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GreenCupboards buys assets of Ecomom after founder’s suicide

GreenCupboards, a Spokane startup led by 27-year-old entrepreneur Josh Neblett, has changed its name to Etailz and acquired the assets of Ecomom. Etailz, which sells more than 25,000 environmentally-friendly products, including beauty, home and office products, declined to disclose the size of the purchase. It plans to relaunch Ecomom later this year. The acquisition follows the… Read More

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Amazon targets aging baby boomers, unveils specialty store for those 50 and older

Amazon.com’s latest speciality store doesn’t have a nice ring to it. In fact, it is a bit a mouthful. But it certainly represents a big market opportunity. The company today unveiled its new 50+ Active and Healthy Living Store — a one-stop destination for nutrition, wellness, exercise, medical, entertainment and other items specifically geared for those 50 and… Read More

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Amazon unveils Look.com, rivaling Zulily in kid’s apparel

Amazon.com’s Quidsi unit today unveiled Look.com, a new site that’s designed to sell children’s apparel and footwear. It marks the latest move by Quidsi into the arena of family and home-oriented oriented products, including Wag.com (pet products); Casa.com (home products) and Diapers.com (baby products). Look.com is selling an array of 40,000 products, segmented by age… Read More

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Men’s fashion site Indochino sews up $13 million to help guys sharpen their style

Indochino, the Vancouver, B.C.-based men’s fashion site, has pulled in $13 million in fresh funding that it will use to build out its e-commerce site for suits, shirts, and other custom menswear. The deal was led by Highland Consumer Fund, with existing investors such as Madrona Venture Group, former Yahoo executive Jeff Mallett and others participating… Read More

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Nordstrom’s e-commerce bet pays off big

Over $1 billion in direct sales. That’s what Nordstrom raked in according to their fiscal year 2012 report, a first in the company’s history. Overall sales grew by 12.1 percent year-over-year with e-commerce achieving an impressive 37 percent growth. Those numbers put Nordstrom 4.8 percent ahead of comparable retailers according to Internet Retailer. Why the success? Understanding that if… Read More

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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