Voila Gets $6M For Social Commerce

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Los Angeles-based Voila, which is developing artificial intelligence-based social commerce tools, has raised $6M in its Series A funding round. media capital venture intelligence artificial commerce social voilaAccording to the company, the round was led by Sinovation Ventures and also included FOSUN RZ Capital, Artesian, and SOSV.

Arrive Adds Resale Features To E-commerce Platform

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The company's product is focused on what the company says is roughly 25% of e-commerce orders are returned which cannot be resold full--price. Arrive says it refurbishes, cleans, and grades those returns to be re-sold directly on branded, re-sale e-commerce sites. arrive e-commerce technology logistics clothing rental startupSanta Monica-based Arrive, a developer of a technology and reverse logistics services, says it has added resales to its enterprise rental platform.

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Boosted Commerce Taps Former Hollar CEO As President

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Los Angeles-based e-commerce platform developer Boosted Commerce says it has hired Steve Oliver, the former CEO of e-commerce startup Hollar as its new President. According to Boosted Commerce, Oliver will be responsible for managing the company's portfolio of acquired brands. boosted commerce steve oliver hollar amazon executive

Nogin Commerce Merges Branded Online, Onestop Commerce, Zther Into New Company

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Tustin-based Nogin Commerce has rebranded itself from its old name of Branded Online, after its acquisition of two other companies--Onestop Commerce and Zther interactive. The companies--all of which provide e-commerce software and services--are led by Nogin CEo Jan-Christopher Nugent. The companies power e-commerce for such brands as Bebe, Honeywell, Hurley, Lululemon, True Religion, and Yeezy. nogin commerce branded online onestop ecommerce zther

Edgemesh Aims At E-Commerce Sites

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Laguna Beach-based Edgemesh says it has upgraded its product Edgemesh Server product line to specifically help e-commerce customers before the holiday rush. The company said its product now offers up a new image optimization feature, which helps decrease image download sizes by 39%. The company says its product now provides the most efficient image format and optimal size for every device and browser, with support for PNG, JPEG, WEBP and AVIF formats.

Vertebrae Launches Augmented Reality E-Commerce Platform

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12 the launch of its new e-commerce AR platform, Axis Santa Monica-based augmented reality advertising and software provider Vertebrae announced Nov.

Edgemesh Aims To Accelerate E-Commerce Websites

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Laguna Beach-based Edgemesh said last week that it has launched a new offering, which helps accelerate the loading speed of e-commerce websites. The company said its new solution, Edgemesh Server, provides seamless web acceleration with zero developer effort. Pricing on the new service was not announced. Edgemesh is led by co-founder and CEO Jacob Loveless. The company said its software works with such website backeds as Shopify, Magento, SAP Hybris or Wordpress.

Tapcart Takes $50M For Mobile Commerce

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Santa Monica-based Tapcart, a startup focused on helping Shopify-powered e-commerce brands with mobile apps, has raised $50M in a Series B funding round, the company announed Monday afternoon. According to Tapcart, the funding was led by Left Lane Capital, and also included Shopify, SignalFire, Greycroft, Act One Ventures, and Amplify LA.

FASHIONPHILE Finds $38.5M For Luxury E-Commerce

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Carlsbad-based FASHIONPHILE , and e-commerce company which sells pre-owned luxury handbags, watches, and fine jewelry, has raised $38.5M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by private equity firm NewSpring Growth. The company is also backed by Neiman Marcus. FASHIONPHILE was founded in 1999.

Tealium Links Into IBM Commerce

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Los Angeles-based NantBiosciences , one of the group of companies created by billionaire entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong, has raised $100M in San Diego-based Tealium , the developer of enterprise "tag" management software led by Jeff Lunsford, said today that it has connected its software into IBM Commerce. Tealium said the link allows users of IBM's e-commerce tools to more quickly launch personalized marketing campaigns and provide more relevant customer experiences.

E-Commerce Startups, Legacy Stores Grapple With Changing Retail Scene

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The changing of the guard transforming retail is accelerating. Sears, the nation’s first “everything store,” is teetering toward bankruptcy after years of stagnation as industry leaders prepare to gather in New York at the National Retail Federation’s annual conference. Yet, new startups—aided with tech tools like artificial intelligence, chatbots, and the like—are trying to reinvent how to connect shoppers with the goods they want to buy.

