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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
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Postmates' investors converted their preferred stock to common stock at latest funding round, forfeiting their liquidation preferences to help retain employees   —  One downside to the new fundraise.  —  Postmates' difficult but successful investment raise of $141 million has given the delivery startup new life.
Nov 6, 2016, 9:15 PMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Sources: popular shopping app Wish is raising around $500M at a valuation between $3.5B and $5B; Temasek, owned by Singapore's government, is a lead investor   —  The fast-growing startup also raised $500 million last year.  —  Wish, the maker of the No. 2 shopping app of the same name …
Nov 4, 2016, 2:00 AMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Criteo is paying $250 million to buy e-commerce ad firm HookLogic   —  Like Google product listing ads, but for e-commerce sites.  —  HookLogic, a startup that helps consumer brands place ads on e-commerce sites, has agreed to sell for $250 million to publicly traded ad-tech firm Criteo.
Oct 4, 2016, 12:10 PMIn context
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon's jobs website shows Echo and Alexa groups are currently looking to fill 400 positions   —  Alexa, we're going to need some more recruiters.  —  When Jeff Bezos revealed in May that Amazon employed more than 1,000 people working on Echo and Alexa products, he warned: “It's just the tip of the iceberg.”
Oct 1, 2016, 9:50 PMIn context

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