Ever Given Freed, Suez Canal Reopened

Salvage crews have freed the container ship Ever Given from the shore, reopening the Suez Canal after it was blocked for nearly a week.

Facebook Trying To Habituate Consumers Around Driving Transactions, Says Button CEO

In reality, what I think Facebook is doing is very smart. They’re trying to habituate consumers around driving transactions from their platform. For the future of advertising, especially in mobile, the way that you’re going to be able to make money and build durability into your business model is to give consumers what they want.

The Future of Ecommerce: 2020 and Beyond

“We believe retail is at a tipping point,” said Robert Peck of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in a note to clients. “E-Retailers are leveraging new capabilities in old business models to expand existing and new markets like apparel, grocery and personal…

Google Splitting Up Mapping and Commerce, Former SVP Jeff Huber Joins Google X

Google is shaking things up even more today as the Wall Street Journal reports that the company is breaking up their mapping and commerce units. According to the report, Google’s mapping unit will become part of the search division, and…

Groupon Acquires Britely Team To Help Build Local Commerce OS

Groupon has acquired MashLogic, the company behind Britely. Britely announced the news on its blog (as first spotted by PandoDaily). It appears that Groupon (which has not announced the acquisition itself) is simply acquiring the company for talent rather than…

Google Maps for Business Unrolls New Website, Tools for the Trade

Google has been pushing Google Maps lately towards businesses to foster the understanding that it’s more than just a navigation device, but also a tool that can be utilized to navigate potential customers into the direction of becoming actual customers.…

Google Wallet Restores Prepaid Card Use After Issuing Fixes

After temporarily disabling the provisioning of prepaid cards, the Google Wallet team has reinstated the use prepaid cards after issuing a few security fixes. In an update to the blog post that originally announced Google’s decision to flip the off…

Drunk Shopping Explains Boom In Holiday Online Shopping

More than ever this year people took to the Internet to do their holiday shopping. Unprecedented billions were spent and records were set. They gobbled up deals on Cyber Monday, they embraced box store-bilking apps, enjoyed free shipping. People went…

Mobile Commerce in Real-Time Is New Trend, Thanks to Zaarly

When Bo Fishback, Ian Hunter, and Eric Koester developed Zaarly right before SXSW took place earlier this year, they had no idea that it would get the response it has gotten thus far. Koester told WebProNews that they created it two and a half weeks before the show and decided to launch simply as an experiment. However, when it took in $10,000 worth of transactions within a two-block radius in 48 hours, they knew they were onto something.