LiveXLive Acquires E-Commerce Company For $6M

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Los Angeles-based LiveXLive Media , which operates a livestreaming and on-demand audio, video, and podcasting service, says it has signed an agreement to acquire Custom Personalization Solutions, LLC , in a deal worth up to $6M. According to LiveXLive, it signed a binding Letter of Intent to acquire CPS in an all stock deal, which is expected to close by December 31st, 2020. LiveXLive said that CPS had approximately $19M in revenue in 2019.

Magento Commerce Acquired By Adobe For $1.68 Billion

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Culver City-based Magento Commerce , which develops e-commerce software, has been acquired by San Jose-based Adobe , in a deal worth $1.68 According to the two, the Magneto Commerce Cloud will be integrated into Adobe's Experience Cloud platform. magento commerce adobe merger acquisition software ecommercebillion, the two said on Monday. Adobe said Magento CEO Mark Lavelle will continue to lead Magento's team. READ MORE>>.

CPO Commerce Acquired By United Stationers

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Pasadena-based CPO Commerce , an e-commerce company focused on tools, equipment, outdoor and yard equipment, and other related products, has been acquired by United Stationers. United Stationers said the move would help bolster its e-commerce expertise. CPO Commerce had $78M in fiscal 2013 year sales, according to United Stationers. commerce united stationers merger acquisition ecommerce tools equipment outdoors home

Performance marketing agency MuteSix bets on content and data to boost DTC e-commerce

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Warby Parker filing to IPO last week was one more sign that direct-to-consumer (DTC) is an extremely powerful e-commerce trend. At the time, it was doing Facebook media buying for e-commerce companies. People come to us to drive revenue into their e-commerce businesses.

Saltbox raises $10.6M to help booming e-commerce stores store their goods

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E-commerce is booming, but among the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs of online businesses are finding a place to store the items they are selling and dealing with the logistics of operating.

Petco Names Digital, E-Commerce Head

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San Diego-based pet supply retailer Petco has named Darren MacDonald as the company's new Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, according to the company, to head up its e-commerce, app, prescription fulfillment, as well as employer wellness benefits offerings.

Retailers, Startups Work to Offer Efficient E-Commerce Delivery

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The Seattle e-commerce giant told analysts the move would cost around $800 million but that didn’t appear to concern investors. The on-demand delivery war in retail is on. In its quarterly earnings call Thursday, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ) announced it would switch to one-day shipping for Prime members, halving the time the 100 million-plus people who subscribe to the service must wait before receiving their purchases.

Hello Music Upgrades Social Commerce Service

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Los Angeles-based Hello Music , the social commerce marketplace run by Rick Camino, has updated its site, with a brand new design and features. hello music musician social ecommerce commerceThe firm said "Hello Music 3.0" includes new features like a social shopping feed; ability to like, pin, tweet, and comment on any products on the site; new, daily deals on gear and services; along with other enhancements. Hello Music said the new site is a result of over 12 months of work.

Float Selected For E-commerce Accelerator, Commerce.Innovated

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Los Angeles-based mobile credit startup Float , which is developing an iOS app to provide credit to consumers, has been selected as part of the commerce-focused startup accelerator Commerce.Innovated. Commerce.Innovated--which is run by Silicon Valley Bank and MasterCard--is a "virtual accelerator" aimed at helping startups in the commerce area. float ecommerce credit fintech accelerator incubator mastercard financial commerce silicon valley

Provide Commerce Buys Mobile Gifting Firm Sincerely

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San Diego-based Provide Commerce , the company which owns such brands as ProFlowers, RedEnvelope, Gifts.com, and other e-commerce sites, announced this morning that it has purchase mobile gifting startup Sincerely, Inc. As part of the acquisition, Provide Commerce said that Sincerely''s founders, Matt Brezina and Bryan Kennedy, will continue with the firm to bring new products to market.

E-Commerce Startups Open Door to Endless Virtual Closet

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Now, thanks to a growing number of e-commerce companies, the ability to share goods and services is being applied to our wardrobes through programs that offer clothing rentals for a monthly fee. It’s the kind of clothes swapping that women have been doing offline since, likely, as long as there have been garments, says Emily Fox, director of marketing communications at LeTote, a San Francisco e-commerce startup. The sharing economy is moving into our bedroom closets.

