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Postmates arrives in Seattle to deliver tacos, burgers and anything else in under an hour

Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann hears the comparisons all of the time: Isn’t his new online delivery service just another version of dot-com darling Kozmo.com? Of course, getting compared to a defunct company — especially one that disintegrated as fabulously as Kozmo — isn’t the most flattering thing. But Lehmann, who is officially launching the Postmates… Read More

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Google’s new same-day shipping service to challenge Amazon Prime

Amazon, watch out — Google is stepping into your space. TechCrunch is reporting today that Google is preparing to launch something called “Google Shopping Express,” a same-day shipping service designed to compete with Amazon Prime. Sources say that the service will be $10 or $15 cheaper than Amazon Prime, which currently sells for $79/year. Google’s… Read More

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Seattle super angels sink cash in shopping app Zoomingo

Some of Seattle’s top angel investors are tossing their support behind Zoomingo, the mobile shopping application developed by serial entrepreneur Shirish Nadkarni. Investing in the new round are former Facebook general counsel Rudy Gadre, former Smilebox CEO Andrew Wright and former Twango CEO Serena Glover. Total funding in Zoomingo, which raised $1.3 million from Benaroya… Read More

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Amazon offers bulk discount to big Subscribe & Save users

Amazon.com is rolling out deeper discounts for its Subscribe & Save service, offering anyone who subscribes to five products during a month a 15 percent discount. The move aims to boost usage of the program and reward heavy users. Subscribe & Save normally offers more modest discounts to subscribers based on their subscriptions to individual products. As… Read More

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eBay’s amazing turnaround, and why CEO John Donahoe doesn’t like seeing Amazon boxes in the offices

High-ranking Microsoft execs like CEO Steve Ballmer bristle when they see employees carrying MacBooks or iPhones around the office. So, what’s the equivalent at e-commerce juggernaut eBay? Well, you guessed it: Amazon.com boxes. At least that’s how we’re interpreting a comment that eBay CEO John Donahoe made to employees at a recent gathering in Silicon… Read More

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Channel Intelligence buy increases Google’s advantage over Facebook in e-commerce

Facebook may know what consumers like, but it doesn’t yet understand how consumers shop. Google does and has been steadily developing that understanding with new tools to capitalize on the power of its ubiquitous analytics platform in order to grow Google Shopping. As part of that initiative, last summer Google launched Google Trusted Stores, promising… Read More

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Fast-growing Avalara opens new Seattle office at Pier 55

Avalara appears to be cornering the market on office space near the ferry terminals in the Puget Sound region. The maker of sales tax automation technologies, which recently moved into a new 17,500-square foot headquarters building on Bainbridge Island, is expanding along Seattle’s waterfront with new offices at Pier 55. It is the company’s second… Read More

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Free shipping offers boost online holiday spending

Americans continue to spend more of their cash online this holiday season, with comScore reporting that online spending is up 16 percent so far this holiday season. One of the reasons for the surge was a big uptick in last-minute shopping, propelled by free shipping promotions by online retailers. That included what is being dubbed… Read More

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Nordstrom exec maneuvers online as Amazon.com threat looms

A few months ago, we wrote a story on GeekWire about the growing rivalry between two iconic Seattle brands: Amazon.com and Nordstrom. But how big of a threat is Amazon to the Nordstrom franchise? Pretty big. Reuters this week profiles Jamie Nordstrom, the 40-year-old great grandson of John W. Nordstrom who is leading the retailer’s… Read More

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Zaarly Storefronts debuts in Seattle to help you find local cooks, cleaners and coaches

Golf lessons, chai pumpkin sandwiches and massages — these are just a few of the local services available on Zaarly’s new Storefront platform in Seattle. Zaarly is an online marketplace for buyers to post needed goods or services. Now, with the addition of Storefronts, sellers can essentially become their own entrepreneurs. Sellers use the service to make money… Read More

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Online holiday shopping off to a fast start, jumps 16 percent

Americans are spending more money online this holiday shopping season. For the first 26 days of the November-December 2012 holiday season, Americans spent $16.4 billion, a 16 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a report from comScore. On “Cyber Monday,” comScore tallied $1.465 billion in online spending, up 17 percent versus year… Read More

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POLL: How much will you spend online this holiday?

If you’re having trouble finding that perfect gift for family and friends, look no further than the gadget world. From the Microsoft Surface that Oprah loves to the dual-screen Nintendo Wii U to the iPad that 48 percent of kids apparently want, the options are plentiful. All of these items and more are available online, where items… Read More

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Amazon’s holiday gimmick: Personalized video gift cards

What can you give when a regular old digital gift card isn’t high-tech enough? Amazon offered an answer this morning, rolling out personalized video gift cards in partnership with JibJab in advance of the holiday shopping season. The cards are based on JibJab’s “Starring You” feature, which lets users insert their own faces or those… Read More

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Best Buy looks to retain customers, plans to match Amazon on price

Wal-Mart earlier this week threw down the gauntlet on Amazon.com, announcing that it plans to offer same-day delivery in some markets this holiday season. Now, it’s Best Buy’s turn. The electronics retailer is planning to match the prices of Amazon.com this holiday season, with The Wall Street Journal reporting today that the strategy is an… Read More