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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 …

Amazon Reportedly Has Kindle Checkout System, P2P Payments Offering On The Way Amazon Reportedly Has Kindle Checkout System, P2P Payments Offering On The Way

Late last year, Amazon acquired some technology and engineers from PoS solutions company Gopago. This was reportedly a catalyst for what will soon become a new Kindle-based checkout system for physical retailers as well as a PayPal-like P2P payments service. …

You May Soon Be Able To Buy And Sell Products Directly On Twitter You May Soon Be Able To Buy And Sell Products Directly On Twitter
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Soon, businesses may be able to sell products directly on Twitter as the company is reportedly in the final stages of making a deal with payments startup Stripe. This according to Re/Code, citing people familiar with the deal, which is …

2013 Was A Huge Year For Amazon Marketplace 2013 Was A Huge Year For Amazon Marketplace
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Amazon announced on Thursday that 2013 was a record-setting year for Amazon Marketplace sellers, and that it now has over 2 million of them. Throughout the year, sellers sold over a billion units worldwide, worth tens of billions of dollars, …

Olivia Wilde Helps Others By Being Consciously Fashionable
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Olivia Wilde, 29, is taking Hollywood philanthropy to another level. The “Cowboys and Aliens” actress, who is also a first-time mom-to-be, has been working on elevating a benevolent online business that blends charity and fashion into one. Conscious Commerce, also …

Amazon To Target Sam’s Club, Costco With ‘Pantry’ [Report] Amazon To Target Sam’s Club, Costco With ‘Pantry’ [Report]

Amazon is really cranking out the new initiatives these days. I’m sure you heard about Amazon Prime Air. This week, the company expanded its grocery delivery service AmazonFresh into its third market. Now, we learn that Amazon is headed into …

While It’s Not Using Drones Yet, Amazon’s Grocery Delivery Service Is Expanding While It’s Not Using Drones Yet, Amazon’s Grocery Delivery Service Is Expanding

Update: AmazonFresh has now officially launched in San Francisco. You can browse here. It looks like AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service, is expanding into its third city – San Francisco. The service initially launched in Seattle a few years ago, …

Amazon Has Worked With Vendors To Eliminate 24.7 Million Pounds Of Packaging Amazon Has Worked With Vendors To Eliminate 24.7 Million Pounds Of Packaging

Back in 2008, Amazon announced its “Frustration-Free Packaging” initiative, working with nineteen manufacturers, including Fischer-Price, Mattel, Microsoft and Transcend, to make product packaging easier to get into so the whole buying-and-receiving process is less annoying. The phrase “first world problems” …

Consumer Watchdog Complains About Google Again Consumer Watchdog Complains About Google Again
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Frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog (the ones behind the legendary Eric Schmidt evil ice cream man video) has filed a new formal complaint against Google with the Federal Trade Commission. This time it’s about Google Shopping results. The organization calls …

PayPal Opens Online Store For Digital Gift Cards PayPal Opens Online Store For Digital Gift Cards

PayPal announced the launch of its new Digital Gifts store, which is a destination where people can purchase digital gift cards from a variety of merchants. For now, there are only iTunes gift cards from Apple, but PayPal says it …

Black Friday Was First Billion Dollar Desktop Shopping Day Of The Year Black Friday Was First Billion Dollar Desktop Shopping Day Of The Year
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U.S. desktop ecommerce holiday spending was already up 14% year-over-year by for the first 24 days, ahead of Black Friday. Black Friday itself, comScore reports, was the first billion dollar online shopping day of the holiday season with $1.198 billion …

Will Businesses Embrace Yelp For Ecommerce? Will Businesses Embrace Yelp For Ecommerce?
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Yelp may be well known as a reviews site, where you can go to find out what people have said about a restaurant your thinking about trying or a plumber you’re considering calling to fix your sink. Through most of …

Desktop Holiday Ecommerce Spending Up 14% From Last Year So Far Desktop Holiday Ecommerce Spending Up 14% From Last Year So Far
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A report out from comScore says $18.9 billion has been spent online during the first 24 days of the November-December 2013 holiday season, using desktop computers. This is up 14% from the same time period last year ($16.6 billion). Ahead …

PayPal Makes It Easier To Pay With Prepaid Gift Cards PayPal Makes It Easier To Pay With Prepaid Gift Cards

PayPal announced that it now supports prepaid gift cards in that consumers can use them anywhere that accepts PayPal. This is just in time for the holidays, when many people will be getting these cards as gifts. As PayPal explains, …

Google Shares Tips For Ecommerce AdSense Sites Google Shares Tips For Ecommerce AdSense Sites
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Google has made available a recent Hangout on Air with a couple of Googlers from the ecommerce team, who discuss some conversion and optimization tips for ecommerce AdSense publishers. They walk you through a presentation on how to make the …