Provide Commerce Buys Personal Creations

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San Diego-based Provide Commerce , the parent firm of ProFlowers, RedEnvelope, Cherry Moon, and other ecommerce operations, announced this morning that it has acquired personalized gifts company Personalized Creations. Provide Commerce said the acquisition will help complement the firm's existing products, and also help it gain marketing and manufacturing capabilities in the personalized gifting space.

Punchcard Links With Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

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Pasadena-based Punchcard , the startup headed by Andy Steuer which is developing mobile applications to enable local businesses to run punchcard-based loyalty programs, said today that it has linked with the Pasadena CHamber of COmmerce to enable local Pasadena businesses to use its service. punchcard pasadena chamber commerce idealab loyalty mobile android

TrackStreet Takes $2M For E-Commerce Monitoring

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Santa Barbara-based TrackStreet , a developer of software to help manufacturers monitor their channel and e-commerce sites--and in particular, minimum-advertising-price (MAP) policies--has raised $2M in seed funding, the company said Wednesday. The seed funding was led by Okapi Capital, and also included Stage Venture Partners, SaaS Capital, and angels.

Silicon Beach Report July 3: Creators Capitalize on Snap Commerce

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Citymapper adds Bird scooters, Snapchat opens commerce to creators, Harper Wilde raises $2 million

Ingram Micro Makes Investment In E-Commerce Logistics Robotics Firm

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Irvine-based technology distributor Ingram Micro has made an investment in e-commerce logistics startup HDS , which is developing a robotics system which uses artificial intelligence and mobile, articulated robots for the logistics industry. Ken Beyer, Executive Vice President and President, Commerce & Lifecycle Services at Ingram Micro, joins the board at HDS as part of the investment round.

Alto Lands $50M as Pharmacy Sector Embraces E-Commerce Lessons

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The pharmacy industry’s transformation is accelerating, as traditional drug retailers strike deals to expand their businesses and fend off technology startups encroaching on their territory. The latest salvo in the increasingly competitive sector is a $50 million investment in Alto Pharmacy, a San Francisco-based “digital pharmacy” startup that has offices in Denver.

E-Commerce Innovations in the Mix at Consumer Tech Conference

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Seattle-based e-commerce giant Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ) is expected to unveil its first augmented-reality glasses to pair with Alexa, its digital assistant, at the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, in Las Vegas this week. Alexa is now mobile. The glasses were developed for Amazon by Vuzix , a Rochester, NY -based wearable tech company, and can communicate with Alexa and display information in the wearer’s field of view.

Retina Launches AI, Machine Learning Tool For E-commerce Companies

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Los Angeles-based Retina , a startup which develops machine learning and artificial intelligence software for predicting customer lifetime value (CLV) of a company's customer, said it has launched a new tool that it is offering up to small to middle-market e-commerce businesses. helps e-commerce companies lower their cost-per-acquisition (CPA) of customers by up to 20 to 30 percent.

GovX Gets $11.5M For E-Commerce Efforts

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San Diego-based GovX , which operates an online, e-commerce site specifically serving active, reserve and veteran U.S. Military, law enforcement, fire, emergency rescue, and government employees, has raised $11.5M in combined Series A and B funding. The funding was led by Alestra Ltd. annd Arbor Group, along with Star Avenue Capital, Seth Hamot (SPY Optic and Roark, Rearden & Hamot Capital Management), and Philip McConkey. The company says it has now raised $21M in funding.

Ride-Sharing Commerce Company Cargo Enters L.A

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Cargo Services Inc., a mobile marketplace headquartered in New York City, announced June 14 that it is expanding to Los Angeles. The company, which allows Uber and Lyft drivers to receive complimentary boxes stocked with retail items, has already bought a warehouse in Ontario, Calif

Qualcomm Names Mobile Commerce Head

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San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it has named Rocco Fabiano as new head of its mobile commerce subsidiary, Firethorn Holdings LLC. Tags: qualcomm firethorn mobile commerce executive Qualcomm said that Fabiano will act as President of Firethorn, heading up strategic direction and market expansion for the unit.

