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A growing number of people are getting rich selling T-shirts online – with no overhead, no inventory, and no investment

November 12th, 2018 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

Nearly every night after dinner for eight straight months, Glen Zubia brewed a cup of coffee, turned on heavy metal music, and made T-shirts. On Mondays he did research, scouring the Internet for funny slogans, like the one where Santa Claus asks, “Where My Ho’s At?” On Tuesdays and Wednesdays he designed in Adobe Illustrator. […]



Snapchat lets you take a photo of an object to buy it on Amazon

October 13th, 2018 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

See, snap, sale. In a rare partnership for Amazon, the commerce giant will help Snapchat challenge Instagram and Pinterest for social shopping supremacy. Today Snapchat announced it’s slowly rolling out a new visual product search feature, confirming TechCrunch’s July scoop about this project, codenamed “Eagle.” Users can use Snapchat’s camera to scan a physical object […]



Startup inks ‘world’s largest deal’ for driverless grocery deliveries

September 27th, 2018 at 11:45 am » Comments Off

  Whether or not your grocery delivery arrives in a van with a driver behind the wheel may not matter much to you, but an increasing number of companies are nevertheless investing heavily in autonomous delivery vehicles in the belief that they’ll improve efficiency and create significant cost benefits in the long term. Yes, you’ll […]



The secret global network of private super jewelers

September 26th, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

An elite group of artists are growing in influence and reach. Here’s the key to cracking their codes. Pictured above: Hemmerle emerald, agate, and sapphire necklace; diamond and bronze bangle, and earrings, all with ancient Egyptian faiance amulets. I call them the Super Jewelers. They create only a limited number of one-of-a-kind pieces. They sell […]



Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

August 20th, 2018 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger’s pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic vehicle parked outside one of its own […]



Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BAT) are now valued at a combined $1 trillion USD.

August 14th, 2018 at 9:56 am » Comments Off

Alibaba and Tencent alone now account for almost one-third of the MSCI China Index, fueling its 47 percent gain in 2017. As of this past March, China had skyrocketed to 164 unicorns, worth a combined $628.4 billion USD. Roughly 50 percent are controlled or backed by BAT. But BAT isn’t keeping ambitions local. Worldwide, BAT […]



Taobao leads the charge in a new ecommerce trend: livestreamed shopping

August 6th, 2018 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

She’s not your ordinary jewelry dealer. Going by the online moniker “Xiaotian,” she commands a big fan base, jokes with her customers, and models for her own business. “Hi bao bao,” she greets her potential buyers during a livestream session one afternoon in Hong Kong, using a common, endearing nickname for online shoppers. “This is […]



Watch Amazon’s VR kiosks transform the future of shopping

July 28th, 2018 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Amazon’s new VR store dispenses with the trappings of a shop in favor of fun — a city full of products to explore in themed rooms. Transform is the AI event of the year for growth marketers, August 21 & 22, San Francisco. Learn how AI and analytics are changing the growth game. Grab your […]



Amazon patents aerial fulfillment centers for improved drone delivery

July 27th, 2018 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

Amazon’s drone-centric skyscrapers intended to replace traditional warehouses are old news. The tech giant just patented floating warehouses. Last June, we reported on Amazon’s patent application for fulfillment center towers: skyscrapers that would replace the traditional warehouse model in favor of modern, drone-friendly versions that could serve as both charging hubs and convenient pitstops for […]



Adidas’ vision for the future: Personalization, fast

July 23rd, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Adidas unveils new 3D printed sneaker. For all but the most elite athletes, buying athletic shoes can be hit or miss: Go to the store, find something you like, and try it on. If it doesn’t feel quite right, too bad. Try another shoe. Adidas sees a future where motion capture tech, data analysis software, […]



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