
Based on feedback from customers, Target will dial back the presence of Christmas signs and displays at the front entrance is of their stores until after Thanksgiving. —- Support this podcast:
11.02.07: Burberry Taps Apple’s AR Tech to Engage App Users
Nov 2, 2017 • 5 min
Burberry is the latest luxury brand to experiment with augmented reality, adding AR to its smart phone app as fashion retailers look for new ways to engage with big spenders online. —- Support this podcast:
11.01.17: Survey: 68% of App Users Want Deals and Offers
Nov 1, 2017 • 3 min
A recent survey noted that 68% of mobile users want to do more than just browse and shop on e-commerce apps: they also want access to offers, deals, rewards programs as well as a AR capabilities. —- Support this podcast:…
10.31.17: The Walmart Robots Are Here to Help
Oct 31, 2017 • 4 min
The retailer is testing out shelf-scanning robots in more than 50 stores across the US. Their sole purpose is to scan the shelves, looking for sold out, missing or missed placed items. —- Support this podcast:
10.30.17: Under Armour Launches Subscription Box
Oct 30, 2017 • 4 min
Sportswear company Under Armour is getting into the subscription box game. It’s called ArmourBox. —- Support this podcast:
10.27.17: More Retailers Opt to Close on Thanksgiving
Oct 27, 2017 • 4 min
Despite the fact that many Black Friday sales now begin on Thanksgiving, numerous stores remain reluctant to open their doors. Over 75 well-known retailers are expected to be closed. —- Support this podcast:
10.26.17: Amazon Key Opens the Door for In-Home Deliveries
Oct 26, 2017 • 5 min
Amazon Key, available for Prime members, unlocks the front door for package delivery and other trusted services. —- Support this podcast:
10.25.17: Toys R Us Gets a Black Friday Head Start
Oct 25, 2017 • 5 min
Toy retailer Toys R Us is getting a head start on the holiday shopping season by shipping its holiday catalog early. —- Support this podcast:
10.24.17: Target offers free holiday shipping
Oct 24, 2017 • 4 min
Target took aim at Amazon and Walmart on Monday, announcing it will offer free holiday shipping starting in November and offer over 1700 items priced at $15 and under. —- Support this podcast:
10.23.17: Our 100th Episode!
Oct 23, 2017 • 5 min
For our 100th episode, Bart and John take a look back at how the show has progressed and discuss future plans for the show. —- Support this podcast:
10.20.17: Mercedes Drone Delivery Pilot in Zurich
Oct 20, 2017 • 4 min
Mercedes-Benz tests a drone delivery pilot in Zurich. —- Support this podcast:
10.19.17: Indiegogo Opens a Marketplace for Creators
Oct 19, 2017 • 4 min
Indiegogo Opens a Marketplace for Creators —- Support this podcast:
10.17.17: Levi’s New Virtual Stylist
Oct 17, 2017 • 4 min
Levi’s New Virtual Stylist —- Support this podcast:
10.16.17: Ikea’s ‘Lurvig’ Line of Pet Furniture
Oct 16, 2017 • 3 min
Ikea launches ‘Lurvig’ line of pet furniture —- Support this podcast:
10.13.17: Drones Are Delivering Burgers and Sushi in Reykjavik
Oct 13, 2017 • 5 min
Drones Are Delivering Burgers and Sushi in Reykjavik —- Support this podcast:
10.12.17: Gap Launches Baby Clothes Subscription Box
Oct 12, 2017 • 5 min
Gap launches subscription boxes for baby clothes —- Support this podcast:
