Startups

In the News: Home Depot Suing Visa, MasterCard Over Security
June 16, 2016 at 2:30 pm

In today's news roundup, find out why Home Depot is suing Visa and MasterCard; the issue that almost caused Macy's workers in New York City to go on strike; Wal-Mart's strategy for optimizing in-store workers; and Target's latest collaboration.

L’Oréal Invests in Founders Factory Digital Startup Incubator
May 13, 2016 at 11:44 am

L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetic company, has announced an investment in the Founders Factory, a global multisector digital accelerator and incubator. The investment makes L’Oréal Founders Factory’s exclusive partner for investments in beauty tech startups worldwide, fulfilling part of L’Oréal CEO Jean-Paul Agon’s vision of the transformative power of digital for the beauty category.

Wal-Mart Wants a Few Good Startups
April 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Wal-Mart has joined a growing list of retailers issuing calls for a few good startups to help solve some sticky technology problems and create more compelling shopping experiences. The world’s largest retailer is hosting an open call, inviting startups to its Bentonville, Ark. headquarters to pitch to top executives. The program is being led by Wal-Mart’s Lab…

CVS Invests in Buy Online, Pick Up at Store
April 19, 2016 at 10:45 am

CVS has invested in Curbside, a Silicon Valley startup that allows shoppers to order products online and pick up their orders from a local store without leaving their car. The drugstore chain and the startup have been working together since last year, when they launched a pilot test in three cities that now encompasses 350…

Gilt Co-Founder Launches Photo-Driven Shopping Startup Project September
April 14, 2016 at 9:55 am

Alexis Maybank, one of the founders of Gilt Groupe (recently acquired by the owner of Saks Fifth Avenue), has a new startup in the world of fashion and shopping — Project September. Maybank says her aim is to “make the visual world shoppable.” In other words, if you see a photo with an item of clothing…

eBay Faces Lawsuit in Battle of Mobile Marketplaces
February 26, 2016 at 9:47 am

In the race to reinvent Craigslist for mobile phones, there have been no less than half-a-dozen companies that have emerged in the last two years to create the next local marketplace. All of them offer the same basic experience, allowing users in close proximity with one another to connect through an app to buy and…

Mobile, Financing Keys to Totspot's Growth
February 15, 2016 at 10:22 am

In episode 24 of Total Retail Talks, Vijay Ramani, co-founder and CEO of Totspot, a resale shopping app for clothes and accessories for the entire family, discusses why the startup business opted for a mobile app marketplace rather than a traditional e-commerce site as well as the company's plans for its recently secured $1.5 million in…

L'Oréal's Latest Beauty Secret: It's Acting Like a Tech Company
February 8, 2016 at 10:26 am

Sticking the My UV Skin patch on your arm is a cinch. It's as simple as applying a Band-Aid or a nicotine patch. There's one crucial difference: This personalized sun protection device has five layers of micron-thin electronics, including near field communication capabilities. But the creators of this particular wearable would just as soon you didn't…