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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global is buying a startup that uses neuroscience to boost app usage

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Results from the adoption of the company’s software vary, but Boundless points to data from apps spanning health, fitness, productivity, finance and e-commerce – including a 60% increase in walking, 30% increase in productivity and 21% increase in engagement around diet and exercise. .

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.

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

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.