10.11.17: eCommerce Logistics Firm Radial Acquired by BPost
Oct 11, 2017 • 5 min
eCommerce Logistics Firm Radial Acquired by BPost —- Support this podcast:
10.10.17: Costco Launches Grocery Delivery Service
Oct 10, 2017 • 5 min
Costco launches grocery delivery service —- Support this podcast:
10.09.17: Walmart Launches Google Voice Ordering
Oct 9, 2017 • 4 min
Walmart goes live with Google voice ordering —- Support this podcast:
10.06.17: Starbucks Exits eCommerce to Focus on Mobile
Oct 6, 2017 • 4 min
Starbucks Exits eCommerce to Focus on Mobile —- Support this podcast:
10.05.17: is Launching a Grocery Line for ‘Metro Millenials’
Oct 5, 2017 • 5 min is Launching a Grocery Line for ‘Metro Millenials’ —- Support this podcast:
10.04.17: Shopify Rolls Out Instagram Shopping
Oct 4, 2017 • 4 min
Shopify Rolls Out Instagram Shopping —- Support this podcast:
10.03.17: Off-price Set for $20B Growth
Oct 3, 2017 • 5 min
Off-price Set for $20B Growth —- Support this podcast:
10.02.17: Ikea Buys TaskRabbit
Oct 2, 2017 • 4 min
Ikea Buys TaskRabbit —- Support this podcast:
09.29.17: Alibaba to open brick-and-mortar mall in China
Sep 29, 2017 • 4 min
Alibaba to open brick-and-mortar mall in China —- Support this podcast:
09.28.17: Walmart Wants to Stock Your Fridge When You’re Not Home
Sep 28, 2017 • 4 min
Walmart Wants to Stock Your Fridge When You’re Not Home —- Support this podcast:
09.27.17: Albertsons Grabs Meal Kit Startup Plated for $200m
Sep 27, 2017 • 4 min
Albertsons Grabs Meal Kit Startup Plated for $200m —- Support this podcast:
09.26.17: Ipsy Beauty Box Launches ‘Shopper’ eCommerce Biz
Sep 26, 2017 • 5 min
Ipsy Beauty Box Launches ‘Shopper’ eCommerce Biz —- Support this podcast:
09.25.17: Same-day delivery services tripled in a year
Sep 25, 2017 • 4 min
Same-day delivery services tripled in a year —- Support this podcast:
09.22.17: Buying Cars from Vending Machines with Carvana
Sep 22, 2017 • 4 min
Buying Cars from Vending Machines with Carvana —- Support this podcast:
09.21.17: Kohl’s to Accept Free Amazon Returns
Sep 21, 2017 • 4 min
Kohl’s to Accept Free Amazon Returns —- Support this podcast:
09.20.17: Virtual Shopping with Ikea Place
Sep 20, 2017 • 4 min
Virtual Shopping with Ikea Place —- Support this podcast:
09.19.17: Toys R Us Files for Bankruptcy
Sep 19, 2017 • 5 min
Toys R Us Files for Bankruptcy —- Support this podcast:
09.18.17: La-Z-Boy Dives Into eCommerce to Win Millenials
Sep 18, 2017 • 5 min
La-Z-Boy Dives Into eCommerce to Win Millenials —- Support this podcast:
09.15.17: The Death of Amazon’s One-Click Patent
Sep 15, 2017 • 5 min
The Death of Amazon’s One-Click Patent —- Support this podcast:
09.14.17: Shopify Introduces Shopcodes
Sep 14, 2017 • 4 min
Shopify Introduces Shopcodes —- Support this podcast:
09.13.17: Apple’s New ‘Town Square’ Retail Concept
Sep 13, 2017 • 5 min
Apple’s New ‘Town Square’ Retail Concept —- Support this podcast:
09.12.17: Amazon’s Whole Foods Price Cuts Up Store Traffic by 25%
Sep 13, 2017 • 5 min
Amazon’s Whole Foods Price Cuts Up Store Traffic by 25% —- Support this podcast:
09.11.17: Amazon Seeks Prime Location for new HQ
Sep 11, 2017 • 4 min
Amazon Seeks Prime Location for new HQ —- Support this podcast:
