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. The sharing economy is moving into our bedroom closets.

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.

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.

E-Commerce Firm Dearduck Uses A.I. in the Hunt for the Perfect Gift

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Retailers are not only wasting so much money targeting us with bad data, consumers get frustrated,” says Katy Aucoin, founder and CEO of Dearduck, a Houston e-commerce data startup. Houston —Knowledge is power, but too much of a good thing can render data meaningless.

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.

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 commerce

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.

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

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.

Infographic: Social Media Spurring E-Commerce Activity

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A new study of social media activity and e-commerce, compiled from Los Angeles social tools developer Social Annex , shows that social media is--not surprisingly--playing a far bigger role in online shopping this year.

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.

U.S Dept. of Commerce Grants $500,000 to Cal State L.A. For Bioscience Bootcamp.

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Department of Commerce granted nearly $500,000 to California State University, Los Angeles and its partners, the Biocom Institute and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), to fund the creation of a bootcamp for bioscientists in the region The U.S.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Content, Commerce, and Cosmetics: A Look At IPSY's Subscription Business

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Los Angeles�as the center of the entertainment industry�has begun to adopt a new role as the center of online video in recent years�and has also with the e-commerce industry and expertise here from the technology industry.

eddi | Security in Community Based E-Commerce

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eddi , a new social listing site, seeks to change the way community-based e-commerce works by implementing strong security and a complete social experience. It’s really aiming to go after the community-based e-commerce platform.

Meet Lumi, the Los Angeles startup that just raised $9 million for a packaging business

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E-Commerce as a Driving Force for Faster Shipping Service

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Undoubtedly, e-commerce has been the biggest growth driver recently for shipping giants UPS and Fedex. Because of this, the business analytics of retailers and shipping companies have had to incorporate the role of e-commerce within the world marketplace.

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.

Holiday E-Commerce Spending Hits Record $46.5 Billion

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Holiday spending via desktop e-commerce hit yet another record this holiday season, reaching $46.5 retail e-commerce spending hit $46.5 billion, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday by comScore. According to comScore, U.S.

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

Avametric Raises $10.5M To Combine Hollywood VFX With E-Commerce

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In a crossover between the worlds of Hollywood special effects and e-commerce, a new startup, Avametric , said it is looking to fuse "Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Fashion" by using the software behind visual effects rendering to render clothing and accessories on computer models of consumers.

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

PayDragon Takes On Frictionless Mobile E-Commerce

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Hamilton Chan, head of PayDragon , has what might be considered a enormously ambitious goal: totally frictionless, mobile e-commerce.

inVia Robotics Launches Robotics System Aimed At E-Commerce Warehouses

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A new, Los Angeles startup, inVia Robotics , said today that it has launched a brand new robotics system, specifically aimed at fulfillment and material handling operations of e-commerce providers and warehouses. According to inVia, it has created a system which integrates with warehouse management system and enterprise resource planning systems, and automatically navigates across a warehouse to local, find, and move items.

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>>.

Avalon Ventures Backs Indix For E-Commerce Product Data

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Indix has a giant database of detailed specifications and details of all kinds of products, which are used by e-commerce providers, retailers, brands, and other customers for selling their products. San Diego-based venture investor Avalon Ventures has re-upped its investment in product database provider Indix , as part of a $15M Series B funding.

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Epicor Buys ShopVisible For Cloud E-commerce, Ordering

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Epicor , the enterprise software developer which has major operations in Orange County, said this week that it has acquired a cloud-based developer of management and e-commerce software called ShopVisible. ShopVisible is the second, retail e-commerce software company Epicor has acquired in the last two month.

Fans.lu Powers E-Commerce Store For Stan Lee Title

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Fans.lu , the Los Angeles- and Detroit-based startup providing e-commerce stores for brands, said this week that it has launched a new e-commerce store for the videogame Verticus, in partnership with Los Angeles mobile entertainment publisher Moonshark.

SEKUR.me Looks To Connect With Mobile Commerce Firms

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Santa Ana-based SEKUR.me , a startup developing multi-factor, mobile authentication and payment technology, said today that it has launched a new Strategic Alliance program to help enable mobile e-commerce payments. The startup, led by Jack Bicer, said it is aiming at telecoms, financial institutions, social media, smartphone manufacturers, healthcare, and large systems integrators. The company said its product helps enable secure, mobile payments on iOS and Android. READ MORE>>.