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Etsy Launches iPhone App Just For Sellers (Android Coming Later) Etsy Launches iPhone App Just For Sellers (Android Coming Later)

Etsy just announced the launch of a new iPhone app specifically for sellers called (appropriately) Sell on Etsy. An Android version will come later this year. “Etsy sellers are conducting more business from their mobile devices than ever before, and …

Amazon Unveils ‘Prime Pantry,’ A New Grocery Service For Prime Members Amazon Unveils ‘Prime Pantry,’ A New Grocery Service For Prime Members

In December, we heard that Amazon was working on a new offering called “Pantry,” which would offer Amazon Prime members about 2,000 grocery products (at first). Now, the company has revealed the offering under the specific brand name “Amazon Prime …

Etsy Announces Acquisition Of Grand St. Etsy Announces Acquisition Of Grand St.

Etsy announced on Wednesday that it is acquiring creative technology marketplace Grand St. Its team, including co-founders Amanda Peyton, Joe Lallouz, and Aaron Henshaw, will join the company. Grand St. gives makers of hardware products a place to list their …

Etsy Wholesale Gets Pricing For Public Access Etsy Wholesale Gets Pricing For Public Access

Etsy announced the pricing for Etsy Wholesale for when it launches publicly this summer. There will be a one-time joining fee of $100 for sellers, and the company will get a 3.5% transaction fee for wholesale purchase orders, the same …

Facebook Reportedly Readying New Payment Service Facebook Reportedly Readying New Payment Service

Facebook has dabbled in online payments for years, but news out of Europe indicates that the company is working on becoming an “e-money” institution in Ireland, and has been in discussion with various companies in London about money transfer services. …

This Video Explores How Color Affects Online Shopping Behavior This Video Explores How Color Affects Online Shopping Behavior

BrainCraft has a new video out looking at how color affects our emotions, and how it relates to our online shopping habits. Something to think about when designing your product pages. Image via YouTube

Few Top Web-Only Retailers Are Using Responsive Design Few Top Web-Only Retailers Are Using Responsive Design

The Search Agency looked at the top 100 web-only retailers based on Internet Retailer’s Top 500 list of e-commerce sites in order to evaluate how they’re handling mobile. Specifically, they wanted to see if these sites are more mobile-ready than …

Report Finds Consumers Making Purchases More Quickly Report Finds Consumers Making Purchases More Quickly

Parago has a new report out indicating that consumers are shopping across channels more quickly than ever before, thanks to brick-and-mortar, online, mobile and social channels enabling them to quickly find good deals which can be be taken advantage of …

What You Should Do For Google On Product Pages For Products That Are No Longer Available What You Should Do For Google On Product Pages For Products That Are No Longer Available

Google has a new “Webmaster Help” video out, which many ecommerce businesses may find useful. Head of webspam Matt Cutts discusses what to do on your product pages for products that are no longer available. Specifically, he answers this user-submitted …

Pinterest Just Made Shopping Easier Pinterest Just Made Shopping Easier

Pinterest has launched a new “Gifts” feed among the rest of its categories. The feed is meant specifically to get products that are actually for sale in front of users. The company calls it a “work-in-progress,” so we’ll likely see …

Google Wallet Now Keeps Track Of Your Recent Orders Google Wallet Now Keeps Track Of Your Recent Orders

Google has added a new feature to Google Wallet, which automatically keeps track of users’ online purchases. It appears on the Android and iOS apps. It will also notify you about the status of your orders. “Once you activate Orders …

AdWords API Gets Support For Shopping Campaigns AdWords API Gets Support For Shopping Campaigns

Google announced that the AdWords API is now available for all Shopping Campaigns to help you create and manage them at scale. The company says it is currently working with external agencies and search management platforms to add Shopping Campaign …

eBay Launches ‘Smart Hashtags’ For Social Commerce eBay Launches ‘Smart Hashtags’ For Social Commerce

eBay announced the launch of Smart Hashtags on Wednesday. Users can click on the share widget on a product, guide or other page to share to Twitter or Pinterest, and a box pops up with a shareable link, a text …

2014: The Year Affiliate Marketing Grows Up 2014: The Year Affiliate Marketing Grows Up

Affiliate marketing is stagnant and ripe for innovation. In-content “affiliate” or “performance” marketing — driving traffic through product links embedded in original content — is one of the oldest business models on the web and it has barely changed in …

Square Pickup Lets You Place Orders With Square-Using Restaurants Square Pickup Lets You Place Orders With Square-Using Restaurants

Square is testing a new app called Square Pickup, available by invitation only. The app reportedly lets users order food from restaurants who use Square, and is testing with “several San Francisco restaurants”. Presumably it would be used with non-restaurant …

Google Adds Channel Intelligence DoubleClick Search Integration Google Adds Channel Intelligence DoubleClick Search Integration

Google announced on Monday that DoubleClick Search will now integrate feed management and optimization capabilities from Channel Intelligence, with the first step coming in the form of an add-on to the DoubleClick Search Commerce Suite. The add-on combines Channel Intelligence’s …

Etsy Aims To Help Sellers By Giving Buyers Custom Recommendations Etsy Aims To Help Sellers By Giving Buyers Custom Recommendations

Etsy announced this week that it is making some changes to make the shopping experience better for customers, which will in turn positively affect sellers. Etsy’s Heather Burkman says one such change is through custom recommendations. She talks about a …

Check Out What eBay Can Do Now That It Owns PhiSix Check Out What eBay Can Do Now That It Owns PhiSix

eBay announced that it has acquired computer graphics company PhiSix, which creates 3D models of clothing from photos, pattern files and other sources. These graphics, according to the company, can simulate the actual behavior of the clothes, so people can …

eBay Sellers Speak Out Against Business Policies eBay Sellers Speak Out Against Business Policies

eBay sellers have become frustrated with a feature the site has been automatically turning on for their stores. eBay announced Business Policies nearly two years ago. The feature amounts to a set of custom settings for shipping, return and payment …

Business Owner Details Getting ‘Screwed By Square’ Business Owner Details Getting ‘Screwed By Square’
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Alex Shvartsman runs a small store called Kings Games in Brooklyn as well as its e-commerce counterpart. He’s been a longtime Square Reader user, and was an early adopter of Square Market, the company’s online storefront for small businesses. “I’ve …

Amazon Enters Video Ad Deal With FreeWheel Amazon Enters Video Ad Deal With FreeWheel

Video ad tech provider FreeWheel announced a partnership with Amazon, which will see it powering the e-commerce giant’s video ad platform. Amazon users will see more game trailers, movie trailers, how-to videos and other video content appear across various product …