09.06.17: UPS adds VR to driver training to simulate road conditions, hazards
Sep 6, 2017 • 3 min
UPS adds VR to driver training to simulate road conditions, hazards —- Support this podcast:
09.04.17: Holiday sales to rise on e-commerce
Sep 4, 2017 • 4 min
Holiday sales to rise on e-commerce —- Support this podcast:
09.01.17: Previously Owned by a Gay Man
Sep 1, 2017 • 3 min
Previously Owned by a Gay Man —- Support this podcast:
08.31.17: Shopping apps rank among most-deleted
Aug 31, 2017 • 3 min
Shopping apps rank among most-deleted —- Support this podcast:
08.30.17: YouCam Makeup Teams Up with QVC for its First Ever TV-Mobile AR
Aug 30, 2017 • 4 min
YouCam Makeup Teams Up with QVC for its First Ever TV-Mobile AR —- Support this podcast:
08.29.17: Nordstrom expands ‘reserve online, try in store’ service
Aug 29, 2017 • 4 min
Nordstrom expands ‘reserve online, try in store’ service —- Support this podcast:
08.28.17: ‘Study: The one app millennials can’t live without’
Aug 28, 2017 • 4 min
‘Study: The one app millennials can’t live without’ —- Support this podcast:
08.25.17: Amazon Prime Members to get Whole Foods discount
Aug 25, 2017 • 5 min
Amazon Prime Members to get Whole Foods discount —- Support this podcast:
08.24.17: Study: Online Sales & Mobile Payments Aid Back to School Shopping Growth
Aug 24, 2017 • 3 min
‘Study: Online Sales & Mobile Payments Aid Back to School Shopping Growth’ —- Support this podcast:
08.23.17: Target expands Restock next-day delivery service
Aug 23, 2017 • 4 min
Target expands Restock next-day delivery service’ —- Support this podcast:
08.22.17: Walmart Expands Uber grocery delivery
Aug 22, 2017 • 4 min
Walmart Expands Uber grocery delivery —- Support this podcast:
08.21.17: Amazon adds ‘Instant Pickup’ for Bricks & Mortar Push
Aug 21, 2017 • 5 min
Amazon adds ‘Instant Pickup’ —- Support this podcast:
08.17.17: Walmart expands Pickup Towers for Online Orders
Aug 17, 2017 • 4 min
Walmart expands Pickup Towers for Online Orders —- Support this podcast:
08.26.17: Happy Returns Eliminates the Hassle of Returns
Aug 16, 2017 • 5 min
Happy Returns Eliminates the Hassle of Returns —- Support this podcast:
08.15.17: Online Shoppers Eager to Go Virtual
Aug 15, 2017 • 5 min
Online Shoppers Eager to Go Virtual —- Support this podcast:
08.14.17: 2Q ‘17 Online Spending Jumps 14%
Aug 15, 2017 • 5 min
2Q ‘17 Online Spending Jumps 14% —- Support this podcast:
08.11.17: EBay Introduces Image-Driven Search Tools
Aug 11, 2017 • 4 min
EBay Introduces Image-Driven Search Tools —- Support this podcast:
08.10.17: 3 Back to School Lessons for Retailers
Aug 10, 2017 • 4 min
3 Back to School Lessons for Retailers —- Support this podcast:
08.09.17: Simon Properties Debuts ‘Concierge Bot’ for Mall Shoppers
Aug 9, 2017 • 5 min
Simon Properties Debuts ‘Concierge Bot’ for Mall Shoppers —- Support this podcast:
08.08.17: Walmart unveils ‘Easy Reorder’ of frequent purchases
Aug 8, 2017 • 4 min
Walmart unveils ‘Easy Reorder’ of frequent purchases —- Support this podcast:
08.07.17: Shop Overseas Products with Grabr
Aug 7, 2017 • 4 min
Shop Overseas Products with Grabr —- Support this podcast:
08.04.17: Fight Porch Pirates with Package Guard
Aug 4, 2017 • 4 min
Fight Porch Pirates with Package Guard —- Support this podcast:
