May 18, 2015

A lot of attention has been paid to a variety of technologies currently disrupting retail, like beacons and wearable devices. Here are three technologies still in the development phase that hold potential to radically disrupt retail, and even life as we know it, in the next 10 years:

May 13, 2015

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is partnering with the Alipay payment services subsidiary of Alibaba Holding Group to offer a new mobile payment option in some Chinese Wal-Mart locations.

May 11, 2015

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. continues to ramp up its ties in the United States with the news that it has acquired a 9.3% stake, estimated at about $150 million, in U.S. online retailer Zulily.

April 29, 2015

The National Retail Federation today welcomed bipartisan patent reform legislation introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Patrick J. Leahy, D-VT, that seeks to protect retailers and other businesses from overly litigious patent trolls.

April 27, 2015

A report by Financial Times revealed that eBay’s CEO John Donahoe spoke out in support of Google as the search-engine giant defends itself in an antitrust case lodged in Brussels, Belgium.

April 8, 2015

Alibaba.com has collaborated with e-commerce platform to Bigcommerce deliver an integrated shopping experience for sourcing products from Alibaba.com’s network of Chinese wholesale suppliers.

April 8, 2015

Google is reportedly planning to launch a service that will compete with Amazon Home Services later this spring.

April 1, 2015

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has appointed Yu Yongfu as president of the company’s online marketing unit, Alimama, to spearhead the business into new areas of growth.

March 16, 2015

According to multiple media reports, Amazon has purchased 2lemetry, a Denver-based IoT startup, for an undisclosed sum.

March 12, 2015

Alibaba Holding Group Inc. has reportedly invested $200 million in social messaging platform Snapchat.

March 10, 2015

Old Navy is promoting its spring fashions with a new marketing campaign running across Tumblr and Yahoo.

March 6, 2015

Family Dollar Inc. is overhauling its store network. The retailer has selected Interface Security Systems Holdings Inc. as its IP managed service provider across its entire retail platform.

March 4, 2015

Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud computing business, is opening its first overseas data center, in California’s Silicon Valley, in what seems to be a competitive move into the space currently dominated by Amazon Web Services.

February 25, 2015

L.L. Bean provided the best overall customer service in the fiscal fourth quarter 2014, topping the first quarterly release of Stella Benchmarks.

February 17, 2015

Most readers would agree that Internet brand retailing is all about maximizing traffic to a given site, converting site visits to sales and getting buyers to come back and buy more. That’s one of the paybacks on the hefty investments they make in online marketing.

January 29, 2015

Although Alibaba Holding Group Inc. reported a healthy sales increase for the third quarter of fiscal 2015, it became a victim of its own expectations as it still missed on revenue projections and also reported declining profits.

January 29, 2015

Kohl’s Department Stores will be the exclusive department store retail partner for The Color Run, a national paint race event series.

January 28, 2015

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then perhaps a video is worth 1,000 sales. U.K. electric appliance retailer ElectricShopping.com has increased unit sales by 37% using Treepodia’s new YouTube Fetcher service.

January 28, 2015

Yahoo Inc. plans a tax-free spin-off of its remaining holdings in Alibaba Group.

January 16, 2015

New York -- Chinese online giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is testing a mobile messaging app designed to combine social networking with business.

The app, called DingTalk, is still in beta testing.

Capable of carrying conference calls and group messaging, DingTalk targets small- and medium-sized enterprises, many of which are already Alibaba's customers, according to Reuters.

January 9, 2015

EBay Enterprise is expanding its network of partnerships with a global program that will allow retail consultants and other partners to advise, design and integrate omnichannel commerce solutions and services from providers including Magento, Isobar, EPAM, Infosys, Bridge Consulting Group, AOE, Vaimo, and Gorilla.

December 30, 2014

DO embrace technology: It can show you what you need BEFORE you set your feet on the ground. Google Earth/Street view can give you a sense of the macro-features, but remember that these online technologies can be six to 12 months out of date.

December 17, 2014

Baidu, China’s leading search engine, is investing an unspecified amount of money in U.S. online transportation service Uber.

December 4, 2014

lthough email is at the point it’s often considered a “legacy” technology, a slight majority of consumers still prefer it for holiday communication from retailers.