Overwatch League, Fanatics Link Up On Licensing, E-Commerce

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Overwatch League , the e-sports league created by Irvine's Blizzard Entertainment, has just inked a sports merchandising deal with Fanatics , which will include retail, licensing, and e-commerce efforts. According to the two, Fanatics will become the official retail partner of the Overwatch League, in what is the first e-sports deal ever for Fanatics. Financial details of the deal were not announced. The two said the deal will give Fanatics the U.S.

TabJuice Takes On Facebook E-Commerce

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San Diego-based TabJuice , a new startup aimed at social e-commerce, said today it has launched a new, Facebook e-commerce application. The firm said its application allows businesses to create their own storefronts within a Facebook page. The firm is backed by J. Christopher Capital, and headed by Dylan Whitman, who also heads up CheapSally.com and digital marketing agency Flank Digital. READ MORE>>. tabjuice facebook ecommerce social startup media storefront

Enrou: Combining Causes and Commerce To Help Improve The World

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We spoke with Ann Wang , co-founder of Enrou, to learn more about how the company wants to help tie together the world of e-commerce and worthy causes to help improve the world. They were doing great work, but they had no e-commerce or marketing team to get them out there. charity marketplace ecommerce commerce causes interview enrou wang How can you make your shopping during the holidays more than just a gift--but something that might actually improve lives around the world?

Forget Perfume Counters: Phlur’s A.I. is E-Commerce’s Scent Sherpa

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Austin —It stands to reason that if any industry could resist the tidal wave of e-commerce, it would be the fragrance business. After all, how can you smell a perfume or cologne online to decide if you like the scent? But Eric Korman, founder and CEO of Phlur, says the startup can make it easier for shoppers to find scents they like while also offering up a more bespoke selection of products.

Startup Combines E-Commerce, Augmented Reality

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The startup said today that it has launched a module for e-commerce platform PrestaShop. The link allows shoppers using PrestaShop's apparel e-commerce software to virtually "try on" outfits if they own a web camera. How do you make it easier for consumers to try out different outfits, when they can't because they're in front of their computer screen?

Why Amazon Is the Undisputed E-Commerce Growth Leader

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From meager beginnings selling books online back in 1994, Amazon is currently the largest e-commerce retailer and cloud computing platform in the world, and now dominates even the giant Walmart. Everyone wants to grow and innovate like Amazon these days. In my role as a business advisor, I’ve long wondered how to pass their secrets along to other new ventures. Recently, I saw some help in that regard in a new book, “ Think Like Amazon ,” by John Rossman, a former top executive at Amazon.

Report: E-Commerce Spending Down 2 Percent

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The latest retail e-commerce numbers from comScore came out today, with the measurement firm saying that U.S. comScore said this is the first time on record that there has been consecutive quarters of negative e-commerce spending growth from the prior year. Last quarter, e-commerce sales were down 1% from prior year numbers. Tags: spending retail comscore ecommerce e-commerce

Patagonia Names E-Commerce VP

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Ventura-based Patagonia , the outdoor clothing maker, said today that it has named a new, Vice President of Global E-Commerce. The firm said it has named Dmitri Siegel to the new position, directing its e-commerce strategices and international markets. Siegel was most recently at Urban Outfitters, and also has served at the Sundance Channel and Bravo. At Urban outfitters, Siegel headed up that firm's mobile site, iPhone applications, and social media efforts. READ MORE>>.

Loot Crate Launches New Fan Commerce Site, Loot Vault

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Los Angeles-based Loot Crate , which delivers monthly bundles of pop culture, gaming, and entertainment products to fans, launched a new fan commerce site, Loot Vault on Tuesday. The new site lets fans of the service snag some of the company's prior "crates", as well as special products.

Lumi Lands $9M For Custom Packaging For E-Commerce Brands

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The company helps manage manufacturing of custom boxes and other packaging for e-commerce and other brands, using a network of suppliers. Los Angeles-based Lumi , which provides the fancy, custom packaging you might see from MeUndies or FabFitFun, has raised $9M in a Series A funding, the company said on Wednesday. According to Lumi, the funding round was led by Spark Capital, Forerunner Ventures, and Homebrew. Lumi was founded by Jesse Genet and Stephan Ango.