08.03.17: Amazon Launches The Hub Locker Delivery System
Aug 3, 2017 • 4 min
Amazon Launches The Hub Locker Delivery System —- Support this podcast:
08.02.17: Walmart & Announce Holiday to Rival Singles Day
Aug 2, 2017 • 4 min
Walmart & Announce Holiday to Rival Singles Day —- Support this podcast:
08.01.17: Amazon is hiring 50,000 people on Wednesday
Aug 1, 2017 • 5 min
Amazon is hiring 50,000 people on Wednesday —- Support this podcast:
07.31.17: Campbell Soup Goes Big on e Commerce
Jul 31, 2017 • 4 min
Campbell Soup Goes Big on e Commerce —- Support this podcast:
07.28.17: Jeff Bezos: (Briefly) King of the Triple Comma Club
Jul 28, 2017 • 4 min
Jeff Bezos: (Briefly) King of the Triple Comma Club —- Support this podcast:
07.27.17: Walmart Cancels All SNES Preorders
Jul 27, 2017 • 4 min
Walmart Cancels All SNES Preorders —- Support this podcast:
07.26.17: Luxury Consignment with RealReal
Jul 26, 2017 • 4 min
Luxury Consignment with RealReal —- Support this podcast:
07.25.17: The Amazon Treasure Truck
Jul 25, 2017 • 4 min
The Amazon Treasure Truck —- Support this podcast:
08.24.17: Tao Cafe’: China’s Cashless Store
Jul 24, 2017 • 4 min
Tao Cafe’: China’s Cashless Store —- Support this podcast:
08.21.17: Shopify Adds eBay as a Sales Channel
Jul 21, 2017 • 4 min
Shopify Adds eBay as a Sales Channel —- Support this podcast:
07.20.17: Rebel Shop Turns Your Emails Into a Shop
Jul 20, 2017 • 3 min
Rebel Shop Turns Your Emails Into a Shop —- Support this podcast:
07.19.17: Target Adds New Brabds
Jul 19, 2017 • 5 min
Target Adds New Brands to Up Its Image —- Support this podcast:
07.18.17: Amazon Meal Kit
Jul 18, 2017 • 4 min
Amazon Fresh is Coming for Blue Apron —- Support this podcast:
07.17.17: Brandless: The $3 Grocery
Jul 17, 2017 • 4 min
Brandless: The $3 Online Grocery —- Support this podcast:
07.14.17: Prime Day Recap
Jul 14, 2017 • 5 min
Amazon Prime Day 2017 Recap —- Support this podcast:
07.13.17: Walmart VR
Jul 13, 2017 • 4 min
Walmart is Training with VR Visit —- Support this podcast:
07.12.17: Amazon Patents Underwater Storage
Jul 12, 2017 • 4 min
Amazon Patents Underwater Storage —- Support this podcast:
07.11.17: Amazon Prime Day
Jul 11, 2017 • 4 min
Amazon Prime Day —- Support this podcast:
07.10.17 Smart Device Calls the Cops
Jul 10, 2017 • 4 min
A Smart Device Called the Cops —- Support this podcast:
07.06.17: QVC Buys Rival HSN for $2.1B
Jul 6, 2017 • 4 min
QVC Buys Rival HSN for $2.1 Billion —- Support this podcast:
07.05.17: Photobucket is Holding Your Images Hostage
Jul 5, 2017 • 4 min
Photobucket is Holding Your Images Hostage —- Support this podcast:
07.04.17: Fireworks for Sale
Jul 4, 2017 • 4 min
Fireworks for Sale! —- Support this podcast:
07.03.17: VISA Wants to turn your hand in to a credit card
Jul 3, 2017 • 4 min
VISA Wants to Turn Your Hand Into a Credit Card —- Support this podcast:
06.30.17: Sell Me Something Weird or Confusing
Jun 30, 2017 • 5 min
Sell Me Something Weird or Confusing —- Support this podcast:
06.29.17: QVC Streams Its Way to eCommerce Success
Jun 29, 2017 • 4 min
QVC Streams Its Way to eCommerce Success —- Support this podcast:
VR Payments Are a Reality
Jun 29, 2017 • 4 min
VR Payments Are a Reality —- Support this podcast: