Women aren’t pregnant forever: Zulily grapples with slow shipping times

In today’s world of instant gratification and rapid shipping, Zulily orders can practically take an eternity to show up at your doorstep. Average wait times: A few weeks, and sometimes longer. I know this first-hand. Last year, a maternity dress I bought missed two weddings that I planned to attend while pregnant. Finally, I canceled the order because customer service… Read More


Maveron bankrolls edgy girls apparel retailer Dolls Kill, an online boutique for ‘Misfits & Miss legits’

Maveron has helped jumpstart some well known retail brands, from sandwich maker Potbelly to flash sales site Zulily to online marketplace eBay to cosmetics startup Julep. Now, the Seattle venture capital firm, founded by former investment banker Dan Levitan and Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz, is making one of its boldest bets yet. The firm is… Read More

Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens

Zulily sales increase 97% in Q2, active customers top 4M

Zulily, the Seattle e-commerce company, today posted revenues of $285 million on net income of $7.7 million, beating Wall Street expectations. It finished the quarter with $310.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. “We saw a significant increase in active customers and orders year over year, leading to a strong second quarter for… Read More

Blue Nile Display at Nordstrom

Rising diamond prices take cut out of Blue Nile Q2 results

Seattle online jewelry retailer Blue Nile said today that its business was materially impacted by fluctuations in the diamond trade, causing sales to decrease 1.3 percent to $106.6 million and operating income to drop to $3.2 million. In a conference call with analysts, Blue Nile CEO Harvey Kanter cited “volatile” diamond prices which has caused… Read More


Walmart.com redesign borrows a few ideas from Amazon: Product recommendations, fast check-outs

Walmart.com has announced a major site redesign that may be familiar to some Amazon customers. New features include product recommendations based on previous purchases and faster payment methods that will get you to the buy page in one click. But the revamp goes much further, including personalized homepages that take into account local weather and nearest store location. It… Read More


Ex-Diapers.com CEO raises $55M for Jet, looks to battle Amazon with new online ‘shopping experience’

Amazon.com made a bold move three years ago, buying the parent company of Diapers.com for a reported purchase price of more than $500 million. Last year, technology journalist Brad Stone — writing in his book The Everything Store — uncovered some of the heavy-handed tactics that Amazon utilized to take over the fast-growing upstart. Now,… Read More


As Facebook and Twitter push into social commerce, Seattle startup Comr.se raises cash

Comr.se, a social commerce startup that graduated from B2B incubator 9Mile Labs last year, has reeled in an additional $800,000 in capital that it will use to grow the team and add new customers. The company earlier this month rolled out a full public release of the technology, which allows brands using e-commerce platforms such as  Magento, Shopify,… Read More


Ex-Amazon engineers raise $8.5M to help retailers set dynamic pricing

Boomerang Commerce, a Santa Clara, Calif. startup led by former Amazon.com engineers Guru Hariharan and Madhusudhan Rao, has raised $8.5 million in series A financing from Trinity Ventures and Madrona Venture Group. The company also is officially unveiling its first product today, a new Dynamic Price Optimizer that’s designed to help online retailers dynamically set… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Shoppost lets retailers sell products in social media newsfeeds

Since people are spending more and more time looking at Facebook and Twitter, why not let them purchase items directly from their social media feeds? That’s the thinking behind Shoppost, a Seattle startup that’s developed an app to allow retailers to sell products directly in social media newsfeeds with interactive posts. A few years ago, CEO David Robb helped start a… Read More


Men’s clothing retailer Bonobos raises $55M from Nordstrom and others to open ‘Guideshops’

Bonobos started in 2007, selling flashy men’s apparel online. Now, the New York-based company has scored $55 million in fresh capital — including money from Coppel Capital, Mousse Partners and Nordstrom — to expand the brand in the physical retail world. The money-losing company plans to open about 30 new stores in the next two years, adding… Read More


Zulily shares soar on analyst report that applauds ‘hyper growth’ strategy

Zulily’s stock jumped 10 percent this morning after an analyst report upgraded the company’s shares to a buy from a neutral rating. In early trading, shares were up $3.70 apiece to trade at $40.25. Investors were bullish on the online retailer, which markets clothing, toys and home goods to moms, after Goldman Sachs released a report that said Zulily’s “hyper… Read More

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon credits Amazon for ‘teaching the world what’s possible’

Walmart and Amazon are two giants in the world of retailing, one started off in the physical world and the other online. But today those two lines are blurring more than ever before, according to Walmart’s Doug McMillon who was interviewed at the Code Conference. “Clearly, Amazon is teaching the world what’s possible,” said McMillon, who was named CEO four months ago…. Read More


eBay suffers cyberattack, urges customers to change passwords as Target continues to reel from data breach

eBay is urging customers to change password information after a cyberattack allowed unauthorized access to names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. The attack also compromised a “small number of employee log-in credentials,” meaning the cyber attackers gained access to the corporate network. An eBay spokesperson told Reuters that there may be… Read More


E-commerce meets social: Amazon racks up 157K #AmazonCart tweets in 2 weeks

Amazon.com introduced #AmazonCart earlier this month, giving customers an easy way to add items they see on their Twitter feed to an Amazon online shopping cart. But is the new feature catching on with social media-savvy consumers? Seattle-based startup Simply Measured perused the analytics and found that #AmazonCart was tweeted more than 157,000 times during the first two weeks… Read More