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Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Instacart will pay $4.6M to settle a class-action lawsuit with independent contractors and change its description of a service fee often mistaken as a tip   —  The startup also has to change how it describes a controversial service fee.  —  The grocery delivery startup Instacart has agreed …
Mar 23, 2017, 6:00 PMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon says it's working on its 10th Amazon Books store, located in Bellevue Square in Seattle with plans to open in 2017   —  The new Amazon Books location will open in Bellevue, Wash., later this year.  —  People were surprised when Amazon announced its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in November 2015.
Mar 8, 2017, 1:40 PMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Sources: Amazon is testing Alexa-powered devices that can make phone calls and act as intercoms, may launch new devices this year   —  Alexa is popular, but daily usage is key.  —  Amazon plans to unveil one or more new Alexa-powered devices this year that will allow people to initiate phone calls by voice …
Mar 3, 2017, 11:53 AMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon Go checkout-less store in Seattle will sell alcohol and have staff on hand to check IDs   —  The Amazon Go store in Seattle also carries sandwiches, salads and snacks.  —  Amazon's new convenience store of the future has no lines and no cashiers.  But it will have someone checking IDs.
Feb 21, 2017, 10:50 PMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Sources: Target has abruptly shuttered two long-term initiatives: its unreleased Goldfish open marketplace platform and a prototype robot-assisted store   —  The retailer's “Store of the Future” was killed before it opened.  —  In the wake of a holiday season that was worse than the company expected …
Feb 3, 2017, 11:20 AMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Walmart drops membership fee for its free two-day shipping program on purchases of $35 or more, discontinuing its $49/year ShippingPass program   —  The only catch is a $35 order minimum.  —  If Walmart.com is ever going to put a dent in Amazon's dominance, this will have to be the starting point.
Jan 31, 2017, 7:55 AMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon just launched virtual ‘Dash’ buttons for one-click buying from the homepage   —  Just let me live in the warehouse already.  —  Another day, another attempt by Amazon to make buying something as easy as humanly possible.  —  The e-commerce leader just unveiled digital versions of its Dash buttons …
Jan 20, 2017, 11:05 AMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Walmart streamlines retail, web teams internal memos show; e-commerce CTO to oversee tech teams at retail stores, US CMO to lead Walmart.com & Jet.com marketing   —  Can the brick-and-mortar retailer become a tech company?  —  If Walmart is going to better compete with Amazon …
Jan 14, 2017, 9:05 PMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Online dress rental service Rent the Runway raises $60M Series E led by Fidelity, says this year was profitable as revenue grew to $100M+   —  The company was profitable in 2016 on revenue north of $100 million.  —  In March, Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman told Recode …
Dec 27, 2016, 2:10 PMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Online wedding registry Zola confirms it received $25M investment led by Lightspeed Venture Partners; Lightspeed partner Alex Taussig to join board   —  Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round  —  When Shan-Lyn Ma started Zola, there were several characteristics of the wedding registry industry …
Dec 14, 2016, 9:00 PMIn context

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